GNOMEO AND JULIET
Love Thy Neighbor
Release Date: February 11, 2011
Starring: HE VOICES OF: James McAvoy,
Emily Blunt, Jason Statham,
Michael Caine, Maggie Smith,
Julie Waters, Dolly Parton,
Patrick Stewart, Hulk Hogan,
Genre: Animation/Musical Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures /Walt
Director: Kelly Asbury
Executive Producer: Elton John
Producer: Baker Bloodworth, David
Furnish, Igor Khait, Steve
Writer: Kelly Asbury, Mark Burton,
Kevin Cecil, Emily Cook, Kathy
Greenberg, Andy Riley, Steve
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Rich Ross, Chairman
Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
The story is set in present-day London, with neighboring yards. One yard features a red-dressed group of garden gnomes. The other yard features gnomes dressed in blue outfits. The title characters, Gnomeo and Juliet, belong to the two different warring factions. They secretly fall in love and have to overcome the prejudices of their respective factions. Thus, a valuable lesson in forgiveness and positive is taught without seeming heavy-handed.
Rock music legend Elton John is the movie’s executive producer. His snappy pop songs form the core of the fun score by James Newton Howard while giving parents plenty of entertaining songs to tap their toes while laughing along with their children. The cast includes a collection of celebrity voices.
As lead voice actor James McAvoy noted at a recent press conference for the movie, GNOMEO & JULIET is quite an achievement in that it teaches the core story and principles of ROMEO & JULIET to a family audience. In doing so, it finds ways to show its message without involving the original play’s disturbing themes of teenage suicide, tragedy and sex. All in all, it’s a wonderful time at the movies for all viewers. There is some comic violence, but it’s done at a G rating level. Best of all, the movie’s “Love thy neighbor” message contains a redemptive theme of forgiveness.
Snappy pop songs by music legend and executive producer Elton John form the core of the fun score by James Newton Howard. Parents will enjoy the entertaining music while they laugh along with their children. GNOMEO & JULIET is quite an achievement. It teaches the core story of ROMEO & JULIET to a family audience. Thus, it finds ways to show the play’s message without involving the original’s disturbing themes of teenage suicide and young romance. All in all, it’s a wonderful time at the movies. There is some comic violence, but it’s light. Even better, the movie’s “Love thy neighbor” message contains a redemptive theme of forgiveness.