Ernest and Celestine
Studios: La Parti Productions, Les Armateurs (France/ Belgium) Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stephan Aubier, Vincent Patar Distributor: GKIDS Release Date: November 15 (limited) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100% Synopsis: An unlikely friendship is born when Celestine, an artistic young mouse who gets cornered in a trashcan after an ill-fated journey to the surface world of bears, is discovered by Ernest, a musical bear with a sweet tooth. After convincing him not to ear her, the two form a deep bond, but the creatures around them are not always as accepting. The Odds: Animation aficionados have been chomping at the bit to see this painterly 2D film in theaters stateside after it has spent the last year charming audiences at festivals around the world. With a storyline that touches on issues that are dear to many of the voters’ hearts (role of an artist in society, the delicate balance of friendships, etc.), the movie has a strong shot at a nomination, especially with indie darling GKIDS promoting it in the right circles.