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Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous other festival prizes. Tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears that live aboveground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for burly troubadour Ernest, the pair forms an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny, and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde create “a delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, a just-about-perfect hand-drawn animated feature.”—Screen Daily.

Genres: Animation, Childrens

Other Films by Benjamin Renner

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Following up on the much-loved Ernest & Celestine, these warm, funny hand-drawn tales about life on an animal farm are adapted from Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel about a fox who struggles to live up to his reputation as a carnivore. After failing miserably at stealing chickens, he swipes and sits on three eggs, hoping