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TOP 500 REVIEWERon July 2, 2007
I wasn`t aware that `Over the Hedge' is based on a comic strip. I've never seen it, but I can only imagine that it would be just as good as the film, if not better. And while it's not an astonishment, I can say that Hedge is genuinely enjoyable, and great fun for everyone.

The story is well written, but feels very brisk. It starts, it continues for a bit, and then it ends. It is not as short as some films, but you can't help but wonder what more could have been done if they had a little more running time. It is a much stronger film than other Dreamworks titles like Madagascar and Shark Tale, and really seems like it can stand next to the likes of Shrek 1 and 2.

The voice acting is all top-notch, from Willis' take no-nonsense raccoon, to the sadly missed Shandling as a neurotic turtle. Steve Carrell also stands out as the absolutely insane Hammy the squirrel, as does William Shatner as Ozzie the possum. As I had read before seeing the film, Shatner does an absolutely fabulous job playing possum. I couldn't stop laughing any time his character did something, it's just that great. The rest of the voice cast, from Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as parents of hedgehogs, to Wanda Sykes as a skunk, to Thomas Hayden Church as an exterminator, to Nick Nolte as Vincent the bear, all are great and well suited for their roles. They all have quite a bit of screen time, and none feel over-used at all (unlike Madagascar's blatant overuse of Ben Stiller and no one else). Of course, the random inclusion of Avril Lavinge as Shatner's daughter Heather was a little bizarre, you can see that she is at least making an attempt at voice acting here.

And as usual, the animation is excellent. While not being a total improvement from the likes of other Dreamworks films, the advancements are still very noticeable. The grass, the fur, the emotions and gestures, all of them are perfectly captured, and look gorgeous on film. All the colours are great too.

It's a funny movie, and a fabulous cast. It's one of the better animated films in the last several months.
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on September 29, 2007
this film was hyped so much and heaped with praise.even a good
friend of mine told me it was hilarious.imagine my surprise in finding
out it is not hilarious at all,barely even comical.there are a couple
of "light chuckle" moments,but that's it.i know it is an animated movie
and maybe i'm being too sensitive here(or,maybe i'm just out to
lunch),but i actually think the movie is mean spirited in some parts.
as an animated movie goes it is about average,certainly nothing
an animated comedy,it is lower than,i'll give "Over the
Hedge" 2/5
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on November 3, 2006
I don't think it's quite worth of the 5 stars I gave it, but it's closer to a 5 than it is a 4.

Anybody can enjoy this one, but particularly if you have young children with you. First rate animation, and a first rate story as well, with plenty of laughs. The only disappointing character of the bunch was the skunk played by Wanda Sykes. Don't get me wrong, she's not bad in it, but she's MUCH funnier than what they let her do in the film.

Good balance of humour and story, and of course has the happy ending that everyone expects.
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on November 23, 2006
I was just as eager as my kids to see this movie, only to be just as disaffected as they were. It had great voices, great just somehow missed. A nice fuzzy, warm message, but with no zip to push it past a dozen other kid-oriented flicks. The only great part was William Shatner's self-parody as the play-dead opossum, and my kids aren't old enough to see the humour in that! An average movie, with thwarted possibilities.
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on February 11, 2007
I actually really liked this. Amazing animation (especially in the background), great cast, laugh out loud funny on multiple ocasions. I wasn't expecting much and was very happily supprised. A good mix of adult humor, which I always apreciate in a kids movie. It's no Shrek but best animated I have seen since Shrek 2. It looses .5 for the the lamest Shrek 3 add ever. 4.5/5.
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on March 20, 2010
Over The Hedge is a very funny movie that's great for kids and parents alike. The humour is no solely childish, yet appropriate for all ages. I definitely recommend buying it, or at least watching it. You won't regret it :)
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on March 19, 2014
not our favourite Dreamworks title but good all the same
great characters and the voices
ready to hand it down to a younger generation
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on December 20, 2006
What about that delightful short we saw in theatres? Normally they tag it along on the DVD. Disappointed...
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on October 7, 2008
Oh! We just laugh alot at this one. I love the lesson of life my girls learn while watching it. :)
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on April 24, 2016
Even better than I remembered it from when I first saw the movie.
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