Gnomeo & Juliet is the greatest love story ever told… staring lawn gnomes. And it is even cuter than you think it will be.
For this Shakespeare-loving mom, I appreciated each reference to Shakespeare’s classics and loved the subtle “adult” humor riddled throughout the movie. (Ummm, the dear “gnome” is voiced by Ozzy Osborn!) For my two-old-daughter it was a cute cartoon filled with kid humor. She laughed out loud at all the right places and wore her 3D glasses through about 80% of the movie, when she started getting fidgety.
Having seen the Broadway theatrical version of West Side Story the night before, I had my fill of tragedy and loved the way this version of the tale ended happily. Even Shakespeare himself seemed ok with the happy ending… (movie reference).
And a bow to the knight himself. The movie would not have been the same without Sir Elton John’s music. La…. Lalalalaala… See for yourself. 🙂
In the video, you saw snippets of my favorite scene with the star-crossed gnomes get ready for their first date. So cute!
There is a lot of gnome love to go around in this movie, but my daughter’s favorite character was Featherstone, the quirky, sappy, pink flamingo who befriends the lover gnomes and keeps their secret. While Featherstone is a close second, my favorite character was Nanette, Juliet’s best friend – a water-squirting fountain frog, who also keeps her friend’s secret while playing the ditsy sidekick.
There is a lot to love about this new animated film by Touchstone. With a great mix of humor for the parents, that goes right over the kids’ heads, and cheesy kid-approved jokes this movie is lovable for kids and parents a like. I predict lots of little gnomes next Halloween.
Gnomeo and Juliet premieres February 11, 2011.
By the way, I joined Team Red and made my own Gnome. Don’t I look cute as a gnome?!?
Disclosure – While this post is not sponsored in anyway, I was invited to a screening of the film so I could share my thoughts with you.