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Ernest and Celestine 2012 ***

Arriving with little fanfare, this French animation won an Oscar nomination and plaudits for the charming, water-colour animation created by the GKIDS studio. Ernest is a bear who is demonised for his large and imposing shape, and he finds friendship with Celestine, an orphaned mouse who refuses to believe what she’s told about evil bears. Ernest refuses to make a dinner of Celestine,  and the two embark on a partnership that sees them marked down as criminals who can’t accept a bear/mouse relationship. Adapted from Gabrielle Vincent’s book, Ernest and Celestine is a lovely piece of hand-drawn work from directors Stéphane Aubier , Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner, and this subtitled version is a pleasant diversion for kids of all ages.

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