Trailer of Sherlock Gnomes out

Gnomes

The trailer of Sherlock Gnomes, the follow-up of 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet has been released.

John Stevenson has directed the film from a script by Ben Zazove.

The idea for the film is straightforward – Sherlock Holmes with garden gnomes:

Paramount Animation is releasing the film. The division that released Monster Trucks last January has struggled to produce films or put forth a clear vision for its brand.

In July, Paramount hired former Dreamworks Feature Animation co-president Mireille Soria to take charge of the animation division. After this the studio’s output is expected to align more closely with Paramount’s sister division, Nickelodeon Movies, both of which are owned by Viacom.

Back to Sherlock Gnomes, the key highlight in the trailer is the funny and appealing animation provided by Mikros Image, the Technicolor-owned French company, which made Sherlock Gnomes out of its studios in Paris and London.

The company has carved out a niche as a producer of high-quality comedy-oriented cg, and scored a win earlier this year with its inventive work on Captain Underpants, which also marked the first time that Dreamworks outsourced the animation production of an entire film to a non-Dreamworks studio. Mikros’ upcoming productions include Astérix – The Secret of the Magic Potion and Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.

Main voices in the film have been provided by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mary J. Blige, with music by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Sherlock Gnomes will release in U.S. theaters on March 23, next year.