Over the Hedge
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In DreamWorks' smash-hit comedy, hungry critters go Over The Hedge to take a bite out of Suburbia. Plus, check out the mini-movie Hammy's Boomerang Adventure. It's the funniest, furriest four minutes you'll see this year!
The manicured lawns and overstuffed garbage cans of suburbia become a buffet for woodland creatures in Over the Hedge. A self-centered raccoon named RJ (voiced by Bruce Willis, Die Hard) steals and accidentally destroys the hoard of an angry bear (Nick Nolte, 48 Hours), who gives the raccoon a week to replace it. RJ despairs--until he meets an odd gang of foragers, ranging from a turtle named Verne (Garry Shandling, The Larry Sanders Show), a father/daughter duo of opossums (the bizarre pairing of William Shatner and pop singer Avril Lavigne), a family of porcupines (with A Mighty Wind's Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as the parents), and a hyperactive squirrel named Hammy (Steve Carell, The 40 Year Old Virgin). By convincing these friendly beasts that the suburban homesteads on the other side of a recently erected hedge are a mother-lode of cast-off food, RJ hopes to dupe them into doing his gathering. But when the suburban residents realize they've been invaded by woodland pests, an exterminator is called to take care of the problem. The overarching storyline of Over the Hedge is pure formula--your basic "family matters more than anything" lesson--but moment to moment, the movie is delightfully crisp and clever. The animation is topnotch, the acting is excellent (other voices include those of Allison Janney, The West Wing, and Thomas Haden Church, Sideways), and the satirical jabs at consumerism are actually funny. An above-average animated movie. --Bret Fetzer
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Excellent storytelling and great character development.
Awesome group of voice actors each distinctly unique.
For as old as the movie is, it has great animation.
The widescreen version is like watching a whole new movie compared to the full screen version.
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ACTING: The voice acting was all great. Bruce Willis voices RJ the racoon and is a perfect fit. Garry Shandling was an amazing fit for Verne the overly cautious turtle. We also get some great support from Steve Carell, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Wanda Sykes, and Thomas Hayden Church. They all add great fun and flavor to their characters and provide a great ensamble effort.
BOTTOM LINE: The movie is great fun for the kids, and it still entertains the older audience. We get a funny look at suburban sprawl and our characters provide the laughs and learn the value of friendship, loyalty, and generosity. So, it's an overall great package that is worth seeing.
I also don't think it's held up well over the years. The animation is unique and has a sharp visual style, but looks a bit stiff compared to current animation. Of course, this is a problem with all early computer animation, but Pixar wisely avoided animating certain objects like people and fur until they had the technical skill to render it realistically. This one didn't. Everything looks stiff and a bit plastic. But the family enjoyed it, and we had a few good laughs.