Western Animation: Gnomeo and Juliet
Red Good Gnome: The story you about to see has been told before. A lot. We're going to tell it again. But different.
A young man falls in love with a woman named Juliet, but why must he suffer the pressure of his peers, while struggling to be with his true love born of a rival family? Through the impossible, he faces obstacles without fail, with the help of his midget sidekick... and... plastic... flamingo... ornament? Oh. Right. This man's name is Gnomeo
. And the characters are living ceramic garden gnomes in a back yard. Get it?Gnomeo & Juliet
takes the most famous love story of all time
and places it in the back yards of neighboring English households. In development at Disney for at least a decade, it was later farmed out to Starz Animation and ultimately released under the Touchstone Pictures
banner in 2011, on Valentine's Day weekend. Elton John
executive produced this 3D CGI animated film and even contributed a few songs to the soundtrack. Starz Animation and Rocket Pictures created the animation.
There is currently a sequel in development entitled Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
This film provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Juliet the ninja garden gnome.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Not even an animal. A lawn ornament mushroom.
- Almost Kiss: Repeated several times.
- As You Know: During the lawnmower race, Dolly Gnome does this: "Now, I know you don't need me to tell you the rules, but I'm gonna, because I wanna!"
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: The ad for the Terrafirminator claimed that looking at it would cause people's heads to explode.
- Bad Omen Anecdote: Gnomeo has a chat with a statue of William Shakespeare, who tells him that he knows this story. When Gnomeo asks what happens to the lovers in that story, Shakespeare tells him that they both die.
Gnomeo: They both die? What kind of an ending is that?
Shakespeare: My dear boy, this is a tragedy.
Gnomeo: Yeah, you're telling me, mate! It's rubbish! There's gotta be a better ending than that!
- Brick Joke: "Told you so."
- Chekhov's Gun: The lights and music display.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The two neighboring houses are painted in red and blue colors. The two sides of the war are red gnomes and blue gnomes, both with the respective colors on their outfits. The characters even refer to themselves as Reds and Blues. In case it wasn't clear enough.
- And some things that are shared, like the Cupid's flower and the lawnmower at the end, are purpleŚred and blue combined.
- Composite Character:
- Benny is named after Benvolio from the original play, but his personality and role in the story is a lot closer to that of Mercutio.
- Dance Party Ending
- Dark Reprise: Listen for a slow, orchestral version of the guitar riff from "Saturday Night's (Alright for Fighting)" in the scene just after Tybalt dies.
- Death Is Cheap: After all the fuss and drama made over Tybalt and Gnomeo's (supposed) deaths, in the Dance Party Ending Tybalt is glued back together and aside from the odd limb dropping off is PERFECTLY FINE!
- Deus ex Machina: In the Dance Party Ending, Benny just happens to find Featherstone's lost love on the internet and orders her.
- Disney Death: Occurs not once, but twice during the movie:
- The first is when Gnomeo is apparently hit and smashed by a passing truck; the wreckage is actually from a blue ceramic dish that fell out of the vehicle.
- Second time occurs during the finale when Gnomeo is trying to save Juliet from the Terrafirminator: Dust clears, everyone gapes in shock, the rubble begins to shake ... and then someone else crawls out, subverting this. More shock, then it begins to shake as the display tower activates, to reveal Gnomeo and Juliet safe and sound, making a double subvert.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A gnome's hat-height. Made even more blatant when an envious Tybalt (with a small hat) smashes Benny's large... hat.
- Drool Hello
- Everybody Lives: While at first seems that Tybalt died, he appears glued back together in the ending.
- Fun with Subtitles: The film takes a crack at martial arts movies.
- Even more hilarious, when Nanette switches back to English, the subtitles switch to Japanese.
- Feuding Families: The Reds and the Blues, obviously.
- Happy Ending
- Held Gaze: A very very obvious one when Gnomeo and Juliet first encounter each other after they put grab hold of the flower. It causes them to look into each other's eyes and they hold each other's gazes for a looong moment.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Gnomeo and Benny on the blue side. Tybalt and Fawn on the red side.
- Nanette and Juliet on the red side as well.
- Hope Spot: Played straight, then subverted, in the climax. After the Terrafirminator destroys Juliet's castle, with her and Gnomeo inside, both families are aghast at their apparent loss. A hand suddenly pops out of the rubble, giving them hope, only for it to turn out to be someone else. However, after accidentally activating the Tiki display, the group discover that Gnomeo and Juliet are indeed okay.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Kick some grass."
- Karma Houdini: Benny. Despite destroying both the Reds and the Blues' gardens and very nearly killing both of the main characters, he never seems to get any sort of punishment and ends up getting a happy ending along with everyone else.
- Knight Templar Parent: Lord Redbrick. His over-protectiveness almost kills Juliet when she can't run away from the lawn mower.
- Large Ham: Patrick Stewart is having so much fun as Shakespeare's statue. May very well be Self-Deprecation given his theatre background.
- Last Kiss: Invoked when Gnomeo stays with Juliet on her pedestal, as it appears they're going to be killed by The Terrafirminator. Subverted however, as they turn out to be fine.
- Lock and Load Montage: Gnomeo gets one (with duct tape, garden stakes, mud, and a spray nozzle) before his first raid into the Red yard.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The Terrafirminator.
- Never Say "Die": Notably averted, especially with a scene devoted to comparing the plot to the source material. Even if Tybalt does get better later.
- Pair the Spares: Paris/Nanette. Hey, Darren Lamb and Maggie got together.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Benny's ridiculous daisy costume completely fools Tybalt's miniature minions when he hides out in an arrangement of daisies.
- Parental Bonus: There's a fair bit of innuendo and adult references made throughout the film.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played straight with the Red and Blue gnome clans. The reds in general are more aggressive, with Tybalt's anger countering Gnomeo's collected style, and Lord Redbrick being more confrontational than Lady Bluebury. However this gets flipped after Gnomeo "dies" and Lord Redbrick and the reds becomes more somber and Lady Bluebury and the blues becomes more emotional.
- So many William Shakespeare references everywhere it'd make your head spin. The feuding neighbor's houses are 2B and not 2B for starters... The movers are named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. There is also a truck labeled Tempest Teapots and the "Taming of the Glue" brand seen later in the movie. And that's just scraping the surface!
- Even to other works. Brokeback Mountain, anyone?
- Also Lassie (is Timmy in a Well again?), and a mention for Little Richard in the same phrase, no less!
- Was that Alan Titchmarsh on Ms. Montague's screensaver?
- It may have been a fluke of the Russian translation, but one of Lady Bluebury's calls to arms seemed to have come from Lord Humungus himself!
- They even sneak in one to Bambi. "Tybalt can't be with us anymore."
- Part of Featherstone's scrapbook of his owners' failed marriage is a ticket to a performance of As You Like It.
- Heck, The Bard himself appears! (or at least, his statue does) voiced by Patrick Stewart!
- Featherstone: One word. Plastic.
- Featherstone again: "I may not be a smart bird, but I know what love is".
- When Juliet first tries to leave the garden: "Out, out!", then the dog's owner calls out "Damn Spot! Over here, boy!"
- Side Effects Include...: The ad for the Terrafirminator ends with a list of side effects, including dry mouth, voices telling you to burn things, tightened hamstrings, and persistent feelings of awesomeness. In rare instances some people may explode when viewing the Terrafirminator.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Everyone but Tybalt. Also, Tybalt.
- Starcrossed Lovers
- Talking Is a Free Action: While the Terrafirminator is flying through the air at them (in slow motion), our main characters have a brief chat, at normal speed.
- Testosterone Poisoning: The ad for the Terrafirminator plays it up like the ultimate man's mower.
- Tomboy: Juliet.
- Twice Told Tale: Stated as such in the opening, see the page quote above.
- Unexplained Recovery: Tybalt during the Dance Party Ending.
- Visual Pun:
- What's spray-painted behind the bulldog's head when he spits Gnomeo out? 3x3. As in 9. As in K9.
- Also a reference to Macbeth.
- Mrs. Capulet's laptop has a Banana on it... instead of an apple.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Dolly Gnome◊.
- With Catlike Tread:
- Benny's idea of a costume for an 'ultimate stealth' mission involves dressing as a daisy and strapping a blue spray can (that rattles as he moves) to his back.
- The spray can was part of the mission, he used it to vandalize the well in the Red garden.
- And the daisy costume comes in handy when they have to hide in a bed of daisies.