“Gnomeo and Juliet”
Directed by: Kelly Asbury
Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, and Patrick Stewart
Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
Rated G – All Ages Admitted
You would think that after the film was a surprise hit in theaters that Walt Disney Home Entertainment would want to stake claim in the Blu-ray/DVD release of “Gnomeo and Juliet.” However, there’s no mention of the Mouse House anywhere on the packaging except a logo for Walt Disney Records. I can understand, though. This movie does have more in common with the irreverent humor of the DreamWorks’ animated movies than Pixar or Disney.
“Gnomeo and Juliet” revolves around “Two garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.”
Director/writer Kelly Asbury injects “Gnomeo and Juliet” with that all-too familiar borderline inappropriate humor that we seem to be getting a lot of lately. Kids don’t get the jokes but their parents do and hope they don’t repeat anything they hear. I also could have done without the elf in the g-string jumpsuit. Besides that, the movie is rather entertaining and action-packed.
The cast of “Gnomeo and Juliet” is very impressive. You’ve got some of the newer heavy-hitters in Hollywood like James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, and Jason Statham mixed with some familiar veterans like Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, and Dolly Parton. They all put forth their best effort and sound great.
The animation for “Gnomeo and Juliet” is your run-of-the-mill kind. Definitely not up to Pixar standards but still adequate to dazzle the kiddies. It’s got that CG look and feels like it falls somewhere between Pixar and DreamWorks animation.
The bottom line is that “Gnomeo and Juliet” will thrill your kids and keep their attention. It pulls some punches that other animated family films don’t take that often, setting it aside from the rest at some points. It will be suitable for children until they start to understand some of the jokes that are aimed at parents.
I was sent the Blu-ray/DVD 2-Disc Combo Pack of “Gnomeo and Juliet” to review. Disc 1 features the movie and some exclusive bonus features. They include 2 alternate endings including storyboard sequences featuring “Crocodile Rock;” deleted and alternate scenes in “animated” storyboard sequences; and “The Fawn of Darkness” featurette that includes Ozzy Osbourne’s mumblings about voicing a little lawn deer, intercut with session outtakes. Features that are on both the Blu-ray and DVD include “Elton Builds a Garden” featurette which focuses on the impact of Elton John and his multi-platinum music had on the film; Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen where we see the actor give voice to Nanette; crazy faces, a bonus Japanese lesson and more; and the “Crocodile Rock” music video featuring Nelly Furtado and Elton John.
You can buy the Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy version of “Gnomeo and Juliet” right here.
You can buy the Blu-ray/DVD 2-Disc Combo Pack of “Gnomeo and Juliet” right here.
You can buy the regular format DVD version of “Gnomeo and Juliet” right here.