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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 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.


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Provides examples of:

  • 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 land animals.
  • 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.
  • Canon Foreigner: Kissy the kissing fish is not directly based on any character from the original play.
  • Carnivore Confusion: The aforementioned Kissy, friend to the seals. Say, what's a seal's main source of food again?
  • Color-Coded Characters: The Montagues are colored brown, while the Capulets are pure white.
  • Composite Character: Prince is an amalgam of Juliet's cousin Tybalt, Prince Escalus, and Paris (one of the Prince's relatives who wanted to marry Juliet).
  • 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.
  • Fat Bastard: Prince. Justified, since elephant seals are well-known for their bulk.
  • 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.
  • Sweet Seal: Romeo and Juliet are reimagined in this film as adorable young sea lions.

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