For the first two weeks of April this year, you are not going to be able to escape Russell Brand. He's already set to star in the remake of the 1980 Dudley Moore comedy Arthur, which opens April 8, but he'll also be lending his voice to the animated film Hop, which opens a week earlier on April 1. Hop seems to be less of a Brand film than a mass-appeal animated family film, but his distinctive voice and sense of humor are a key part of the film, at least as seen in the new trailer that dropped today at Apple.

You can watch it in HD over there or embedded below; we'll talk more about it afterwards.

Honestly, if you're looking for the typical raunchy, envelope-pushing Russell Brand, that's not what you're going to find here, though you probably shouldn't have expected as much from an animated movie about the rogue son of the Easter Bunny. A title card in the trailer promises "From the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks" (that'd be Tim Hill) and that's more of what you find here: an exasperated human (James Marsden) dealing with a small animated rodent (Brand's bunny) who moves into his house and wreaks havoc. There's jokes about the bunny pooping jelly beans, about a girlfriend character eating said jelly beans, and a lot of exaggerated reaction shots. It's all pretty broad comedy stuff, even more so that the last film to come from Universal's animation arm, Despicable Me (you can spy one of those iconic minions in the opening logo).

It's hard to say I'm disappointed by the trailer, since I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Hop to begin with, but it looks like the movie will be more strictly kid's fare, while I was hoping it might have something for Brand's fans as well. There might be more to it than what we're seeing in the trailer-- Despicable Me, after all, was surprisingly charming-- but I'm keeping my hopes in check for the moment.

For more on Hop-- including new images released alongside the trailer-- check out the movie's page in our Blend Film Database.

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