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Voices For Sherlock Gnomes

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Carole Stephens
• Monday, 26 July, 2021
• 8 min read

Before it hits theaters, let’s polish off the magnifying glass and investigate which Hollywood stars are voicing these gnomes. The tenured actor may be best known as young Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, but he’s no stranger to animated movies, having lent his voice to Arthur Christmas as well as Gnome & Juliet.

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Emily Blunt also returns from the previous film to once again voice the gnome alter-ego of Juliet Capulet. Later this year, she’ll take center stage as the title character in the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns.

Sherlock Holmes is in luck, because film icon Johnny Depp delivers the voice of the crafty and perceptive detective. With his ability to project a quirky tone and bubbly personality, Depp is the perfect choice to play Sherlock Holmes.

No Sherlock Holmes story would be complete without the detective’s trusty companion, Watson. With witty responses and quick-thinking solutions, we should expect Gnome Watson to be one of Sherlock Holmes ‘ standout characters.

Editor has an extensive catalog of roles to his name, most recently appearing as Karl Moro in Doctor Strange. Returning from the first film, Michael Caine is back as Lord Redbrick.

However, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic between the Redbrick and the Bluebirds has changed now that the Romeo & Juliet -inspired story has been told. With an instantly recognizable voice like his, Caine will no doubt ensure that Redbrick is a standout in the film.

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Aside from Nanette, Jensen has voiced characters in films such as How To Train Your Dragon and Arthur Christmas. Like his Shakespearean counterpart, Stephen Merchant’s Paris was originally arranged to marry Juliet.

Benny, the hilarious gnome version of Benvolio voiced by Matt Lucas, was a standout of Gnome & Juliet. The British actor showcases his vocal talents on BBC’s comedy Little Britain, in which he portrays a wide range of different characters.

William Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories merge in Sherlock Holmes, the sequel to the animated film Gnome and Juliet. From Paramount Pictures and MGM Studios, Sherlock Holmes features James McEvoy and Emily Blunt returning to voice the famous lovers Gnome and Juliet, respectively.

In his first voice-over role in a film since Range, Johnny Depp brings his versatile acting to portray the uptight detective based on Sherlock Holmes. In addition to co-starring with Emily Blunt in Into the Woods, Depp recently starred in Murder on the Orient Express and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise.

Beige recently showed off her acting skills as Florence in Dee Sees’ acclaimed 1940s period drama Mud bound, earning an Oscar not for her work, and she also made appearances in The Wiz Live! The legendary actress Maggie Smith, more recently known for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, continues playing Lady Blueberry, Gnome’s mom, in the film.

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Michael Caine puts on his red pointy hat and rejoins the cast as Juliet’s dad, Lord Redbrick, sworn enemy of Gnome’s mother, Lady Blueberry. Ashley Jensen reprises her toady role as the comedic Nanette, a slimy frog who gossips with Juliet about meeting a boy in the first film.

Bridesmaids alum Matt Lucas voices Benny, Gnome’s somewhat daft gnome pal, based on cousin Benvolio in the play. Edit Sherlock Holmes (Johnny Depp) and his assistant, Dr. Gnome Watson (Chinese Editor), storm into London's natural history museum, where their nemesis, a pie mascot named Moriarty (Jamie Demetrius), is holding gnomes hostage, planning to smash them.

After a brief battle, Moriarty is defeated by getting seemingly crushed by a dinosaur skeleton. Meanwhile, Gnome (James McEvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt), as well as the other gnomes, are moving to London.

While there, Gnome and Juliet are declared the new leaders of the garden. Noticing that Juliet has cast him aside to improve the garden, Gnome leaves to find a flower as a centerpiece, but nearly gets caught in a shop, forcing Juliet to rescue him.

Gnome and Juliet return to the garden, but then find out that all the other gnomes have gone missing. Sherlock and Watson show up at the scene to investigate, and after Gnome and Juliet help them escape from a sewer flood, Sherlock agrees for them to team up.

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Goofs Characters speak of “the HMS Nimrod” which is incorrect for a ship's designation. Crazy Credits No gnomes were harmed in the making of this motion picture... well, okay, maybe there were a couple.

Sherlock Holmes is a spin-off and a literary adaption of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous British detective Sherlock Holmes. He worked in notable films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, and many others.

The British actor shot to fame in the film Gideon’s Daughter and soon starred in The Devil Wears Prada alongside Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Blunt went on to garner critical acclaim for her role in films like The Girl on the Train, A Quiet Place, and Ricardo.

Before this Kevin Macdonald film, McEvoy also starred as Mr. Tum nus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Dark Night actor has worked in more than 100 films in his career and continues to enthrall the audience with his performance.

Apart from The Dark Night trilogy, Caine has also starred in films like The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, Tenet, Now You See Me, and Kinsman: The Secret Service. Tune in today to stay updated with all the latest news and headlines from the world of entertainment.

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Just weeks after the entertainment icon made Academy Award history as the first person to ever be nominated in both acting and songwriting categories in the same year, fans are now getting a sneak peek at her first animated film role. Beige joins an all-star cast for the film, which includes Johnny Depp, Chinese Editor, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne, James McEvoy and Emily Blunt.

I’ve never watched Gnome and Juliet, the first entry in the British Garden Gnome Public Domain Property Parody Adventure series, but apparently they opted not to end the first film with mutual suicide. There're two twists that are painfully obvious, and it’s largely just the gnomes moving between strangely empty set pieces looking for clues that make sense to nobody but Sherlock.

When I was in the box office line, the family in front of me had the following conversation: Mom : Honey, you want to see Sherlock Holmes, right? This film starts with the gnomes getting moved from rural Stratford-upon-Avon to the bustling capital of London.

Once there the whole yard-full of gnomes (save for Gnome and Juliet) get kidnapped, and they team up with Sherlock and Watson to follow a bunch of stupid clues that barely make sense. They have an entire history of solving crimes perpetrated by Moriarty, who in this universe is represented by a sociopathic pie mascot.

His design is just a yellow Stay Put Marshmallow Man with a pie for a stomach. Gnome and Juliet get into petty arguments for no reason and it sort-of drives them apart, and the rest of the movie is transparent situations that make them realize they’re better when they work together.

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The entire plot would fall apart if, on two separate occasions, Sherlock had checked for a body. Early in the movie, Sherlock defeats Moriarty by dropping a whale skeleton on him at the Natural History Museum, and is satisfied with seeing a shattered piece of his head on the ground.

Moriarty is still alive, it’s shown that he’s clearly made of some kind of rubbish plastic when other characters bounce off of him. This fucking thing can’t even get basic physical properties of materials right.

The gnomes are always worried about being smashed, but is it because they’d ‘die’ or because they’d be still conscious as shattered pieces of clay that would then be discarded, living for eternity immobilized in a landfill? On that note, the movie reveals that pretty much all humanoid inanimate objects come alive when we’re not looking, so there’s a subplot with a bunch of toys.

Sherlock was once engaged to a hot doll, voiced by Mary J Blige, and she does one of the most out-of-nowhere musical numbers I’ve ever seen. Juliet then walks right back in and MOB is just like ‘Whatever, here’s the clue I refused to give up not five seconds earlier’.

If you’re wondering if these Toys have any more of a Story to them, you’re probably not aware of the vast and merciless legal team Disney has available to them. The move to London sort of makes senses, since that’s where the original Sherlock operated from, but aside from that, the movie was just a bunch of generic looking locations alongside the Natural History Museum and Tower Bridge.

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The Natural History Museum plays a decent role, but the animators didn’t put anything in it besides the whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, so it has this weird sterile, unfinished look to it. London’s a fairly densely populated city, but there was just never anyone around, and they were largely free to roam about uninhibited.

I kind of hoped there was a background plot where London’s population had been decimated, like Sherlock Holmes took place concurrently within 28 Days Later. Alas, there was a scene where Sherlock and Juliet hide in a squirrel costume to look for a clue in a crowded park.

Then being gnomes had no bearing on the story, aside from them having to avoid people lest they freeze back into clay figurines at inopportune times (which almost never came up). The film is definitely aimed squarely at kids, so the plot is just a lot of things happening with little to no connection to each other.

As for positives, I have to say the voice acting is fine, and the actual animation isn’t terrible. If you’re just looking for some color and noise to keep your sub-8 year old kid from driving you insane, you could do far worse, but I wish animation studios would try a little harder to compete with Disney/Pixar.

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