Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss

  • Review Date: April 14, 2012
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Low-budget cartoon tells classic story with hopeful ending.
  • Review Date: April 14, 2012
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Introduction to the story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (with a happier ending). Includes a few famous lines of dialogue from other Shakespearean plays as well (i.e. "To be or not to be").

Positive messages

Hatred between families (or cultures or nations or "colors") breeds war, bigotry, and unhappiness.

Positive role models

Romeo and Juliet are examples of tolerance and acceptance. They see past barriers of prejudice and value each other for "who they are," not what group they belong to. The villain is mocked because of his obesity.

Violence & scariness

Exaggerated cartoon action throughout. The villainous seal prince roars and bears his teeth, bites, and threatens the heroes. The Capulets and Montagues (two seal families) chase each other, bark, bite, and on some occasions fight in the manner of dogs and cats. Characters are swallowed by larger fish, fall from heights, are thrown into the ocean, and banished to the scary "Shark Island." Romeo, Juliet, and Mercutio (Romeo's friend) are all believed to be dead for a period of time. Romeo and Juliet lie unmoving for several minutes. Mercutio disappears in the ocean after a fight. There are no obvious injuries; everyone is alive and well in time for the movie's happy ending.

Sexy stuff

Romeo and Juliet nuzzle a lot and exchange many chaste kisses.

Language

"Blubber-butt" and multiple fat jokes are aimed at the leader of the seals.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The Friar makes a potion for Juliet that will make her appear to be dead; in fact, she'll only be sleeping.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated, musical version of Romeo and Juliet is meant for little kids. Starring seals and other sea creatures, the film sticks to the basic story of the original at least some of the time, but changes the play's tragic ending. Only a few speeches have any relationship to Shakespeare's English; the rest of the dialogue is casual and current. Numerous scenes show the seals fighting, chasing, and threatening one another, falling into the ocean's depths, and isolated in captivity. Several characters are either "missing in action" or appear to be dead; a long time passes before it's revealed that they are still alive and well. There are lots of insults directed at the overweight leader of the seals; he's taunted for his size and called "blubber-butt." Some kids may be put off by the incessant "smooching" of Romeo and Juliet -- they're innocent kisses, but there are many of them.

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What's the story?

The Montagues and the Capulets are two warring families of seals. Their ongoing feud is based on the color of their fur: the Montagues are brown; the Capulets are white. When Romeo and Juliet, two of their young family members, fall in love despite warnings and threats, the ocean world is fractured. And because Juliet Capulet has been "promised" in marriage to the seal prince, Romeo is in danger. After a romantic, secret wedding, the prince discovers them together and banishes Romeo to Shark Island, an isolated, fearsome place. But the Friar who performed the marriage ceremony for the two lovers has a plan: He'll make a potion; Juliet will drink it and appear to die, thus showing the seals the terrible consequences of their feud. The plot almost backfires when Romeo believes his beloved to be dead. However, unlike the Shakespearean tragedy upon which the story is based, lessons are learned, everyone wakes up, and "all's well that ends well."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It seems harsh to judge this well-meaning labor of love by one man who created the entire film on his computer, 95% of it drawn by hand. Phil Nibbelink, one of the inventive minds behind An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, wanted to introduce kids to the joy and beauty of William Shakespeare in a way that they would understand. But overall, it's an amateurish effort with a grating villain, tired jokes, and sub-par music. The sequence in which the star-crossed lovers are believed dead will probably go over the heads of most young kids and need explaining. Generally, a minor effort with some cute seals and good intentions.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the Montagues and the Capulets didn't like one another. What did it mean when someone said "What's in a color? A fish of any other color would still smell as sweet."

  • When did the two families realize that fighting was a very bad idea? What did they almost lose?

  • Mercutio made fun of the prince for being fat. Have you ever been teased about something? How did it make you feel?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 23, 2006
DVD release date:June 12, 2007
Cast:Chip Albers, Daniel Trippett, Patricia Trippett
Director:Phil Nibbelink
Studio:Phil Nibbelink Productions
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Ocean creatures
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written bynduns October 9, 2012
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Was not expecting a review of this one...

Yeah, this is a bad film, but it's kind of enjoyable bad... except for the songs. The songs are beyond forgettable and lame. The characters, however, are so badly written it's funny. The animations for flash done by one person are also very good, almost Disney quality.
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