Screens in English, 2013, 80 minutes, color, France/Belgium/Luxembourg
“Mice and bears can never be friends” according to the rules in the charming world of Ernest and Celestine. Celestine is a young mouse in an underground land where cautionary tales of bears are told and all mice are destined to become dentists. But that doesn’t stop Celestine from dreaming of becoming an artist. After being assigned a mission above ground—the world of bears—Celestine meets Ernest, a big bear, clown, and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society. Ernest welcomes her into his home, flying in the face of the established order. But when they are discovered by forces above and below ground, their unique friendship is tested. Will the unlikely pair be able to overcome the long-standing divide between mice and bears?
Based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, this charming and beautifully animated film has been a festival favorite around the world. Presented in English for the first time, the film is certain to delight audiences of all ages.
Recommended for ages five and older.
Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac
Producers: Didier Brunner, Philippe Kauffmann, Vincent Tavier, Stéphan Roelants, Henri Magalon, Arlette Zylberberg,Eric Beckman, David Jesteadt, Michael Sinterniklaas (English language version)
Music: Vincent Courtois
Principal Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright