NEW YORK (July 24, 2023) – GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, announced today it will bring ERNEST & CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERITIA to select theaters nationwide. The film will open September 1st in New York at the Village East, in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Santa Monica and Laemmle Glendale, and in additional markets nationwide. A full list of markets can be viewed at www.ErnestAndCelestine.com
Co-directed by Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng, the follow-up to the Oscar®– nominated Ernest & Celestine once again features the famous unlikely duo – this time returning to Ernest’s hometown in Gibberitia. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at France’s 48th César Awards, ERNEST & CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERTIA opened in French theaters in December and had its US Premiere as the opening night film of the New York International Children’s Film Festival this past March. The film has gone on to play at the San Francisco Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Chicago Critics Film Festival.
Jean-Christophe Roger, director of the Ernest & Celestine: The Collection animated series, returned to the beloved characters as co-director and is joined by Emmy®-nominated co-director Julien Chheng, who previously worked on the original Ernest & Celestine feature as a character animator and directed “The Spy Dancer” in the latest Star Wars: Visions Volume 2.
GKIDS previously handled United States distribution for Ernest & Celestine, which won the César Award for Best Animated Feature, before earning GKIDS its third Academy Award nomination. Nearly 10 years later, GKIDS is proud to release ERNEST & CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERITIA theatrically in both its original French language and a new English dubbed version. Today, GKIDS revealed the voice cast for the new English language dub.
ENGLISH DUB CAST
Ernest / Andrew Kishino
Celestine / Ashely Boettcher
Naboukov / David Lodge
Kamelia / Anne Yatco
Mila/MifasolLena / Josephine Marano
Octavius / Bill Lobley
Police Chief / Daniel Hagan
Ernest and Celestine return in this delightful and joyous follow-up to their first Academy Award®-nominated adventure, which introduced a bear and mouse as the unlikeliest of friends. Ernest remains an ursine troubadour dedicated to a life of music and art, and his constant grouchiness is softened by the creative whims of his mouse friend Celestine. When she accidentally breaks his beloved violin, they must take a long voyage to Ernest’s country of Gibbertia, home to the only artist who can repair it. But when they arrive, they are shocked to discover that all forms of music have been banned in Gibbertia for many years, and a land once known worldwide for its incredible musicians has fallen silent. It is up to Ernest and Celestine and their new friends, including a mysterious masked outlaw, to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears.