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''Over the Hedge'' is a VideoGame adaptation of the Creator/DreamWorksAnimation film ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''. Rated E10+.

Unlike most video games based on movies, this one starts at the climax of the film, where everything is solved, and the animals are free to do whatever they please. A year later, however, they feel a bit bored with just stealing food, so they try and find other things they can use to pass the time, such as a TV or a popcorn machine. Unfortunately, Dwayne the Verminator is back, and is using mind control helmets to take control of other animals, such as rats, and use them as his henchmen.

Playable characters include RJ, Verne, Hammy, and Stella. While playing, you can use weapons such as golf clubs, plungers, baseball bats, etc. to fight enemies. You can also throw long range weapons, such as frisbees or boomerangs. There are various toy guns thrown about the game as well, like a ball launcher.

The game was released for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and {{UsefulNotes/Xbox}}. Games for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance and UsefulNotes/NintendoDS were also made, though these were different from the console versions and revolved around the animals trying to get endangered species to move into the area to prevent it from being destroyed.
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!!This game provides examples of the following {{Tropes}}:
* ActionGirl: Stella is the only female playable character.
* AnimalStereotypes: The ones used in the movie return, there's now an angry rottweiler, and the enemies fit this pretty well.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: At the start of the game, the gang returns to find their home destroyed by an attack by Dwayne's animal minions. It happens again towards the end during a level in which the Woods are attacked by more mind-controlled animals.
* AxCrazy: Dwayne, the Theme Park Owner, and a Rottweiler boss.
** The animals may count as well, using weapons such as golf clubs and baseball bats.
* BearsAreBadNews: Mind controlled bear cubs are the toughest mooks you face. Vincent returns as a boss as well.
* BearyFunny: Vincent, after his HeelFaceTurn. He's accepted easily by the porcupine kids; everyone else is rightfully still afraid of him. Luckily, he's pretty chill afterwards.
-->'''RJ:''' Aww, he's just like a giant teddy bear. With anger issues. And half eaten bats on his breath.
* BigBad: Dwayne.
* BossInMooksClothing: The armadillos. You can only hurt them once they stop being curled up, but since that's their method of attacking you...
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Most of the enemies are this due to Dwayne's mind control.
* CarFu: One of the minigames has RJ, Verne, Hammy, Stella, [[GoKartingWithBowser Gladys, and Dwayne]] battling in golf cart bumper cars.
* CartoonCheese: One of the gadgets in the handheld game is stinky cheese. It briefly stuns both humans and pets.
* DeusExitMachina: Vincent, [[StoryBreakerPower being a bear]], can easily flatten those badgers who give you trouble. So for most of the "Defend the Woods!" level, he's in a corner fighting off an endless wave of rats.
* DistressedDamsel: [[spoiler:Heather gets captured by Dwayne near the end of the game, and the last two areas' missions revolve around saving her.]]
* EnemyMine: Verne convinces Vincent to join the gang by pointing out their common enemy: Dwayne. Funnily enough, Vincent thinks he's talking about RJ at first, and Verne clarifies with "the ''other'' common enemy".
* EscortMission: Several levels involve guarding Ozzie and the wagon from waves of enemies, and Ozzie will just play dead until they're gone, leaving it up to you to prevent your food from being destroyed.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: There are four kinds of guns. Respectively, they shoot ping-pong balls, ice, fire, and gas bubbles. In the final boss fight, Dwayne notably dual wields ping pong guns.
* GoKartingWithBowser: When playing the golf cart minigame, Gladys and Dwayne are opponents.
* GratuitousFrench: Henri the Taxidermist from the handheld game likes using this, complete with insisting [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY that his name is to be pronounced the French way]]. According to Dwayne it's because he went to art collage.
* HeelFaceTurn: You have to battle Vincent again, but he's wearing a mind control helmet. Once you get it off of him, he joins you and comes back to the hedge and helps you fight the brainwashed animals attacking the Woods.
* HubLevel: The Woods, which changes when a new item is obtained during a heist.
* KingMook: Three of the bosses are a King Rat, a King Bunny, and a King Gopher.
* LaserHallway: Not used in hallways, but there are many lasers protecting backyards.
* LimitBreak: All are functionally the same, but the animation is different for each playable character.
** RJ does a spin attack with his golf club.
** Verne's shell starts orbiting around him.
** Hammy runs around in a circle at lighting speed.
** Stella just gasses the area around her.
** If both fielded characters are stacked on each other, the special attack becomes a whirling tornado move.
* {{Malaproper}}: Hammy mispronounces "endangered" as "engendered" near the beginning of the handheld game.
* MindControlDevice: Dwayne uses these on animals like rats.
* NiceHat: The game features a series of hats, some of which are obtained from the {{King Mook}}s, that provide various types of protection against enemy attacks.
* NoodleIncident: After being defeated, the Rat King says "And that was the twelfth time I caught rabies."
* PowerUpFood: Spuddies and other food will restore your health.
* ProductPlacement: Once the animals are able to watch movies, you can see clips from the videogame adaptations of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', and ''Film/{{Madagascar}}''.
* SanitySlippage:
** Dwayne, are mind control helmets on animals really necessary to capture the ones you're after?
** The Theme Park Owner, who breaks out fireworks and a roller coaster death trap to kill a few animals who stole a popcorn machine and a cotton candy machine.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: See ActionGirl above.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Seriously, what kind of exterminator places so many crazy traps around a neighborhood just to catch a bunch of animals?
* UniqueEnemy: Rats carry many different kinds of weapons, but only a single rat at the beginning uses a chicken drumstick.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Golf clubs and golf balls for RJ.
** Hockey sticks and hockey pucks for Verne.
** Twigs and boomerangs for Hammy.
** Plungers and frisbees for Stella.
* YouDirtyRat: The rats. Granted, they are under mind control, except the ones in the first levels before the timeskip.
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