Blending state of the art animation with live action, “Hop” is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world’s worst house-guest.
I recently had the pleasure of attending an advanced screening of HOP. I was able to take along my almost 12 yr old daughter, 13 year old nephew and 4 yr old niece. Hop is a beautifully animated family film, but if you’re looking for expensive special effects, plot twists and surprising turns, this is not the movie for you. If you’re looking for a sweet, coming of age story that can be enjoyed by the entire family, then HOP is definitely one to see. HOP does a great job of mixing CGI and live action with out adding over the top effects. The movie is so well made and perfectly cast that you tend to forget E.B. is not real. There are plenty of adorable, heartfelt moments, as well as laugh out loud scenes. The four of us left the theater with smiles as we discussed what we liked best in the movie. My 4 year old niece says ” it was really funny and she liked when E.B. played the drums”, my 12 year old daughter and 13 year old nephew chose Carlos, the villain chick as their favorite part of the movie. I thought seeing the Easter Bunny’s top-secret candy factory was pretty cool, but have to admit, in my next life I wouldn’t mind returning as one of the cute but mighty Pink Berets.
I recommend this film for pretty much all ages. I was impressed by the lack of violence and use of adult language. I found very little to complain about.
You can watch the latest HOP trailer below.
In Movie Theaters: April 1, 2011 (USA)
Directed by: Tim Hill
Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch
Starring: James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, David Hasselhoff, Chelsea Handler, Hugh Laurie
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Genres: Comedy, Family, CGI-Live, Action
Official Website: IWantCandy.com
I was provided with free passes to an advanced screening of HOP for the purpose of this review. No type of monetary compensation was received.