Why Gnomeo & Juliet is this season's most decorated animation


10th February 2011

At first glance, Gnomeo & Juliet seems like just another cheap-as-chips childrens' animation, complete with a star-studded list of voiceovers. But what's this? Look closer. That's prestige, my friend.

Gnomeo & Juliet, out this Friday, is the story of Romeo & Juliet retold with garden gnomes (if the title hadn't already made that abundantly clear), which on reflection is probably how Shakespeare would have written it if he'd pulled his shit together. Yes, it looks like just another non-Pixar toon that you'd duck into a DreamWorks movie to avoid, but it has one thing going for it: an absolutely mental voice cast. Behold.

Finally, Elton John and Jason Statham get a chance to work with one another! Gnomeo & Juliet's roster reads like the ravings of a lunatic - the kind of nonsensical scribblings you'd find written in blood at a murder scene. It's so bizarre it could burst your mind. Ozzy Osborne biting the head off Maggie Smith? Michael Caine and Hulk Hogan, bro'ing out in the voiceover booth? Entirely possible.

While it may seem like the producers have drawn voice talent from Lottery Machine A (Guinevere), each cast member brings success from their own chosen field. Caine and Julie Walters bring the Oscars; Dolly and Elton provide the Grammys. Matt Lucas brought the bean dip. Just get a load of the awards that Gnomeo & Juliet's illustrious cast have to their name.
1 x Knighthood

5 x Oscars and 13 nominations

7 x Golden Globes and 21 nominations

23 x Baftas and 39 nominations

3 x Emmys and 12 nominations

3 x Empire awards

14 x Grammys

4 x British Comedy Awards

2 x Cannes Golden Roses

1 x Teen Choice Award

1x WWF Championship Belt

1 x Most Offensive Male Character from the Women Film Critics Circle (Seriously)

Now that's pedigree to be proud of. Read it and weep, Pixar. Or should we say Pricks-ar.

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