Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail…I just pray that he’s not voiced by Russell Brand as he does in the movie Hop. Hop is by far the most unoriginal kid’s movie I have seen in recent memory. Hop is the story of E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) who is to be crowned the Easter Bunny; yes his name is a terrible pun it simply goes downhill from here. Not to mention his dad the current Easter Bunny (voiced very well by Hugh Laurie) only wants his son to follow in his legacy. But of course like any teenager, even though technically E.B. is in his early 20’s according to a title card, he is a rebel to authority and wants to drum in a band. After his dad snaps at him to give up his dream and grow up, E.B. takes off to Hollywood. But wait it’s also the story of Fred O’Hare, another great pun, (played by James Marsden) who is at a loss for work and been living with his parents for over a year. Not to mention he saw E.B.’s dad delivering Easter treats as a young boy. After an awkward dinner we meet the rest of the cookie cutter of an O’Hare clan: the a-hole dad (played by Gary Cole), the distraught mom (played by Elisabeth Perkins), the supportive older sister (played by Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco), and the only in the movie for the purpose of one stupid joke adopted sister (played by Tiffany Espensen). This confusion between who this movie really is about continues throughout the movie. Making my head spin in circles trying to figure it out. Between the two supporting casts in these worlds I think I enjoyed E.B.’s world more. We have our villain the gargantuan chick Carlos (voiced by Doh-King Hank Azeria) and his dance obsessed henchmen chick Phil (also voiced by Azeria). Carlos is by far silly and unimaginative but for a kid’s movie he does alright. I must note again that I found Hugh Laurie as E.B.’s dad entertaining. I wish we spent more time in this world so we could really learn about these characters rather than the annoying humans. The two main songs made for this movie I found to be well done. The first is a remake of the Arron Carter 2000 single “I Want Candy” which is done by Cody Simpson. It does what it is ment to do and get little kids dancing to its tune. The second is the theme to the Pink Berets, Easter Bunny’s secret police. It’s catchy and has a nice beat to it. I really couldn’t ask for much more. Minus the music Hop is by far a kid’s movie made for kids. As an adult you might just want to fall asleep.
Holiday films seem to be making a break in the family market these days, and sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. Easter is one of those border line holidays where I feel few film shave ventured, but this year Illumination Entertainment took the leap with Hop. Although it will probably fall short in the eye of the adults in the theater, it is a fun film for young children about 8 and under. Hop is a cute attempt at telling the story of how easter … more
Star Rating: Hop is no more or less than an innocent, colorful kid’s movie about talking bunnies and candy. If you’re reading this, you’re probably too old for it. How else to explain a movie that quite logically makes Easter Island the center of operations for the holiday of the same name? When the mouth of one of the famous monolithic moai statues opens, an elevator is revealed; at the bottom of the shaft is the entrance to the factory where … more
Hop is the story of a man named Fred O'Hare (James Marsden). He is young, but obviously has much more growing up to do than even his much younger sister does. During family dinner one night, Fred's mom, dad and two sisters prepared a speech for him, hoping that he would become a little more responsible and get a job, but Fred only ignores what they say. But when his sister, Sam (Kaley Cuoco), secretly finds him a job interview Fred's life drastically … more