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Over the Hedge (Widescreen Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 680 customer reviews

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Product Description

Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter

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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Special Features

  • Commentary by directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick and producer Bonnie Arnold
  • All-new animated short "Hammy's Boomerang Adventure"
  • Optional commentary on "Hammy's Boomerang Adventure" by director Will Finn
  • "Verm-Tech Institute Infomercial" with Dwayne LaFontant
  • Behind The Hedge
  • Meet The Cast
  • The Tech of Over The Hedge
  • DreamWorks Kids (DWK): This Way To Play: Virtual playground of programming and creative activities for kids, including "Animal Fun Facts: Critter 411," "Animator 101: Learn To Draw Hammy," "Favorite Scenes," and "Set-Top Games"
  • DVD-ROM Activities
  • Galleries

Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Gene Wilder, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes
  • Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick, Tim Johnson
  • Writers: Karey Kirkpatrick, Chris Poche, David Hoselton, Eric Forsberg, Len Blum
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Dreamworks
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H7JCK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Over the Hedge (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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By A.Trendl VINE VOICE on May 19, 2006
"Over the Hedge" is funny. Pure summer fun, the kind of movie a car full of seventh grade boys see with a car full of seventh grade girls. While it was only released in May, it has all the makings of a summer movie, like the old Peanuts movies. Nothing here is too complicated to understand, most of it is pretty silly, and all of it is safe for the entire family.

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!
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A very funny and well executed new animated feature. The story is well written and the voices are well cast. The script is full of fun poking at current day society. When asked how many people normally travel in a SUV, Bruce Willis replies one. There are swipes at video games and high end consumer goods. The most fun is poked at food and the eating habits of the average American. The kids should like the animals and the grown ups should like the humor. There is something here for everybody. This is fun, try it.
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A Kid's Review on August 19, 2006
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This movie was very very funny. The Story was great, how the animals worked together even were they where being decieved. The kids in the movie were very well done, so were the animals. I do not think that they could have done a better job!!! I highly recommend this movie to everyone. Well Done.
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I rarely laugh hard enough to bring tears to my eyes in a flick, especially a kiddie flick, but "Over The Hedge" managed to make me laugh until I cried in the climax of the film. This movie is just funny. Sure, it has the token moral message that is expected of children's fare these days, but comedy takes center stage.

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.
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From TIM JOHNSON, the Director who brought you ANTZ, oh maybe I shouldn't have started that way...

...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.
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