Over the Hedge (2006)
Screenplay by Len Blum and Lorne Cameron & David Hoselton and Karey Kirkpatrick, based on comic strip characters by Michael Fry and T. Lewis; directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick
Guest review by Tommy “Slug” Togath, age 13
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I was not expecting much from this film, but I was very mistaken. This is a wonderfully funny story that had the audience of mostly adults roaring through most of the film. The story is based on a comic strip, telling the story of how two unlikely companions first met. The other characters in the film are mostly original and not in the comic strip. While nominally a buddy picture, there is plenty of action and even a romance that pays tribute to Pepe Le Pew cartoons. The character designs are excellent, and the computer graphics are superb. The voice talent does a very good job, especially for celebrity voices. Hammy the squirrel, voiced by Steve Carell, stole the show. There is a scene near the end of the film with Hammy that is truly one of the most brilliant animated sequences I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to see this film again to see all the details I missed the first time.