I was given the chance to see an advanced screening of the new Universal Pictures movie, Hop, and we hopped all over it.
I was accompanied by my 6 year old to the private screening of this new family film that will be hitting theaters April 1. Hop is a mixture of live action and CGI similar to Alvin & the Chipmunks. Actually, Tim Hill directed both movies.
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 counters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning an injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world’s worst houseguest.
I have to say we loved the film. The movie is The Santa Claus meets Willy Wonka! The candy factory where all the Easter candy is made is amazing! Think candy waterfalls! Hop is funny and will have kids and parents chuckling throughout. My 6 year old was laughing out loud quite a bit and rocking out in her seat to the music more than once. I have to say that the music in the film is great and you’ll probably leave the theater singing “I Want Candy” for a few days.
The movie follows E.B. and Fred’s struggle to be their own person/bunny and break away from what their fathers want them to be. Fred is the adorable slacker son in the charming, but oh so real, O’hare family. James Marsden (best known from X-Men) plays the part of Fred perfectly. He’s lovable (and a bit of eye candy if I’m being honest!) but a bum of a son at the same time. Kids are going to love the pratfalls and the goofiness of Fred throughout the movie. The ventriloquist scene is hysterical! It was one of my daughter’s favorite parts.
Now, I’m not going to lie – the bunny steals the show! Played by Russell Brand (huge in the UK and Katy Perry’s husband), the bunny is hilarious with his one-liners and silly antics. What kid isn’t going to love that the bunny poops jelly beans and then someone eats them?
Hop will appeal to kids of all ages and parents. There were 2 year olds sitting quietly in the theater! Like any good family film there are adult references that will go right over your kid’s head, for example to the movie Fatal Attraction. Bunny in a pot of boiling water on the stove, anyone? Not to worry because your kids may miss those references but will be laughing at the pooping candy line. Like I said, there’s something for everyone.
Overall, I highly recommend this film. It’s a funny movie that will be perfect for the Spring!
To get you even more excited about this new film, here is the movie trailer:
Hop will be in theaters nationwide on April 1, 2011.