Review: Oscar Nominated 'Ernest & Celestine' a Gentle and Delightfully Weird Animated Treat

Taboo friendship is one of the many resonant themes in the sweetly strange and delicately animated “Ernest & Celestine,” which is up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and is co-directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. The French film is based on a series of twenty children’s books by Gabrielle Vincent, which follows the ongoing adventures of a bear and mouse, illustrating both literally and figuratively that odd couples can endure over time.Celestine (voiced by Pauline Brunner in the French version; Mackenzie Foy in the American dubbed version) is a young mouse with aspirations of being an artist, but forced into dental school. (The head mouse at the dental office where she studies waxes poetic on the importance of the incisor to the greater mouse civilization.) The best way to procure extra incisors for beleaguered mice missing teeth is for the students to steal them from
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