English-Language Release Set for Oscar-Shortlisted French Animated Film ‘Ernest & Celestine’

The film won the best animated feature award at France’s Cesar awards

GKIDS will release an English-language version of the award-winning French animated film “Ernest & Celestine,” which has made the short list for an Oscar nomination, on March 14, the company announced Monday.

“Ernest & Celestine” won Best Animated Feature at France’s Cesar Awards – their version of the Academy Awards. The New York-based GKIDS has earned Oscar nominations in the past for “Chico & Rita” and “The Secret of Kells,” which “Ernest & Celestine” producer Didier Brunner also helped make.

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The English-language version of “Ernest & Celestine” features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright.

Based on a book series, the film chronicles the relationship between a mouse and a bear in a city where mice work under ground and bears live above ground.