Here, check out this trailer before you go any further in my post.
I’m going to point out a few of the amazing names like Michael Cane (Lord Redbrick, the Red Gnome father) and Maggie Smith (Lady Blueberry, the blue gnome queen of the toilet), Patrick Steward (Shakespeare) and Ozzy Osborne (Fawn) right off. But, next I want to point out a few of the other voice actors you may not be so readily aware of. Now, you might have noticed from the clip above that goofy blonde doing Nanette the frog’s voice. Think back with me… do you remember the woman with the Scottish accent who was in the fashion closet always helping Betty out? That’s her! Now, think back to the moments of her as Nanette, especially the, “Well, aren’t you a fun guy?!” Isn’t she perfect? Well, she is none other than Ashley Jensen who played Christina McKinney ofUgly Betty Here, let me jog your memory: Ashley Jensen interviewed on Hulu
Next, if you are an anglophile like me, you might have recognized Matt Lucasvoice as Benny. Where would you have seen Matt’s other work? Little Britain. Hulu. Ahem, Need I say more, ducky? Another little gnome fact, the hot, sexy man you might remember as Handsome Rob, Mr. Jason Statham, is the rough voice behind the aggressive red gnome bully, Tybalt. Here’s a Handsome Rob clip for all you fan girls:
In addition to all these amazing voices and voice acting skills, were these wild sound effects. Seriously, how cute was it that the gnomes clinked when they try to kiss? They did a really good job in keeping with the theme and staying in-character with regards to sound effects. That really was, as my former automotive comrades used to say, a “surprise and delight” feature of the movie. I’d find myself laughing at a scene in the movie, then think, “oh my goodness, did everyone else hear the clink?” then I’d giggle like the Harajuku girl parody onPortlandia. Plus, there were all these times I’d be listening to the movie soundtrack and think, “Hey, wait, that’s a slow bit ditty of an Elton John song! Awesome!” Instant brand recognition. It helped me key into the feelings they were trying to evoke for the movie. A very cool touch, if I do say so myself.
I highly recommend going to watch Gnomio and Juliet. Your kids will love it, and if you like goofy, silly fun or Shakespeare, it’s a win for everyone!