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Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia (2023)

Opens on September 1

Director: Jean-Christophe Roger, Julien Chheng Run Time: 80 min. Rating: TV-PG Release Year: 2022

Starring: Céline Ronté, Lambert Wilson, Lévanah Solomon, Michel Lerousseau, Pauline Brunner

Country: France, Luxembourgh
Language: French with English subtitles, with select screenings dubbed in English

About the film:

Ernest and Celestine return in this delightful and joyous follow-up to their first Academy Award-nominated adventure, which introduced a bear and mouse as the unlikeliest of friends. Based on the books by Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia (2023) screened at festivals around the world and earned a Best Animated Feature nomination at the 48th César Awards.

Ernest remains an ursine troubadour dedicated to a life of music and art, and his constant grouchiness is softened by the creative whims of his mouse friend Celestine. When she accidentally breaks his beloved violin, they must take a long voyage to Ernest’s country of Gibbertia, home to the only artist who can repair it. But when they arrive, they are shocked to discover that all forms of music have been banned, and a land once known across the world for its incredible musicians has fallen silent.

It is up to Ernest and Celestine and their new friends, including a mysterious masked outlaw, to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears.

About the filmmaker:

Julien Chheng is an animator and director of animation films. After graduating from Gobelins school in Paris, he wrote, illustrated and invented characters for personal projects. He then worked on The Rabbi’s Cat, The Worlds of Ralph, Ernest and Celestine, and Mune. In 2014 he co-founded Studio La Cachette, where he produced the TV series pilots for Kairos, The Ballad of Bea and Cad. He also worked on the artistic supervision of characters and animation for projects such as Love, Death and Robots for Netflix, which aired in 2019, and Primal for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.

Jean-Christophe Roger is a writer and director of animation films. After studying at École nationale des Arts Décoratifs, he worked as a 2D animator at Disney, as well as the creation of backgrounds and characters, before devoting himself to storyboarding and directing. He directed and co-wrote several television series such as Ernest & Celestine The Collection, The New Adventures of Lassie, Belphégor, Potatoes and Dragons, Cooking? Child’s Play!, The Fairy Shell, and Lupo Alberto, as well as the feature film The Storytelling Show! (2010).

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