Scott Marks 9 a.m., Dec. 18
Ernest & Celestine
You know what's bad? Prejudice. You know what's good? Artists, especially those who reject the square-peg jobs that society wants them to perform and who then go on to live in ways that defy pointless societal conventions, man. You know who needs to/can stand to hear this message? Cartoon-loving kiddies, who won't roll their eyes at a mocked-up antagonism between mice and bears. You know what treated this subject with infinitely more nuance, drama, and skill? Ratatouille. The watercolor-based animation is lovely (except when it slips into anime-style freneticism), and the character design is adorable — hence the star in the rating. After that, things get sloppy. A mouse as big as a bear's head? Who is also able to step through gaps in a sewer grate? Bears who are and then are not afraid of mice? Mice who are and then are not afraid of bears? It's not nitpicking when it's emblematic of an overall lack of care and coherence. 2012.