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Ethel & Ernest (2016)



Critic Consensus: Gentle, poignant, and vividly animated, Ethel & Ernest is a warm character study with an evocative sense of time and place.

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Based on Raymond Briggs' award-winning graphic novel 'Ethel & Ernest', a funny and touching tribute to his parents. An entertaining and heart-warming story about two people who fall in love against the background of immense social change in the mid 20th Century.

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Brenda Blethyn
as Ethel Briggs
Jim Broadbent
as Ernest Briggs
Luke Treadaway
as Raymond Briggs
Pam Ferris
as Mrs Benet, Aunty Betty
June Brown
as Ernest's Stepmother
Gillian Hannah
as Midwife, Aunty Flo
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Critic Reviews for Ethel & Ernest

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

The care and affection with which Mainwood and his collaborators (notably animation director Peter Dodd and art director Robin Shaw) adapt already endearing material carries the day.

December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Their unassuming story speaks volumes about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.

December 14, 2017

Butter a crumpet and snuggle down with this affectionate animation about illustrator Raymond Briggs's parents.

December 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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If you're a fan of Spirited Away's Chihiro, you will be enchanted by gentle Ethel.

December 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

... a deeply affecting feature-length animated film...

December 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Suggesting a matchup between Archie Bunker and Gracie Allen, Ethel & Ernest is a sweet British memoir/cartoon about an ordinary couple who survive the Blitz along with their growing son.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ethel & Ernest

This beautifully animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs' Graphic Novel is delightful and endearing from beginning to end. Following the lives of Briggs' parents from their first date in the 1920s, throughout the second world war whilst raising their son, until each of their deaths in the 1970s. The film captures the time periods accurately to the brim, it's almost like stepping back in time. While I've also never read the graphic novel, I not only thought the direction was as fine as ever for a traditional animation but I also thought the voice acting felt just as real as the characters delivered their very natural dialogue. Most of all however was the subject matter and contextual nature of the time periods the film captured within the eyes of these characters, It definitely made viewers question their own places in the 21st century. While it might have run short of a 'Best Animated Feature' Oscar or any other award from last year or coming close to this year, I seriously recommend seeing this film, if it ever were to get a wider release date, just for people to see Raymond Briggs' personal story of his family on screen in such colour and animation.

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