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SFFILM Festival

Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia

Directed by Julien Chheng, Jean-Christophe Roger

France | 80

23 Apr
Sun, Apr 23, 2023 at 10:00 am PT

Guests Expected

Director Jean-Christophe Roger


Best friends Ernest the bear and tiny mouse Celestine are back for another lively animated adventure based on Gabrielle Vincent’s beloved children’s books. In this captivating sequel to Ernest & Celestine (Festival 2013), Ernest’s violin is broken, so the duo travel back to his homeland, Gibbertia, for the repair. The country Ernest remembers is an exotic place, home to the best musicians on earth, where joyous music fills the air. To his and Celestine’s dismay, things have changed. Music has been banned! To Ernest and Celestine, a life without music is unthinkable, so they join forces with friends and a mysterious masked outlaw to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears.

Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Director Julien Chheng

Julien Chheng is an animator and director of animation films. After graduating from Gobelins school in Paris, he wrote, illustrated and invented characters for personal projects. He then worked on The Rabbi’s Cat, The Worlds of Ralph, Ernest and Celestine, and Mune. In 2014 he co-founded Studio La Cachette, where he produced the TV series pilots for Kairos, The Ballad of Bea and Cad. He also worked on the artistic supervision of characters and animation for projects such as Love, Death and Robots for Netflix, which aired in 2019, and Primal for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. He is now co-directing the second opus Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia with Jean-Christophe Roger.

Director Jean-Christophe Roger

Jean-Christophe Roger is a writer and director of animation films. After studying at École nationale des Arts Décoratifs, he worked as a 2D animator at Disney, as well as the creation of backgrounds and characters, before devoting himself to storyboarding and directing. He directed and co-wrote several television series such as Ernest & Celestine The Collection, The New Adventures of Lassie, Belphégor, Potatoes and Dragons, Cooking? Child’s Play!, The Fairy Shell, and Lupo Alberto, as well as feature films such as The Storytelling Show! and now Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia at Folivari and Mélusine Productions

Film Details

Language French

Original Language Title Ernest et Célestine: Le voyage en Charabie

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 80

Country France

Director Julien Chheng, Jean-Christophe Roger

Executive Producer Thibaut Ruby

Producer Damien Brunner, Didier Brunner, Stéphan Roelants

Writer Guillaume Mautalent, Sébastien Oursel, Didier Brunner, Agnès Bidaud

Editor Nazim Meslem

Cinematographer Davy Durand

Music Vincent Courtois

Cast Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.