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The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

Walter Brennan , Matthew Garber , Edward Colman , Robert Stevenson  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Richard Deacon, Tom Lowell
  • Directors: Edward Colman, Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Ellis Kadison
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZTIP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gnome-Mobile" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The film is based on a book by renowned author Upton Sinclair.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST FAMILY MOVIES! February 27, 2004
By Adams
I accidentally recorded this film on VHS video tape about seventeen years ago from TV and I have taken special care of it ever since. The fact that it is finally being released on DVD is like a dream come true. It's one of those rare movies that capture the innocence of a bygone era, a time when excellent, feel good, family movies were made. It is with such movies that Disney defined the term family entertainment and that made a whole lot of difference to those of us that grew up with these films. Call it nostalgia if you will but movies are about entertainment and to me entertainment means that you can let yourself go for 90 minutes or so and travel to the faraway places in your imagination where the burdens of everyday life are nonexistent. Any movie that can achieve this is- to me- well worth a place in my collection. The Gnome Mobile is definitely one of those films and I would be a happy man if my son would grow up watching films like TGM rather than all the violent stuff that is so popular among youngsters nowadays.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but Fun February 24, 2005
While DJ Mulrooney is picnicking in the woods with his grandchildren, his granddaughter discovers a couple of gnomes living there, who think they are the only gnomes left in the world. JC agrees to help them find other gnomes and all kinds of complications ensue, including stolen gnomes, a stay in and escape from an insane asylum, car chases and a race to catch a "greased" gnome.

The Gnome-Mobile is a typical Disney Film from the `60's - silly but lots of fun to watch. Walter Brennan is great as both DJ and one of the gnomes, while Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber (listed in the credits as the kids from Mary Poppins) are okay as his grandchildren. It's fun spotting the character actors who seem to appear in just about every comedy made in the 60's including Richard Deacon, Frank Cady, Ellen Corby and Charles Lane. Ed Wynn appears all to briefly as a gnome.

The Gnome-Mobile is a good, fun family film.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a Disney childhood favourite February 24, 2005
THE GNOME MOBILE reunites Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber in their third and final Disney film pairing. Walter Brennan impresses in two roles with fine support from Tom Lowell and Sean McClory.

Elizabeth and Rodney (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber) are spending the summer with their tycoon grandfather D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan). Stopping off in the Redwood Forest for a picnic, Elizabeth meets Jasper (Tom Lowell) and Knobbie (Brennan once more), who claim to be the last surviving gnomes.

Promising to help them find more of their own kid, D.J. and the children bundle up Knobbie and Jasper, their destination the Virgin Forest many miles away. A stop at a motel blows their cover and the gnomes are abducted by freak show owner Horatio Quaxton (Sean McClory). The plot thickens when D.J. is thrown into a madhouse!

The story quickly rushes to it's eventful conclusion with Jasper finding the girl-gnome of his dreams (Cami Sebring).

Too bad the movie's in full-screen but never mind. Alas the Disney people are doing this with more and more frequency in their back-catalogue titles.

An entertaining tale with the MARY POPPINS kids! Based on the book by Upton Sinclair. With Ed Wynn, Maudie Prickett, Norman Grabowski, Ellen Corby, Susan Flannery and Richard Deacon.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 4 star movie gets 1 star DVD treatment March 10, 2004
By A Customer
Once again, the folks at Buena Vista Home Video disappoint Disney fans and film scholars with a poor release of a Disney favorite. Why can't both versions of the film -- the "pan and scan" and the widescreen (original theatrical ratios) be presented on the same disc? The cropping is very distracting, especially with a film like this that has so many scenes inside of a car!!
While "The Gnome-Mobile" may not rate a "Vault Disney" or "Special Edition" release, the least Disney Home Video could do is release the film in its original format. Of course, this might present a little extra expense to the Company, and it's obvious that current management likes to keep profits up by cutting back any way possible. Walt's philosophy of "exceeding guest expectations" seems to have been forgotten. Hopefully, things will change soon.
Note to Disney Home Video: Treat your company's film heritage, and your customers, with some respect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LET'S GO FOR A RIDE IN THE GNOME-MOBILE! March 15, 2006
Walt Disney had a wonderful taste for the tales and lore of leprechauns and gnomes and his talents of bringing them to film are proven most successful with his productions of "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" as well as this enchanting picture, "The Gnome-Mobile." The talents of child actors, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber ("Mary Poppins" and "The Three Lives of Thomasina") are once again called upon in this delightful tale. Walter Brennan plays D.J. Mulrooney, the incredibly wealthy grandfather of the two children, who are visiting him while their parents are in Europe. Brennan is the head of a large timber corporation and owns a Rolls Royce, of which the children call "the gnome mobile" later in the picture. During a picnic lunch, Karen goes exploring in the woods and is pleasantly greeted by a young man named Jasper, who is a real and genuine gnome. As the story progresses, Karen introduces her grandfather and brother to Jasper and he takes them to meet his grandfather, also played by Walter Brennan, who does a great job. The gnomes explain that they are the last of the gnomes in this forest, and want to find a young female gnome for young Jasper to marry. D.J. and his grand kids agree to help, so they're off in the "gnome-mobile" in search of more gnomes. Disney's dvd transfer is quite good, with a few glitches here and there, and the picture is in full-screen. I highly recommend "The Gnome-Mobile," especially to young viewers and fans of the classic Disney live-action films. An enchanting tale that will add some whimsy to your dvd library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Love this movie requiremnt for certain amount of words is stupid and a waste of my time blah blah blah
Published 1 day ago by Pamm Ware
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not p;ay this on our DVD Player
I had bought this for our Grandchildren but when we received it would not play on our DVD Player. I was very disappointed.
Published 13 days ago by M. Nethero
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched This As a Kid
Makes me feel like a kid again. Don't know if that helps review-wise, but if you like Disney, special effects, adventure, and the hero to come through in the end as in all Disney... Read more
Published 15 days ago by FlowerPower1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful old Disney Classic
This is just a fun classic Disney, starring the same children that were in Mary Poppins. My kids love the escape from the asylum and the lady gnomes chasing Jasper at the end.
Published 1 month ago by Me
3.0 out of 5 stars The Gnome-Mobile
I liked it, but its a little more musical than I remember. I thought my grandson would like it, because he liked the Borrower's and
I thought there was some similarity between... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie A. Bennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie!
The older Disney films are great for this newer generation that has never seen or heard of them. Watched this one with my 9 year old god daughter and she loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Mitzi H.
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this when I saw it as a child ...
... and thought it would be a good 'share' for my grandson. Watching it with him recently, I suppose I liked it (when I was young) because it included the two kids - and kids like... Read more
Published 1 month ago by clem
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family movie!
I was thrilled to find this family classic movie on DVD. I remembered it from when I was a child and hadn't seen it any where. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terrah H.
5.0 out of 5 stars MY all time FAV love love love
the Gnome Mobile is a Disney Classic that I will love forever. and my kids and grand kids too. I buy extras all the time to give as gifts as every family needs to have one on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sally smith
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood fav
loved this movie when I was little and it hasn't lost any of it's charms over the last 40+ years
Published 2 months ago by Jodi
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