Hop is the story of a young bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) destined to become the Easter Bunny. However, his dream is to become a famous drummer so he runs away from his responsibilities to Hollywood and enlists a fellow disappointment to his family, James Marsden, to help him reach his goal. But it wouldn’t be a children’s movie without silly antics, solving problems, and becoming a better person. Oh and maniacal chicks bent on taking over Easter. That too.
The first thing that drew me to this film was Russell Brand. Even though it is just his voice, the man is a comic genius and with his unique delivery turns even the silliest of jokes into a stereotypical knee-slapper. The subtle nuances he puts into his lines have the parents in the audience laughing along with their children who just find it funny that the rabbit can talk. It’s this combination that animated movies have capitalized on as far back as Shrek, possibly even further. By making children’s movies entertaining to adults as well as children, more families will make the trip to the theater instead of waiting for DVD or not bothering altogether. Parents laugh at the adult-themed jokes that are folded into the dialogue while the kids laugh at the little chicken dancing to the music.
As good as I think this movie is, there were a few spots that were a little fishy. For one, James Marsden’s character is a twenty-something unemployed man living with his parents who are openly disappointed of him. Meanwhile, his successful sister, Kaley Cuoco of TV’s The Big Bang Theory, gives him opportunity after opportunity to straighten out. Granted these opportunities are ruined by the talking bunny that is plaguing him, but what I was missing was his motivation. Throughout the film he doesn’t seem depressed or embarrassed by his slacker status and then all of a sudden he’s really upset about not getting the job he interviewed for and messing up the house he’s house-sitting? I know it’s a children’s movie and character development isn’t at the top of their to-do list, but I’m not buying it.
All in all, I would highly recommend seeing this movie. It’s the standard kiddie movie with comedy, unbelievable situations, and cute talking animals so you’ll have a good time, laugh, and leave feeling better about yourself. And don’t worry about it if you don’t have any kids to take! I’m 23 and I went with my mom! As long as you don’t act like a creep, no one will mind that you’re an adult. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll leave the theater wanting an adorable, saucy, British rabbit of your very own.