Early Summer DVD Refreshers
Kick back with indie darling Ernest & Celestine, a Hellboy double feature, Marvel Knights and Bob’s Burgers. By Mercedes Milligan. While this painterly 2D adaptation of Daniel Pennac’s charming kids tale was edged out by Frozen in the Oscar race, racking up honors from the Cesars, Cannes, Magritte and L.A. events is none too shabby. Thanks to GKIDS, North American audiences got to enjoy this acclaimed film in theaters, and now’s your chance to bring the heartwarming animal adventure home.
Directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar (the duo behind A Town Called Panic) and first timer Benjamin Renner, the film centers on a young mouse who wants to be an artist, and the down-on-his luck bear musician who spares her — and how the rest of the world deals with their unusual friendship. In addition to the beautiful animation from La Parti Productions and Les Armateurs and the phenomenal English dub cast (Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright), the twodisc Blu-ray/ DVD combo pack also boasts a tres magnifique 50-minute making-of featurette. [Release date: June 17]