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July 6, 2014

Ernest & Celestine Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

 EW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK!

"MAGICAL! ENCHANTING! AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT!" "From its inventive visuals to its unruly heroes, Ernest & Celestine is an equal pleasure for children and adults. A modern-day period piece, a fabulous fable, a most fortunate use of animation artistry!"
- LA Times

"PURE DELIGHT!" - Village Voice

"Advances the art of animation without seeming to try!"
- Wall Street Journal

"A beautiful little children's fable with a wise, grown-up heart!"
- Vulture


ERNEST AND CELESTINE
Animation, Aubier/Patar/Renner, France, 2012, 80 minutes
In French with English subtitles

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.

Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bug Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart grow.

Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine won France's CĂ©sar Award for Best Animated Feature, and has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards®.

The English-language voice cast features Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright.

Our Review:
Ernest & Celestine is one of our favorite movies. It is about a tiny mouse named Celestine. When she met a bear named Ernest, she almost got eaten by him. Unexpectedly, the two of them because great friends and embarks on a fun adventure together. I LOVE this film as much as my kids do -- the only difference being that my kids have watched it more than 30 times since the blu-ray arrived at our home. I love that unlikely friendship that formed between the two creatures. It was lovely to see how they interact with one another and how their friendship grows over time. It is a heart warming movie that is worth watching. Furthermore, the animation is wonderful. If you are an anime fan, you will want to add this to your movie collection for sure. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com.

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