GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced that it will release the English language Ernest & Celestine, on March 14. The film will open in New York and Los Angeles, followed by national expansion to all major US markets.
Ernest & Celestine is the charming and beautifully hand-drawn new feature from the creators of the Academy Award nominated Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. The previously announced voice cast includes Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep), Paul Giamatti (John Adams), William H. Macy (Fargo), Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), and Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire).
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 currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. GKIDS is qualifying the film for the 2014 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 film is qualifying for awards consideration in the original French language version.