Ernest and Celestine- English v French?


– Feb, 16, 2014- Sara Barton
The Oscar nominated animated film, Ernest and Celestine(2012) opens in theaters February 28, and encores at this years, New York International Children’s Film. The film is being released in both, it’s original French version (with subtitles), as well as in English. The question on parent’s minds, “Which version do I take my child to see?”. Samurai Beat Radio is here to help. Thanks to GKIDS, we’ve had the privilege of viewing both versions. Here’s what we recommend.

The Original- (French with English subtitles):
The original is best recommended for: bi-lingual, fluent to semi-fluent french speakers, just learning French or lovers of French cinema. It’s rare pleasure to watch a French-speaking animated film here in the US. Although, several French animated films have debuted at NYICFF, the last French animated film to grace US theaters was, The Triplets of Belleville in 2003. While the film does have English subtitles, it’s can be distracting from the gorgeous animation, especially for young children.

The English Version
This is best recommended for: non- french speakers, as well as young children, especially those under the age of 7; who might have a hard time with reading subtitles. Yet, you won’t be missing out when you see the English version. GKIDS has done an outstanding job dubbing the film. It features an all-star voice-cast, with: Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy and child actress, Mackenzie Foy. Unlike the English translations of most foreign animated films, the French to English translations is 99.9% accurate. However, Mackenzie Foy’s, English Celestine differs from her French counterpart (voice by:Pauline Brunner) she may loses her adorable french sassy style; it’s a cultural thing that’s very difficult for an American to capture, but nonetheless she still does fantastic job. Celestine remains cute and adorable.

Regardless, both versions of Ernest and Celestine are excellent in their own right. Whether it’s in French or English, your family will enjoy the magical experience that the film has to offer.


Top 5 Reasons to go to NYICFF 2014!

This week tickets went on sale for the New York International Children’s Film Festival 2014. Since 2010, Samurai Beat Radio been bring coverage of NYICFF, including our interview with Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar nominated film, The Secret of Kells.

This year’s festival is extra special and we’re going to give you the Top 5 Reasons,
why you need to attend!

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Number # 5- Aunt Hilda!– France

French animation makes an encore splash, as Jacques-Remy Girerd, creator of A Cat in Paris and Mia and the Migoo returns to NYICFF with his latest hand-drawn gem, Aunt Hilda!

Number # 4- Patema Inverted– Japan

The new feature from Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities

Number # 3- Laika: Behind the Magic-US

Heads up future animators! This event is for you. Experience the magic of stop-motion through a rare behind-the-scenes presentation from LAIKA studios – creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman. LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro will give insights into the intricate stop-motion animation process, using footage of time-lapse production, exclusive clips of LAIKA animators at work, and a demonstration using the actual character models from of the movies. Then put your newfound stop-motion knowledge to work during a complete screening of the film Coraline and an exclusive look at the upcoming LAIKA feature The Boxtrolls. After the films there will be an audience Q&A.

Number #2- Oscar-Nominated: Ernest & Celestine– France

Ernest & Celestine kicked off last year’s NYICFF opening ceremony. After it’s nomination for best animated feature film, Ernest & Celestine returns in a new English language version, featuring the voices of: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. The audience will also have to opportunity for a Q&A with the films director, Benjamin Renner.

Last, but not least,

NUMBER #1- Muppets Most Wanted– Special Sneak Preview

NYICFF is thrilled to present a special sneak preview screening of Disney’s, Muppets Most Wanted. That’s right folks, see The Muppets before they hit theaters- need we say more!