“Do you know the story of the little mouse who didn’t believe in the big bad bear?” Academy voters do. They nominated Ernest & Celestine for the Best Animated Feature Oscar alongside some of the biggest hits of 2013. The French pic from the creators of The Triplets Of Belleville centers on the unlikely friendship between a mouse from beneath the streets and a bear from above amid distrust and false assumptions among their peers. The dubbed U.S. version sports a voice cast including Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner directed the hand-drawn toon, which already has banked Cesar and LA Film Critics Association awards. It opens February 28 in Los Angeles and March 14 in NYC, followed by an expansion to major U.S. markets. Here’s the trailer:
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