'Hop' -- 2 stars

<b>PG; 1:37 running time</b><br><br> The animation/live-action "Hop" -- from the producing-writing team behind last year's "Despicable Me," and director Tim Hill, of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" fame -- is that very entry, and it's almost unashamedly middle of the road about its intentions. Its narrative is lifted from Christmas movies, stop-motion specials and Roald Dahl; its CGI renderings are no better or worse than last month's or next month's animation family outing. Its vocal talent -- led by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie -- is suitably star-powered. The only thing missing is any real wonder, imagination or comic verve. -- Robert Abele<br><br>Read the <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/la-et-hop-20110401,0,1693439.story>full review</a>

PG; 1:37 running time

The animation/live-action "Hop" -- from the producing-writing team behind last year's "Despicable Me," and director Tim Hill, of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" fame -- is that very entry, and it's almost unashamedly middle of the road about its intentions. Its narrative is lifted from Christmas movies, stop-motion specials and Roald Dahl; its CGI renderings are no better or worse than last month's or next month's animation family outing. Its vocal talent -- led by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie -- is suitably star-powered. The only thing missing is any real wonder, imagination or comic verve. -- Robert Abele

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