Paris-based studio Les Armateurs will be premiering a charming new 2D animated feature titled Ernest and Celestine in France on December 12, 2012. Prolific French producer Didier Brunner, whose name is well regarded amongst international animation circles, heads the studio, with a list of past works that all boast of Oscar-nominations, such as The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear (2002), Kirikou and The Sorceress (1995) and its sequel Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005).
Brunner and Les Armateurs’ latest project, Ernest and Celestine, is based on a series of illustrated books by the late Gabrielle Vincent and follows the story of an artistic mouse who befriends a musically-gifted bear. The film will be directed by newcomer Benjamin Renner, who is fresh off the critical success of his award winning short A Mouse’s Tale.
“We started developing the project more than three-and-a-half years ago,” says Brunner in a recent Cannes Film Festival interview with animation magazine. “But production officially began two years ago. Now that film is ready, we’re happy to be showing it at festivals before its release in the country.”