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Disney's "Gnomeo And Juliet" Sees Little Lovers Run Wild

Tiffanie Cheng |
February 11, 2011 | 10:12 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Gnomeo and Juliet fall in love amidst chaos (Walt Disney Studios)
Gnomeo and Juliet fall in love amidst chaos (Walt Disney Studios)
"Gnomeo And Juliet"

(USA, 2011, 84 mins)

Gnomes aren’t the usual cuddly creatures that we’re accustomed to seeing around Valentine’s Day, but this year we can make an exception. V-Day couples and families looking to find some movie fun shouldn’t miss the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release, “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

The plot is shaped around the Shakespearean classic “Romeo and Juliet,” with a forbidden love blooming in the midst of two feuding Gnome families determined to battle it out to the end until a verdict has been reached. 

Gnomeo Montague (voiced by James McAvoy) and Juliet Capulet (voiced by Emily Blunt) both engage the audience with their charming chemistry, but it is Nanette (Ashley Jensen), the flirtatious frog, who truly steals the show. Her sassy humor, which is a complete foil of Juliet’s independent nature, and witty punch lines left audiences in tears of laughter time and time again.

Once again, Disney has followed its classic pattern of spinning old fairytales with an animated twist, and "Gnomeo And Juliet" is no exception. Of course, the original tale of star-crossed lovers ends in tragedy, but Disney's gnome adaptation gives their little lovers a happier ending.

Disney never fails to add in several twists to remind you that there are still some jokesters behind the scenes. Some of the hidden features in the movie add a class of Disney novelty (Hint: pay attention to the R & G on the moving truck, you'll see a reference to another Shakespearean classic).

With barking mushrooms, lethal lawnmowers, and plenty of heartwarming moments, “Gnomeo And Juliet” is sure to have audiences leaving the theaters happily with its all-around good humor and family-friendly fun.  

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