Over the Hedge
Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and produced by Bonnie Arnold, it was released in the United States on May 19, 2006. The film was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed through Paramount Pictures.
A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.
Why It Rocks
- Like most DreamWorks films, outstanding 3D CGI animation.
- Likable and memorable characters, like Verne and Hammy.
- Nice soundtrack.
- Heartwarming ending.
- Comforting environment and setting.
- Bruce Willis does an astounding job as RJ the Raccoon.
- It spawned a video game, which is well-received.
- Funny and unforgettable moments.
- A good moral where it shows stay in your environment and by the ones who care for you.
- Vincent, Gladys, and Dwayne are entertaining antagonists.
- Decent voice acting.
- The film surprisingly didn’t put in any product placement.
- Exciting plot and character development.
- It stays true to the comics it’s based on.
- The THX Intro gag is really funny, especially for fans of the THX Intro and audio equipment.
- The film relies on cruelty too much for comedy.
- The story is predictable as it follows the "Liar Revealed" cliche (even if it handles it pretty well).
- RJ can be unlikable throughout the film, but he at least redeems himself at the end.
- A lot of human characters shown in the film are portrayed as murderous monsters out to kill the animals.
- Some of the jokes are hit and miss.
- There are a few animal inaccuracies seen in the film where Verne is capable of having his shell be removed, which real life turtles are unable to do due to their shells being part of their skeletons.
Over the Hedge was screened out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The film's opening weekend grossed $38,457,003 in 4,093 theaters.
As of February 25, 2007, the film had earned $335,204,526 worldwide. Critical reaction was mostly positive with the film being rated 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. Frank Lovece of Film Journal International found that "DreamWorks' slapstick animated adaptation of the philosophically satiric comic strip ... is a lot of laughs and boasts a much tighter story than most animated features" Ken Fox of TVGuide.com called it a "sly satire of American 'enough is never enough' consumerism and blind progress at the expense of the environment. It's also very funny, and the little woodland critters that make up the cast are a kiddie-pleasing bunch." Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper gave the film "two thumbs up."
Vincent the Bear, the main antagonist of this film later appeared as a cameo in the Dreamworks 2007 movie Bee Movie