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

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Daniel Pennac (scenario and dialogue), Gabrielle Vincent (after: D'après les albums de)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Ernest (voice)
Lambert Wilson ... Ernest (voice)
Pauline Brunner Pauline Brunner ... Célestine (voice)
Mackenzie Foy ... Celestine (voice)
Lauren Bacall ... The Grey One (voice)
Anne-Marie Loop Anne-Marie Loop ... La Grise (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Rat Judge (voice)
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Georges (voice)
William H. Macy ... Head Dentist (voice)
Brigitte Virtudes Brigitte Virtudes ... Lucienne (voice)
Léonard Louf Léonard Louf ... Léon (voice)
Megan Mullally ... Lucienne (voice)
Dominique Maurin Dominique Maurin ... Chef de clinique (voice) (as Dominique Collignon)
Nick Offerman ... George (voice)
Perrette Pradier ... L'infirmière en chef souris (voice)
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Storyline

There is a world where the Bears live above ground in their cities and the rodents live below in their underground ones in mutual fear and hate. However, Celestine, an apprentice mouse dentist, finds at least momentary common cause with Ernest, a poor street Bear musician, that gets them rejected from both their respective worlds. In spite of this misfortune, the exiles find a growing friendship between themselves as their respective talents flower because of it. Despite this, their quietly profound challenge to the founding prejudices of their worlds cannot be ignored as the authorities track them down. When that happens, Ernest and Celestine must stand up for their love in the face of such bigotry and achieve the impossible. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Bonnie and Clyde, Sid and Nancy... (US release)


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Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lauren Bacall's final film. See more »

Goofs

While Ernest is cooking chocolate, the arm holding up Celestine is level with his head. After the cut, the arm is suddenly below his face. See more »

Quotes

Célestine: Bear up above and mice down below?
Ernest: Well, yes... it's always been like this.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #51.13 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

La chanson d'Ernest et Celestine
Written by Thomas Fersen and Vincent Courtois
Performed by Lambert Wilson
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A true friendship can break all the barriers.
3 February 2014 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

An Oscar nominee in the category of best animation feature. The cutest animation which gave the experience of seeing a Japanese anime similar to from the Ghibli studio. The characters are very adorable, especially both the Ernest and Celestine. After praising the technicians I mean the illustrator I must compliment the voice renders. Whenever I hear Celestine saying 'Ernest, Ernest' I just fall in love because it was sexy. I know French language itself a seductive.

No age group limited to enjoy this animation. From 6 year-old kid to 60 year-old and beyond that can have a great time with it. A simple animation with a good message story. Probably you will come to know what kinda movie is this if you have seen 'Stormy Night' and 'Ratatouille'. A tale about the unlikely friendship between two different living creatures.

It all begins with a young little mouse who got a different opinion on the creatures that live above their world. The earth's surface was ruled by the big bad bears and that is what beneather believe. Between these two world a new friendship bloom from nowhere. But both the societies denies it so the two must protect each other and run for their life. Instead, they need to prove it can be possible and harmless. So they have to take the advantage of the such circumstances and how it can be done is the rest.

The character Ernest was lazy, but tough and Celestine is very active, but sensitive in matters. The friendship between them was very well told, in an enchanting way. I liked the replacement of bear in the place of humans. Otherwise, our people think they are genius to find similarity between this and 'Ratatouille'.

Earlier I was very, very disappointed for ditching 'Monsters University' over crap movie 'Despicable Me 2'. I will be so happy if 'The Wind Rises' or this movie wins the Oscar. But Americas own 'Frozen' will be a strong contender for the honour.

Finally, I retire for now by saying it is a must see movie, especially if you are an animation movie fan. I truly wanted it not to end, in the world at certain point everything must end and so it is against my will.


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Country:

France | Belgium | Luxembourg | USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

28 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest & Celestine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,078, 2 March 2014

Gross USA:

$262,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,111,137
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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