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Ernest and Celestine (2012)Ernest and Celestine (2012)

Ernest and Celestine (2012)

A beautiful children’s film with a bite

Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9

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Belgium, France
French
Easy, Emotional, Feel-Good
2012
Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier
Adeline Chetail, Anne-Marie Loop, Brigitte Virtudes
78 min

Synopsis

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Celestine is a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career while Ernest is a big bear craving an artistic outlet. When Celestine meets Ernest, they overcome their natural enmity by forging a life of crime together.

Our Take

7.9
The Staff

Ernest is an old bear and Celestine a young mouse; he lives above ground, while she lives underground. Their kinds fear one another, and borders are set in place so that they never intermingle, but despite all the odds, Ernest and Celestine form a bond—they share one similarity, after all, which is that they’re both outcasts. 

Ernest & Celestine is a classic buddy tale of outsiders finding their place in the world. The story and its messages of acceptance and equality are already charming and weighty on their own, but the hand-drawn and watercolored animation gives the film an extra rush of nostalgia and delight. Beautifully made and surprisingly relevant, it’s a children’s film for all ages. It makes sense that it was nominated for Best Animation in the 86th Academy Awards (what doesn’t is it losing to Frozen).  

An English dub is available on most streaming platforms, but we highly recommend watching it in French, how it’s originally meant to be heard.

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