This French-Belgian film – dubbed in English, featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker and teenage Twilight actress Mackenzie Foy – was one of five Academy Award nominees for best animated feature in 2014. Sweet and artfully animated, it revolves around an unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear and the inability of their respective bear-fearing, mouse-eating brethren to accept their bond.
The film is based on Belgian writer-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent's wholesome children's books of the same name. It preserves Vincent’s naturalistic style of illustration, placing the computer-animated characters against hand-painted, watercolor backgrounds. Critics loved it; all 35 monitored by the online Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive review.
Ernest & Celestine will be screened after the 2 p.m. Coterie Theatre presentation. All ages are welcome, though some scenes may frighten small children.