Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Richard Deacon, Tom Lowell
Director: Robert Stevenson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Northern California's majestic Redwood Forest is the scene for a chance encounter between two young children (Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice) and Jasper (Tom Lowell), a two-foot-high gnome. Jasper has been desperately searc... more »
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A Disney childhood favourite
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 02/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE GNOME MOBILE reunites Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber in their third and final Disney film pairing. Walter Brennan impresses in two roles with fine support from Tom Lowell and Sean McClory.
Elizabeth and Rodney (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber) are spending the summer with their tycoon grandfather D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan). Stopping off in the Redwood Forest for a picnic, Elizabeth meets Jasper (Tom Lowell) and Knobbie (Brennan once more), who claim to be the last surviving gnomes.
Promising to help them find more of their own kid, D.J. and the children bundle up Knobbie and Jasper, their destination the Virgin Forest many miles away. A stop at a motel blows their cover and the gnomes are abducted by freak show owner Horatio Quaxton (Sean McClory). The plot thickens when D.J. is thrown into a madhouse!
The story quickly rushes to it's eventful conclusion with Jasper finding the girl-gnome of his dreams (Cami Sebring).
Too bad the movie's in full-screen but never mind. Alas the Disney people are doing this with more and more frequency in their back-catalogue titles.
An entertaining tale with the MARY POPPINS kids! Based on the book by Upton Sinclair. With Ed Wynn, Maudie Prickett, Norman Grabowski, Ellen Corby, Susan Flannery and Richard Deacon."
ONE OF THE BEST FAMILY MOVIES!
Adams | Limassol, Cyprus | 02/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I accidentally recorded this film on VHS video tape about seventeen years ago from TV and I have taken special care of it ever since. The fact that it is finally being released on DVD is like a dream come true. It's one of those rare movies that capture the innocence of a bygone era, a time when excellent, feel good, family movies were made. It is with such movies that Disney defined the term family entertainment and that made a whole lot of difference to those of us that grew up with these films. Call it nostalgia if you will but movies are about entertainment and to me entertainment means that you can let yourself go for 90 minutes or so and travel to the faraway places in your imagination where the burdens of everyday life are nonexistent. Any movie that can achieve this is- to me- well worth a place in my collection. The Gnome Mobile is definitely one of those films and I would be a happy man if my son would grow up watching films like TGM rather than all the violent stuff that is so popular among youngsters nowadays."
4 star movie gets 1 star DVD treatment
drebbles | 03/10/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Once again, the folks at Buena Vista Home Video disappoint Disney fans and film scholars with a poor release of a Disney favorite. Why can't both versions of the film -- the "pan and scan" and the widescreen (original theatrical ratios) be presented on the same disc? The cropping is very distracting, especially with a film like this that has so many scenes inside of a car!!
While "The Gnome-Mobile" may not rate a "Vault Disney" or "Special Edition" release, the least Disney Home Video could do is release the film in its original format. Of course, this might present a little extra expense to the Company, and it's obvious that current management likes to keep profits up by cutting back any way possible. Walt's philosophy of "exceeding guest expectations" seems to have been forgotten. Hopefully, things will change soon.
Note to Disney Home Video: Treat your company's film heritage, and your customers, with some respect."
Silly but Fun
drebbles | Arlington, MA USA | 02/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While DJ Mulrooney is picnicking in the woods with his grandchildren, his granddaughter discovers a couple of gnomes living there, who think they are the only gnomes left in the world. JC agrees to help them find other gnomes and all kinds of complications ensue, including stolen gnomes, a stay in and escape from an insane asylum, car chases and a race to catch a "greased" gnome.
The Gnome-Mobile is a typical Disney Film from the `60's - silly but lots of fun to watch. Walter Brennan is great as both DJ and one of the gnomes, while Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber (listed in the credits as the kids from Mary Poppins) are okay as his grandchildren. It's fun spotting the character actors who seem to appear in just about every comedy made in the 60's including Richard Deacon, Frank Cady, Ellen Corby and Charles Lane. Ed Wynn appears all to briefly as a gnome.
The Gnome-Mobile is a good, fun family film.