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Gnomeo & Juliet on DVD & Blu-ray

Disney’s Gnomeo & Juliet was my twins’ first movie seen at the theater. At 2.5 years old, we thought it would be a good choice when trying to choose a movie that would keep a couple of toddlers’ attentions. And, we were so right – they enjoyed every minute and only got a little restless in the last 10 minutes of the film. I’d say that’s pretty great! So, for being the first movie that we seen all together in a theater, Gnomeo and Juliet will always hold a special place in our hearts.

How excited would you think my kids were when a copy of Gnomeo & Juliet on DVD & Blu-ray arrived at our door a couple weeks ago, for review? You can probably guess they were so thrilled, the twins saying, “I seen it thee-ter!! I love it, Mom!”. So, once again we settled down as a family to watch it again {and again, and again, and again since the day it arrived}. You can get your copy when it hits stores on May 24th, 2011.

Gnomeo & Juliet is Kelly Asbury’s version of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Yet don’t think that this story {which typically entails poison and death}, is at all inappropriate for kids. In the story, two gnome families {the ‘reds’ and the ‘blues’} are neighbors, and constantly feud. Then one gnome from each side falls in love, and it is a tragic love story since they are at odds with spending time with one another when their families are always bickering and trying to ruin the others’ garden. There are so many moments to laugh, cry and be amazed that garden gnomes could be so adorable and lively! And, it features music throughout from Elton John, so you know people of all ages will appreciate that! So, do the not-so neighborly gnomes all ever live happily ever after, in the end!? Well, it is Disney after all, and it is a story about love conquering hate – so I bet you can guess the outcome. Yet, it is a funny and clever take on the story, one that is finally kid-appropriate. A fabulous addition to your Disney library, and great for the whole family!

Synopsis: The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In the upcoming “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?


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The DVD/Blu-ray set offers exclusives bonus features including:

DVD & Movie Download:

  • Elton Builds a Garden
  • Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen
  • “Crocodile Rock” Music Video, featuring Elton John and Nelly Furtado

Blu-ray:

  • DVD Bonus plus:
  • 2 Alternate Endings with Filmmaker Introductions
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions
  • The Fawn of Darkness, featuring Ozzy Osbourne

 

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

 

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  1. My twin boys saw Toy Story 3 in the theaters first, it was a great first show for them!

  2. The first movie my kiddos saw in the theatre was Cars! It was AWESOME! All except the trailer for Monster House that showed right before the movie began – I almost lost 2 of the kiddos before Cars even started, they were LEAVING the theatre trying to get away from the monster house. HA!

  3. We have not watched our first Disney movie at the theatre yet…my daughter does love them on DVD though.

  4. My kids have seen alot of Disney movies. I can’t remember what the first one was that they saw but they really liked Tangled and cars.

  5. Gosh that was a long time ago because my eldest is 19!!! (My youngest is 9) I think it was Lion King. We also had it on tape and he loved that movie.

  6. We haven’t taken my son to see a movie in the theater yet (he’s going to be 4 this summer). We’re planning on taking him to Cars 2 when it comes out, and the grandparents will watch the baby.

  7. I can’t really remember which was the first one I saw, but I think it may have been Snow white.

  8. I think Cars was my son’s first Disney movie at the theatre…..don’t think my daughter’s seen a Disney one yet…..

  9. My first Disney memory is Cinderella when I was a kid. I share the movie with them all the time.

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  11. My first Disney movie was Bambie, cried threw the entire thing 🙁 My oldest was Snow White, she then went threw a 18 month madness of Snow White dress wearing, doll carying LOL, my youngest would have been one of the princess movies, not sure wich though she loves them ALL!

  12. I think the first Disney movie I took my son to see may have been Madagascar 2 (that’s a part of Disney right??)

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  21. Jungle book was the first movie I saw in the theater….when they released it in the 80’s.

  22. My family and I saw 101 Dalmatians when it first came out in theaters! I’m guessing this was the early 90s…

  23. I really can’t remember the first Disney Movie I watched with my kids, but since my oldest is a girl (she is 11 now..boo hoo..they grow so fast) it probably involved a princess!

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  31. I have yet to take my son to the theatre. I can’t remember my first Disney movie I saw in theatres. It might have been the lion king.

  32. We haven’t yet gone to the theaters but our first Disney at home movie was Snow White.
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  33. I don’t remember the first Disney movie we saw but I remember the first Disney movie that my son fell in love with – Lion King. We watched that movie so many times the first few weeks that I had to hide it from him!!!

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  37. The first Disney money that I remember watching was Toy Story. You know, the first one. Lion King was a close second.

  38. My daughters first movie at 2 1/2 was Finding Nemo and she stood the whole time watching it.

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  46. Saw The Lion King…first movie i ever saw in theaters! Loved it 🙂 Never seen this one, but it looks awesome!

  47. My first Disney movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I still have the movie poster that my aunt bought me from McDonald after the movie. That was soooo very long ago. My kids are all different ages, but my 16 year old’s first one was Winnie the Pooh. My 11 year old’s first was 101 Dalmatians. My 7 year old’s first was Toy Story. My 3 year old’s first was Wall-E.

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