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From the makers of Despicable Me comes an all-new comedy about candy, chicks and rock ‘n’ roll! He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family. “The laughs don’t stop in this movie treat for all ages!” — Pete Hammond, BOXOFFICE
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If they had spent as much money on the screenplay as they did the animation this might have been a decent holiday movie. As it is, some of the plot is more than a little disconcerting (involving the threat of violence, attempting to kill three characters). It also didn’t help that Marsden played his character as a cartoon, all teeth and wild eyes. Gary Cole was reduced to playing an angry one-note dad. And why are the bunnies British? And why does the villain have a Mexican accent?
THE OVERALL STORY:
The Easter bunny wanted to retire, and pass the job on to his son, EB. EB did not want to be the new Easter Bunny, but instead he wanted to have a drumming career. EB ends up in Hollywood to escape being the Easter Bunny, and he eventually comes across Fred, a human. Fred was somewhat irresponsible, and he was also living in his sister's bosse's mansion ( in Hollywood). Of course during this time (while EB and Fred tried to live together), back on Easter Island, Carlos the chick, plotted to be the new Easter Bunny/take over Easter.
(1) This can be either a negative or positive depending on your view point, but their was no love interest for any of the main characters. Personally, I found this very refreshing for story telling. I get tired of watching love stories being dropped into movies when they're really not needed.
(2) This movie had moments where I initially felt that the acting, characters, and one line jokes were going to hit a "enough is enough" moment/s. However, it did not. There were times, especially when I found out that EB pooped jelly beans, I thought that the director would dwell too much on this joke. The movie never crossed the line of over the top anything (acting, jokes, and so on). I really appreciated this, especially from a child's movie.
(3) This movie, for the most part, was age appropriate for all ages. There was no cursing (that I remember), there was no blood, or extreme acts of violence.Even towards the end when it was the show down between "the good guys versus the bad guys" it was nothing too intense, or dramatic. To compare "Hop" with another film on intensity, I felt that " Frozen" was a more intense movie. There are no scenes in Hop that you would need to worry about your child seeing. You can let the DVD play and forget about it. There are no "Oh no! In ten minutes I need to fast forward this scene because it scares my child"= NO.
(4) The CG was well done. And the combination of CG and live action worked well. I was happy that even though the director made EB adorable, that he/she didn't over do on his cuteness. As an adult you won't role your eyes at EB's remarks, statements, or overall design. I was fully ready to say "oh brother", but I never did.
(1) The story at times had holes in it, but nothing that would distract the viewer away from the intertie of the film.
(2) The story was a little predictable at times. It follows a basic story line of a father and son not seeing eye to eye on responsibility. Also two un-likely people who meet, and initially don't like each other (EB and Fred)- but eventually care for one another. However, towards the end when Fred got the idea for his ideal career, the story became more of an original piece of story telling.
(3)This can be either a negative or positive depending on your view point, but their was no love interests for any of the main characters.
(4) This can either be a negative or positive depending on your view point, but there really were no adult jokes within "Hop". In most of todays child movies Like "Shrek", there are way too much adult based one-line jokes. In "Hop" there were very few adult based jokes (I believe there were only 2 or 3). Personally, I appreciated this lack of adult humor. This story reminded the audience that adults can still enjoy a child based movie, even though the film did not contain a lot of adult themes/jokes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film, and I will watch it again when Easter comes around.
This review is to comment on the download code for the Digital Copy + UltraViolet access. If this feature is very important to you, proceed with caution. I was able to download the digital copy today (June 18, 2013) and also add it to my UltraViolet account. However, the expiration date listed on the enclosed flyer is August 27, 2012. So the download code could cease to be valid at any time.