Ernest & Célestine (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ernest & Célestine (2014)



Critic Consensus: Sweet and visually charming, Ernest & Celestine offers old-fashioned delights for animation lovers of all ages.

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Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters - a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes. (c) GKidsmore
Rating: PG (for some scary moments)
Genre: Animation, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Daniel Pennac
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 2014
Box Office: $71.4k
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Pauline Brunner
as Célestine
Anne-Marie Loop
as The Grey One
Dominique Collignon
as Head Dentist
Mackenzie Foy
as Célestine
Lauren Bacall
as The Grey One
Paul Giamatti
as The Mouse Judge
Jeffrey Wright
as The Bear Judge
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Critic Reviews for Ernest & Célestine

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Ernest & Celestine" draws on plenty of classics, animated and otherwise, for inspiration, but the film manages to be delightful on its own offbeat terms.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2016
Family Home Theater

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.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014

Encompassing the powerful elements of honesty, truth, and acceptance, Pennac's screenplay, once again, fixates on the small details that bring our story full circle and unimaginably to life.

Full Review… | July 4, 2014

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.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer


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."

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


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.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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