by Lorie Lewis Ham
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I decided to take my little two year old niece to see the movie Hop this week and she had a blast. I’d have to say that I enjoyed it too. It’s a fun Easter movie you can take the whole family too.
In Hop it is time for a new Easter Bunny but the next one in line, E.B.(voiced by Russell Brand), wants to be a drummer not the Easter Bunny so he runs away to Hollywood. There he runs into Fred (James Marsden) O’Hare whose family has been urging him to find a job and stop being a loser living with his parents. Actually Fred literally runs into him and E.B. plays injured to make him feel guilty and bring him home. Fred is on his way to house sit at a fancy house and brings E.B. with him which of course leads to trouble. But in the end both Fred and E.B. follow their dreams.
This movie is one of those that combines animation with the real world and real people, and it does it well. The bunnies are adorable, including the Easter Bunny’s royal guard the pink berets who are out to bring E.B. home.
The best way to describe Hop is that it’s cute. It’s not terribly deep and what could have been an unexpected twist at the end is given away right at the beginning of the movie through Fred’s narration, and you then get to see how things got to that point. My favorite moments involve David Hasselhof who seems to find his way into several of these types of movies. The wonderful Hugh Laurie does the voice of E.B.’s father.
Rated PG for some mild rude humor, I’d say this is definitely the perfect family movie for kids of all ages and a nice treat for the Easter holiday. But it’s not something I’m going to run out and buy on DVD as soon as it comes out—now if my children were little like my niece instead of teens then I might. As to teen girls, well James Marsden is reason enough for them to go see it, that and the cute little bunnies. And Kaley Cuoco playing Fred’s sister gives the teen boys something to enjoy as well.
Hop is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.