About the Author of Ernest & Celestine Books
Gabrielle Vincent was born Monique Martin in Brussels on 9 September 1929. She studied drawing and painting at the Brussels School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1951 with flying colors. In the 1980s, Gabrielle Vincent created Ernest and Celestine, presenting children with her twin talents of drawing and storytelling. She used everyday stories to express human truths, tenderness, the joy of making others happy and living simply, allowing her heart to speak out whilst gently mocking convention. The books went on to be published around the world.
“The stories I draw are often things I have experienced or observed. I have the scenario in my head,
and when I pick up a pencil and then an ink pen, everything comes to me very quickly. Almost always, the first
sketch is the right one. I love spontaneity.” said Gabrielle Vincent.
About the Film
From the film producer, Didier Brunner, “In the beginning, there were 20 beautiful little books illustrated by Gabrielle Vincent. These stories delighted my daughter Pauline when I read them to her each night before bed. The protagonists were a bear and a mouse, bound together by an unusual friendship. How was it that these two very different creatures from two completely separate worlds – a great lumbering bear and a dear little mouse – ever came to meet one another? And why are they so bound up in this unswerving friendship? …in 2008, I heard that her publisher, Casterman, was selling the rights for a TV series. I quickly contacted them and suggested a film adaptation because only the artistic care brought through a feature-length film would be able to do justice to the quality of Gabrielle Vincent’s drawings.”
Ernest & Celestine is a 2014 Oscar nominee for best animated feature, was awarded 2013 Best Animated Feature by LA Film Critics Association, won the Cesar Award in France, and has played Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other prestigious film festivals. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a 97% Fresh rating!
You can watch the trailer here: http://ernestandcelestine.com/
Find theater listings here: http://www.ernestandcelestine.com/theaters.html
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- An Ernest & Celestine poster
- An E&C branded coloring book
- An E&C branded paint set
- E&C branded temporary tattoos
- E&C branded stickers
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