Friday, August 29, 2014

Ernest & Celestine (2012)

Director(s): Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Rattar. 80 min. Rated PG. France/Belgium/Luxembourg. Animation.

Last year's simply-rendered but pleasant Oscar-nominated feature animation, about the comedic forbidden friendship between a bear and a mouse, could be an allegory for many things: religious taboos, gay marriage, ... even the Arab-Israeli conflict. Which is exactly the point: Aren't we burdening our kids with too many complicated grown-up subjects? Are we giving them enough space to have fun with their own cartoons? Aren't we going overboard, trying to make sure every kid thinks the way we want them to think? I'm not sure which kid will get the final scene, of the literal crumbling of the judicial system.

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