Ernest & Celestine Movie Review
It's The Hunger Games, only with bears and mice, only nothing like The Hunger Games at all. The sweet, entertaining and offbeat Ernest & Celestine, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, is now on Blu-ray and DVD, and will appeal to children of all ages—as long as they don't need the latest and greatest CGI animation to wow them.
Drawn and painted almost like a moving watercolor painting, Ernest & Celestine is beautiful and full of life, detailed even when the details aren't clear. Directors Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner take what is, in essence, an extremely simple story and approach and turn it into a lively, fun and adorable tale of two unlikely friends.
Originally filmed in French, the movie has been dubbed over with American actors (Forest Whitaker and Mackenzie Foy voice the lead roles, with Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy and others also providing their talents). Thankfully, the nature of the animation lends itself well to English translation.
Ernst & Celestine is a delightful little film. Is it revolutionary or groundbreaking? No. But it's the perfect kind of film for a perfect kind of day, and parents can both be comfortable allowing their children to watch this movie untested and enjoy it along with them.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.