ernest & célestine
True friendship knows no bounds
The stories of Ernest and Célestine describe the unusual friendship between the chipper mouse Célestine and Ernest, a grouchy but kindhearted and very musical bear. Since the lovable little mouse met the grumpy bear, they’ve been friends for life. They live on the outskirts of a small town. Ernest loves music and plays violin with a passion, earning money as a street musician. The smart, lively Célestine dances around and loves to paint all day. Even though they’re very poor, the two share their joys and their sorrows, laugh together, and are always there for one another.
Area covered by license: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Licensing: for all product segments except publishing; calendars can be licensed
Rights holder: Studiocanal
- Children ages 3 and up
- Adults for decorative products
- The stories are about having the courage to overcome prejudice
- The heroes embody the ideal friendship, sticking together despite the rejection they experience from their surroundings
- Through their shared love of music, a close relationship forms between the two completely opposite characters
- Both the TV series and the cinema film are distinguished by the unmistakable drawing style of their originator, Gabrielle Vincent
- The TV series “Ernest and Célestine” came out in 2017
- Season 1 consists of 26 episodes of 13 minutes each
- The series has been sold worldwide and broadcast with success in China, Japan, South Korea, Scandinavia, and Germany
- 10/17/2019–11/11/2019: broadcast of season 1 on KiKA daily from 6:35 to 6:47 p.m.
- 11/3/2019–1/23/2020: broadcast on ZDF every Sunday from 7:00 to 7:13 a.m., as well as on ZDFtivi
- Reruns of the first season were regularly broadcast on KiKA in December 2021
- Broadcast of the second season is planned for 2022
- The first film adaption of the book series came to the big screen in 2012
- In France, the film drew over one million viewers to cinemas
- “Ernest and Célestine” won the SACD Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, the film received both a César Award in the category “Best Animated Feature Film” and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for best animation. In 2014, it garnered six nominations for an Annie Award and was nominated for an Oscar in the category “Best Animated Feature Film.” In addition, the Film Rating Board designated the cinema film “Ernest and Célestine” as “especially worthwhile.”
- A further cinema film is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022
The episodes can also be seen currently on the VOD platforms YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV+, and Amazon
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