Hop Movie Review
admovieso | April 4, 2012 | No comments
Everybody in the family will enjoy new movie “Hop,” even though Universal and Illumination entertainment seem to be marketing it strictly to the small fry. This movie picture is about the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. The story of his search to make a name for himself is very funny and hugely entertaining. All ages will enjoy this delightful new movie release. It’s a smoothly produced upcoming movie that will be out in time for the kids’ spring breaks throughout April. New movie reviews are saying that “Hop” is going to have great box office success. When it goes to DVD it’s going to turn into an Easter movie that will always be popular.
Director Tim Hill is responsible for “Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” – both animation and live action mixes – that showed him the way with “Hop.” 17 year old E.B., voiced by Russell Brand, is the Easter Bunny’s son. He’s supposed to be taking over his father’s (voiced by Hugh Laurie) duty of delivering Easter baskets but he’s got second thoughts about it. The night before Easter he leaves Easter Island and runs off to Hollywood to become a drummer. In Hollywood he meets Fred, played by James Marsden, who’s a twenty something guy who’s just been tossed out of his mom and dad’s house. Fred is pretty surprised that E.B. can talk and when E.B. fakes an injury, Fred agrees to take him in. Back on Easter Island, Carlos, a fat chick voiced by Hank Azaria, second in charge at the candy factory, is plotting a coup to take charge. E.B. and Fred are eventually drawn back to the factory to save Easter.
The blending of CGI and animation by Hill is effortless. The screenwriters, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch have come up with some extremely funny scenes, especially the one where E.B. and Fred come up with a ventriloquist scene so that E.B. doesn’t have to give up his cover. Marsden is excellent in his role. Some of the live action members, including Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins and Kaley Cuoco are quite good. Hank Azaria is marvelous as the voice of Carlos. Hugh Laurie makes the older Easter Bunny seem very dignified. David Hasselhoff even has a riotous cameo in which he plays the star of a show similar to “American Idol” called “Hoff’s Got Talent” – the show on which E.B. has his big audition on TV.