Ernest & Celestine

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Ernest & Celestine is a charming little animated film set in a world of mice and bears, with the former living underground, and the latter living above ground. It focuses on one little mouse called Celestine, who doesn’t want to follow the standard rodent path and become a dentist, and the friendship she strikes up with one of the bears that the mice are all told to fear. Ernest is a clumsy bear, often in trouble with the police and always on the hunt for food, which is how he meets Celestine. When their friendship is discovered, both mice and bears set off on the hunt to catch them. I really liked this film, it’s directed by a trio of Frenchmen and the French sensibility shines throughout, particularly in the simple story and the music. It’s refreshing to see animation that isn’t all CGI and special effects, and in many ways it’s reminiscent of the animated films that I watched as a youth, and that’s a good thing. Overall, it’s a simple story, very well told, and it’s a real pleasure.

Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner

Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Dominique Maurin and Anne-Marie Loop

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