The first film released by Touchstone Pictures since 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gnomeo and Juliet follows a pair of garden gnomes as they attempt to find love in spite of an ongoing war between their respective communities. Gnomeo and Juliet was originally planned as the latest release from Disney Feature Animation, but Pixar head honcho John Lasseter cancelled the project after he assumed control of the studio back in April of 2006. The film is set to feature almost a dozen of Elton John’s songs, including a new collaboration with Lady Gaga called “Hello, Hello.”
Gnomeo & Juliet is a CG-animated send-up of the William Shakespeare tale of star-crossed lovers that's set in the world of ... plaster garden gnomes. And it's chock full of songs by Elton John, who also executive produced the film. Bear with me. It's not as bad as it sounds.
Set in Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon, this 3D film directed by Shrek 2's Kelly Asbury follows feuding neighbors Mr. Capulet (voiced by Richard Wilson) and Miss Montague (voiced by Julie Walters), whose rivalry has even extended to their respective garden gnomes (with one set colored red and the other blue). But can a forbidden romance between a Red (Juliet, voiced by Emily Blunt) and a Blue (Gnomeo, voice of James McAvoy) bring the two sides together and end the feud (as well as rewrite the grim end of Shakespeare's original)?
The voice cast also includes Michael Caine as Juliet's father Lord Redbrick, Jason Statham as Gnomeo's nemesis Tybalt, Maggie Smith as Lady Bluebury, Patrick Stewart as Bill Shakespeare, Ashley Jensen as Juliet's confidante Nanette, Stephen Merchant as Paris, Matt Lucas as Gnomeo's pal Benny, and Jim Cummings as the plastic pink flamingo Featherstone.
Released on February 11, 2011
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