Movie Review: 'Ernest and Celestine' is brimming with wonder

For the News-DemocratApril 10, 2014 

Fans of animation won't want to miss "Ernest and Celestine," a recent Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, that's destined to be a classic.

This sweet-natured fable about an unlikely friendship between a bear Ernest (Forest Whitaker) and a mouse Celestine (Mackenzie Foy) resembles a handsome storybook, and is based on Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent's series.

With its soft watercolor hues, this film is beautifully drawn and presents an engaging story that might appeal to adults even more than children.

From the creators of "The Triplets of Belleville" and "The Secret of Kells," this French-language film has been dubbed in English for its current theatrical release.

It is brimming with whimsy and wonder, featuring good humor and interesting perspectives on the world, seen through the eyes of animated animals. The bear is a street musician and the mouse is an artist

In sharp contrast to the super-slick computer animated movies churned out to extract mega-dollars with product tie-ins, this film charms with its simple, understated scenario.

Four stars out of 4

Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar

Starring: (Voices dubbed in English) Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

Length: 1:20

Rated: PG for some scary moments

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