When HOP first made it’s way into the theaters we couldn’t wait to see it! Now that it’s on DVD, my kids have been watching it again and again. I have to admit that even I enjoyed reliving some of the hilarious moments of this fun family movie.
From the makers of Despicable Me comes an all-new comedy about candy, chicks and rock n roll! He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.
The movie starts on Easter Island where an underground candy operation is in full-swing for the upcoming Easter holiday. Mr. Bunny and a crew of adorable chicks are busy making jelly beans, licorice, and chocolate bunnies while E.B. sits in his room dreaming of becoming a famous musician one day. He finally decides to secretly leave Easter Island to pursue his dreams.
In the human world, Fred O’Hare is feeling the same pressure from his father to become someone he’s not. As he’s driving one night he comes across E.B. who pretends that Fred has hit him with the car. Feeling guilty, Fred takes in E.B. until he’s feeling better. The two become unlikely friends and find that their lives are more similar than they realize and end up helping each other achieve their goals.
The plot is pretty predictable but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment. We loved the characters whose small parts actually steal the show. The Pink Berets, a trio of sweet-looking but deadly female bunnies whose mission is to bring E.B. safely home. Carlos and Phil, a couple of Easter chicks who are plotting to take over the candy operation. And David Hasselhoff who plays himself as a game show host.
The kids really liked the candy factory ala Willy Wonka style. We sat there and drooled over all that wonderfully colorful looking candy and dreamed about Easter baskets and egg hunts.
However, the best part of the movie was the message to be true to yourself. Every parent has high hopes for their children and only want the best for them. But sometimes we need to take a step back and let our kids make decisions for themselves. Being happy with their career choice can sometimes be success in itself.
With Easter upon us, why not get the family together and watch a truly enjoyable movie . . . HOP.
Purchase your copy of Hop at Amazon.com for $17.99.
This post was written for Universal Pictures who provided the complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
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