“Ernest and Celestine” Wins The Cesar Award

The Cesars, the French equivalent of the Oscars, were handed out on Friday evening. The sole prize for animated film (shorts and features are combined into a single category) was presented to the feature film Ernest and Celestine, directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, and Stéphane Aubier.

Good news for Americans: distributor GKIDS has picked up the film for U.S. distribution and is prepping a fall 2013 release. Every clip I’ve seen from the film makes it appear sweet and charming in the best way possible.


  • Scott Shaw!

    “Sweet and charming” indeed! Thanks for the heads-up, Amid. I’m definitely gonna enjoy this one!

  • Larry Ruppel

    The film has a great look and appealing characters– Congratulations to all involved in this charming production!

  • Vincent Tilghman

    This is awesome! I cannot wait to see this.

  • Tomm

    It’s a gem.

  • Tünde Vollenbroek

    That’s wonderful! Ernest et Célestine is the most exciting animated feature film I’ve seen in theaters in a long time. The story is lovely and very solid, and the animation is just stunning.

  • Panda

    Since I heard about this movie I just can’t wait to see it!

  • Hans W.

    By far the best animated feature I’ve seen in the past few years! I’ve seen it four times so far, but I’m sure gonna see it a lot more.

  • Greg

    We missed this in Annecy, hope it makes it to Australia. Is it just me or is this the most incredible art direction ever. The one thing that makes 2D animation labour intensive and drives budgets up is the need for accurate clean-up. The industry’s solution has been to use flash “tweening” to automate motion which retains linework but lacks charm and magic. Here is the better solution, focus on motion and forget about clean lines.

  • Alberto

    This movie brings back the magic of 2D animation. It’s a masterpiece.

  • Nnenna

    I got to see this back in November, it was great. It absolutely deserved the award!

  • jmahon

    this looks adorable, I really want to see it but I have absolutely no idea when or even if there will be a DVD, or subtitles, or screenings, or anything- like most amazing European animation, all of us who miss a precious mid-day screening will never get another chance.

  • Marc Crisafulli

    At first glance, there might not seem to be much to ‘Ernest and Celestine’, but in a world where children’s entertainment can be so in~your~face and cacaphonic, it’s nice to see such an unassuming but charming adaptation get the recognition it deserves.