Western Animation: Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss
aka: Sealed With A Kiss
Romeo and Juliet...with sea lions.The story follows, of course, Romeo and Juliet, two Star-Crossed Lovers who decide to marry in order to be together and free Juliet from an arranged marriage with an elephant seal. Of course, things don't go well.Former Disney animator Phil Nibbelink created the entire film by drawing directly into Flash 4 on his Wacom tablet, over a period of 4 years.This movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox and released in the United States on March 22, 2006, and on July 22, 2006 in Europe, grossing a total of $463,002.Reviewed here and also by Bobsheaux.
Provides examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Prince
- Adaptational Villainy: Prince, a Composite Character of Juliet's cousin Tybalt, Prince Escalus and Paris, one of the Prince's relatives who was in an arranged marriage with Juliet.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Everyone is against Romeo and Juliet's love—even land animals.
- Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation
- Artistic Licence Biology: The female elephant seal at the end looks nothing like an actual female elephant seal.◊
- Elephant seals, while carnivorous, do not eat other seals or sea lions.
- Bears Are Bad News
- Canon Foreigner: Kissy the kissing fish.
- Color-Coded Characters: The Montagues are colored brown, while the Capulets are pure white.
- Creator Cameo: Not only does Phil Nibbelink voice the Prince, but Kissy is voiced by Nibbelink's daughter.
- Disney Death: Romeo, Juliet, and Mercutio. But really, since this is a kiddie version, do we really need to spoiler-tag this?
- Domestic Only Cartoon: Phil Nibbelink animated the film himself.
- The Evil Prince: Admittedly, he's more stupid than evil, though he does show a tendency to try and eat those who anger him.
- Get a Room!
- Interspecies Romance: The Montagues are California sea lions, the Capulets Stellar sea lions. The two belong to different genera.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared with William Shakespeare's original play. See Spared by the Adaptation below.
- Love at First Sight
- Punny Name: Kissy, the kissing fish.
- Punny Title, too: Sealed With A Kiss.
- Reused Character Design: Bobsheaux pointed out that Friar Lawrence is Squirrel Merlin.Bobsheaux: Come on movie, your character designs may have been a little creepy, but you shouldn't have to rip Disney off!
- Recycled In Space: Romeo and Juliet WITH SEA LIONS!
- Seldom Seen Species: Granted, everyone has seen a sea lion, though hardly anyone knows the two different types that are mentioned in this film. Plus, the Prince is an elephant seal, which is never seen in cartoons.
- Shipper on Deck: Kissy
- Shout-Out: Practically half the things Mercutio says are lines from other Shakespeare works.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Contrary to the classic story, none of the characters die.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Duh.
- Threatening Shark
- Trailers Always Spoil: Both trailers give away the ending...but then again, it shouldn't be a surprise, should it?
- Tying Up Romantic Loose Ends: After Romeo and Juliet's love is accepted, Prince quickly marries another elephant seal.
- We Will Not Use Stage Makeup Underwater: Averted. Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio sneak into a Capulet party by covering themselves in white sand.
- What's an X Like You Doing in a Y Like This?: Mercutio tries this on a Capulet...and quickly sees she has bad teeth.