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Ernest & Celestine(Ernest et Célestine)

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France, Belgium, Luxembourg · 2012
Rated PG · 1h 18m
Director Benjamin Renner
Starring Anne-Marie Loop, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Patrice Melennec
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family

Celestine, a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career, and Ernest, a big bear craving an artistic outlet, have grown up seeing the other species as their enemy. After Celestine nearly ends up as Ernest's breakfast, the two form an unlikely friendship and forge a life of crime together.

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What are people saying?

Marina Dalarossa Profile picture for Marina Dalarossa

The storybook-style animation is lovely, and the central dynamic between Ernest and Célestine enchanting. Really adorable and fun.

What are critics saying?


Slant Magazine by

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.


Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

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.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Once upon a time, a movie like this would have seemed a minor pleasure, enjoyable, but unremarkable. Today, it looks more like a treasure.


New York Post by Sara Stewart

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).

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