Hop

(2011)

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family

Review: Hop

Transcript for Review: Hop

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Next up is "Hop," a mix of live action and animation starring Russell Brand as an Easter Bunny who's having an existential crisis.  Actually, he's not the Easter Bunny just yet. He's known as E.B., and he's the heir apparent -- or hare apparent, if you will, ha ha -- to the Easter Bunny empire. Hugh Laurie provides the voice of his dad, who's ready to pass along this proud tradition. But E.B.'s not sure he wants that kind of responsibility. He'd rather, you know, play the drums.


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CHRISTY:
He heads to Hollywood with dreams of rock stardom. But he ends up almost getting hit by a car -- and the driver, Fred, played by James Marsden, just happens to be a slacker just like him. The two end up forming an unexpected friendship while housesitting at a gaudy McMansion in Beverly Hills.

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CHRISTY:
Mercifully it's not in 3-D, but for a movie that's about one of the most vibrantly colorful holidays around, "Hop" is strangely flat and drab. 

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CHRISTY:
There's not much story here. And while it's a clever idea to have Brand do the voice of a cheeky, naughty little bunny rabbit, even he can't make this thing enjoyable.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
You know Christy I don’t think you’ve realized, but for years children all over the world have been clamoring for a stilted Easter themed remake of The Santa Clause.

CHRISTY:
It’s time.  

IGNATIY:
It’s time.

CHRISTY:
It’s long past time.

IGNATIY:
It’s long past time.  This is a very bad movie.  However, I’m kind of intrigued by the rabbit universe.  I mean so we learn in this film that the rabbits on Easter island defecate candy.

CHRISTY:
Not just any candy…jelly bellies.

IGNATIY:
Well, so here’s the thing.  So they manufacture all the Easter candy at their island, but where do they get the raw materials?  I mean it kind of makes me suspicious.  I mean are they just using Easter as an excuse to dump their unwanted waste on us?  

CHRISTY:
This is how distracted you were at Hop…you wanna know how they make the marshmallow peeps and how they make the chocolate is that it?

IGNATIY:
I mean are they normal rabbits or do they live human lifespans and why do the chicks never grow up into chickens, that they remain chicks the whole time?

CHRISTY:
They are always chicks and then you have Hank Azaria doing the voice of the chick that wants to stage the bloody coup.

IGNATIY:
Hank Azaria…the Anthony Quinn of voice acting.

CHRISTY:
He just might be, but it’s kind of an offensive Hispanic stereotype.

IGNATIY:
Hence the Anthony Quinn of voice acting.

CHRISTY:
There you go.