|Directed by:||Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick|
|Written by:||Len Blum|
|Cast:||(voices) Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carrell, William Shatner, Avril Lavigne, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Wanda Sykes, Nick Nolte, Allison Janney, Thomas Haden Church|
This is up there with Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon as one of Dreamworks Animation's best films. There's almost nothing to complain about here. It's a perfect movie.
The characters in this movie are some of the best I've ever seen. Each and every character was memorable and had their moments to shine. Let's break it down:
You've got RJ himself, who, even though he's doing wrong by screwing over these animals, has good reasons for doing so and is immensely likable throughout. Bruce Willis plays him with warmth at times and sauve cannivingness when needed. Hands down my favorite.(Although I like them all)
Verne(Garry Shandling), who wants nothing more than to keep things to the status quo. He's quick witted and again, likable despite his faults.
Hammy(Steve Carell), the resident nut of the group. By far the funniest and, even though you can tell he's tailor made for kids, has moments of adult humor here and there to appeal to everyone.
Ozzie(William Shatner) and his daughter Heather(Avril Lavigne). Ozzie, being a possum, takes pride in playing dead, but has difficulty getting his daughter to take up the family trait. This subplot has one of the best payoffs in any movie and tweaks at the heartstrings.
Stella(Wanda Sykes), a skunk who learns to class herself up. Yes, Wanda Sykes pretty much plays Wanda Sykes in every movie, but here, she manages to create a fun character with great moments.
Even the villains are a lot of fun. Thomas Hayden Church is a ridiculously over the top exterminator that brings some of the best jokes to the table. Nick Nolte as Vincent, the bear RJ screwed over, takes a cartoony villain and makes him a dark, menacing force that adds depth to the film.
Over The Hedge is supremely underrated and a first class film. It's by far a perfect film for all ages.
P.S. What happened to Avril Lavigne after this movie? She just disappeared.