Film Review: Ernest and Celestine (2013)

The Oscar nominated French animated film, Ernest and Celestine, gets major points for sweetness. This delicate, uniquely drawn work is endearing, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Functioning as a rather tired paean for tolerance, the story feels thinly sketched and unsubstantial, with critical components of the film’s world possessing an arbitrary quality. Additionally, the English language version of Ernest and Celestine (which is what will be reviewed here) follows the long, exasperating tradition of the voice-acting cast being dominated by Hollywood celebrities hired more for their names than their voice-acting talent.

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