This article is about the 2011 Gabriel Garza film. For the 2002 film, see The Gabriel Garza Movie.
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Gabriel Garza is a 2011 American 3D computer-animated action-adventure comedy film produced by Gingo Animation for Universal Pictures. Based on the NBC animated television series of the same name, it was the tenth feature film from Gingo Animation, as well as the first installment in the studio's reboot franchise of the original series. It was directed by series creator Geo G. from a screenplay by Gary Hall, Dan Fogelman, and Jordan Roberts, and a story by Geo, Audel LaRoque, Michael Wildshill, and Hall, and stars an ensemble voice cast consisting of Zachary Gordon, Elijah Wood, Alexander Gould, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Hayden Panettiere, Frankie Jonas, Peter Dinklage, and Alan Tudyk. In the film, Gabriel, Roge, Leno and Cole attempt to overcome their greatest fears in order to stop Vio and his plans for world domination.

Gabriel Garza marked Gingo's return to the franchise after nine years of absence; the studio had plans for a computer-animated Gabriel Garza film entitled Gabriel Garza: Unleashed before the release of The Gabriel Garza Movie in 2002. However, Unleashed was cancelled shortly after the latter's release, but the project was revived in early 2008, with Geo G. announcing that they wanted to create a film that would "transcend generations". The film was originally developed under the title Life of Gabriel Garza; in February 2009, it was confirmed that the film would be instead a reboot simply titled Gabriel Garza. In the hopes of attracting a larger audience with better-known actors, none of the cast from the original series reprised their roles in the film. The music for the film was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh and James L. Venable.

Gabriel Garza premiered on June 18, 2011 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, and was released in the United States on July 6, 2011. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who considered it as an improvement over the 2002 film and praised its animation, script, humor, light and heartwarming tone, score, visual style, and vocal performances, particularly of Gordon, Wood, Panettiere, and Dinklage. The film earned a total of $645 million worldwide against a budget of $85 million, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011. It was later followed by two sequels: 2014's Gabriel Garza 2 and 2017's Gabriel Garza 3.


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Voice castEdit

Further information: List of Gabriel Garza characters

Additional voicesEdit

Production Edit

In 2001, Gingo Animation announced plans for another Gabriel Garza feature film, with the intention of it being animated in CGI rather than using traditional animation. Writers Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman were hired by Gingo to write the script for the film; eventually, Bencich and Friedman wanted the film to feature a "more experienced" Gabriel Garza. Bencich and Friedman's script, titled Gabriel Garza: Unleashed, had Vio kidnapping Claire Jones, while he and his henchmen plan to make a machine to destroy Sinking Spring and rebuild it as Vio's new empire. While searching on the Internet, Gabriel finds out that Vio also plans for world domination, which leads Vio to take over every country around the world. Fearing the world's destruction, Gabriel sets out on an adventure with Roge, Leno, Cole, Loy, the Elves, and Jan Soto to rescue Claire and stop Vio. At the same time, Claire meets other people whom Vio created until they were refused to follow Vio.

After the release of The Gabriel Garza Movie in 2002, however, Universal Pictures cancelled production on Gabriel Garza: Unleashed due to the former being less successful at the box office than it had expected. After the cancellation of Unleashed, Gingo CEO and Gabriel Garza creator Geo G. regarding the future of the Gabriel series on an interview in August 2004, he said, "I don't have anything official to announce, but I can speak as an individual, I love Gabriel Garza, and I love those other guys I created. And I would love to find a way to bring him back, if we could." Michael Wildshill, president of Gingo, has said that he would love to see a revival of the original Gabriel television series, or even a full blown reboot. Debi Derryberry, the original voice of Gabriel Garza, said she is hopeful that Gingo will "bring Gabriel back to their glory days and that the character is still very dear to fans between 18–49 years".

In May 2006, Gingo revealed through an IGN interview the possibility that they may revive both series of Gabriel Garza as well as Hatty. In September 2006, however, Wildshill stated in an interview with Ain't It Cool News that Gingo does not miss working on either series and has no intention of bringing them back to life. Despite this, Terry Ward stated that the studio would love to return to Gabriel Garza but doesn't see it as viable. Geo G., Audel LaRoque, Michael Wildshill, Gary Hall and Steve Samono visited the house where Geo first pitched Gabriel Garza, and came up with the story for the film over a weekend in 2006; LaRoque then wrote a treatment.

A computer-animated film based on Gabriel Garza, under the working title Life of Gabriel Garza, was confirmed by Universal and Gingo Animation on February 1, 2008. Geo G. was announced as director, with Gary Hall, Dan Fogelman and Jordan Roberts writing the film's screenplay. Eventually, DreamWorks Animation's Teresa Cheng was pitched in to assist with the production. The film's original release date on December 3, 2010 was also announced. Geo, who had been working with the writers and story development artists on the film since mid 2007, said he felt pressure to avoid creating "the first dud" for Gingo.

In the summer of 2008, there were claims that the film was going to be a reboot. In October 2008, IGN reported the title of the film would be simply Gabriel, while reported it would be Gabriel Garza the following December. On February 23, 2009, Universal officially confirmed that the film would be indeed a reboot and was retitled simply as Gabriel Garza. It was also announced that the original voice cast—Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, E.G. Daily, Kath Soucie, Billy West, Doug Lawrence, Charlie Adler, Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett, Danny Mann, and Frank Welker—from the Gabriel Garza series will be entirely replaced by better-known actors due to the hopes of attracting a larger audience, akin to what Gingo did to the voice cast of BJ and Wally (2006), in which Geo G. directed.

In September 2009, Gabriel Garza was pushed back from December 3, 2010 to July 6, 2011 (the scheduled release date for Gingo's Plucky Chicken). According to Michael Wildshill, the primary reason for the rescheduling was to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Gabriel Garza television series. In November 2009, Zachary Gordon, known for his role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was announced to play the voice of Gabriel Garza, taking the place of Gabriel's original voice actress Debi Derryberry (who voiced a minor role via additional voices in the film instead); in addition to Gordon, Elijah Wood, Alexander Gould, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Hayden Panettiere, Frankie Jonas, Peter Dinklage, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jack McBrayer, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Alan Tudyk have also joined the cast.

During the initial development stages of the film, Gingo revisited their work from the studio's abandoned Unleashed project and found that though they could open the old files for the character models, they were unable to edit them; this resulted in them recreating the models from scratch. Erica Rivinoja did an uncredited rewrite of the script.



The film's first teaser trailer was released with Computeropolis 3 on March 5, 2010, and was also shown before Diary of a Wimpy Kid, How to Train Your Dragon, Sea-Life, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, and Despicable Me. The first full-length trailer was attached as an exclusive sneak peek and a first footage on November 3, 2010, and was shown before Megamind, Tangled, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Tron: Legacy, Yogi Bear, and Gulliver's Travels. A second teaser was released on March 2, 2011, followed by a second full-length trailer on March 3, and was attached to films such as Rango, Mars Needs Moms, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Hop, Rio, and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.

Several merchandise was made for Gabriel Garza, such as toys and figurines. Universal teamed up with several major companies to promote the film, including McDonald's, who included 8 toys in their Happy Meals featuring the main characters, and Airheads, who made limited-edition flavors "The Elf Flavor" and "Gabriel's Strawberry Taste". A contest, which ended in early May 2011, allowed fans to submit ideas for flash animations to promote the release of the film. The winning idle idea "Gabriel's Catch" was unveiled on June 4, 2011.

Home mediaEdit

Gabriel Garza was released in the United States and Canada on DVD and Blu-ray on December 6, 2011 with a standalone single-disc DVD release being released on that same day. The release included a new short film titled Game Boys.

The film was re-issued on Blu-ray on June 17, 2014. It includes a movie ticket to its sequel Gabriel Garza 2. It was re-issued again on Blu-ray on June 20, 2017.

Video gameEdit

A video game based on the film was published by THQ and released on June 21, 2011 for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360.


Main article: Gabriel Garza (film)/Soundtrack


Critical receptionEdit

Gabriel Garza has received positive reviews from critics. Based on 187 reviews, the film holds a 94% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus stating "With a blast of laughable humor, excellent storyline, and dazzling animation, Gabriel Garza is a delightful masterpiece that lives up with nostalgia of the original 1990s cartoon." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has an average score of 72 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Box officeEdit

The film grossed $68,368,836 on its opening day (Wednesday, July 6, 2011), being released in 4,200 theaters. The film grossed $261,754,077 in North America and $184,942,573 in other countries, with a total gross of $645,300,952 worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011. The film is currently the eighth highest-grossing Gingo feature in the U.S. behind Paradoria, DCL: Desktop Component League, Computeropolis 2, Gabriel Garza 2, Imagimals, Gabriel Garza 3, and Computeropolis.


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Main articles: Gabriel Garza 2 and Gabriel Garza 3

A sequel titled Gabriel Garza 2 was released on July 2, 2014. It was directed again by Geo G., written by Geo, Dan Fogelman, Erica Rivinoja and Brian Lynch, and produced by Teresa Cheng and John Cohen. Zachary Gordon, Elijah Wood, Alexander Gould, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Hayden Panettiere, Frankie Jonas and Alan Tudyk reprised their roles as Gabriel, Roge, Leno, Cole, Claire, Jan and Loy, respectively. New cast members include Isla Fisher as Lily Stampla, Jake T. Austin as Lester Stampla, David Tennant as Donnie Stampla, and Rob Corddry as Mr. Leek.

In September 2014, Gingo announced a planned third film titled Gabriel Garza 3 to follow Gabriel Garza 2, with a release date set for July 19, 2017.

Other media Edit

Media Edit

Main article: Gabriel Garza (2011 manga)

In June 2011, a manga version of Gabriel Garza was made by Hiromi Yamafuji and distributed in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Rival magazine in Japan; the manga was published in English by Tokyopop.

Television specials Edit

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Television seriesEdit

Main article: Gabriel & Friends



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Gingo Animation

Paint World (1999) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · Computeropolis (2004) · M.I.S.S.I.O.N. (2005) · BJ and Wally (2006) · Computeropolis 2 (2007) · Swapped (2008) · Woo La La (2009) · Computeropolis 3 (2010) · Gabriel Garza (2011) · Plucky Chicken (2012) · Quest (2013) · Gabriel Garza 2 (2014) · Paradoria (2015) · The Planetokio Movie (2015) · DCL: Desktop Component League (2016) · Imagimals (2017) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) ·


Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018) · Paradoria 2 (2019) · Imagimals 2 (2020) · Hyper (2021) · Lix (2021)

Illumination Entertainment

Despicable Me (2010) · Hop (2011) · The Lorax (2012) · Despicable Me 2 (2013) · Minions (2015) · The Secret Life of Pets (2016) · Sing (2016) · Despicable Me 3 (2017) ·


The Grinch (2018) · The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) · Minions 2 (2020) · Sing 2 (2020)

DreamWorks Animation

Antz (1998) · The Prince of Egypt (1998) · The Road to El Dorado (2000) · Chicken Run (2000) · Shrek (2001) · Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) · Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) · Shrek 2 (2004) · Shark Tale (2004) · Madagascar (2005) · Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) · Over the Hedge (2006) · Flushed Away (2006) · Shrek the Third (2007) · Bee Movie (2007) · Kung Fu Panda (2008) · Madgascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) · Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) · How to Train Your Dragon (2010) · Shrek Forever After (2010) · Megamind (2010) · Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) · Puss in Boots (2011) · Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Rise of the Guardians (2012) · The Croods (2013) · Turbo (2013) · Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) · How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) · Penguins of Madagascar (2014) · Home (2015) · Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) · Trolls (2016) · The Boss Baby (2017) · Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) · Mistaken Identity (2018) ·


How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019) · Everest (2019) · Trolls 2 (2020) · The Croods 2 (2020) · The Boss Baby 2 (2021) · Spooky Jack (2021)

Universal Animation Studios

Curious George (2006) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

GingoMotion Studios

Niz Chicoloco (2017)

Big Idea Entertainment

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)

Animated Films Distributed by Universal

The Snow Queen (1959) · Pinocchio in Outer Space (1969) · An American Tail (1986) · The Land Before Time (1988) · Jetsons: The Movie (1990) · An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) · Balto (1995) · Cassiopeia (2000) · Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) · Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service (2003) · Tony 2: Across the Nation (2007) · Defender D (2011) · ROBLOX: The Movie (2011) · Uploaded (2012) · Defender 2D (2017) · Z.O.O. (2020) ·

Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features

Coraline (2009) · 9 (2009) · ParaNorman (2012) · The Boxtrolls (2014) · Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)