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'Ernest & Celestine' English-Language Voice Cast Includes Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2013 at 12:38PM

Renowned animation distributor GKIDS has unveiled the English-language voice cast for lovely French animated film "Ernest & Celestine." Forest Whitaker takes the lead, voicing vagabond bear Ernest, while child actress Mackenzie Foy ("The Conjuring," "Twilight: Breaking Dawn") will voice Celestine, a young mouse who wants to be an artist but feels pressured into dental school.
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Ernest and Celestine

Renowned animation distributor GKIDS has unveiled the English-language voice cast for lovely French animated film "Ernest & Celestine." Forest Whitaker takes the lead, voicing vagabond bear Ernest, while child actress Mackenzie Foy ("The Conjuring," "Twilight: Breaking Dawn") will voice Celestine, a young mouse who wants to be an artist but feels pressured into dental school. The two eventually become outlaws together.

Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker

The film, which won the Cesar for Best Animated Film earlier this year, hits theaters December 6 (we're currently calling it a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination in the animation race). Our TOH! review is here. Watch the trailer for the French subtitled version below.

Here's the full list of voice actors:

FOREST WHITAKER - as “Ernest”

MACKENZIE FOY - as “Celestine”

LAUREN BACALL

PAUL GIAMATTI

WILLIAM H. MACY

MEGAN MULLALLY

NICK OFFERMAN

JEFFREY WRIGHT

This article is related to: News, GKIDS, Ernest et Celestine, Forest Whitaker, Paul Giamatti


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.