Animation distributor GKIDS has announced that the English-language version of Ernest & Celestine will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. The film opens theatrically on March 14 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 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).
The original French language version of Ernest & Celestine premiered at Cannes, 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. It was nominated for six Annie Awards earlier this week, the most for any independent or internationally produced film. In addition to Best Animated Feature, the film received nods for directing, writing, production design, character animation and editing in an animated feature.