Over the Hedge

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Not What I Expected

by Caitlin on 12/6/2008

I really didn't like this film only for three reasons. There was a big lack of humor in the whole movie, and before I viewed this I expected it to be more funny with plenty of antics from the characters. Without the comedy, what makes a movie a movie? Nothing really major happened in the film, which made it extremely boring even for adults. During the screening, I was even bored out of my mind. Most of it remained unactive except for some scenes. Aside from the fact that the movie was not funny and boring, it was also irksome at almost all times. Some scenes in the movie contained events that were irritating and got on my nerves. I recommend this movie for children that are under the age of 12. Overall this movie was not excellent or good, but just average and fair.

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i loved it

by marisha on 12/6/2008

i was a little disapointed it was'ntas funny as it could have been but it was still very funny

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Product Overview

Spring has sprung and verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter's nap to discover that a large, green hedge has cropped up right through the middle of their once-natural habitat. They learn to co-exist and even exploit this strange new world called 'suburbia'.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202901136
UPC 097361190648
UPC 14 00097361190648
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
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Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Children's Stories
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A ragtag group of forest critters awakes from hibernation to find that their forest has been turned into a suburban housing development in this animated film co-directed by Tim Johnson (ANTZ) and first-timer Karey Kirkpatrick, and based on a comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis. Paternal turtle Verne (Gary Shandling) and his makeshift family--spunky skunk Stella (Wanda Sykes), speedy squirrel Hammy (Steve Carrell), dramatic father opossum Ozzie (William Shatner), and his perpetually embarrassed daughter Heather (Avril Lavigne)--are ready to start the annual forage for food when they discover a giant hedge where their forest used to be. Luckily, charming raccoon RJ (Bruce Willis) shows up just in time to teach them about humans and life on the other side of the hedge, and how much food there is to be had.^But what Verne and his pals don't know is that RJ's intentions are not necessarily honorable: this loner needs the food they forage to pay back a large debt to Vincent, a very large, angry bear (Nick Nolte). To make matters more difficult, on the other side of the hedge is Gladys (Allison Janney), the president of the neighborhood homeowner's association, who doesn't take kindly to wild animals. When she calls in the Verminator, Dwayne (Thomas Haden Church), it's all-out war as the animals infiltrate the world of humans. Will the loving forest family emerge victorious, or will the spoils of suburbia run them out of the small patch of land they have left? And will RJ stick by his new family, or just keep looking out for himself? Songs by musician Ben Folds reflect the film's take on the perils of suburbanization without being too preachy.
Box Office 3 star out of 5 -- "With so many likeable, imitable characters playing into every forest creature cliché you could think of, kids will have no trouble picking their favorites and reciting their lines....Fun and exciting to watch." 06/01/2006 p.58
USA Today "The vividly animated film -- based on a comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis -- has an appealing balance of comic bits and exhilarating action sequences..." 05/26/2006 p.5E
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he hyper-real compu-visuals are gorgeous....Any 'tooner stands or falls on its characters, and here they're an endearing, cheering bunch, larnyxed with aplomb." 06/01/2006 p.48
Sight and Sound "[T]he lively, solid storytelling should please viewers who hanker for old-fashioned family or even children's fare." 08/01/2006 p.84
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[Hammy is] one of the funniest new stars out there and the best reason to watch this movie." 12/01/2006 p.132
Karey Kirkpatrick
Tim Johnson
Name Willis,Bruce
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Cast & Crew
Allison Janney - Voice Of
Bill Damaschke - Executive Producer
Bonnie Arnold - Producer
Bruce Willis - Voice Of
Garry Shandling - Voice Of
Karey Kirkpatrick - Director
Kathy Altieri - Production Designer
Len Blum, et. al. - Writer
Nick Nolte - Voice Of
Rupert Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
Steve Carell - Voice Of
Thomas Haden Church - Voice Of
Tim Johnson - Director
Wanda Sykes - Voice Of
William Shatner - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 119064
UPC 00097361190648
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Over the Hedge, a feature-length adaptation of the popular comic strip, offers further proof that the Golden Age of Digital Animation has come and gone. This is arguably the most entertaining animated film since The Incredibles, but it's not much more than an enjoyable diversion. There are cute CGI animals, clever dialogue, a satirical look at suburban America, and a preachy moral, but it doesn't amount to much. Considering how the marketplace has changed, maybe it's unfair to compare Over the Hedge with the likes of Toy Story, Shrek, and Finding Nemo, but there's a world of difference. Those films engaged audiences of all ages on a variety of levels. This one falls in their shadow in terms of both ambition and achievement.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Once again we get an animal population where all the species work together instead of eating each other, and there is even the possibility of interspecies sex, when a human's house cat falls in love with Stella the skunk (Wanda Sykes). There is also the usual speciesism; mammals and reptiles are first-class citizens, but when a dragonfly gets fried by an insect zapper, not a tear is shed...The encroachment of the forest animals and the efforts of the Verminator in "Over the Hedge" don't approach the wit and genius of a similar situation in the Academy Award-winning "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005), but then how could they? This movie is pitched at a different level. But the action scenes are fun, the characters are well-drawn and voiced, and I thought the film's visual look was sort of lovely.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Willis,Bruce
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun ...stays true to its characters and keeps the laughs coming...
Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight Laugh-out-loud funny.
Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club ...genuinely witty...

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