Ernest & Célestine (2014)
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Ernest learns to share, Celestine learns to a paint - and the audience learns that in a Disney-dominated marketplace, kids are still free to choose their own mini mouse.
The unlikely cross-species friendship of Celestine the mouse and Ernest the bear teaches a gentle lesson about irrational intolerance in this French animated charmer.
"Ernest & Celestine" draws on plenty of classics, animated and otherwise, for inspiration, but the film manages to be delightful on its own offbeat terms.
A curious blend of charm and tooth-obsessed strangeness, with a wholesome message about friendship that's somewhat tainted by the characters' Butch and Sundance antics, but illustrated in a gentle style with wonderfully subtle-yet-vibrant music.
A welcomed alternative to chaotic kid-centric blockbusters, channelling the spirit of humble animated greats My Neighbour Totoro and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Audience Reviews for Ernest & Célestine
Made from simple artisanal drawings of pastel tones and with a great sound design, this joyful tale of friendship offers a smart commentary on prejudice and acceptance of people's differences - a very important message for children today.
This beautiful little film tells the story of a world made up of only Bears and Mice, where the Bears live up above and are feared by the mice. But one day when one of the mice is cast away and hated, she meets up with e bear who is living on the streets. When they start bonding, the town goes insane and they are on a huge chase around town. This is a wonderful film that deserves all the praise it is getting and the animation is absolutely perfect. This story is one you may have seen before, but the way it is told here, separates it from all others. It may not be a perfect film, but as far as kids animation goes, it is. I loved watching this sweet innocent film, and it is very well-written. I highly recommend "Ernest & Celestine."
This a thoroughly cute tale based on Gabrielle Vincent's children's book. Here in Cleveland there was no choice about seeing the subtitled version or the dubbed version, so I saw it dubbed with Forest Whitaker and Mackenzie Foy. I was carried along throughout by this story of a friendship between two exiles. The watercolor dream sequences were quite imaginative too. The mice, who live below ground, and the bears, who live above ground, have strong prejudices against each other. In a subplot, one bear family teaches their son that the father bear, who owns a candy store, only sells to all the other children to drive business to the mother bear's dentist office across the street. The mice also have an industry of collecting bear teeth to replace their worn out incisors so they can continue their building projects. It is up to Ernest, the street performer bear, and Celestine, the young painter mouse, to make their respective societies see the error in their prejudices. The final scenes in court with the fires and Ernest and Celestine being reunited lost me, though. The conclusion seemed less truthful.
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