Saturday, April 23, 2011

HOP on Over to the Theater

It's almost Easter, and one of the world's most popular movies commemorates that fact. I'm talking about Hop, the movie starring James Marsden and the voice of Russell Brand.  Hop combines live action with state-of-the-art animation.  The movie is about a teenage bunny, E.B., who is destined to be the Easter Bunny (his father is the current Easter Bunny, and is about to "retire").  On the eve of taking over the business, E.B. runs away to Hollywood, where he plans to become a famous drummer.  He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car.  Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world's worst house guest.

File:Hop2011Poster.jpgAfter E.B. causes trouble for Fred, Fred attempts to abandon E.B. in the wilderness, all to no avail.  E.B. claims to be the Easter Bunny, whom Fred saw in action when he was a child.  To summarize, Fred and E.B. strike a deal:  If Fred helps E.B. get to the 'Hoff Knows Talent' show, E.B. will leave Fred alone for good.  Needless to say, that doesn't work out so well, especially after E.B. finds out that his father has sent the ninja royal guard, known as the Pink Berets, after him.  Essentially, Fred and E.B. are stuck together until they eventually end up back on Easter Island, which is E.B.'s home.

While Fred and E.B. are gallivanting around Los Angeles,  Easter Chick Carlos and his music-obsessed assistant, Phil, plot an overthrow of the "government" against the Easter Bunny to take over the Easter organization.  At the end of the story, E.B., Fred, and the Easter Bunny all come together to rescue each other and stop Carlos from taking over Easter Island.

This movie was the cutest one I've ever seen.  Complete with amazing drum solos (all by E.B., of course), catchy music, and Russell Brand's awesome voice (and accent), Hop was a great investment of my time and money.  I will definitely be buying it when it comes out on DVD.  Just like Christmas movies get you in the feel-good mood for Christmas, this movie gets you all pumped up for Easter!

Watch the trailer here:

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