GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for Ernest & Celestine, the charming and beautifully hand-drawn new feature from the creators of the Academy Award nominated Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. Ernest & Celestine premiered at Cannes, has played Toronto, London, Los Angeles and other prestigious film festivals, is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes, and currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
GKIDS is qualifying the film for the Academy Awards in the Best Animated Feature category, where the company has had past success with The Secret of Kells, A Cat in Paris, and Chico & Rita.
The just-completed English language voice cast includes Academy Award, Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Academy Award and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep), Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner William H. Macy (Fargo), Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), and Emmy and Golden Globe winner and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire). Voice recording was completed in New York and Los Angeles.
From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells comes a visually stunning, enormously entertaining new film with generation-spanning appeal. 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.
Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a 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. Based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.