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19 July 1967 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Brennan ... D.J. Mulrooney / Knobby
Matthew Garber ... Rodney Winthrop

Karen Dotrice ... Elizabeth Winthrop

Richard Deacon ... Ralph Yarby
Tom Lowell ... Jasper
Sean McClory ... Horatio Quaxton

Ed Wynn ... Rufus
Jerome Cowan ... Dr. Ramsey

Charles Lane ... Dr. Scoggins
Norman Grabowski ... Male Nurse
Gil Lamb ... Gas Attendant
Maudie Prickett ... Katie Barrett
Cami Sebring ... Violet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Aldridge ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Jackie Andre ... Married Gnome (uncredited)

Parley Baer ... The Owl (voice) (uncredited)
Ernestine Barrier ... Nell (uncredited)
Hal Baylor ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Karin Blake ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Carla Borelli ... Married Gnome (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Charlie Pettibone (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Attendant at Twin Oaks (uncredited)
Marianna Case ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Amadee Chabot ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Night Watchman (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Etta Pettibone (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... Manson (uncredited)
Dorothy Duffy ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... The Bluejay (voice) (uncredited)

Susan Flannery ... Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Kathy Foley ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Kathee Francis ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Pamela Gail ... Snapdragon (uncredited)
Susan Gates ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Nancy Gould ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Barbara Halpern ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Karl Held ... Paul (uncredited)
Bunny Henning ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Susan Henning ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Pamela Howard ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Joyce Menges ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Carol Merrill ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Gas Station Mechanic (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... The Raccoon (voice) (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Dark-suited Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Toni O'Connor ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Carol O'Kane ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Brenda Power ... Married Gnome (uncredited)

Jacki Ray ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Pat Ann Reid ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Dyane Robins ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Jeanne Shipman ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Attendant at Airport (uncredited)

Lee Stanley ... Singing Gnome (uncredited)
Cindy Taylor ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Uniformed Guard (uncredited)
Judy Van Worner ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Mimi Zerbini ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Ellis Kadison (screenplay)

Upton Sinclair (book)

Produced by
James Algar .... co-producer
Original Music by
Buddy Baker 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Norman R. Palmer  (as Norman Palmer)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
William H. Tuntke 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph L. McEveety .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Cameron .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Calvin A. Maehl .... gaffer (uncredited)
Animation Department
Bob Richardson .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Neva Rames .... costumer
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Wayne Robinson .... orchestrator
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
David Jonas .... art styling
Sammy McKim .... art styling (as Sam McKim)
Crew verified as complete

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84 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #21173) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1976) | West Germany:o.Al.
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Ed Wynn's final film role. He died of throat cancer almost a year before the film was released, on June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A tall tale about very small people, 18 February 2009
Author: Atreyu_II from The world of artists

In all the 3 movies which Matthew Garber appeared, Karen Dotrice was his co-star. "The Gnome Mobile" is the third of them. The previous ones are "The Three Lives of Thomasina" and "Mary Poppins". This duo is also known as the «Mary Poppins kids». Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice are two of my favorite kid stars, particularly Matthew.

This fantasy film is something I recommend for anyone who likes old live-action Disney films, Disney in general and especially for fans of Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice, no matter their age. Yet, this film seems to be more for children because it's somewhat childish.

The film was directed by the famous Robert Stevenson, the same guy who directed movies such as the great "Old Yeller" and "Mary Poppins" and the okay films "The Love Bug", "Herbie Rides Again" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks".

The movie is generally likable, colorful and has soul, but it doesn't manage to be a truly great movie. The movie is quite promising in the beginning and it goes rather well until more or less the middle, perhaps a bit later than that. However, after that it isn't that great and becomes a little goofy for my taste.

The sceneries are great, particularly the forest, which create an atmosphere that strongly resembles "The Wizard of Oz". Less good are some scenes with cars that inspired certain scenes for "The Love Bug", but at least those scenes are separate. The scenes with gnomes clearly resemble later movies such as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". At the end, there are some nice primitive special effects.

Walter Brennan is excellent in the role of the eccentric but disciplined D.J. Mulrooney and he is never annoying, unlike that gnome with big beird whose name I don't even know. The character D.J. Mulrooney owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom II, the gnome mobile of the title. A fine automobile indeed, but gigantic. If we consider its immense size and the time when the car was made, it's concerning the serious dangers they took with such an unsafe and huge car by doing some crazy stuff in curves and high speed.

As for the kids (Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice), they are perfect in their acting. Very lively, cute, charming, smart and classy. It's possible to see Matthew Garber doing incredible things here, such as driving a car and climbing a building. In fact, the scene when Matthew tries to drive the huge car but can't reach the pedals because he's too small for it is funny and Karen gives him a help. After the funny sequence when he climbs a building and helps his grandfather to escape is when the movie begins to lose its initial greatness.

Matthew Garber portrays Rodney, while Karen Dotrice plays Elizabeth. They're brothers and their surname is Winthrop. I've gotta say, Rodney is a lovely and different name - very classy and British too. I love Matthew's lines «When I get a car, it's going to be a Maserati» and «1 horsepower??». The kid is fine, huh? I mean, a Maserati. That's thinking tall :)

The classic comedian Ed Wynn has a small role as one of the gnomes at the end, but this time he isn't as funny as usual.

Sad that Matthew Adam Garber is not with us anymore. Why didn't he and Karen keep in touch after this film? After all, they did 3 movies together and they were friends. Another funny line of Matthew is when he comments that nobody has a snoring like grandpa...

As for the soundtrack, "The Gnome Mobile Song" is great, very charming, jolly and timeless. The movie wasn't a success. Maybe Matthew lost his motivation because of this and gave up on his acting career. Probably Karen felt the same and maybe that's why she was such a long time without making movies.

In conclusion, a decent movie although not all that great. But it's worth for the lovely Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice.

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