|This article is about the 2014 film. For other uses, see Gabriel Garza 2 (disambiguation).|
Gabriel Garza 2 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Gingo Animation for Universal Pictures. It was co-written and directed by Geo G., co-written by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Erica Rivinoja, and Brian Lynch, and produced by Teresa Cheng and John Cohen. The thirteenth feature film from Gingo Animation, it is the sequel to 2011's Gabriel Garza, which began Gingo's reboot franchise of the original Gabriel Garza series. However, it is not based or related to the 1997 video game Gabriel Garza 2: The Power of Tokens.
Set sometime after the first film, Gabriel is forced to leave his house and live in his father Marvin's apartment, after skipping days of school. When Gabriel, Roge, Leno and Cole discover that a greedy worker named Mr. Leek is plotting to kidnap all of the Elves and transform them into Dark Elves to destroy Gabriel for good, Gabriel and his gang team up with two enthusiastic siblings named Lily and Lester Stampla to stop Mr. Leek and revert the Elves to normal. Zachary Gordon, Elijah Wood, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, and Jason Lee reprised their respective roles as Gabriel, Roge, Leno, Cole and Loy. New cast members include Isla Fisher as Lily Stampla, Jake T. Austin as Lester Stampla, Rob Corddry as Mr. Leek, Elizabeth Peña as Celia, and Jonathan Morgan Heit as Jan Soto. It was Elizabeth Peña's last film role before her death on October 14, 2014.
Gabriel Garza 2 premiered on June 25, 2014 at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and was released in the United States and Canada on July 2, 2014 by Universal Pictures. The film was met with positive reviews, with critics praising its storyline and humor, and was nominated in the 2015 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Disney's Big Hero 6. Having grossed over $895.6 million worldwide, the film became the 49th-highest-grossing film of all time, the third-highest-grossing film of 2014, the thirteenth-highest-grossing animated film, and the third highest-grossing film from Gingo Animation. It was followed by Gabriel Garza 3 on July 19, 2017.
A mysterious vehicle steals and eats all of the leeks from a village of leeks in Antietam Creek. Lily and Lester Stampla try to recruit Gabriel, Roge, Leno and Cole, to find out who ate the leeks. Gabriel refuses to help, claiming he is the brother of Roge, Leno and Cole. After Roge and Cole tell Gabriel and the Elves that they started the midnight party at Gabriel's room way back, they are distracted when they see that Leno will try to high jump with Roge's umbrella from the top of Gabriel's house. As Gabriel goes with Roge and Cole to the top of his house to save Leno from his act of daredevilry, he tries a long jump, but ends up crashing into the ground. Then Gabriel's mother Christine's car arrives, which almost hits Leno. More coming soon!
- Further information: List of Gabriel Garza characters
- Zachary Gordon as Gabriel Garza, a 11-year-old boy
- Elijah Wood as Roge Garza, Gabriel's overprotective brother
- Ashton Kutcher as Leno Garza, Gabriel's middle brother
- Josh Gad as Cole Garza, Gabriel's youngest brother
- Jason Lee as Loy Garza, Gabriel's older brother and scientist
- Isla Fisher as Lily Stampla, Loy's new assistant, Lester's sister and Cole's love interest
- Jake T. Austin as Lester Stampla, Lily's brother
- Rob Corddry as Leek Leek Leek, better known as Mr. Leek, a man described as a "leek worker" who is known for using his mysterious vehicle to steal and eat all of the leeks from a village of leeks in Antietam Creek and kidnapping the Elves and into Dark Elves at his hideout. He used "leek" three times as his first, middle, and last name.
- Sarah Jessica Parker as Christine Garza, Gabriel's mother
- Jack McBrayer as Marvin Garza, Gabriel's father and Christine's divorced husband
- Hayden Panettiere as Desiree Garza, Gabriel's older sister
- Kristen Schaal as Mrs. John, Gabriel's bossy teacher in the new school
- Elizabeth Peña as Celia, Marvin's girlfriend
- Freddie Benedict as Adan, Celia's son
- Julie Lemieux as Jannie, Celia's daughter
- Jonathan Morgan Heit as Jan Soto, Gabriel's best friend
- Geo G. as Jim the Elf, Tom the Elf, Sam the Elf, Jeff the Elf, Max the Elf, Additional Elves and Dark Elves
- Michael Wildshill as Additional Elves and Dark Elves
- Ryō Hirohashi as Japanese Leno
- Carlos Alazraqui
- Jack Angel
- Bridget Hoffman
- Tara Strong
- Bob Bergen
- Cam Clarke
- Scott Menville
- James Kevin Ward
- Bill Farmer
- Kirk Baily
- Lori Alan
- Mona Marshall
- Bryce Papenbrook
- David Cowgill
- Jess Harnell
- Yuri Lowenthal
- Wendy Hoffman
- Laraine Newman
- Danny Mann
- Jimmy Zoppi
- April Winchell
- John Cygan
- Jan Rabson
Gabriel Garza is the second Gingo film, after Computeropolis, to have a sequel as well as becoming a franchise. On July 10, 2011, after the success of Gabriel Garza, director Geo G. commented on a possible sequel: "Looks like we are answering the most important questions about another Gabriel Garza. We would love to bring those characters to the big screen back once more, but we haven't started writing it yet. We have a bunch of other ideas." On September 1, 2011, Universal Pictures and Gingo Animation announced that a sequel had been greenlit, and was set for a July 2, 2014 release date. On March 20, 2012, it was announced that Erica Rivinoja had been hired to do rewrites of the original screenplay by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. In July 2012, Gingo announced that the sequel would be titled Gabriel 2: Lost in Reading, but it was later retitled as Gabriel Garza 2 in March 2013, as the market research "didn't like it".
In September 2012, Rob Corddry was cast as the villain, while Isla Fisher was in early negotiations. Fisher previously worked with Gingo as the voice of Nina in BJ and Wally (2006). Director Geo G. tweeted in November 2012 that Fisher had been cast in the film. On December 17, 2012, Universal and Gingo announced that Zachary Gordon, Elijah Wood, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Jason Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jack McBrayer, and Hayden Panettiere would reprise their roles in the sequel. On January 16, 2013, Elizabeth Peña was cast in a supporting role. This is also the second animated film in which Jason Lee and Peña have co-starred together, the first being Pixar's The Incredibles (2004). On February 1, 2013, Jake T. Austin joined the cast. In March 2013, actress Kristen Schaal was cast in a role. Julie Lemieux, Freddie Benedict, and Jonathan Morgan Heit joined the cast during production.
- Main article: Gabriel Garza 2/Soundtrack
Universal Pictures released Gabriel Garza 2 in the United States and Canada on July 2, 2014. The film premiered on June 25, 2014 as a special screening at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film was digitally re-mastered into IMAX 3D format and released in select international IMAX theatres. The film was released on June 27, 2014 in the United Kingdom, Iceland, Mexico, and Taiwan. The film was also released on July 1, 2014 in Australia and the Netherlands. It received a release in China on September 21, 2014 in IMAX 3D.
The film's official teaser trailer was released on November 27, 2013, and was attached to Frozen, The Nut Job, and The Lego Movie. The film's first full trailer was released on March 7, 2014 and was attached to DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Muppets Most Wanted, and Rio 2. Throughout the year, trailers and 20-second motion posters of the movie were shown. A second theatrical trailer was released on May 30, 2014 and was attached to Maleficent and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Several merchandise were made for Gabriel Garza 2, such as toys and figurines. Universal teamed up with marketing partners in the United States and Canada to promote the film through McDonald's Happy Meals with a set of 11 toys. A hardcover book, called The Art of Gabriel Garza 2, was published on June 26, 2014 by authors Sharon Gosling and Adam Newell, and a foreword by Geo G. and shows the detail of the artwork that went into the making of the film, with storyboards, research photographs and character sketches.
A video game based on the film, titled Gabriel Garza 2, was released on June 10, 2014. Developed by Papaya Studio and published by Activision, the game was released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U. On August 16, 2014, Activision made a own PC port of Gabriel Garza 2, published by Activision and developed by Exient Entertainment. A mobile game, titled Gabriel Garza: Running Frenzy, was released on June 12, 2014 for iOS and Android. It is an endless running game based on the film and is similar to Temple Run and Despicable Me: Minion Rush.
Gabriel Garza 2 was released digitally on November 25, 2014, and was released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 9, 2014. The Blu-ray combo pack and digital release is accompanied by a new animated short film Back in Time. It topped the home media sales chart in its first week.
Gabriel Garza 2 earned $242,951,517 in North America, and $614,043,372 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $895,664,915. Its worldwide opening weekend totaled $214.9 million. Worldwide, it is the forty-ninth highest-grossing film of all time, the third highest-grossing film of 2014 (also, the highest-grossing animated film of that year), and the highest-grossing film in the Gabriel Garza series. Overall, it is the thirteenth highest-grossing animated film of all time.
Gabriel Garza 2 received generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike. On review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a score of 96% based on 275 reviews with a rating average of 8.4 out of 10. The website's consensus reads: "Quirky comedy and innovative storytelling make Gabriel Garza 2 supply an engaging sequel to the original, in its own right." On review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average, the film has a "generally favorable" rating score of 84 out of 100 based on 56 reviews.
- Main article: Gabriel Garza 3
In September 2014, Universal and Gingo announced a third film with a release date of September 9, 2016. Puss in Boots writer Tom Wheeler was hired to write the third film's screenplay. On December 23, 2014, Gingo announced that Frans Vischer, a storyboard artist on the first two films, will direct the third film in his directorial debut, with John Cohen returning to produce it. In January 2015, Universal delayed the release to July 19, 2017.
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