Friday, June 24, 2016
More Gnomes?: Cinesite/3QU Announce 'Gnome Alone'
If you couldn't get enough of gnome puns, there's an animated feature in the works called Gnome Alone.
It has no relation to Gnomeo & Juliet and its 2018 sequel Sherlock Gnomes, instead it's coming from Cinesite Animation and 3QU. Who are they?
Cinesite is a VFX house, and back in February they announced that they have set up an animation house and intend to work alongside other studios. One of those studios is Sergio Pablos Animation, run by the veteran Disney animator and Despicable Me originator of the same name. Though he's currently hard at work on Smallfoot, which he and his studio are doing for Warner Animation Group for an early 2018 release, they also intend to do a groundbreaking traditional animation/CG mesh feature called Klaus for Cinesite.
Another is 3QU, set up by producer John H. Williams, best known for producing the Shrek movies and his short-lived Vanguard Animation. They made a couple CG clunkers, Valiant, Happily N'ever After, and Space Chimps. 3QU is his next attempt to get back on the animation express, and their first film is Charming, which will also be done in collaboration with Cinesite. That's the first of four roughly $20 million-costing family features, the next one was announced today.
That would happen to be Gnome Alone.
The film is being directed by Nut Job director Peter Lepeniotis, will star Becky G and Josh Peck, and is set to come out in spring 2017. Interestingly enough, it was reported that they were hoping to get Charming out in 2017, so I guess that's been pushed back to 2018? Who knows. With smaller houses, it's a bit unpredictable, considering how bigger distributors don't really scoop up these kinds of films. Sometimes they hit theaters internationally, and in a day and age where something like The Little Prince will ultimately hit Netflix instead of a wide theatrical release, who knows anymore.
What is it about?
"Gnome Alone imagines a centuries-old war waged between the grizzled Gnomes who protect earth and the wacky and hungry Troggs determined to consume everything in sight. When Chloe, the reluctant protagonist discovers that her new home’s garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the ever-multiplying Troggs in a final last stand."
Okay... This actually sounds decent. At least it's not going to be what Gnomeo & Juliet was, instead this is basically "things come to life" meets "big fantasy story". It sounds a lot more interesting than Charming, a Shrek-ian feature that looks and sounds like it's ten years too late. (Though I could be very wrong on that, and it could be fun.) I guess the Troggs are like garden produce-eating bugs, or bug-like things... Or maybe a 60s garage rock band, who knows.
Lepeniotis said "Gnome Alone is an energetic action comedy for kids in the tradition of films like Monster Squad, Gremlins and Ghostbusters with chills and fun scares and plenty of hilarious characters that'll thrill the child in all of us." Well, that's good... Scares and chills, akin to 80s horror-comedy films? Some of the very films that gave some kids nightmares? Hopefully it actually ends up being that and not something that's bogged down with tired pop culture jokes and toilet humor like The Nut Job was, among some other small films like it.
So now that's four pictures on Cinesite's docket: Klaus, Riverdance, Charming, and now this...
What say you?