The animated film distributor GKIDS has just announced the English language voice cast for ‘Ernest & Celestine’. The film will also be hoping to land an Oscar nomination this coming year. You can read Clayton’s very positive take on the film here. The full press release:
New York, New York – November 8, 2013 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for ERNEST & CELESTINE, the charming and beautifully hand-drawn new feature from the creators of the Academy Award® nominated Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. ERNEST & CELESTINE premiered at Cannes, has played Toronto, London, Los Angeles and other prestigious film festivals, is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes, and currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
GKIDS is qualifying the film for the 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 just-completed English language voice cast includes Academy Award,® Emmy,® Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Academy Award® and Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep), Academy Award® nominee and Emmy,® Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee and Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner William H. Macy (Fargo), Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire). Voice recording was completed in New York and Los Angeles.
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. Current and upcoming releases include Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, 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.