GKIDS has announced the English voice cast for Ernest & Celestine, the 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, and is the winner of Frances Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.
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 Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright . Voice recording was completed in New York and Los Angeles.
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 isnt long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
The film is based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent.