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Here’s A First Look At ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ (Trailer)

Sherlock Gnomes, the follow-up to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, has released its first trailer.

John Stevenson (co-director of Kung Fu Panda) handles directorial duties, from a script by Ben Zazove. The idea for the film is straightforward – Sherlock Holmes with garden gnomes:

Paramount Animation is releasing the film. The division released Monster Trucks last January, but has struggled to produce films or put forth a clear vision for its brand.

In July, Paramount hired former Dreamworks Feature Animation co-president Mireille Soria to take charge of the animation division, and the studio’s output is expected to align more closely with Paramount’s sister division, Nickelodeon Movies, both of which are owned by Viacom.

Back to Sherlock Gnomes though, the key highlight in the trailer is the funny and appealing animation provided by Mikros Image, the Technicolor-owned French company, which made Sherlock Gnomes out of its studios in Paris and London.

The company has carved out a niche as a producer of high-quality comedy-oriented cg, and scored a win earlier this year with its inventive work on Captain Underpants, which also marked the first time that Dreamworks outsourced the animation production of an entire film to a non-Dreamworks studio. Mikros’ upcoming productions include Astérix – The Secret of the Magic Potion and Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.

Main voices in the film are provided by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mary J. Blige, with music by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Sherlock Gnomes will be released in U.S. theaters on March 23, 2018.

  • Jay Phoenix

    Animation looks decent, but the writing is absolutely dire

  • Capital_7

    Just gno.

    • Netko

      My god did your comment give me a laugh.

  • Cameron Ward

    While the animation looks better, I fail to see who was asking for another film? I know the first one made money, but that was a weak and pitiful year for animation. Now they wait 7 years to make a new one? I know animation is costly and time-consuming, but maybe no one wanted a sequel?

  • Marielle

    This would have looked fun without the fart joke and twerking joke. The clay figurine look is a great look for a movie about toys, the animators did a good job.

    • Mummeesker

      Actually that won’t be in the movie
      Yay marketing !

    • Cameron Ward

      it was a clever way to get around the first film’s $36 mil budget. If you can’t spend as much as Pixar or Disney, then at the very least you get creative

  • Elijah Samuel Abrams

    You know the weirdest thing? I’ve seen bus and bench ads for this movie yesterday here in Los Angeles, yet it doesn’t come out ’til March 23rd! Wow!

  • dhaxton1

    Fart jokes and barely veiled profanity….and given that these are prominently featured in the trailer, that’s presumably the “A” material from this film.

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  • Alex Hartsell

    Can’t wait for Brad Jones AKA The Cinema Snob to review this for Midnight Screenings 2018.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    It’s definitely funny in places. ‘No Ship,Sherlock!’ really cracked me up.

    • lonestarr357

      ‘Twas funnier when Road to El Dorado did it.

  • otterhead

    I loved the attack of the “lucky cat” dolls.

  • Inkan1969

    Actually, I thought “Gnomeo and Juliet” was unexpectedly good. The original Shakespeare play was integral to the movie, instead of the movie just having two lovers from warring groups. So we got a lot of quotes from the original text, and a scene where characters debate about why the play needs to have a tragic ending. And back then, the movie’s entendre jokes were unusual.

    Of course, it’s been seven years. By now, “off color” jokes in kids’ cartoons are pretty common. And I wonder if the premise of characters based on “Romeo and Juliet” put in a completely different story can actually work.

  • Barrett

    Huh… about a sequel nobody was asking for. I thought the original film was entertaining if forgettable, a decent job of other studio(s) salvaging a cast-off Disney project. It wasn’t bad, just “OK.” I saw an ad for this sequel on a bus the other day, and it was literally the first time I’d thought about Gnomeo and Juliet in like 3 years. I do wonder if any of the kids who saw & enjoyed it in 2011 will even care about this, or if it essentially is aiming to be its own standalone movie with no reliance on people remembering the first one. Maybe it’s been doing well on Netflix and other home video platforms, enough to merit a sequel.