March 21, 2011

Movie Review: HOP


HOP Movie

On Saturday morning, BabyGirl and I headed to the movie theater to see HOP, a live-action/CGI-animation movie. Yes, Jewish girls heading to see what is basically a movie about Easter. But really, who doesn’t like a cute animated bunny with a British accent? And a funny as all get out chicken? Who speaks Spanglish.

The movie stars E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of Mr. Bunny (voiced by Hugh Laurie), who on the eve of having to take over the family business – making all the Easter candy in the world – leaves, suitably, Easter Island, for Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer. Upon arrival, he encounters Fred, played by James Marsden. E.B. feins injury and convinces Fred to let him stay with him. Fred is himself disenchanted with his father’s expectations for him and so the two new friends embark on a series of hilarious yet heartwarming adventures.

The movie hops along (pun intended!) quite nicely. It has good music to help keep the pace moving. Music that will appeal to children but also keep the adults from snoozing. In addition, Fred’s father (played by Gary Cole) has some hilarious lines that most parents will appreciate.

The show stealer, to me, was Carlos (voiced by Hank Azaria). Carlos is a chick who is the second in command at the easter candy factory. When E.B. runs away, Carlos uses it as his chance to take over. So he stages a coup. Between the voice, the snarky lines and the silliness of the whole situation the parents were laughing as much as the kids.

There is one scene in the movie where E.B. plays drums to the song Dynamite. Leave it to the Jewish kid to wonder why the Easter Bunny is playing a Hanukkah Song. At least she knew the song. Most kids didn’t.

Being that the movie is about Easter, we probably would not have seen it without this opportunity. I’m glad we did because the story line about the struggle to live your dreams but also please  your parents is a universal theme. I doubt kids will pick up on it, but from a parents perspective it gives you pause to see that within each of us is something great. The movie is not heavy nor a game changer. It’s fun, light-hearted, has great music and is 90-minutes of family time.

Go see the movie!

This post is linked to Mingle Monday on Add A Pinch!

We attended the screening as guests of Universal and Klout, and as guests we were provided with access to the movie free of charge and prior to it opening to the public. We were first in line too so we got prime seats. YAY!



Becca -Our Crazy Boys March 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

My boys are DYING to see this movie. The previews are cute, and they asked just today if we could go see it on opening day. Thanks for the review!

Kim P. March 29, 2011 at 9:49 am

I still love seeing kids movies….for me, they never get old!

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