Over the Hedge (Full Screen Edition)
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When movies are made, they intend an audience, and an audience reaction. Here, the bar was not set to be compared to the sentimental depth of "Finding Nemo," or the abject, hyperactive hilarity of "Aladdin." Here, "Over the Hedge" has a basic plot, and a basic conflict, and does the job it sets out to do.
RJ the Raccoon owes a very angry bear a wagon load of snacks, and realizes the new human suburb is packed with these snacks. He meets up with a friendly, but not too smart neighborhood of small forest animals, led by a careful-thinking turtle named Vern.
The characters are strong, each is distinguished from the other, with distinctive personalities, unlike the overblown homogeny found in some cartoons. This matters especially here, as there are more animals than some younger children will be familiar with.
Can RJ persuade the animals to help him steal the snacks from the humans? Will Vern remain the sensible leader, and help them avoid the 'Verminator' and his viscous animal killing tools?
For me, the funniest scene is an almost Matrix-like action sequence when the ordinarily hyper Hammy drinks a caffeine drink and goes in on a mission. Time stops, but not for Hammy.
The animation is good enough, and the story is told straight-ahead, without catchy songs. No one will leave the theater thinking, "That's incredible production value!Read more ›
The story is rather simple: R.J. Raccoon (Bruce Willis), owes a stockpile of food to a very angry bear named Vincent (hilariously pulled off by Nick Nolte) after he's caught stealing Vincent's stash and eventually losing it. If he doesn't get the food, ice chest, red wagon, etc. back, Vincent is going to kill him. Luckily, R.J. stumbles upon a hapless group of small woodland pals who've awakened to a brand new suburb which has literally grown up around them during their winter hibernation. The group is headed up by Garry Shandling's funny turtle, Verne. He heads up an all-star group of voices such as William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, and Eugene Levy, among others. Steve Carell steals the show as Hamilton, a very "Hoodwinked"-like squirrel who's very, very high-strung.
R.J. plans to use the groups gathering skills to collect everything he needs to pay Vincent back. Of course, the suburbs are full of dangers for any small creature. From Girl Scouts to a very aggressive exterminator to a playful pup, the gang faces all of these problems with funny outcomes. Along the way, R.J. realizes that his selfish motives are wrong, and he decides to make things as right as possible between the group and Vincent.
This is a wonderful tale for the entire family to see. It includes plenty of adult "inside" jokes that the kids won't catch onto and plenty of slapstick humor for the kids and parents alike. It's heartwarming at times and laugh-out-loud funny at others.
I highly recommend this flick. It's the funniest movie I've seen in quite a long time.
...DreamWorks' animated film, "Over the Hedge," is a backyard ecological comedy outfitted with some fine, silly slapstick and clever animal characters. This one is aimed more at a younger audience than other DW efforts like "Shrek" but has plenty of entertainment value for the rest of the fam. Unlike Pixar, DreamWorks isn't pushing the envelope with their animation. DW is playing it safe here with a PC comedy that delivers an ecological message while pitching family values to the extreme. The CG animation is routine, but writer Len Blum (Pink Panther) along with Lorne Cameron, working from the popular comic strip and character animators under the supervision of directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick do a crackerjack job of filling the screen with lively, ingratiating creatures. The comic strip Created by Michael Fry and T Lewis, OVER the HEDGE takes a quirky view of suburban living from the perspective of the animals who lived there first. The comic strip, like the movie, stars RJ, a mischievous raccoon, and Verne, his sensitive best-buddy turtle. Together they ponder life and adapt their natural habitat to incorporate all the "unnatural" creature comforts that suburbia has to offer. Fry & Lewis have written an original screenplay for the film.
RJ (voiced perfectly by Bruce Willis, why hasn't he done this before, oh yeah the "Look Who's Talking" movies count), arrives in a woods outside a midwest town, excited about the wonders that living near humans can bring. He finds instead a community of porcupines, possums, a squirrel, skunk and chipmunks that is deathly afraid of humans, after their leader, Vern (Gary Shandling), has had a BAD EXPERIENCE with human boys.Read more ›
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Grandchildren had never seen.
They thought it had a good story.
Enjoyed the animals.
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Brand new, completely packaged dvd. I've been looking for this movie forever and was so glad I found it!Published 13 days ago by ktls182
Over in the meadow, in a log 9'3," lives a cute, teen squirrel, shouting "Glory, glory be!"
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Soooo funny!!!! And a good commentary on the drawbacks that happen when land is 'developed'.Published 19 days ago by Vanessa Ortiz Muñoz
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really? and why is that? you watch this movie and see one of teh greatest movies ever made, i watch it and see a meaningless piece of trash. its pointless, cleche, and its jokes are flat. i AM a teenager and do like animated movies (Cars, Spirited Away anyone?) but this one is one of teh worst... Read More
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