Whimsy & Righteousness  | Film | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
Pin It

Whimsy & Righteousness  

Ernest & Celestine—now in English!

Ernest & Celestine originally screened in Oregon as part of the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), and I remember thinking it was a shame. Not the film itself—which is an absolute delight—but the fact that it was screening in its original French with English subtitles. Fine for adults, but out of reach for kids who either don't speak French or lack the patience and/or ability to read the characters' lines. Happily, Ernest is back, this time in an English-dubbed version featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, and William H. Macy, among other famous names.

Even if you don't have ready access to a youngster, Ernest & Celestine is one of those rare animated features whose message is clearly directed at children (it's based on a series of Belgian children's books), but offers something to viewers of all ages. Visually, it is rendered in muted watercolors with impressive fluidity, its uncompleted borders sketched just heavily enough to convey density. Its plot is whimsical, but bears a classic message of friendship and acceptance without falling prey to kids' movies greatest pratfall: characters so annoying they make adults grind their teeth into powder.

Ernest is a bear, part of an aboveground society that is distinctly anti-mouse. Below it is an underground rodent city that is distinctly anti-bear, where tiny mouse Celestine lives in an orphanage. They're both misfits among their kind. Celestine is expected to train as a dentist, but yearns to be an artist. Ernest is a busking hobo, who's failed his family's expectations that he become a lawyer. Through chance, the two forge a friendship, and their alliance is so scandalous that they are pursued by both the bear and the mice authorities as underground criminals. It's adorable! It also legitimately builds tension and makes an oft-trod but perfectly righteous point. Kids or no kids in tow.

dirs. Stéphane Aubier,

Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner

Tin Pan Theatre

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Now Playing

By Film...

By Theater...

Newsletter Signup

Cascades Reader Logo Cascades Reader

Get your daily dose of news for Central Oregon and beyond, delivered to your inbox five days a week. Powered by the Source Weekly.

Latest in Film

  • May the Source Be With You

    • Mar 25, 2020
    A global pandemic edition of the podcasts and streaming shows to catch right now More »
  • Going Viral

    • Mar 18, 2020
    Tips for keeping yourself occupied and smiling, from our resident binge-watcher More »
  • Daddy Tissues

    • Mar 11, 2020
    "Onward" wants your sweet, sweet tears More »
  • More »

More by Marjorie Skinner

Readers also liked…

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation