‘Ernest & Celestine’ Expands Theatrically Today, Plus Signed Poster Giveaway

The Oscar-nominated French animated feature Ernest & Celestine, which is being rolled out theatrically across the U.S. over the next few months, has its first significant expansion this weekend. To celebrate the film’s release, GKIDS and Cartoon Brew are giving away a special poster signed and drawn on by the film’s co-director Benjamin Renner. To enter the giveaway, visit this page.

Both the subtitled and dubbed versions will be released in the United States. The dubbed version includes the voices of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti and William H. Macy. The film is getting raves wherever it opens, like the following reviews in the Boston Globe and Seattle Weekly. After 46 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it boasts an almost perfect 98% positive critic’s rating.

Today, the film opens in the following cities:

*This post is sponsored by GKIDS.*


  • jonhanson

    Words cannot describe how much I love GKIDS and what they’ve done to expand the theatrical animation choices in this country!

  • (◕‿◕✿)

    Wonderful news! I saw the film last week at the IFC center in NYC and it is so smart, charming, and beautifully crafted. I am very happy that it is getting a wider release – go see it!!

  • ???

    Actually, it already played in my city…French with subtitles. It’s a really good film!! I hope more people go see it!

  • martin

    lauren bacall? wow, still going strong. its only last year i discovered her in “to have and have not” (1944). not to mention she played a sexy dame in that movie.

  • George Comerci

    I wish it would get released in Tucson…everyone keeps going on about how charming it is…and I want to see for myself!

  • Mister Twister

    No Long Island? What a bummer :(

    • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com ElliotCowan

      It’s playing at the Bow Tie in Manhasset.

      • Mister Twister

        :D

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Nice to see Cleveland get it at all even if it’s playing in a film fest screening.

  • Eman

    Bummer. The closest screening is 4 hours away.

  • celticmoon

    Over the last three weeks or so, this had been playing at four different theaters in my area, but it stopped playing at the last theater it was still playing on Friday. Ironic, considering that was the big expansion day… I really wanted to catch this in theaters. Bummer….

  • Eljay

    I watched this in French with English subtitles which was a bit difficult to read and not miss the great art at the same time but I did like the French voices, especially of Célestine.
    This is definitely one of my favorite animated features of all time now.