We had some of the neighborhood kids come by and watch the movie Hop, starring Russell Brand as E.B. EB is the star of the movie he is the nephew of the Easter Bunny and a bit of a rebel who leaves home to become a drummer in a rock n roll band in LA.
In the process of leaving home, EB meets (or rather gets hit by) Fred, who is a very unmotivated individual. The story is easy for kids to follow and is fun. For adults, it is something that has been done before, to a degree. This movie reminds me of The Santa Clause, in that it deals with a heavily religious holiday without being religious, taking a more light hearted feel to the holiday. This is quite the compliment considering EB is actually an animated character. Tim Allen in Santa Clause is not.
The animation is great and often times I found myself enjoying the way the bunnies and chicks walk and talk, sometimes even better then the humans.
There are some heavy hitters who provided voices for the animated characters in the movie. They include Russell Brand as EB, Hugh Laurie as The Easter Bunny, and Hank Azario as Carlos and Phil. (All of whom are easy to listen for and even more fun for adults to picture as bunnies and chickens. Imagine “House” in a bunny suit and try not to giggle.
I could definitely see this as a movie put on for the kids of a big family get together that inevitably pulls in a few adults who hear the voice of House or Russell Brand.
If while watching, you get a Chipmunks mixed with Despicable Me vibe, that is because the people who made Chipmunks worked with a few who worked on Despicable Me and made Hop. If you are a fan of either, or your kids are. I would suggest grabbing this movie.