For Milkbaby's fourth birthday, we took him to Ernest & Celestine. Here's his review.
Tell me about Ernest & Celestine.
It had a big ummm bear, called Ernest. And a little mouse who was called Celestine. Umm Celestine dropped the pencil, and the movie was great.
What was the best part of the movie?
The funny one, the big mouse. He went "boof!" into the door. [giggles]
What did Ernest & Celestine do?
They jumped in the big house. Celestine took a big bunch of teeth. Where to? To the doctor? Did she steal them? No. Ernest stole a whole bunch of teeth. And that's the end of it.
Who was chasing them?
I saw a funny part. It was the police holding hands and went "boof" into a wall. It was very silly. [more giggling]
What else did you like about the film?
Were Ernest & Celestine friends in the end?
But mama? We didn't talk about Frozen yet!
What do you want to say about Frozen?
There's two girls, and one girl went away and said
"Let it go, let it go
It's all very nice
Let it go, let it go
It's all very nice" [Milkbaby sings this for me, somewhat tunelessly]
That's the song about the girl who was going away.
Where did she go?
She made a tall house and a bridge. And. Someone trapped her. And it was locked. And. Uh. The other girl came to her and tracked inside. What happened then? It locked. They were huggling each other. But the one he was coming back and the other one was pushing her away. The guy? No. The girl.
What else happened?
It's finished. I want to say Germany wins. [Any guess as to what day we wrote this together? Yup, the day that one country got their happily-ever-after ending.]
Ernest & Celestine is a gorgeous, fantastical movie, from the creators of The Triplets of Belleville. For anyone who has read the Ernest & Celestine picturebooks, as far as I can tell, this film doesn't attempt to adapt their simple stories; rather, it is the backstory of how Ernest & Celestine came to be friends. And what a story it is - they both must overcome adversity (the mouse and bear Police officers go "boof") and their own personal challenges to realise their dream of staying friends. Celestine is a courageous and smart female role model. She stands up to the system, and to the "big scary bear" Ernest. Ernest, voiced by Forest Whittaker, is her lovable and loyal sidekick.
And Frozen? Don't even get me started... I've "let it go" already.
Rating for Ernest & Celestine: ***** (go see it if you haven't already!)