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About the Movie
Featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright! Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding tunnels, lives a tiny mouse named Celestine. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and has a hard time fitting in. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a grumpy bear named Ernest, the two become fast friends and embark on an adventure that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 77
- Fresh: 75
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: There isn't much of a moral to this story, but it does put a premium on individuality and pluck. Mostly, "Ernest & Celestine" is an ode to the happiness that comes from being with those different from us.
Fresh: A sweet-natured tale of an unlikely friendship between a burly bear and a plucky mouse. It's also decidedly offbeat with an emphasis on animal dentistry.
Fresh: Not just a positively charming movie, but an ode to the tactile pleasures of handcrafted artistry.
Fresh: The message is simple, the ending earthshaking and a few scenes border on overly precious. But as the stakes are raised for the pair, a surprising depth of character emerges.
‘Ernest & Celestine’ is delightfully funny
This past year, with moviegoers so enamored by huge animated mega-hits like “Frozen” and “Monsters University”, a lot of the smaller, more independent films, haven’t been getting as much recognition. One that immediately comes to mind is “Ernest & Celestine”, originally a French movie that after so much success at various film festivals, was converted into English. With a star-studded voice cast including Forest Whitaker, Paul Giamatti and William H. Macy on board, it received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars, and landed a considerable release throughout the U.S.
This hand-drawn comedy follows the unlikely, and forbidden, friendship between a young mouse named Celestine and a lovable bear named Ernest. Both confined to their respective worlds, with bears living above ground and mouses living under, they find solace when they are together. But as their love for each other grows, so does the disdain from their peers, and they must find a way to break from what is considered normal, and live the life they want to live, side by side.
With stunning animation, and refreshing performances by the whole cast, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Rated PG for scary moments, “Ernest & Celestine” was a delightfully funny movie that people of all ages can enjoy.
A lovely piece of animated work
It is so refreshing to have an artistic gem like this work to come along. With all the CGI, special effects, rewritten movies of the past, and lame sequels that should be titled "The Search for Your Money", this movie is so beautifully put together. The facial expresions, the flow of the story, and the voice acting is top notch.
Wonderful Story, Beautiful Animation
A very cute mouse befriends a very clumsy bear in this sweet, “odd couple” style comedy. It all comes together in the end with a light moral lesson. The animation style is soft and beautiful and fits the story wonderfully. You can’t help but to smile while watching it.
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- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 2014
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