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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 Indican Pictures and released on October 2006, grossing a total of $463,002.

Reviewed here and also by Bobsheaux.


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Provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Prince to Juliet. Prince thinks he's a total stud, but he's an overweight, grotesque elephant seal with bad breath and a cruel, selfish personality. It doesn't help that he's multiple times Juliet's size.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: Being a Lighter and Softer adaptation, Romeo and Juliet both survive in the ending.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Prince is considerably worse than all the characters he's made up of. Prince Escalus is a Reasonable Authority Figure whose antagonism comes from his frustration with Romeo and Juliet's Feuding Families, and his order that Romeo be banished was an act of mercy, since the alternative was executing him. While Paris' exact characterization depends on the production, he seems to genuinely care about Juliet, courts her in the time period's appropriate manner by asking her father for her hand, and only attacks Romeo because he thinks he's there to vandalize Juliet's grave. Even Tybalt, despite being the closest thing the play had to an antagonist, is more likeable than Prince, since he never tried to force anybody to marry him.
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  • All of the Other Reindeer: Everyone is against Romeo and Juliet's love—even sea animals.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Prince, an elephant seal, is yellowish-green, while real elephant seals are gray or brown. The female elephant seal who becomes Prince's girlfriend at the end of the film is pink.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: The last-minute love interest for Prince is supposedly a female elephant seal, but its size and nose are those of a male.
  • 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.
    • Romeo and Juliet dance in the Titanic...which is over twelve thousand feet underwater, far deeper than any seal,note  or for that matter any mammal period can dive.note 
  • Artistic License – Geography: Romeo and Juliet visiting the Titanic, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean, despite the three species of pinniped featured in the film belonging to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The movie takes place in the North Atlantic, as can be seen by characters visiting the wreck of the RMS Titanic; but sea lions, elephant seals, and sea otters do not live there.
  • Monstrous Seal: Prince is a gigantic elephant seal who terrorizes the other sea lions on the beach, and even threatens to eat Romeo at one point.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The scene of Romeo seeing Julia dead, surrounded by her mourning family is followed by the comical chase scene between the Friar and Sharky, in which the Friar sings a Gratuitous Rap number.
    • Mercutio arrives at the wedding-turned-tragedy surfing a wave and cracking jokes despite everyone looking sad before finally seeing Romeo and Juliet lying lifeless and commenting: "Uuuuh, this party looks DEAD!"
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Zig-zagged. Romeo is a lot darker than Juliet, but that's due to them being from different families. Juliet's male relatives are just as light as her.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: When the Friar shows up to the wedding carrying the seemingly dead Juliet.
  • Punny Name: Kissy, the kissing fish.
    • Punny Title, too: Sealed With A Kiss.
  • Recycled In Space: Romeo and Juliet WITH SEA LIONS!
  • Related in the Adaptation: Both played straight and inverted. Mercutio was related to the prince in the original play, but he isn't here. On the other hand, he also becomes a Montague in this adaptation.
  • Reused Character Design: Bobsheaux pointed out that Friar Lawrence the otter looks nearly identical to Merlin in squirrel form.
    Bobsheaux: Come on, movie, your character designs may have been a little creepy, but you shouldn't have to rip Disney off!
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: Prince has no qualms about eating seals - the same species he's about to marry.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kissy thinks Romeo and Juliet are cute together and is one of the few characters who support the relationship. At the end of the movie, he finds a better love interest for Prince and thinks they're also cute together, despite both having bad breath.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Kissy shows the Friar his way to safety from Sharky after telling him "Come with me if you want to live!"
    • 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.

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