Over the Hedge

Genre:  Comedy, Family
Running Time:  84 min.
Release Date: May 19, 2006
DVD: October 17, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 4.24
based on 2465 votes and 485 reviews
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Cast: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Omid Djalili


Spring has sprung, and Verne (Garry Shandling) 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 (Bruce Willis), 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.

Based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: voice cast members William Shatner, Avril Lavigne, Catherine O'Hara and Euguene Levy are all Canadian.

Director: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Producer(s): Bonnie Arnold
Screenplay: Karey Kirkpatrick, Len Blum, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton
Official Site: www.overthehedgemovie.com

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  • 5 stars "One of the best animated movies of all times! The references about people wasting food and about "quality" of todays´ food are brilliant. It also shows how hard it is for wild animals to coexist with people. But it can do all this intelligent and deep stuff with a lot of good humour."
  • 5 stars "LOVED THIS MOVIE! It was so funny! Hammy the squirrel is so funny and cute! I laughed so much! LOL!!!"
  • 5 stars "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, I LOVE HAMMY!!!!!! I love this movie even though none of my friends really do!!!! OH WELL GO VERNE AND HAMMY!!!!"