Ernest & Célestine
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Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ernest learns to share, Celestine learns to a paint - and the audience learns that in a Disney-dominated marketplace, kids are still free to choose their own mini mouse."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Ernest & Celestine is a genuine charmer for kids, and for the parental units tagging alongside."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film's main message is that friendship knows no bounds and that once one sees behind preconceived notions, a new world of possibilities can bloom."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Ernest & Celestine is a magnificent, creative, and visionary piece of work that is heartwarming, magical, and just a fantastic cinematic journey that will be forever timeless."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"Sets up a premise, pops in a couple of sweet moments and hits cruise control. It's never as cute as it wants to be."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"The unlikely cross-species friendship of Celestine the mouse and Ernest the bear teaches a gentle lesson about irrational intolerance in this French animated charmer."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"absolutely fine and entirely likeable"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"One of the most charming animated films ever made."
‑ Jean Lowerison,
"Animated in soft watercolor pastels, it's a lovingly crafted tale that tracks the unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
""Ernest & Celestine" draws on plenty of classics, animated and otherwise, for inspiration, but the film manages to be delightful on its own offbeat terms."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A joyous rediscovery of hand-drawn animation, all witty and expressive lines, spare backgrounds and gorgeous, watery hues."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"...has a refreshing lightness that's rare in animation these days."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Delightful art and a cute story of inter-species co-existence."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The pace and the style of E&C, not to mention its wonderful attention to detail, lift the film from being merely sweet to being something special."
‑ Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
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