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Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, History | 20 February 2018 (USA)
The life and times of the parents of the hailed British graphic novelist, Raymond Briggs.

Director:

Roger Mainwood

Writers:

Raymond Briggs (graphic novel), Roger Mainwood (screenplay)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bennett / Aunty Betty (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Ernest Briggs (voice)
Brenda Blethyn ... Ethel Briggs (voice)
Roger Allam ... Middle Aged Doctor (voice)
Virginia McKenna ... Lady of the House (voice)
Luke Treadaway ... Raymond Briggs (voice)
Peter Wight ... Detective Sergeant Burnley (voice)
June Brown June Brown ... Ernest's Step Mother (voice)
Simon Day Simon Day ... Alf (voice)
Harry Collett ... Young Raymond (voice)
Alex Jordan ... Best Man / Fireman / Train Guard / Doctor (voice)
Duncan Wisbey Duncan Wisbey ... Wedding Photographer / Radio Announcer / BBC Newsreader / Newspaper Seller / Tailor / Arthur (voice)
Gillian Hanna Gillian Hanna ... Midwife / Aunty Flo (voice)
Macready Massey Macready Massey ... Teen-age Raymond
Karyn Claydon Karyn Claydon ... Jean (Raymond's wife) (voice)
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Storyline

In 1928 London milk-man Ernest Briggs courts and marries house-maid Ethel, their son Raymond being born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel tearfully allows him to be evacuated to aunts in Dorset whilst Ernest joins the fire service, shocked by the carnage he sees. As hostilities end they celebrate Raymond's return and entry to grammar school and the birth of the welfare state though Ethel is mistrustful of socialism and progress in general. Raymond himself progresses from National Service to art college and a teaching post, worrying his mother by marrying schizophrenic Jean. However father and son console each other as Ethel slips away but before long Raymond is mourning his father too though both Ethel and Ernest will forever be immortalized by Raymond's touching account of their lives. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Forty years of change. One enduring love. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ethel and Ernest See more »

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Color
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Trivia

As a wartime evacuee, the young Raymond is seen sketching a snowman based on a Christmas cake figurine. In 1978 'The Snowman' would become Briggs's most famous and successful book. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Greatest British Animations (2018) See more »

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In the Blink of An Eye
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
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Genius!!!
22 January 2017 | by mradarley-47661See all my reviews

A utter delight from start to finish. Raymond Briggs ability to turn 'ordinary' people into extraordinary stories is incomparable. The story of his mum and dad living through incredible times, world war 2, particularly.

The voices of Broadbent and Blethyn are the highlight, there able to bring Ethel and Ernest to life as us the audience fall in love with these simple but very human characters. Visually as expected it's beautiful yet simplistic in its form and adult Raymond has a very poignant and educated voice which works beautifully alongside his less informed but traditional parents.

I could wax lyrically about this all night but do yourself a favor take 90 minutes out of your lives and laugh, cry and wonder how Briggs is once again able to make the simplistic fantastic!


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