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Oscars: 'Frozen,' 'Croods' Animators Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Breakout Characters

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Ernest & Celestine: Celestine

Celestine, an orphaned mouse with a talent for drawing, lives below cobblestone streets in a village full of mice that fear bears. "She is a shy girl, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have her own ideas. Everyone tells her drawing is pointless, but she keeps drawing," says Benjamin Renner, one of the directors of Ernest & Celestine. Based on a Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, the France-Belgium co-production, which GKids Films released in the U.S., has a hand-drawn, storybook look as Celestine forms an unlikely friendship with a bear named Ernest, who has a passion for music but can't find acceptance in his own village. "For me it's like Romeo and Juliet, but it's about friendship," says Renner. "When she meets Ernest, she becomes more independent," he explains. "At first she looks like Red Riding Hood, but her cape is not so red because we wanted her to [blend into the crowd]. When she meets Ernest, we dressed her with more lively colors. She is no longer just a shy girl. She is a child who wants to have friends. She changes during the course of the film."

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