Romeo_and_Juliet (18k image)This past weekend, Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss was released in theaters across California. Distributed by Indican Pictures, the film is the brainchild of Phil Nibbelink, who completely animated the project. Blending Flash animation and a hand-drawn fashion, Sealed with a Kiss plays William Shakespeare’s timeless tale in a G-rated manner, allowing an array of sea creatures to portray the story’s characters. To view more information for Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss, please click:

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Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss
Directed by Phil Nibbelink

Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With a Kiss is a fully animated feature fantasy about two star-crossed seals from warring families that fall in love against their parents’ wishes. When Juliet’s father gives her hand in marriage to the monstrous elephant seal Prince, Juliet must fake her death in order to be reunited with Romeo. But the plan goes afoul and becomes a desperate race against time! With the help of their friends Friar Lawrence and Kissy (the kissing fish), the day is saved and the young lovers are reunited in this wonderful retelling of the ageless tale of love and prejudice set in an undersea world.

Technical Specifications
-Starring: Daniel Trippett, Patricia Trippett, Chip Albers, Michael Toland, Stephen Goldberg, Phil Nibbelink and introducing Chanelle Nibblelink.
-Runtime: 77 minutes
-Format: 1:85 Flat (35MM)
-Sound: Dolby Compatible
-Rating: G
-Country: USA
-Genre: Children’s Animated
-Trailer: Available

About Phil Nibbelink

List of Credits

The Fox and the Hound – Disney

The Black Cauldron – Disney

The Great Mouse Detective – Disney

Oliver & Company – Disney

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Disney/Spielberg (Co-Production)
Directing Animator

The Magic Voyage – MS Film/Bavaria
Animation Director

An American Tail – Fievel Goes West – Amblimation (Spielberg) at Universal

We’re Back – Amblimation (Spielberg) at Universal

Casper – Universal (Spielberg)
Animation Director

Boogie Woogie Whale’ Sing Along – Phil Nibbelink Productions

Puss In Boots – Phil Nibbelink Productions

Leif Ericson – The Boy Who Discovered America – Phil Nibbelink Productions

Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss – Phil Nibbelink Productions

“Phil Nibbelink went to the Disney Animation program at California Institute of the Arts and started work at Disney Studios as an animator in 1978. There I animated on The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, Basil the Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company, and I was a directing animator in London on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I then went to Germany and did direction and animation on The Magic Voyage. From there I joined Steven Spielberg to form Amblimation in London where I directed An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and We’re Back. I moved back to L.A. and directed the animation on Casper and developed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. In 1998 I started Phil Nibbelink Productions with my wife Margit Friesacher as Producer and together we made direct to video films The Boogie Woogie Whale Sing-A-Long, Puss in Boots,and Leif Ericson: The Boy Who Discovered America.

In 2000 we decided to make the 35mm feature film Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss. After completing my other projects I began working on Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss in early 2003. It was exciting as I was putting my two favorite things together, seals and Shakespeare. I figured if Bugs Bunny can do Opera…seals can do Shakespeare!”