“Ernest and Célestine: a trip to Charabie”: this jewel of animation to see with the family!

Ernest and Célestine, main characters of the film named César for best animated film in 2013, are back. 10 years later, Julien Chheng and Jean-Christophe Roger are bringing back to the fore the famous duo made up of the big musical bear and the mischievous little mouse. To our delight, we therefore find the adorable duo embarked on new adventures…

A second opus as successful?

When Ernest’s violin, the Stradivarours, falls down the stairs and breaks because of Célestine, disaster strikes. The little mouse then struggles to find someone capable of fixing it. But to repair this precious violin, the only solution is to find a certain Octavius. Problem, the latter lives in Charabie, the country where Ernest’s family lives and where he refuses to set foot. Celestine decides to go anyway, alone. But Ernest ends up joining her to make sure nothing happens to his favorite little mouse. Once they arrive, they discover with sadness that music is banned throughout the country… Except for the note “do”. With the help of a few accomplices, Ernest and Célestine will then try to repair this tragedy…

In this second part, the directors wanted to immerse the spectators in the heart of a musical journey like no other. They also called on the same composer as the first part, Vincent Courtois, to bring their vision to life. The very successful soundtrack sets the tone.

The superb animation and the richness of the scenery (really breathtaking) form a colorful universe that will leave young and old alike speechless. In this declaration of love for music, an immense poetry emerges from the drawings, which are entirely made by hand. But the real prowess of Julien Chheng and Jean-Christophe Roger lies in the fact of having succeeded in mixing the tenderness and the sweetness of the universe, with a hectic and rhythmic story.

A true ode to friendship and music, the film also tackles more adult subjects. “Ernest and Celestine: a trip to Charabie” essentially addresses subjects such as dictatorship, totalitarianism, the importance of charting your own path… In short, a film as intelligent as it is touching!

For young and old

This famous duo, too “core”, composed of an imposing bear and a little mouse, was born in the 80s. The Belgian illustrator Gabrielle Vincent (real name Monique Martin), decided to create a series of books in the name of its protagonists, between 1981 and 2000. Aimed at the little ones, its books have been recognized and awarded internationally.

But, although the books (like films) are intended primarily for children, heavier subjects, known as “adults”, are addressed. Between the worries of a lost cuddly toy or fear of the dark and those of adoption or illness, both children and parents can be affected.

And then, although the main characters are embodied by animals, their deep humanity is obvious. Whether through their emotions or their physical aspects. ” If the author, the draftsman, draws or paints first for himself, the picture book will also fascinate the adult, the parent who reads will tell the story all the better to his child (or to his pupils ) that he will be touched or moved”, explains the author in an article dedicated to her foundation. After her series of books, the author was able to seize the opportunity to adapt them on the big screen in 2013. With the success that we know!

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“Ernest and Célestine: a trip to Charabie”: this jewel of animation to see with the family!

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