The name of the pink lawn flamingo, Featherstone, is an homage to the creator of the original pink flamingo lawn ornament, Don Featherstone. All official pink flamingos now carry Don Featherstone's signature on the bottom of the bird.
The sign on the bus indicates that the action takes place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, who wrote Romeo and Juliet, which served as the inspiration for this movie.
There are numerous references to William Shakespeare's works throughout the movie. For instance: Hamlet: the house numbers, 2B and Not 2B in the beginning, from Hamlet's soliloquy "to be or not to be"; the moving trucks, from the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern moving company, named for Hamlet's two college friends who visit him at court; Nanette says "good night, sweet Prince" to Gnomeo when she kicks Gnomeo out of the Red yard, which is what Horatio says to Prince Hamlet when he dies. As You Like It: the As U Like It moving company. The Tempest: the Tempest Teapot company truck (also from the popular expression "a tempest in a teapot", meaning an exaggerated reaction). A Midsummer Night's Dream: the flower, over which Gnomeo and Juliet fight, is referred to as "Cupid's flower", which is what Puck applied to the eyes of sleepers to make them fall in love. Macbeth: Juliet says "out, out" to the big dog, and the owner says "damn Spot!", which references Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking attempt to wash the blood off of her hands; on a brick wall, in an alleyway, is painted "3x3", which is a reference to the witches ("by the power of three times three"). The Taming of the Shrew: the glue that the Red Gnomes use to keep Juliet on her pedestal, is called "The Taming of the Glue".
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In 2011, the big Disney animated release was supposed to be Mars Needs Moms (2011), which turned out to be a spectacular box-office bomb. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) easily outperformed it, becoming a sleeper hit for Touchstone Pictures, Disney's subsidiary.
Its North American final gross of 99,967,670 dollars, is the closest a film has come, but was unable to reach the one hundred million dollar mark. Studios typically keep films in theaters for extra weeks, to push them over century milestone, when they are that close.
All of the actors and actresses recorded their lines separately, apart from one session with Sir Michael Caine and Dame Maggie Smith. This marked the first time the two worked together since California Suite (1978).
Matt Lucas starred as Nardole, companion of the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in Doctor Who (2005). Jason Statham was rumored to play the Ninth Doctor, but Christopher Eccleston was cast. James McAvoy was rumored to play the Eleventh Doctor, but Matt Smith was cast.
Despite the film being released by Touchstone Pictures, it is considered a film from Walt Disney Pictures, because Touchstone is a subsidiary of Disney. Therefore, all movies from Touchstone Pictures are Disney movies.
Sold as a speculative script to Rocket Pictures, which was then picked up by Disney in the late 1990s. However, no one seemed to know how to progress the project, so, when John Lasseter was made chief creative officer of Disney animation, he shut it down in 2006. A year later, the rights reverted to Starz Animation, who actively pursued production.