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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Summer Fun, 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!" They will leave laughing, with an original story.

The structure of the movie is the reverse of Man vs his environment. As the humans take over former forest, there are fewer places for the animals to find food. Naturally, the animals smell potato chips and want more. Naturally, also, the humans want to retain a hedge between the woods and their home.

Messages about Man encroaching on his environment are throughout, but these do not overtake the movie. It might leave a few suburban moms and dads feeling a little sheepish, but everyone will laugh too much to really have a guilt trip.

I fully recommend "Over the Hedge."

Anthony Trendl

editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2006, 12:29:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2006, 12:30:18 PM PST
jimminy says:
This movie was definitely funny BUT they continually BEAT YOU over the head with, man bad, animals good. Even the music lyrics are antihuman.

It is actually quite pathetic.

You can't trust ANY kids movies anymore since the sneaky lefties are CONSTANTLY trying to foist their whackjob ideologies upon our children through every media they can get their grubby hands on.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007, 11:58:48 PM PST
Nice comments Tony. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 5, 2007, 12:03:00 AM PDT
Corpsecorps says:
I didn't so much think that the man bad, animals good, thing was that strong. But except for a few brilliant bits, i found myself wishing it had a closer resemblance to the screwy tone of the comic strip.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2009, 3:18:10 PM PST
jimminy says: "You can't trust ANY kids movies anymore since the sneaky lefties are CONSTANTLY trying to foist their whackjob ideologies upon our children through every media they can get their grubby hands on."

You are 100% correct. That is exactly what is happening. But aside from the brainwashing aspect I thought this was a pretty good film.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 7:44:43 PM PDT
I am FAR from a "lefty", yet find your comments off putting. Maybe if humanity didn't wreck every place it goes we wouldn't have half the conflicts, pollution and issues we now face. Our population has tripled in the blink of an eye, yet resources get ever smaller and potential for conflict grows ever more.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013, 11:16:19 AM PST
Sparkle says:
Can wide screen version be used on a regular flat screen TV that is about 32"?? I know, Duh.
Also would like to say there are subtle undertones in most of the animated movies, though I have not seen them all. Knowing that, why dissect it to the point of making it a huge point of contention. Why not just enjoy the movie which I and a friend found to be so funny, we watched it a few times and laughed every time. It's a clever movie and yes, there are "bad humans" intonations but fact is, there are "bad humans" who have messed up the Earth. It's almost impossible, I'd think, to create an animated movie without resorting to some reality checks about life itself. How many times have you heard people whining about bears or other critters in "their space" once they clear land to build yet more and more without a care for the well being of current "residents," the helpless animals, birds, bugs, etc. Just enjoy the movie, it's really well done, IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014, 4:05:21 PM PDT
SuperApis says:
Thank you for this comment, I had a good laugh about it. Hopefully in the years since you made this comment you've found a good tinfoil hat to keep out all the lefty propaganda. Ha ha ha.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014, 12:49:20 PM PDT
W.Westphal says:
The problem with this movie is Gladys Sharp and the humans are portrayed as the bad guys, when really they are just defending their property. It is the animals that are stealing and acting criminally. That's why I think conservatives would be cheering for Gladys.
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