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Over the Hedge (2006)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... RJ (voice)
Garry Shandling ... Verne (voice)
Steve Carell ... Hammy (voice)
Wanda Sykes ... Stella (voice)
William Shatner ... Ozzie (voice)
Nick Nolte ... Vincent (voice)
Thomas Haden Church ... Dwayne (voice)
Allison Janney ... Gladys (voice)
Eugene Levy ... Lou (voice)
Catherine O'Hara ... Penny (voice)
Avril Lavigne ... Heather (voice)
Omid Djalili ... Tiger (voice)
Sami Kirkpatrick Sami Kirkpatrick ... Bucky (voice)
Shane Baumel ... Spike (voice)
Madison Davenport ... Quillo (voice)
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Storyline

RJ, a raccoon who needs food, accidentally takes food from a hungry bear named Vincent and he wants his food to be found in exactly the same place in a week. He finally finds that an animal family, with a tortoise named Verne as their leader, could help him restore the food from the suburbia, the gateway to the good life. But little does RJ know, there is a woman who has recently hired an exterminator to try to hunt them down.

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food | human | raccoon | forest | bear | See All (88) »

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Get over it.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor and mild comic action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vecinos invasores See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,457,003, 21 May 2006

Gross USA:

$155,019,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$336,002,996
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on "Over the Hedge", a syndicated comic strip written and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. It tells the story of a raccoon named R.J., and a turtle named Verne, who come to terms with their woodlands being taken over by suburbia, trying to survive the increasing flow of humanity and technology, while becoming enticed by it at the same time. Four collections have been published: Over The Hedge, Over The Hedge 2, Over The Hedge 3: Knights of the Picnic Table, and Over The Hedge: Stuffed Animals. See more »

Goofs

During the climax while hiding from Vincent on one side of the hedge and Dwayne and Gladys on the other, Dwayne is able to shock Vincent on the other side and gets attacked back, believing it to be the animals in the hedge. Why would he think that, since such as slap can only be done by a bear, something much larger. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[RJ is trying to get a snack from the snack machine and it breaks]
RJ: No! Come on!
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Crazy Credits

Characters from the movie appear repeatedly during the closing credits, with the hedge as a background. Sometimes the characters perform actions that match the credits currently in display. For example, Stella sprays the screen when the effects credits appear; and during the lighting crew credits, some of the characters appear unlit (rendered in plain white), then a light flashes and they appear in full color. Halfway through the credits, there is an audio only scene in which R.J. introduces the others to television. See more »

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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Ben Folds recordings used courtesy of Epic Records
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Surpassing all the expectations...
12 July 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

Like most people, I was convinced that Pixar's "Cars" was going to be the animated movie of the year and that "Over the Hedge" was just another cheap attempt with the proved formula of cute talking animals. I was very surprised by the end result as it ended up not only being an enjoyable fable about friendship and the typical stuff, it is also a very witty commentary about our modern way of life.

Based on the syndicated comic strip written and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, "Over the Hedge" is the story of R.J. (Bruce Willis), a witty and knowledgeable raccoon with a problem: he must restore the food he stole from a bear in two weeks or he will have to be eaten in its place. To do it, he decides to raid the houses of the new suburban landscape, and to do it he recruits a group of naive animals who never had seen a human before. almost without knowing it he'll become a member of the family and will begin to have serious doubts about his plan of deceiving the gang.

Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, "Over the Hedge" is a huge step forward from Dreamworks' previous animated feature, "Madagascar". Technically the movie looks beautiful and the animation is for the most part superb. Great care was taken with the characters' design and while they look quite different from their original versions, the change was definitely for the better.

The plot at its core is once again the typical story of an outcast who finds a family, but it's spiced up by the satire and wit of the original comic strip and that's what makes the movie different from others. This balance between the comic strip's sharp social commentary and the funny and simpler slapstick comedy makes that the film can be enjoyed by both children and adults without being overtly filled with pop-culture references. The characters are very well written although due to the large number of them some may feel a bit underdeveloped.

The voice cast is appropriate, although like in most Dreamworks movies, movie stars are preferred over professional voice actors creating a bit of a mixed bag. Bruce Willis is good, although nothing spectacular, and Garry Shandling as Verne, the gang leader, was also not as surprising. On the other hand, Steve Carell makes a brilliant job, as well as Wanda Sykes and a surprising Avril Lavigne. Wanda Sykes, William Shatner and Thomas Hayden Church are also brilliant.

Frankly, the movie's biggest flaw was the large amount of characters it has. While everyone has their moment to shine (and in most cases is very well used), at the end one has the feeling that either the movie was too short or that there was one or two characters too many. The movie's plot also may be predictable to most people, however, the way the director handles the movie truly makes up for the unoriginal storyline. Tim Johnson proves his talent once again and demonstrates why he is a very underrated director.

To summarize, I was very surprised by the way "Over the Hedge" developed and I truly enjoyed it. It's great assemble of characters and the witty script makes up for its defects and the final product is a very good one. While it probably be overshadowed by the more popular "Cars", this sleeper hit definitely deserves a watch. 7.5/10


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