Movie Review: Hop


Last night my eight year old daughter had a friend come for a sleep-over… which created a bit of a stir when my five year old daughter didn’t get what she wanted… the answer to dealing with three young girls… a crappy animation/live-action movie like Hop is how I dealt with it.

From beginning to end the girls loved it.  On the way home in the car they sat there giggling and repeating lines of dialogue in strange ways that I did not hear in the movie.  I’m not sure how that happens, but the way kids process what they hear and see is not the same as how we do… it’s weird.  The point is, they thought it was fantastic and today I was asked, “Who is “The Hoff?”

How I felt about it is another thing altogether.  I never thought I would find myself wishing I were watching Alvin and the Chimpmunks, but this gave me those moments.  The premise is that E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) is the son of the Easter Bunny (Hugh Laurie)… he wants to be a drummer, not the Easter Bunny… James Marsden is Fred, unemployed, getting kicked out of his parents’ house and thanks to his sister, living in a mansion… ugh… the more I try to come up with something to write about this movie… about its plot… the fact that it has this rabbit jamming with The Blind Boys of Alabama… Gary Cole as Fred’s dad, which seemed odd to me… seeing David Hasselhoff playing himself… it felt so long… it was just not a good movie… but the kids loved it.

I didn’t even mention the chicks… the leader of which (Hank Azaria) is inexplicably a Spanish accented chick named Carlos who over the course of twenty years never grows beyond being a chick and is plotting an overthrow of the Easter Bunny.  And the cute little pink berets… the Easter Bunny’s special guard who don’t get nearly enough screen time yet act as a great McGuffin to help E.B. be an insufferable pain.

The animation was quite flawless… I must give it that.  The integration between live-action and animation was rarely noticeable… but generally very well done.  I was grateful that this was not offered in 3D… I believe they easily could have gone overboard with that.  Instead, they do a great job in showing how far we’ve come from Pete’s Dragon to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

OK… it has a few moments that weren’t completely horrible… a few clever bits… but overall, I did not enjoy myself.  Watching three little girls… and a good section of the very young audience… laugh and giggle throughout is worth, if not the whole night out, at least the ticket price.

The Easter Grinch,
Cornelius J. Blahg

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