Ernest & Celestine: First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A nominee of the Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature, Ernest & Celestine is easily one of our most anticipated animated film of the year and here's our First Look at French-Belgian animated film. 

Before Disney's Frozen begun knocking global box offices head over heel, we already knew how formidable an animated feature film can be both in terms of its box office powers and its potential to warm its way into one's heart and mind. Nominated as one of the Best Animated Featured in the 86th Academy Awards, the French-Belgian animated film Ernest & Celestine has been warming its way across the other end of the hemisphere with its touching story of a forbidden friendship between a bear and a mouse. The first animation to win the Magritte Award for Best Film, the animated film directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Pater, and St├ęphane Aubier has been on the receiving end of universal acclaim and is set to have a limited release stateside.

Hit the jump to experience the endlessly charming animation with the first two trailers.

Posters released for the film. 

Here’s the official synopsis for the animated film:

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. 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, Bugs Bunny, and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde.


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