Ernest And Celestine Are Très Charming

A delightfully old-fashioned kid’s flick with a meaningful message, “Ernest and Celestine” offers up yet another intriguing Euro alternative to your typical Hollywood 3D animated fare. Based on the popular children’s books by the Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, this story of an improbable friendship between a deadbeat bear and a crafty mouse reps a solid sophomore effort from Belgian filmmakers Vincent Pater and Stephane Aubier (“A Town Called Panic”), who, along with co-director Benjamin Renner, have designed a clever and timeless tale. Yet the movie, in spite of a well-received debut at Cannes last May, still has no American release date. Pourquoi?

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