Review: Over the Hedge

Posted by: Dean Kish  //  May 20, 2006 @ 11:59am

Filed under: Reviews

As the course of 2006 continues, we will see exactly one CGI-animated feature film being released every month. There have been some real disasters, but Over the Hedge is one not to be missed.

Over the Hedge follows the misadventures of a group of woodland creatures who discover that a giant hedge is now separating them from the manicured lawns of suburbia.

RJ (Bruce Willis), a feisty raccoon, sees an opportunity when the woodland creatures begin to become freaked out by the hedge. Their leader Verne (Garry Shandling) quickly explains to his fellow creatures that they can still gather enough food for winter. His plan seems to calm them down until RJ enters the picture. RJ introduces the creatures to all the different delicious kinds of food they can steal with little effort at all. They are quickly sold and Verne is beside himself. What is RJ's master plan? Does he have another agenda?

Over the Hedge is probably one of the most enjoyable computer-animated films coming from DreamWorks. It's definitely better than Madagascar and Shrek 2. What this film remembers is that adults also like these kinds of films and that the humor has to be aimed at adults and kids alike.

My favorite character in the film is probably Steve Carell as the hyper-active Hammy the squirrel. He is utterly hilarious and such a scene-stealing little character.

I really enjoyed Over the Hedge, because after the onslaught of mediocrity this year with animated films, Hedge reminded me they can still be a lot of fun if done properly. (3.5 out of 5) So Says the Soothsayer.

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