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Hop: A Great Movie for Kids and Adults

All weekend long we promised that we would take Ethan to see “Hop.”  Unfortunately, we got so busy this weekend that we weren’t able to get to the theater.  I hate breaking promises to my child so after work we hopped into the car and headed to the movie theater to see “Hop.”  Read on for my review, warning it probably will contain a spoiler or two.The movie opens up with the title of the company, of course, “Hop” is from the same company that brought us Despicable Me.  In that scene you see the beloved minions again, nice surprise, but no where else in the movie.

“Hop” opens up with Dad (the Current Easter Bunny, voiced by Hugh Laurie) and E.B. as a child and Dad is showing him what he will inherit when he grows up.  The Easter world is unbelievable and colorful and it is fun to watch the Easter chicks make all the candy.    Carlos (voiced by Hank Azaria), is the main chick, and second in command to the Easter Bunny.

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Then we meet Fred as a child who has a chance encounter with the Easter Bunny.

Flash forward 20 years later, Fred (played by James Marsden) is a late 20 something still living with mom and dad because he lost his job over a year ago.  Mom and Dad want him out of the house so they hold an intervention at dinner, (after rubbing in the fact that his sisters are more successful than he is including the 10 year old), and kick him out of the house.  Luckily, Fred’s sister, Sam (played by Kaley Cuoco) steps in and gets him a house sitting job at her bosses mansion, and a job interview.

E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) is still at home with Dad (the Easter Bunny) and Dad is ready to turn the family business over to E.B. but E.B. wants none of it, he wants to be a famous drummer.  So E.B. runs away from home down the rabbit hole to Hollywood.

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Fred and E.B. meet with Fred hitting E.B. with his car.  No bunny was hurt in the making of this film, but E.B. does milk the accident.   After the two meet hilarity ensue.

Fred tries to get rid of E.B., but realizes that this bunny is somebody important from his childhood.  E.B. seems to ruin Fred’s opportunity for a job but finds an opportunity for himself to become the famous drummer that he is in his dreams.  You will be surprised to see a cameo by a famous actor (about as shocked as you were when he showed up in “Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie”), who helps E.B. with his dream.

Meanwhile, back in Easter land.  Dad realizes that E.B. has run away and realizes that he shouldn’t have been so hard on him about pursuing his own dreams.  What does he do?  He sends the Pink Berets to find E.B.  Meanwhile Carlos,  plots and ploys, to take over the Easter business and seems to succeed.

I won’t giveaway the ending but let’s just say chaos ensues with the chicks, the pink berets, Fred, and E.B.

Hop” is the classic story of father and son relationships, but it takes this historical struggle and makes it fun. This is a great Easter tale for the kids.

It puts a “Christmas” spin on the Easter Bunny story.

Ethan, my 4-year old, loved the movie.  He laughed through most of it, so it is well written for kids and adults alike.  Lony and I enjoyed the movie as well.  This is one of those movies that I won’t mind watching 20 million times when it is out on DVD/BluRay.

One pleasant surprise, is a cover of  “I Want Candy.”  Ethan sang the song most of the night last night and was singing it this morning.

For me, I give this movie 4 out of 5 Lori Stars.  This movie might be in the 10 ten of my favorite animated movies.

Just one more thing, after watching this movie, you will think twice about eating jelly beans.

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