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Ernest & Celestine

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Touching animated story celebrates unlikely friendships.

Movie PG 2014 80 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 6+

Dark prequel

Our oldest daughter loved the Ernest and Celestine books. We read and reread and reread them. They were a quiet spot in a world that shouts at children. The only thing resembling the lovely stories in this movie is art work. Read the books, skip the movie, too dark, too preachy and very little fun.
age 10+

Robberies, fighting, and police chases

My 5 and 7 year-olds were really scared and asked to turn it off within the first 20 or 30 minutes. I agreed with them. The bear and mouse were constantly breaking the law together resulting in police chases and narrow escapes. The fights between the characters are violent, including hitting and throwing each other. The animation is beautiful, but it's definitely for a older children than mine.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This is an important story about overcoming prejudice and sticking up for your friends -- even if they're unpopular or misunderstood by your community. Ernest & Celestine is a beautifully hand-drawn feature with a watercolor palette. Of course, many young children will just delight in the story of a tiny and adorable little mouse befriending a troubadour bear who's really, really hungry, but it's always good when a kids' movie has meaningful themes.

Academy-Award winning Whitaker has just the ragged, robust voice for Ernest, a broke and hungry bear that can't catch or find any food until Celestine convinces him not eat her but to dip into a greedy candy seller's reserves. Foy, who is best known for playing Edward and Bella's daughter Renesmee in the final Twilight, has the perfect combination of sweetness and spunk to voice Celestine -- the orphan who dreams of a world where the bears above and the mice below don't have to fear and hate each other but can and do become friends. If only people were as sensible as Ernest and Celestine.

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