It's in the way the film refuses to characterize its central friendship solely on the grounds of common isolation that becomes its most endearing quality.
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A magically understated mash-up, Ernest & Celestine has a comforting storybook effect and proves a refreshing departure in an age of high-tech, hyperkinetic animation set to soaring pop ballads, as entertaining as they can be.
Ernest & Celestine -- a contender for this year's best animated film Oscar -- is pure delight.
A delightfully old-fashioned kid’s flick with a meaningful message.
A charming animated feature.
Mostly, Ernest & Celestine is an ode to the happiness that comes from being with those different from us.
Once upon a time, a movie like this would have seemed a minor pleasure, enjoyable, but unremarkable. Today, it looks more like a treasure.
A mouse and a bear defy social convention to forge a friendship in this lovely, charming and Oscar-nominated French animated feature (now available dubbed into English with the voices of Forest Whitaker and other notables).
Ernest & Celestine isn’t just cute or thrilling, though: It’s openly funny, in a wry, unpredictable way.