I don’t want to see traditionally animated movies die off. There’s something magical and charming about that old school medium, that CGI films just cannot match. Sadly, it’s unlikely that such movies will ever be in demand ever again, due to time, costs and the reward to effort ratio.
But that doesn’t mean that they’re completely extinct, as this trailer for Enrnest and Celestine will prove.
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.
That is just downright charming, and irresistibly adorable. The film has a solid voice cast lined up for the English adaptation, that includes Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, Megan Mullally, and Nick Offerman. The English cut is one of five nominees for Animated film of the year, at the 2014 Oscars.
And honestly, I hope it scoops the big prize. Ernest and Celestine is out February 28 in the US of A, and is directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner.
Last Updated: February 7, 2014