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, Steve…  See 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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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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Special Features

Dwayne's Verm-Tech infomercial; An insider's look behind the edge; Tons of nutty games & activities; "Wake Up" more hibernating features; And way more

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Over the Hedge [FS]
1. Just Take What You Need [7:54]
2. It's Spring! [2:21]
3. Let's Call It Steve [5:15]
4. Gateway to the Good Life [3:23]
5. Welcome to Suburbia [5:04]
6. RJ You Can Stay [3:44]
7. Rabid Squirrel [3:58]
8. Sugar Rush [2:33]
9. Ozzie's Performance [5:58]
10. The Food's Gone [4:05]
11. Here's the Plan [6:24]
12. Animals Are in the House [7:01]
13. RJ to the Rescue [5:19]
14. Go Hammy [5:55]
15. Welcome to the Family [4:52]
16. End Credits [1:32]


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Over the Hedge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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i went to see this movie w/o any preview knowledge of it, I told my chidren:-"wake me up when it finish"- but i couldn't it is so good...!and also educative for those concern with environmental issues is a great example of a good work dealing with our relationships with wildlife
Guest More than 1 year ago
Haven't seen one of these type movies I really loved since Shrek and Shrek II. However, Over the Hedge was awesome. It was hilarious, Steve Carell as the squirrel totally makes the movie! My hubby and I both loved this movie, and our kids are grown up! =D Can NOT wait to own the DVD! It is a must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The parodies of our human foibles is hallarious and the characters great. I haven't joyfully laughed that much at anything in a while. We had to rewatch the movie because I was laughing to much and to loud for my husband to hear it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn‘t aware that ‘Over the Hedge’ is based on a comic strip. I've never seen it, but I can only imagine that it would be just as good as the film, if not better. And while it's not an astonishment, I can say that Hedge is genuinely enjoyable, and great fun for everyone. The story is well written, but feels very brisk. It starts, it continues for a bit, and then it ends. It is not as short as some films, but you can't help but wonder what more could have been done if they had a little more running time. It is a much stronger film than other Dreamworks titles like Madagascar and Shark Tale, and really seems like it can stand next to the likes of Shrek 1 and 2. The voice acting is all top-notch, from Willis' take no-nonsense raccoon, to the sadly missed Shandling as a neurotic turtle. Steve Carrell also stands out as the absolutely insane Hammy the squirrel, as does William Shatner as Ozzie the possum. As I had read before seeing the film, Shatner does an absolutely fabulous job playing possum. I couldn't stop laughing any time his character did something, it's just that great. The rest of the voice cast, from Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as parents of hedgehogs, to Wanda Sykes as a skunk, to Thomas Hayden Church as an exterminator, to Nick Nolte as Vincent the bear, all are great and well suited for their roles. They all have quite a bit of screen time, and none feel over-used at all (unlike Madagascar's blatant overuse of Ben Stiller and no one else). Of course, the random inclusion of Avril Lavinge as Shatner's daughter Heather was a little bizarre, you can see that she is at least making an attempt at voice acting here. And as usual, the animation is excellent. While not being a total improvement from the likes of other Dreamworks films, the advancements are still very noticeable. The grass, the fur, the emotions and gestures, all of them are perfectly captured, and look gorgeous on film. All the colours are great too. It's a funny movie, and a fabulous cast. It's one of the better animated films of the last few months.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was hillarious!!! At first I thought that it would be another stupid kid movie, but I loved it! I mean, who doesn't love talking baby porcupines?! I would definately reccomend this movie to anyone who loves funny talking animals!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great funny movie. One of those cartoons that slips under the radar coz other films come out with better hype and bigger stars at the same time, but this was a really enjoyable film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the Hedge didn't live up to my movie rating standards. It wasn't as funny as hoped and the plot line was terrible! I mean, animals trying to find food? Please.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. It was so adorable and so funny. I loved the squirell..Hammy I think...but he was so cute. I think everyone should watch this movie its good for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most hilarious movies I have seen all year. If anytime you need a laugh this is the movie to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie in the history of dreamworks fof kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A bear gives a thieving racoon one week to get his food back or he's a goner. It is a pretty funny plot line if you ask me. The characters were all funny except for the woman who was the president of the homeowner's association. Obnoxious. I am also don't know why they decided to cast Avril Lavigne in the film, which is pointless because she doesn't have any talent and is a nasty human being. Bruce Willis did a great job as well as Eugene Levy (as usual), and a fantastic job by Steve Carrell as the spunky squirrel with ADD. A great film for the family and even just plain old-fashioned fun for kids of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great voice casting. The squirrel (Steve Carell) is hilarious and definitely steals the movie. Dreamworks has definitely nailed 3d scenery, which is fantastic. While not the full-bodied must-see movie that Shrek and Monsters Inc. were, it is still a good movie and has some very funny moments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey... this was pretty good! Very entertaining, not corny, great animation, and funny story line. When I saw the previews, I didn't think it was going to be that great of a movie. I thought it was going to be dumb and somewhat pointless. I was in for a big surprise!! I could not stop laughing, and there was a lot of cute gags. I recommend it for all ages!
Waynez_views More than 1 year ago
After I had seen this, I knew I had to have it in our collection. My granchildren watch it often!!
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