July 24, 2023

GKIDS to Release “Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia” in Select Theaters Nationwide

The Follow Up to Oscar®-Nominated Feature Ernest & Celestine From STUDIOCANAL Releases Theatrically on September 1, 2023



GKIDS, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, announced today it will bring ERNEST & CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERITIA, to select theaters nationwide. The film will open September 1st in New York at the Village East, in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Santa Monica and Laemmle Glendale, as well as additional markets nationwide. A full list of markets can be viewed at www.ErnestAndCelestine.com

Co-directed by Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng, the follow up to the Oscar®– nominated Ernest & Celestine once again features the famous unlikely duo – this time returning to Ernest’s hometown in Gibberitia. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at France’s 48th César Awards, ERNEST & CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERTIA opened in French theaters in December, and had its US Premiere as the opening night film of the New York International Children’s Film Festival this past March. The film has gone on to play at the San Francisco Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Chicago Critics Film Festival.

Jean-Christophe Roger, director of the Ernest & Celestine: The Collection animated series, returned to the beloved characters as co-director, and is joined by Emmy®-nominated co-director Julien Chheng, who previously worked on the original Ernest & Celestine feature as a character animator, and directed “The Spy Dancer” in the latest Star Wars: Visions Volume 2.

GKIDS previously handled United States distribution for Ernest & Celestine, which won the César Award for Best Animated Feature, before going on to earn GKIDS its third Academy Award nomination. Nearly 10 years later, GKIDS is proud to release ERNEST & CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERITIA theatrically in both its original French language and a new English dubbed version. Today, GKIDS revealed the voice cast for the new English language dub.




Andrew Kishino


Ashely Boettcher


David Lodge


Anne Yatco


Lena Josephine Marano


Bill Lobley

Police Chief

Daniel Hagan



Ernest and Celestine return in this delightful and joyous follow-up to their first Academy Award®-nominated adventure, which introduced a bear and mouse as the unlikeliest of friends. Ernest remains an ursine troubadour dedicated to a life of music and art, and his constant grouchiness is softened by the creative whims of his mouse friend Celestine. When she accidentally breaks his beloved violin, they must take a long voyage to Ernest’s country of Gibbertia, home to the only artist who can repair it. But when they arrive, they are shocked to discover that all forms of music have been banned in Gibbertia for many years, and a land once known across the world for its incredible musicians has fallen silent. It is up to Ernest and Celestine and their new friends, including a mysterious masked outlaw, to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears.



Enter Your E-mail to Stay Up to Date with GKIDS!