- Title Hop
- Director Tim Hill
- Year 2011
- Run time 1hr 35m
- Genres Animation, Family, Comedy
- Tagline Candy, chicks and rock 'n' roll
Blending state of the art animation with live action, Hop is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world’s worst houseguest.
I love, love, loved Despicable Me (although perhaps a little more in hindsight than having directly watched it). This seems to be Universal’s follow up to it, and I went in with very little in the way of expectations. I’m not a massive Russell Brand fan and a drumming bunny didn’t sell it to me in the trailer. However, it still looked good and although completely the wrong end of the year for an Easter film, we gave it a go.
0:25 - The Universal globe is an egg! 0:38 - Minions! 1:12 - To be honest, as a kid, the whole Easter Bunny thing sort of passed me by. 4:08 - It’s like an Easter version of Willy Wonka. 5:11 - The chicks are far too cute. It shouldn’t be allowed. 7:59 - “Okay, see you later, enjoy your life of privilege.” 13:10 - Drumming bunny! 14:59 - The Easter Bunny hasn’t cracked China yet, eh? 22:01 - How a film handles the human finding out animals can talk thing is crucial. 26:56 - Carlos wants to be the Easter Bunny. 30:26 - If you have to wear a safety suit to feed the dogs, they should probably be in a zoo. 37:06 - Russell Brand is very good. Universal must love him. 42:57 - You can’t add the Hoff into a film that is already this good. 47:55 - Why didn’t she freak out? Do people in diners see all kind of odd things anyway? 52:15 - Hoff Knows Talent. Huh. 54:54 - Mr C is curious how the bunny can reach the pedals on the drums. 55:36 - “Little man, my best friend’s a talking car.” 1:01:07 - How do all the kids know I Want Candy? I only barely know it. Old song. 1:06:33 - “How do I repay you? I jellybean all over your dream.” 1:14:29 - If you have to be taken out, a stream of chocolate is a good way to go. 1:15:31 - That’s Russell Brand. Weird. 1:18:03 - Won’t somebody think of the children. 1:21:19 - I’m not sure I could eat through liquorice either, even if it was binding me. 1:22:56 - Well, I never thought there would be a body slam in this film. 1:26:44 - How come Fred isn’t growing bunny ears? 1:30:47 - I think I could watch dancing chicks all day.
So, let’s see. It was ridiculously cute. Cute in a good way, too. I really could watch dancing chicks all day.
It was very similar to Despicable Me - not in terms of story, clearly, but in terms of plenty of laughs but very much aimed at children. I loved it, it kept me entertained, but it wasn’t particularly fulfilling as an adult - the way that a good Pixar movie would be.
It did have the Hoff though, AND he made a reference to Kitt. That’s got to be worth a bonus point or two.
I am left trying to decide which I want more - a dancing chick, or a minion.
Rating: 4 / 5