The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

90 mins | Fantasy | 19 July 1967

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HISTORY

On 3 Mar 1965, Var announced that Walt Disney Productions had optioned motion picture rights to Upton Sinclair’s 1962 novel, The Gnomobile: A Gnice Gnew Gnarrative With Gnonsense, but Gnothing Gnaughty. According to the 22 Sep 1965 edition, the purchase raised the number of current Disney projects to nine, which was considered an all-time high for the studio.
       A 13 Oct 1965 Var brief stated that principal photography began two days earlier at the Disney studios in Burbank, CA. Location scenes were shot in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Production was completed under the working title The Gnomobile, with the spelling changed to The Gnome-Mobile shortly before release.
       The onscreen pairing of Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber marked their second appearance as siblings, following their portrayal of “Jane” and “Michael Banks” in Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964, see entry). The Gnome-Mobile was the final film of both Garber and co-star Ed Wynn. Wynn died of cancer on 19 Jun 1967, just one month before the picture’s New York City debut. Ten years later, Garber died of pancreatitis at age twenty-one.
       Although contemporary reviews listed the film at ninety minutes, official U.S. Copyright records indicate an eighty-five-minute running time. Theatrical screenings were paired with the Disney short documentary feature, "The Legend of the Boy and the ... More Less

On 3 Mar 1965, Var announced that Walt Disney Productions had optioned motion picture rights to Upton Sinclair’s 1962 novel, The Gnomobile: A Gnice Gnew Gnarrative With Gnonsense, but Gnothing Gnaughty. According to the 22 Sep 1965 edition, the purchase raised the number of current Disney projects to nine, which was considered an all-time high for the studio.
       A 13 Oct 1965 Var brief stated that principal photography began two days earlier at the Disney studios in Burbank, CA. Location scenes were shot in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Production was completed under the working title The Gnomobile, with the spelling changed to The Gnome-Mobile shortly before release.
       The onscreen pairing of Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber marked their second appearance as siblings, following their portrayal of “Jane” and “Michael Banks” in Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964, see entry). The Gnome-Mobile was the final film of both Garber and co-star Ed Wynn. Wynn died of cancer on 19 Jun 1967, just one month before the picture’s New York City debut. Ten years later, Garber died of pancreatitis at age twenty-one.
       Although contemporary reviews listed the film at ninety minutes, official U.S. Copyright records indicate an eighty-five-minute running time. Theatrical screenings were paired with the Disney short documentary feature, "The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 May 1967
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
15 Jul 1967
p. 17.
New York Times
20 Jul 1967
p. 30.
Variety
3 Mar 1965
p. 19.
Variety
22 Sep 1965
p. 26.
Variety
13 Oct 1965
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art styling
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd supv
Sd mix
Music ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte artist
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Gnomobile: A Gnice Gnew Gnarrative With Gnonsense, but Gnothing Gnaughty by Upton Beall Sinclair (New York, 1962).
SONGS
"The Gnome-Mobile Song," words and music by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Gnomobile
Release Date:
19 July 1967
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 July 1967
Los Angeles opening: 9 August 1967
Production Date:
began 11 October 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
17 April 1967
Copyright Number:
LP34496
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Driving his vintage 1930 Rolls-Royce, D. J. Mulrooney, a California lumber tycoon, takes his visiting grandchildren, Rodney and Elizabeth Winthrop, for a picnic in a forest of redwoods. While Rodney is eating, Elizabeth wanders off into the woods and meets Jasper, a 2-foot-high gnome, and his 943-year-old grandfather, Knobby. Against the warnings of the birds and animals, Jasper tells Elizabeth of his plight: because he cannot find a girl gnome to marry, the species is in danger of becoming extinct. Touched by his sad tale, Elizabeth gets Mulrooney to place his Rolls at the disposal of Jasper and Knobby, and they all go on a quest for other gnomes. Before they can make much progress, however, Jasper and Knobby are kidnaped by Horatio Quaxton, the crafty proprietor of the "Academy of Fantastic Freaks." And when Mulrooney orders his vice-president, Ralph Yarby, to organize a search party for the missing gnomes, the millionaire is carried off to a sanitarium. But Knobby escapes into the woods as Rodney and Elizabeth help free their grandfather and then rescue Jasper from Quaxton's clutches. After eluding attendants from the sanitarium during a wild chase over the mountains, the Rolls pulls into a glade where Knobby has contacted the gnome-king, 1100-year-old Rufus, as well as a bevy of beautiful gnome-maidens. A mating contest is held to see which one of the maidens can catch Jasper and hold on to him for a count of seven. To Jasper's delight the winner is the shy Violet. And, as Rufus marries the young couple, Mulrooney generously donates 50,000 acres of his land to the ... +


Driving his vintage 1930 Rolls-Royce, D. J. Mulrooney, a California lumber tycoon, takes his visiting grandchildren, Rodney and Elizabeth Winthrop, for a picnic in a forest of redwoods. While Rodney is eating, Elizabeth wanders off into the woods and meets Jasper, a 2-foot-high gnome, and his 943-year-old grandfather, Knobby. Against the warnings of the birds and animals, Jasper tells Elizabeth of his plight: because he cannot find a girl gnome to marry, the species is in danger of becoming extinct. Touched by his sad tale, Elizabeth gets Mulrooney to place his Rolls at the disposal of Jasper and Knobby, and they all go on a quest for other gnomes. Before they can make much progress, however, Jasper and Knobby are kidnaped by Horatio Quaxton, the crafty proprietor of the "Academy of Fantastic Freaks." And when Mulrooney orders his vice-president, Ralph Yarby, to organize a search party for the missing gnomes, the millionaire is carried off to a sanitarium. But Knobby escapes into the woods as Rodney and Elizabeth help free their grandfather and then rescue Jasper from Quaxton's clutches. After eluding attendants from the sanitarium during a wild chase over the mountains, the Rolls pulls into a glade where Knobby has contacted the gnome-king, 1100-year-old Rufus, as well as a bevy of beautiful gnome-maidens. A mating contest is held to see which one of the maidens can catch Jasper and hold on to him for a count of seven. To Jasper's delight the winner is the shy Violet. And, as Rufus marries the young couple, Mulrooney generously donates 50,000 acres of his land to the gnomes. +

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