Sherlock Gnomes: What You Need To Know
Seven years on from Gnomeo & Juliet, the animated adventure directed by Kelly Asbury which transposed the work of Shakespeare into a world filled with talking garden gnomes, a sequel arrives in stores this week and this time the star of the show is a gnome-like incarnation of the world's most famous (fictional) detective.
Sherlock Gnomes makes its arrival in stores on Monday (November 12th), here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Ashley Jensen, Julie Walters, Ozzy Osborne, Matt Lucas and Stephen Merchant all return to reprise their roles from Gnomeo & Juliet, while new additions to the voice cast this time around include Johnny Depp, Mary J. Blige, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Demitriou, Richard Wilson and Dexter Fletcher.
And who's directing?
Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson takes over from Kelly Asbury on directing duties for the sequel, working from a script written by Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg.
What's the plot?
After the events of Gnomeo & Juliet, the gnomes find themselves moving to a new home with a new garden and seem all set to live happily ever after. However, trouble is just around the corner and after taking a trip to find a flower to use as the centrepiece for their new garden, Gnomeo and Juliet return to find that all the other gnomes have mysteriously vanished.
Enter Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick Watson, who pick up the case and team up with Gnomeo and Juliet to follow a trail of clues which leads them across a variety of London locations from Chinatown to the Natural History Museum, where Gnomeo is kidnapped by a Gargoyle.
Gnomeo is taken to be detained with the other missing gnomes, who learn that they are all to be smashed the following day during a fireworks display. Sherlock suspects that his nemesis Moriarty is behind the plot to destroy the gnomes, but not everything is as it seems and when Sherlock learns he has been double-crossed he is faced with a race against time to save the gnomes from certain destruction.
Does it deliver?
If you're looking for a light-hearted rescue adventure to watch with the whole family then Sherlock Gnomes is worth a watch and even if some of the gags fall flat, there's enough A-list talent in the film's impressive voice cast to ensure a few laughs.