Big question: A raccoon destroys a bear's food stash and enlists a turtle, squirrel, skunk, porcupines and possums to help replace it with vittles from a suburban home. Who knew forest creatures had such good teamwork?
Skip it: Only 75 minutes long, "Over the Hedge" zips by as if the movie knows you have more important things to do. This kid-friendly flick sporadically tries to send-up suburban consumption, but it just seems like an idea running around without its shell.
Catch it: If you've never seen a raccoon and a turtle shot into the air on a food-stuffed rocket wagon. And if you have um, where?
Bottom line: The A-list voice talent, including Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes and many more, is top-notch but never meshes with the unfunny characters. Visually appealing but totally hyperactive, "Over the Hedge" should take a deep breath, switch to decaf and tell a story.
Bonus: Wishing there was truth to the animals' blissful reactions to people food: "Anything that tastes this good has to be good for you!"
'Over the Hedge'
Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick; screenplay by Kirkpatrick, Len Blum, Lorne Cameron and David Hoselton, based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis; edited by John K. Carr; production design by Kathy Altieri; music by Rupert Gregson-Williams; songs by Ben Folds; produced by Bonnie Arnold. A DreamWorks release; opens Friday, May 19. Running time: 1:27. MPAA rating: PG (some rude humor and mild comic action).
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Stella -- Wanda Sykes
Ozzie -- William Shatner
Penny -- Catherine O'Hara
Lou -- Eugene Levy
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