ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION OF
ERNEST & CELESTINE
TO PREMIERE JANUARY 18, 2014
AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
AWARD-WINNING FILM FEATURES THE VOICES OF
FOREST WHITAKER, MACKENZIE FOY,
LAUREN BACALL, PAUL GIAMATTI, WILLIAM H. MACY,
MEGAN MULLALLY, NICK OFFERMAN, JEFFREY WRIGHT
“E&C” IS COMPETING FOR OSCARS, ANNIES AND GOLDEN GLOBES
IN ORIGINAL FRENCH VERSION
New York, New York – December 5, 2013 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced that the English language version of ERNEST & CELESTINE will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18. The film opens theatrically on March 14 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by national expansion to all major US markets.
ERNEST & CELESTINE is the charming and beautifully hand-drawn new feature from the creators of the Academy Award® nominated Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. The voice cast includes Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep), Paul Giamatti (John Adams), William H. Macy (Fargo), Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), and Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire).
The original French language version of ERNEST & CELESTINE premiered at Cannes, is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature, and currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. GKIDS is qualifying the film for the 2014 Academy Awards® in the Best Animated Feature category, where the company has had past success with The Secret of Kells, A Cat in Paris, and Chico & Rita. The film is qualifying for awards consideration in the original French language version. It was nominated for six Annie Awards earlier this week, the most for any independent or internationally produced film. In addition to Best Animated Feature, the film received nods for directing, writing, production design, character animation and editing in an animated feature.
ABOUT ERNEST & CELESTINE
From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells comes a visually stunning, enormously entertaining new film with generation-spanning appeal. Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, ERNEST & CELESTINE joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, ERNEST & CELESTINE is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored three Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations, with The Secret of Kells in 2010 and both A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012 – marking the first time an independent distributor has had two simultaneous nominations in the category. Upcoming releases include Ignacio Ferreras’ Wrinkles, featuring Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe, as well as the animated Oscar®-contenders Ernest & Celestine, from producers Les Armateurs, and A Letter to Momo, from Japan’s Production I.G. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar®-winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar®-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. www.gkids.com/films