Ernest & Célestine Reviews

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August 7, 2019
A simple message, beautifully conveyed without pretense, wrapped up in one of this year's animated treasures.
August 6, 2019
Ernest & Celestine is pure childhood sweetness, with a visual motif that makes it feel like someone just finished sketching it in front of you.
February 6, 2019
Their decision to use watercolour techniques, in-keeping with the original illustrations, produces a warm and loving adaptation which appeals to the value of faithful cinematography.
November 1, 2018
Watching this film is like reading a beautifully illustrated children's book. It's charming and beautiful with a touching and simple message. This is the absolute perfect film for a grandparent-grandchild outing.
April 3, 2016
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.
July 10, 2014
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.
July 4, 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.
June 26, 2014
Beautiful Belgian animated film; the storybook simplicity of the hand-drawn animation has an allure and clarity that reinforces [how] new technology does not render traditional forms of animation inferior or obsolete.
June 19, 2014
From its opening credits, [it] proclaims its hand-drawn, delicate, watercolour aesthetic. But it's not all sweetness and light: there's a dark strand of humour and some sly visual gags in this clever tale of opposites.
June 19, 2014
Two styles combine to create a world at once impressionistic and lived in, infused with the kind of warm glow which emanates from a cosy fireplace.
June 16, 2014
Were the film made 30 years ago, it would be the kind many families would have worn thin from endless VHS repeats. I can't wait to watch it again.
June 16, 2014
[Blu-ray Review] "Ernest & Celestine" will bewitch children and grown-ups alike, a none-too-soon respite from the typically louder, busier animated features Hollywood tends to produce. This Blu-ray release is excellent on every level. Buy it.
June 16, 2014
Its simple themes of friendship and looking at someone more than skin-deep provide a strong backbone for a story that is entertaining and heartwarming at the same time, making this a rare animated treat that is more than just goofy fun.
June 12, 2014
It glows with a childlike innocence but never grinds into the sticky-slapstick sentiment that marks so much of today's coldly calculated animated family offerings.
June 6, 2014
It doesn't start with the words 'once upon a time,' but it really should. It's just that storybook-sweet, that gentle, that comforting of a film.
May 24, 2014
The beauty of this adaptation of Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent's characters is its sheer simplicity and sincerity.
May 2, 2014
Contains not one speck of the post-modern snark that has plagued animated movies for over a decade. It has no interest in being 'with it.'
May 2, 2014
Completely charming with a retro storybook look.
April 11, 2014
The film's main message is that friendship knows no bounds and that once one sees behind preconceived notions, a new world of possibilities can bloom.
April 10, 2014
absolutely fine and entirely likeable
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