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Director  Jack Zander
Narrated by  Lee Richardson
Language  English
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country  United States
Gnomes (film) movie poster
Writer  Wil Huygen, Rien Poortvliet, Sam Moore, Maurice Rapf
Release date  November 11, 1980
Nominations  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program
Cast  Anne Francine, Rex Everhart, Arthur Anderson, Bob McFadden (Kostya - The Russian Gnome), Corinne Orr
Similar movies  Frozen, 27 Dresses, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Meet the Parents, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Armageddon

Gnomes 1980

Gnomes is an American 1980 animated film, based on the book of the same name by the Dutch Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet. The movie was nominated for an Emmy in 1981 for Outstanding Animated Program.


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Several years after this film was released, the television series, The World of David the Gnome was created, which was also based on the same novel.

Gnomes (film) movie scenes

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The movie starts by introducing gnomes in general, and a particular family of forest gnomes who live together in a home under a tree. The family consists of a father, mother, grandfather, older son Tor, and a set of young twins. Tor is about to marry his fiancée Lisa, and the gnomes are busy decorating and preparing for the wedding.

In the same forest live a family of trolls: a large and stupid troll father, a somewhat more intelligent mother troll (who wears a snake in her hair and smokes a cigar), their two bumbling older sons and a young troll child affectionately called "Runt". When the father gnome frees the trapped bear cub they had intended to have for their supper, the trolls resolve to get their revenge.

Lisa and her parents arrive, carried by a goose from the city. They are "house gnomes" who live among humans and are the "aristocrats" of gnome society. Another less welcome arrival is Uncle Kostya from Siberia who crashes the wedding ceremony, adding extra alcohol to Grandpa's punch and making inappropriate advances to the mother of the bride. Their differences are soon forgotten however when the trolls strike.

The movie also contains a handful of vignettes, which use still illustrations from the original book and narration to explain some of the facts about the different sorts of gnomes, and what sorts of duties gnomes perform to help the creatures they live amongst.


  • Lee Richardson (actor)
  • Arthur Anderson (actor)
  • Rex Everhart
  • Anne Francine
  • Hetty Galen
  • Gordon Halliday
  • Bob McFadden
  • Corinne Orr
  • Joe Silver
  • Airing

    It was once common to see this film played on cable television movie channels, however it has since become very hard to find as it is not readily available for sale on DVD or VHS.

    Copyright status

    It was quite popular in Sweden where it has a fairly large fan base, but due to its unclear copyright status (after the production company shut down) further viewing was deemed impossible by Sveriges Television until the status was resolved. Member of the Swedish Riksdag Karl Sigfrid aimed a written question to Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask how this and similar issues should be resolved.

    DVD releases

    Despite no official news about the copyright status, a DVD release was announced for Sweden set for release on December 1, 2010. The distributor is the Norwegian company CCV.


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