Gnome Alone
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Lepeniotis
Screenplay by
  • Michael Schwartz
  • Zina Zaflow
Story byRobert Moreland
Based onan original story
by Kyle Newman
Micah Herman
Produced by
Starring
Edited byRob Neal
Music byPatrick Stump
Production
companies
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) (Greece and Cyprus)[1]
Running time
85 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Canada
China
Box office$10.8 million [2]

Gnome Alone is a 2017 animated fantasy comedy musical film directed by Peter Lepeniotis and written by Michael Schwartz and Zina Zaflow, from a story by Robert Moreland. The film was first released in November 2017 in Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Israel. The film received mixed reviews. Produced by Vanguard Animation and 3QU Media, the film stars the voices of Becky G, Josh Peck, Olivia Holt, George Lopez, Patrick Stump, and David Koechner. It follows a young girl who moves to Tenderville, suddenly pairing up with a group of gnomes and her awkward neighbor in an attempt to defeat a pack of rabid and hungry beasts called Troggs.

The film was released on November 2, 2017 in Greece and Cyprus and was later released on Netflix on October 19, 2018 in the United States.[3] It received mixed reviews.

Plot

Chloe and her estranged mother, Catherine, move to Tenderville, in a massive house surrounded by mysterious gnomes. One night during dinner, Chloe discovers a secret room that holding a mystical green gem, which she takes and turns into a necklace. Unbeknownst to her, she opens a portal from another realm in her basement, unleashing a pack of rabid and hungry creatures named "Troggs". At her new school, Chloe befriends popular girl Brittany and her friends, Tiffany and Chelsea, collectively known as the BTCs. Chloe catches Brittany's attention with the necklace and she gives it to Brittany in hopes of entering her clique. At home, Chloe encounters a Trogg and attempts to kill it, before it mysteriously blows up.

The next day, Catherine tells Chloe that she will be taking an extra shift at work. Upon leaving, the house gnomes reveal to Chloe that they're alive, and tie up her when they discover she took the Keystone; the mysterious green gem Chloe ended up giving to Brittany. The gnomes reveal that the Keystone keeps the Troggs from causing havoc within their realm. Quicksilver, one of the gnomes, reveals that the Troggs became their mortal enemies after they devoured the botanical lifeforms which made up their way of life. Zook, the gnome's current leader, also explains that Zamfeer, their former leader, once journeyed into the Trogg world to destroy it but never returned. Using the Keystone, they were able to stop the Troggs' portals from opening. They enlist Chloe to fend off the Troggs until she can retrieve the Keystone back. Chloe also inducts her awkward neighbor and classmate Liam to help her out.

Chloe meanwhile, plans to obtain the necklace from Brittany at a school dance, Liam, fearing that Chloe's relationship with the BTCs is detrimental to her social status, splits up with her. When Chloe finds out that Brittany didn't bring the necklace, she comes up with a plan to swing by her house. Liam meanwhile, heads home from the dance and accidentally falls inside a Trogg portal. Realizing Liam's truthfulness, Chloe breaks ties with the BTCs and heads home. After learning of Liam's whereabouts, Chloe regains her confidence and ventures after him through a portal in the toilet. She finds Liam, who gracefully accepts Chloe's apology, and encounter Zamfeer. They uncover a giant crystal and come up with a plan using Chloe's lithium-ion battery from her phone to blow up the crystal up in order to destroy the Trogg world. They blow up the crystal; a larger version of the Keystone, and use the invading Troggs to escape in a portal, sucking all the Troggs back in their realm.

As the gnomes happily reunite with Zamfeer, Brittany arrives to further humiliate Chloe and Liam and destroy the remaining Keystone. While Brittany chastises Chloe, the Gnomes, Chloe, and Liam witness the formation of the Mega Trogg, which escapes from the basement. Blocked from escaping, everyone travels to the roof along with an ooze plant; something the Mega Trogg fears. Using the Keystone, Brittany's phone, and the ooze plant, Chloe creates a makeshift bomb, destroying the Mega Trogg and restoring their reality. Waking up alongside her mom, Chloe assures her mom that she wants to stay, while Brittany confirms that she has no memory of what happened the night before. Chloe discovers the gnomes also survived and she walks alongside Liam, friends once more, to school.

Voice cast

Production

Production on Gnome Alone began at Cinesite in Montreal.[4][5] The voice cast includes Becky G, Josh Peck, Olivia Holt, George Lopez, and Patrick Stump, while John H. Williams produced the film through his company 3QU Media, which also financed the film.[4][5] In 2017, a distribution company, Smith Global Media, had acquired distribution rights to the animated film.[6][7]

Release

The film was originally set for an October 13, 2017 release, but the film was pushed back to March 2, 2018. The film was finally released on April 20, 2018 in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It was later released on October 19 of the same year via Netflix in the United States.[3]

Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Gnome Alone has a 45% score.[8]

References

  1. ^ "New in Cinemas (2nd November 2017)".
  2. ^ "Gnome Alone". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "New to Netflix US | October | Netflix". YouTube.
  4. ^ a b McNary, Dave (June 23, 2016). "Becky G, Josh Peck to Star in Animated 'Gnome Alone'. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Lesnick, Silas (June 28, 2017). "Gnome Alone and Charming Set for Distribution". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 28, 2017). "Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics 'Gnome Alone' & 'Charming'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Amidi, Amid (July 14, 2017). "'Gnome Alone': First Teaser Trailer, October Release Confirmed". Cartoon Brew.
  8. ^ "Gnome Alone". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 1, 2021.