Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar were the creators of oddball stop-motion misadventure A Town Called Panic, one of the most beloved cult toons of recent years. It was the one with the toy horse and “Indian” going to war with the underwater people. You most definitely know it if you’ve seen it.
Their next feature, Ernest and Celestine, was co-directed with Benjamin Renner, a comic book artist and animator. It will be premiered in Cannes and, as with so many other pictures headed to the fest, we now have some footage to enjoy.
Here’s the official blurb to set your expectations a little:
The friendship between a little mouse who didn’t want to become a dentist and a big bear who didn’t want to become a notary.
Ernest, a big marginal bear, with a cold and starving, is looking through garbage to find something to eat. Just when he’s ready to put the first thing he finds into his mouth, a piercing cry rings out!
“Stooooppp!” The little mouse he was going to swallow pleads: “if you don’t eat me, I will give you whatever you want most in the world! And it will be better for your health than all this crap.” And this is how Célestine, while trying to save her own life, turns that of Ernest upside down. From these unfortunate circumstances a friendship grows, fought by the world of mice (the upper world) and the world of bears (the underworld) but in vain: Ernest and Célestine will conquer all prejudices.
Three clips were initially published but one has been made private. Here are the two we can watch for now.
Daniel Pennac adapted Gabrielle Vincent‘s books for the screenplay. If hope he’s kept even one half of the charm.
Thanks to Catsuka for the clips.