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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.
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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.
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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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The fine print at the end of the Terrafirminator commercial: Terrafirminator will not inhibit grass from growing. Not recommended for residential use. Not recommended for commercial use either. Do not use vehicle while sleeping. Do not stick your fingers in tiller blades - duh! Not recommended for children under 3. Or 4. For external use only. After use, lawn may appear completely destroyed. do not be alarmed - this is perfectly normal. Side effects of using the Terrafirminator may include: Dry mouth. Heightened levels of testosterone. Nausea. Loss of hearing. Blurred vision. Ssslured speech. Voices telling you to burn things. Loss of bowel control. Persistent feelings of awesomeness. Tight hamstrings. Megalomania. In rare instances, some people may explode when viewing the Terrafirminator. Maker of the Terrafirminator will not be held responsible for damages, injury, or infidelity caused by the use of this product.
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A floating David Hasselhoff screensaver appears on the computer in the "blue" house.
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In the shed, there is a ticket to a performance of As You Like It.
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Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet were attached to star as Gnomeo and Juliet when the movie was initially announced.
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The word "Capulet" is spelled out in International Maritime Signal flags on the front of Mr. Capulet's house, in keeping with the nautical theme of the house.
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When Paris is serenading Juliet, Nanette dreamily sees him playing the piano complete with a glittery outfit and flamboyant glasses, the trademark dress of Sir Elton John, the Executive Producer.
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The laptop has a banana symbol on it, which parodied Apple products.
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A conversation occurs between the characters voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy. These two shared the role of Professor Charles Xavier (at different ages) in the X-Men film franchise.
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The two gnomes that are stuck together, try to split up, and when they can't, one says "I wish I could quit ya", a reference to Brokeback Mountain (2005).
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After the frog catches a mushroom, she says "You look like a fun guy". A mushroom is a fungi (pronounced "fun-guy").
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When Lady Bluebury tells Benny to "Unleash the dogs of war", this referred to a line from Julius Caesar, "Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice, cry 'Havoc', and let slip the dogs of war!"
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At one point, Featherstone said "I may not be a smart bird, but I know what love is", a reference to Forrest Gump (1994).
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The techno music, to which Benny dances, is a version of "Bennie & The Jets".
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The license plate on the R&G moving truck says 5H4 K5PR, or "Shakespeare" when written properly.
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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.
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The film's composer, James Newton Howard, used to be Sir Elton John's touring keyboard player.
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A critic described the film as "Shrek (2001) meets Toy Story (1995).
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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.
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The entire film's soundtrack is comprised of Executive Producer Sir Elton John's songs. Sir Elton John also did the entire The Lion King (1994) soundtrack.
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When the pink flamingo says "Has little Timmy fallen down the well?" That was a reference to Lassie (1954).
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James McAvoy's second animated feature film. He provided the voice of Hal Tara in Strings (2004). The film is also Emily Blunt's first animated feature film.
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Richard Wilson (Mr. Capulet) played Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (1965). He was known as "Iain Wilson" during this time.
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Touchstone's first animated release since The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
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Touchstone Pictures' only movie to receive a G rating.
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James McAvoy's first collaboration with Sir Patrick Stewart. McAvoy worked with Stewart on X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), in which they both played Professor Charles Xavier, at different ages.
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Amongst the voice cast, there are two Sirs and two Dames - Michael Caine, Patrick Stewart, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters, respectively.
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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).
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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.
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Adam Elliot was originally asked to direct, but he declined, as he felt that the proposed animation didn't fit with his style.
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Kelly Asbury was attracted to the project because of Sir Elton John's involvement.
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Kelly Asbury auditioned his voice cast without knowing who they were. That way, they were cast on the strength of their vocal performances, and not who they happened to be.
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To make the film, Director Kelly Asbury went to London for two years, and then to Toronto for a year, and then back to London to complete post-production.
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A sequel titled Sherlock Gnomes (2018) was released seven years after this film.
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When Featherstone says "I may not be a smart BIRD, but I know what love is". Is a reference to the 1994 film Forest Gump. Tom Hanks says "I may not be a smart MAN, but I know what love is".
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This is a parody of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. (You don't say!)
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James McAvoy and Emily Blunt appeared in time-travel films: McAvoy in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and Blunt in Looper (2012) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
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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.
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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.
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James Mcaoy and Ashley Jensen both had voice roles in the animated movie Arthur Christmas.
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In the scene where Tybalt was smashed, Fawn looks around saying, "Tybalt? Tybalt?", then a gnome says, "Tybalt can't be with us anymore." This is a reference to Bambi (1942).
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