Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge

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Director: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

Cast: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick, Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling


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A group of feisty forest critters awaken following the winter freeze to discover that not only has a new neighborhood cropped up during the cold months, but living in close proximity to humans may have its benefits in this computer-animated comedy-adventure for all ages featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, SteveSee more details below


A group of feisty forest critters awaken following the winter freeze to discover that not only has a new neighborhood cropped up during the cold months, but living in close proximity to humans may have its benefits in this computer-animated comedy-adventure for all ages featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne, Eugene Levy, and William Shatner. Despite Verne the Turtle's (Garry Shandling) initial hesitance to breach the formidable foliage that has appeared on his doorstep since last fall, the arrival of fearless raccoon RJ (Willis) and revelation that their new human neighbors throw out enough food in one day to feed a whole forest lead the gang to consider taking the plunge and exploring the snack-filled suburbs. As Verne and RJ learn to work together in taking on their strange new surroundings, Stella the Skunk (Sykes), Hammy the Squirrel (Carrel), Heather the Opossum (Lavigne), and Heather's father, Ozzie (Shatner), join in on the fun by scavenging for Girl Scout cookies and attempting to scuttle past the pesky new suburbanites undetected.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It's spring, and a close-knit group of forest creatures awaken from hibernation with but one thought: It's only 274 days until winter. "Nine berries from starvation," the friends search for food, led by the cautious turtle Verne (Garry Shandling). What they find is half their habitat gone and a hedge looming before them like the Great Wall of China. On the other side is "54 acres of man-made, manicured, air-conditioned paradise." Their guide to this foreign land (where, a porcupine notes, the grass is actually greener) is R.J (Bruce Willis), a charismatic, fast-talking raccoon, who promises them a junk food paradise. What he doesn't tell them is that he plans to hijack their hard-earned stockpile and deliver it to Vincent (a growling Nick Nolte), a vicious bear who has given R.J. just one week to replace the food he tried to steal from Vincent and inadvertently destroyed. Inspired by the syndicated comic strip, Over the Hedge is a story of redemption with some clever social satire added to the mix. "That is an SUV," R.J. observes. "Humans ride in them because they are slowly losing their ability to walk." Of course, there are also mildly rude jokes of the "Wanna help me find my nuts?" variety. The producers certainly didn't hedge on the voice talent. Steve Carrell's hyper and nutty squirrel, Hammy, has the breakout potential of Scrat from Ice Age. Wanda Sykes brings her characteristic sass to Stella, a skunk. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are porcupine parents, with William Shatner as a possum who plays dead with hammy bravado and Avril Lavigne as his daughter. Representing the human species, Allison Janney is a freaked-out homeowner who hires pest control expert "the Verminator" (Thomas Haden Church) to rid the area of the encroaching animals. She dismisses his humane methods. "I want them exterminated as inhumanely as possible," she orders. From individual blades of grass to the spray from sprinklers' dancing waters, the computer animation is stunningly clear and sharp. Complementing the ultra-realistic style are such comic-strip flourishes as a hilarious outer-space perspective of an atomic blast of nacho chips that rocks the animals' world. With its environmental-awareness message and celebration of family, Over the Hedge is anything but junk food.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Howard Hawks once said that a great movie is three good scenes and no bad ones. Over the Hedge is halfway there -- it has two good scenes and no bad ones. The two extended sequences that fire on all cylinders are good enough to make the film worthwhile. The first of these sequences, involving Bruce Willis' raccoon explaining how suburbanites live their whole lives around junk food, strikes the perfect balance of social satire and savvy filmmaking. However the pièce de résistance is a two-minute bit where Steve Carell's hyperactive squirrel downs a caffeinated drink. The filmmakers have set up how they decide to portray this situation with such skill that the entire time it plays out any audience member should not be able to keep from laughing, and laughing hard. Every time Carell's character opens his mouth, the results are comic gold, and Willis as well as William Shatner deliver smart performances that walk the line of being self-aware without being condescending. SCTV fans will savor Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara playing porcupines with heavy Canadian accents. The animals are all drawn with big expressive eyes, making it easy to find them cute and adorable, even if the film has no interest in building a strong emotional arc for anyone other than Willis' raccoon. Over the Hedge is a solid family film that will not remind anyone of the Pixar films, but is far better than many feeble contemporary animated animal movies such as Shark Tale.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis RJ
Garry Shandling Verne
Steve Carell Hammy
Wanda Sykes Stella
William Shatner Ozzie
Nick Nolte Vincent
Thomas Haden Church Dwayne,The Verminator
Allison Janney Gladys
Eugene Levy Lou
Avril Lavigne Heather
Catherine O'Hara Penny
Omid Djalili Tiger
Sami Kirkpatrick Bucky
Shane Baumel Spike
Madison Davenport Quillo
Zoe Randol Mackenzie
Jessica Di Cicco Shelby
Debra Wilson Debbie
Sean Bishop Police Officer
Jeannie Elias Janis
Kejon Kesse Timmy
Paul Butcher Skeeter
Sean Yazbeck BBQ Barry
Geoffrey Pomeroy Ranger
Joel McCrary Dr. Dennis
Lee Bienstock Lunch Table Larry
Brian Stepanek Nugent the Dog
Steve Alterman Voice Only
Kirk Baily Voice Only
Jessie Flower Voice Only
Nicholas Guest Voice Only
David Hiller Voice Only
Bridget Hoffman Voice Only
Sandra Holt Voice Only
Talula Holt Voice Only
Erin Lander Voice Only
Jordan Orr Voice Only
Michelle Ruff Voice Only
Greyson Spann Voice Only
April Struebing Voice Only
Marcelo Tubert Voice Only
Ariel Winter Voice Only
Alastair King Conductor
Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor

Technical Credits
Tim Johnson Director,Original Story
Karey Kirkpatrick Director,Screenwriter
Kathy Altieri Editor,Production Designer
Manuel Aparicio Animator
Bonnie Arnold Producer
Jeremy Bernstein Animator
Arnaud Berthier Animator
Mark Binder Sound/Sound Designer
Len Blum Screenwriter
Lorne Cameron Screenwriter
Christopher Lee Capel Animator
Alessandro Carloni Animator
John K. Carr Editor
Minhee Choe Animator
Scott Claus Animator
Ellen Coss Associate Producer
Emanuela Cozzi Animator
Steve Cunningham Animator
Donnachada Daly Animator
Bill Damaschke Executive Producer
Eric Daniels Animator
Eric Deuel Animator
Bill Diaz Animator
Robert Espanto Domingo Animator
Thomas Estrada Animator
Leslee Feldman Casting
Raffaella Filipponi Animator
Ben Folds Songwriter
Antony Gray Animator
Willy Harber Animator
David Hoselton Screenwriter
James R. Hull Animator
Timothy Ingersoil Animator
Michael Kelly Editor
Morgan Kelly Animator
Aaron Kirby Animator
Chris M. Kirschbaum Animator
Kevin Koch Animator
Marek Kochout Animator
Serguei Kouchnerov Animator
Kevin MacLean Animator
Sean McLaughlin Animator
Claire Morrissey Animator
Fred Nilsson Animator
Jane Poole-Graenitz Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Francois Rey Animator
Gary Rizzo Sound Mixer
Benjie Rush Animator
Christian Schellewald Art Director
Bruce Seifert Production Manager
Sean Sexton Animator
Paul Shardlow Art Director
Kenneth Smith Musical Direction/Supervision
Family Tamura Animator
Randy Thom Sound Mixer
Theodore Ty Animator
Jim Van der Keyl Animator
Chris Wahl Animator
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Scott Wright Animator
Kathy Zielinski Animator

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