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Over the Hedge Synopsis
Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter’s nap to discover that a tall, green “thing” has mysteriously cropped up right through the middle of their home. Enter RJ, an opportunistic raccoon, who explains that the world beyond the hedge is the “gateway to the good life” where peculiar creatures called humans live to eat, rather than eat to live. Suspicious and even a little jealous of RJ, the ever-cautious Verne wants to keep his blended family safely on their side of the hedge. But, proving the adage that one man’s garbage is another man’s—or rather animal’s—treasure, the manipulative RJ tries to convince the woodland band that there is little to fear and everything to gain from their over-indulgent new neighbors. Eventually, RJ and Verne form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with—and even exploit—this strange new world called suburbia.
Not since ‘Star Trek: The Animated Series’ has voice casting been this good. Shatner gets to take his much deserved crack at tackling the ever-popular world of CGI animation in his continuing conquest over all forms of media. Next up… someone should throw his name in the hat to replace Howard Stern. Radio’s the only thing left for him to take on, and then he’ll replace Stern as the true King of all Media! Those will be good times indeed.
But, Shatner-love aside, I like the vibe of Over the Hedge. The trailers remind me a lot of Madagascar, which didn’t look that great from the ads… but in fact was. DreamWorks animated movies may not be as classic as the ones Pixar is cranking out, but they’re gut-busting funny and there’s a place for that.
While the casting of big names as animated voices often means absolute nothing when it comes to movie casting, it’s hard to ignore one with names like this. Gene Wilder? Yes! He isn’t dead! Gary Shandling? Comedy joygasm. And of course King Shatner. You’ve got to give Over the Hedge a chance.
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