Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)
Gnomeo & Juliet is a 2011 British-American 3D computer-animated fantasy, romantic comedy film loosely based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet and an original screenplay by John R. Smith and Rob Sprackling. Financed by Disney and released through its Touchstone Pictures banner, the film was independently produced by Rocket Pictures and animated by Starz Animation. It was co-written and directed by Kelly Asbury and starring the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, and Ozzy Osbourne.
The film was originally going to be released by Miramax, but ended up distributed by Touchstone Pictures after Disney sold off Miramax in 2010.
The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love.
Why It Rocks
- Really solid animation from then named Starz in the time (before being named Arc Productions from 2011-2016, and Jam Filled Toronto from 2016-onwards) and realistic details and textures.
- The titular leads are really likable and relatable.
- Talented voice acting from Emily Bunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Jim Cummings, Ozzy Osbourne, etc.
- Really funny cameos from Stephan Merchant and Patrick Stewart.
- Heartwarming moments with Gnomeo and Juliet themselves.
- Featherstone (voiced by Jim Cummings) is a really solid comic relief.
- William Shakespeare's statue looks really nice and accurate enough to the original statue that can be found the real life side of Great Britain.
- Touchstone proves they still have the magic that was once used in Splash and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- It is a clever parody of one of Shakespeare iconic stories Romeo and Juliet with a little Toy Story vibe to it.
- The British vibe in the film itself is flawless.
- Overused pop-culture references despite the references in the film being decent.
- The sequel made after the first film really sucks.
- Some unfunny jokes like adult humor and toilet humor.
- This was the first animated film by Touchstone Pictures since The Nightmare Before Christmas, the same movie that both Disney and Touchstone worked together making on.
- In the United Kingdom, the movie was distributed by Entertainment One Films.