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 »hing for a suitable bride to please Knobby (Walter Brennan), his 900-year-old grandfather. Surprised and delighted with their find, the children agree to help Jasper with his predicament -- a problem that develops into a wild chase when an enterprising showman (Sean McClory) discovers the gnomes and quickly masterminds a kidnapping plot!« less
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. "
LET'S GO FOR A RIDE IN THE GNOME-MOBILE!
Forrest C. Hopson | Burnsville, NC USA | 03/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Walt Disney had a wonderful taste for the tales and lore of leprechauns and gnomes and his talents of bringing them to film are proven most successful with his productions of "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" as well as this enchanting picture, "The Gnome-Mobile." The talents of child actors, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber ("Mary Poppins" and "The Three Lives of Thomasina") are once again called upon in this delightful tale. Walter Brennan plays D.J. Mulrooney, the incredibly wealthy grandfather of the two children, who are visiting him while their parents are in Europe. Brennan is the head of a large timber corporation and owns a Rolls Royce, of which the children call "the gnome mobile" later in the picture. During a picnic lunch, Karen goes exploring in the woods and is pleasantly greeted by a young man named Jasper, who is a real and genuine gnome. As the story progresses, Karen introduces her grandfather and brother to Jasper and he takes them to meet his grandfather, also played by Walter Brennan, who does a great job. The gnomes explain that they are the last of the gnomes in this forest, and want to find a young female gnome for young Jasper to marry. D.J. and his grand kids agree to help, so they're off in the "gnome-mobile" in search of more gnomes. Disney's dvd transfer is quite good, with a few glitches here and there, and the picture is in full-screen. I highly recommend "The Gnome-Mobile," especially to young viewers and fans of the classic Disney live-action films. An enchanting tale that will add some whimsy to your dvd library."