Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofía Vergara, Hank Azaria, Brendan Gleeson, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, Christina Ricci, J .B. Smoove
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Plot: Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer — and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Parenting Points: From the creators of “Triplets of Belleville” and “The Secret of Kells,” this is an enormously entertaining film with generation-spanning appeal. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, the film is experimental and visually arresting, with a watercolor look and brilliant comic timing that draws on influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of “Bonnie and Clyde.” Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters — a flowing, tender and playful rapport.