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“Ernest and Celestine” Finds U.S. Release Date

Indie animated feature distributor GKIDS has announced that the highly anticipated hand-drawn French film Ernest and Celestine will open in New York and Los Angeles on March 14, 2014. That will be followed by national expansion to all major US markets.

GKIDS has qualified Ernest and Celestine for the Academy Awards this year in the film’s original French language with subtitles. The American release, however, will be dubbed with a voice cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, and Nick Offerman. The small New York-based distributor has experienced fantastic success at the Oscars during the past five years by countering the big studios with quieter, more personal hand-drawn fare. They have earned nominations for three of their features: The Secret of Kells, A Cat in Paris, and Chico & Rita.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Oh, I am so looking forward to this. This looks like such a charming little film.

  • Beamish Kinowerks

    Hope LETTER TO MOMO is coming out soon, too. It has had a few sporadic, one-off screenings, but no big rollout yet.

    • Inkan1969

      I need to write to GKids to ask for their schedules for E&C and ALtM, as well as “Zarafa” and “Approved for Adoption”.

    • George Comerci

      Agreed, that’s going to be fantastic.

  • HalSolo

    That’s a delightful looking cast for a delightful looking film.

  • (◕‿◕✿)

    One of the best things about living in NYC is getting the opportunity to see films like this. I can’t wait!

    • DReview

      I’m jealous

  • Inkan1969

    Where’s the announcement? I didn’t see any announcement at the GKids website.

  • UsaMiKo

    FINALLY!! A recent theatrical release of a 2D film in American theaters! It’s a small step, but it’s something!

  • DReview

    I’m so glad glad this movie exists!

  • DReview

    So glad this movie exists!