March 28, 2006

Elton’s “Gnomeo” cartoon a no-go at Disney

By Sheigh Crabtree

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Elton John movie
"Gnomeo & Juliet," an animated musical based on William
Shakespeare's tragic romance, is no longer in production at
Walt Disney Feature Animation, the studio said Monday.

John was producing the movie about small star-crossed
lovers through his Rocket Pictures banner, and was engaged to
write the songs.

"Gnomeo" was Disney's second animation collaboration with
John following 1994's "The Lion King," which featured John and
lyricist Tim Rice's Oscar-winning "Can You Feel the Love

The crews at Walt Disney Feature Animation who were in
production on the project have been reassigned to other
projects, a Disney spokeswoman said.

John recently appeared in support of "Gnomeo" at the Walt
Disney Studios Showcase in September when the studio offered
members of the press a sneak peek of its slate through 2008.
John marked the occasion by playing "Crocodile Rock" on a
trademark red piano.

Walt Disney Feature Animation's film slate is under close
review following Disney's purchase of Pixar Animation Studios,
the firm behind the "Toy Story" movies. Pixar executives John
Lasseter and Ed Catmull are reviewing the Disney slate while
simultaneously developing new animated titles.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter