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''Over the Hedge'' is a 2006 film released by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation loosely based on [[ComicStrip/OverTheHedge the comic of the same name]].

It follows the adventure of a handful of woodland animals: a turtle named Verne; a raccoon, RJ; and Hammy, a squirrel are a few of them. The animals have to deal with their home being turned into suburbs. The film stars Creator/BruceWillis as RJ, Creator/SteveCarell as Hammy, and Garry Shandling as Verne. The plot of the movie involves Verne and the others as RJ gives them their first introduction to the neighborhood that has been constructed around their home, accidentally taking over Verne's role as leader. In truth, he's just using them to gather food for a bear whose winter reserves he accidentally destroyed.

Like many other movies, it got its own [[VideoGame/OverTheHedge video game adaptation]].

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!!The ''Over the Hedge'' film contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyBrightLight: The Depelter Turbo's activation causes tans, pops popcorn, and can be seen from space.
* AdaptationExpansion: Several more characters were added beyond the strip's core cast (RJ, Verne, Hammy).
** Lampshaded in one of the comics published shortly after the movie's release that included a reproduced photo of Stella and Ozzie interacting with the normally drawn regular cast.
* AffablyEvil: Dwayne, to an extent. While he's an exterminator who uses illegal and extremely painful-looking lethal traps and devices to kill animals, not only is he a very jolly person, but, when he captures the animals alive, he intends to humanely put them to sleep. And although Gladys insists it be done as ''in''humanely as possible, there's no indication Dwayne intends to go as she says. Of course, he still wants to ''kill'' them, humanely or not.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The movie uses [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/BoA--Key-of-Heart/3940a8b8d41358db39d0d54d0ab728e3 "Key of Heart"]] as its Japanese theme and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_xog20ur2I "People Say"]] as its Korean theme. Both were sung by Music/{{BoA|Korea}}, who was the voice of Heather the opossum in both versions, making this a DoItYourselfThemeTune.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Heather is none too fond of how her father [[LargeHam plays dead]].
* AnimalStereotypes: Squirrel, raccoon, turtles, and others are played straight. Subverted with the playful, (overly) friendly rottweiler.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: "But I like a cookie!"
* AudibleGleam: How the Spuddies land in a ''perfect stack'' on the group. RJ is delighted, until they're crushed unceremoniously by fallis debris.
* AxCrazy: Gladys. Is willing to risk arrest to kill a small group of animals, demands that they be killed as ''in''humanely as possible, and starts resisting arrest when she's arrested for something that the exterminator had ''warned'' her was illegal and seems to be extremely surprised that she's being detained at all. Sounds like someone [[TooDumbToLive too dumb to think clearly]].
* BearsAreBadNews: Vincent.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Subverted when Stella actually needs a make-over to become very beautiful and seduce a pedigree cat. Becomes a DoubleSubversion; Tiger doesn't care that she's a skunk or what she really looks like, he loves her anyway.
* BigBadEnsemble: Consists of Gladys and Dwayne as a BigBadDuumvirate, and Vincent as a separate villain.
* BrandX: All the junk foods seen in the film are fictional brands, a surprising aversion of the expected ProductPlacement.
* BreakTheCutie: Hammy. [[TearJerker "I'm not stupid."]]
* BrickJoke: At the start of the film, Hammy says he buried some nuts in the woods and runs off to find them. At the end of the film, he finds them... and there were apparently enough to fill ''the whole log.''
** Also, the cookie that RJ says is junk, but Hammy wants. [[spoiler: Hammy is able to pick it up during his FTL jaunt.]]
** When he pitches the idea of suburbia to the forest animals, RJ exclaims that humans have "food out the wazoo," to which Vern responds that he "doesn't know what a wazoo is or what kind of food comes out of it." Later, as they're eating out of the garbage cans, Vern [[{{Squick}} very nearly eats a diaper]][[invoked]], which RJ warns him "''[[UnusualEuphemism does]]'' [[UnusualEuphemism come out of a wazoo]]."
* BrokenAesop: Stealing is all right, as long as you don't take more than you need.
** Well, hardly...RJ's stealing got him into trouble in the first place, and ended up nearly taking his new friends down with him. It's more "don't get in over your head", though the 'official' lesson would be "family is the 'Gateway to the Good Life'".
** You could also argue that the film doesn't promote stealing and that the Hedgies only go along with RJ's plan because the development got rid of half their forrest.
* BuffySpeak: Heather:
-->"We, like, worked our tails off, y'know? Like a lot! And the food we gathered was totally... you know! And you're, you're all whatever!"
** Dwayne in a fake commercial. He calls one of the traps the "Choppy Knifey Slicy Thing."
* CaffeineBulletTime: Hammy. He's normally so fast it's [[FlashStep almost teleporting]], but with one Jolt-style double-caffeinated soda, ''he can out'''walk''' lasers''. That's right, an [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] squirrel.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Averted. Vern first refers to the humans as primates.
* CastingGag: During the credits, the cast watches TV.
-->'''Hammy:''' Just like Khan in ''Film/{{Star Trek II|TheWrathOfKhan}}''! The Genesis project was in the hands of the Enterprise, but Khan had his perfect plan to steal the invention of renewable life!
-->'''Verne:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Well, that was incredibly specific.]]
* CatStereotype: Tiger is snooty and standoffish.
* ChekhovsGun
** A throwaway line from Tiger about his breed having such a flat muzzle that it can lead to trouble breathing. [[spoiler:In his case, it's left him without a sense of smell.]]
** RJ warning Hammy that the last thing he needed was caffeine. Guess what Hammy uses to activate the Depelter Turbo?
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Hammy, OF ''COURSE.''
* CompanionCube: Subverted. "Steve" the hedge is ''really scary'' to Verne and company. They accidentally mistake it as talking when they overhear a mother scolding her son on the other side of the hedge.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Gladys Sharp is a Corrupt Homeowners' Association President (we never do learn what her day job is). She crosses the line after buying an exterminator system that (according to Dwayne) "is illegal in every state, [[EverythingIsBigInTexas except Texas]]." And then when she's arrested, she starts fighting the police officers, getting herself in even more trouble, since now the cops can add resisting arrest to all the criminal charges she'll be facing, which might also include animal cruelty.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Verne tells RJ this had the end that all he had to do was ask -- [[TrueCompanions that's what families do]]. Though it's debatable if this really would have worked at any point, since he gained that family through deception in the first place.
* CrossdressingVoices: One of Lou and Penny's three sons Quillo was voiced by Madison Davenport.
* DancePartyEnding: One of the only Dreamworks films from their DorkAge to (mercifully) exclude this (though Vincent does do a little dance at one point during the credits).
* DeathFromAbove: Inverted. [[spoiler: After the De-Pelter Turbo was activated with Gladys, Dwane, and Vincent the Bear inside it, its activation results in a large light beam that shoots out of the atmosphere (taking out a passing satellite) and is actually visible from outside the Milky Way Galaxy, and the heat being hot enough to instantly create popcorn as well as burn the fur off Vincent.]]
** PlayedStraight with the fake commercial narrated by Dwayne. He calls the flamingo trap "Pink Death From Above".
* DeathGlare: "You are the devil."
* DiabolusExMachina: Hilariously done. At one point, RJ, Verne and the snack wagon are sent high in the air (ItMakesSenseInContext) because they are rocketed up a slide by a propane tank - high enough to be seen by a passenger jet flying by at cruising altitude - and falling. Fortunately, there was an umbrella on the top, so they rode it down. While they do so, some chips fly out of their can. However, the snack wagon crashes onto Gladys's car so hard (coupled with the fact that the wagon has a propane tank) that it causes a fireball to erupt, which launches the chips back in the air. Not only do the chips impale the umbrella, the fire they picked up from the explosion burns the umbrella all together, leaving them no choice but to [[IFellForHours fall all the way back to earth]].
* DinkyDrivers: The critters have to drive Dwayne's van after he gets knocked unconscious; the porcupine kids steer [[IKnowMortalKombat using skills acquired from playing]] ''[[CaptainErsatz Auto]] [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto Homicide 3]]''.
* DirtyCoward: Gladys, at the end.
** RJ could have ended up this, but ''luckily'' CharacterDevelopment prevented it.
* DistantReactionShot: To the point of RunningGag. Several of them involving space.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Gladys's introduction.
-->(Driving down the street in an SUV, coffee in one hand, her shoulder pressing her phone to her ear)
--> '''Gladys''': No I can talk. I'm just ''driving.''
** RJ's as well:
-->(Eyes Vincent's cave, knowing that it's full of goodies)
-->'''RJ''': No no no, bad idea! Bad idea!
-->(His stomach growls. He clutches it despairingly and figures it's worth it to avoid starving)
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Hammy.
* EverythingMakesAMushroom: Even opening a bag of the Doritos BrandX equivalent produces a mushroom cloud visible from space that blankets the entire East Coast.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Depelter Turbo does exactly what it implies: removes all your hair.... very fast.
* FakeRabies: R.J. used whipped cream on Hammy to scare off some Girl Scouts and get their cookies. It is very effective as a scare strategy.
* {{GASP}}: The gang, a few times, during Stella's encounter with Tiger.
* [[GenkiGirl Genki Boy]]: HAMMY. So much that he runs faster than time itself after he drinks a caffeine drink.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** RJ telling the other animals to "Roll over and give your privates a good licking" if they get caught.
*** To say nothing of when they actually ''do it''!
** In one quick shot during the major heist, from outside (where she's distracting the house owner's cat) Stella stands up from off-camera when she's startled by a crash, with some of her 'make-up' messed up while Tiger sits up after her with a dazed, goofy expression.
** The cork. Dear God, the cork.
** "You wanna help me find my nuts?"
*** Which, incredibly, is ''tamer'' than what they were originally going to go with:
--> '''Hammy:''' You wanna see what I do with my nuts?
* GloveSnap: Done by Dwayne when examining the "dead" Ozzie.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Verne with a Cookie.
* HeelRealization: RJ when he realizes he not only came very close to crossing the MoralEventHorizon but took a transcontinental flight past it. [[spoiler: He redeems himself.]]
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Their Own Petard]]: Gladys Sharp and Dwayne [=LaFontant=] set up an illegal trap in her house to get rid of unwanted animals. [[spoiler: Hammy later activates the trap and trapping Gladys, Dwayne, and Vincent the Black Bear in the trap.]]
* HopeSpot: A particularly funny one, when the Spuddies survive a tremendous fall (even landing in a perfect column with an AudibleGleam), causing RJ to gasp in joy. It's short lived when the decimated shopping cart and umbrella fall and crush it.
* HumansAreBastards: The only two major human characters in the movie are really nasty.
* HyperventilationBag: RJ does this once.
* IKnowMortalKombat: The hedgehog kids know how to drive a car from playing a ''GTA'' {{Expy}}.
* IllKillYou / IWillFindYou:
-->'''Vincent:''' Full moon. ALL my stuff. ''And don't even think about running away',' because if you do, I will ''hunt you down and kill you!''
* InsistentTerminology: Verne is a reptile. Not an amphibian. He'll be quick to tell you that.
** Gets a CallBack when Dwayne sniffs, initially saying, "Amphibian" - Verne mutters, "Reptile", but to his surprise, Dwayne says, "[[GenreSavvy No...]] ''[[GenreSavvy reptile]]''!" It's an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Dwayne, indicating he knows his stuff when it comes to extermination.
* InterspeciesRomance: Stella and [[spoiler: Tiger]], who conveniently has no sense of smell.
* {{Jerkass}}: RJ again. The filmmakers actually had a difficult time making RJ deserving of sympathy, even revising or adding scenes just to make him less of a jerk. Even Vincent called RJ's major jerk move "the most vicious, deceitful, self-serving thing [he'd] ever seen". However, at the end of the movie, he turns out to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** Verne, for that matter. Half of the problems experienced after RJ joins the group of animals are caused by Verne's condescending sense of knowing better than anyone else around him, and his refusal to listen to anyone because his "tail is tingling". If he'd ignored his tail and stopped being such a raging asshat, the film would have been a lot less dramatic (and a lot shorter).
** According to the DVDCommentary, the filmmakers specifically added in a brief [[GrowlingGut stomach growl]] before RJ decided to loot Vincent's cave to remind both himself and the audience that yes, he's going something bad, but he ''does'' need to survive as well.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Stella does it one step better: she literally ''explodes'' out of a birthday cake.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted with Dwayne [=LaFontant=]: [[spoiler: While Gladys Sharp and Dwayne [=LaFontant=] are being arrested by the police for their illegal trap that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they got themselves caught inside with some help from Hammy]], and in the case of Vincent, sent to a wildlife shelter, Dwayne [=LaFontant=] tried to escape while exploiting Glady's attempt at fighting a Police Officer, and succeeded in going over the fence... only for him to step on a squeaker and presumably end up tackled by Nugant the Playful Rottweiler. WordOfGod says that he could also got 'eaten' to death offscreen. Urgh.]]
* LargeHam: Ozzie, played by ''WilliamShatner''. His character is a possum. They play dead. Think about that.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Hammy, pretending to have rabies, is squashed with a book, some of the whipped cream on his face sticks to the "camera."
** The last shot of the movie is him ''running into the camera!''
* ManipulativeBastard: RJ has most of the characteristics of one.
* MinnesotaNice: Lou and Penny are just super duper, ya'know!
* MissingMom: Not only is Ozzie a single father, but his wife is never mentioned in the film. She is briefly mentioned by Heather in the video game, but the continuity of that is debatable.
* MonsterClown: "Scary clown!" Or, rather, a monstrous bear descending on top of a clown balloon.
* MoodSwinger: RJ. In one scene he goes from relaxed, to panic, to shame then to ''extremely panicked'' in the span of ten seconds.
* MotorMouth: Hammy, combined with being a CloudCuckooLander.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The very universe of the movie. RJ doesn't even have to [[Manga/DeathNote eat a bag of potato chips]] for it to be epic. He only needs to ''open it'', [[DistantReactionShot causing a mushroom cloud of nacho cheese dust the size of a continent]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: RJ, after he sees the traps Gladys and Dwayne have set for the gang.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Verne's tail.
* NeverSayDie: Averted several times--Vincent outright says he's going to kill RJ, or RJ and his friends, or that he was on his way to kill RJ. Gladys insists that the animals get "disposed of as inhumanely as possible", and Heather says, "I don't wanna die, Dad, not for real."
* NonFatalExplosions: The De-Pelter Turbo produces quite the fireball for a machine that just leaves its victims hairless. There's even a beam of light from the device that takes out a passing satellite, and is visible on the ''galactic level!'' Yet it's still non-lethal ''somehow''.
** Well, you do have to prepare for a lot of ''stinging''.
* NoodleIncident: The ''Weedhacker Incident''. [[spoiler:RJ made it up, but still.]]
** When Dwayne accidentally shoots the head off a plastic flamingo, he curses "Not again! Those things are ''so'' lifelike! Curse you, plastic moldsmen."
* NotSoDifferent: Vincent tells this to RJ (see Jerkass) which completes his HeelFaceTurn.
* OhCrap:
** "What ''is'' this place?!"
** Don't forget Dwayne's reaction when he realizes that the 'Depelter Turbo' is about to go off with him, Gladys and Vincent all on the receiving end.
* OverlyLongGag: "Now, the traps are set here...here...here...here...here....here...here...here...here...here...and here...here...here...here...here...big one here...here...and maybe a few over here."\\
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According to the director commentary, they just decided to "keep going until it's funny, and then ''keep going some more."''
* PassThePopcorn: RJ and Verne share some popcorn watching the Depelter Turbo, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which they popped ''using the heat coming off it'']].
* PokemonSpeak: Nugent.
* PopStarComposer: {{Music/Ben Folds}} wrote three songs ("Family Of Me," "Heist," and "Still"), re-wrote one ("Rockin' The Suburbs") and covered another (The Clash's "Lost In The Supermarket") for the soundtrack. It's considered one of the film's biggest highlights.
* ProductPlacement: Averted with the ''Pringles'' but played [[LargeHam DEADLY STRAIGHT]] with the ''THX''. And they're not even trying to be subtle.
** Subverted with the fact that the producers ''wanted'' them to be Pringles, but the Pringles company declined to allow their snack to be in the film. Hence, "Spuddies" were born.
*** In fact, a trailer shows they were at one point going to be called "Jingles" (with the red can of Pringles Original, along with the Pringles face with a jester's hat).
** The chip that RJ shows to the group is unmistakably Dorito-shaped.
** Played straight with the inclusion of a HP printer and HP camera. Hewlett Packard is DreamWorks Animation's preferred technology provider, and partner in the creation of their CG films.
* SassyBlackWoman: Stella the skunk has a lot of sass and also her voice actor Wanda Sykes who often plays this role help her sound more like a sassy black women.
* ScavengedPunk: RJ uses all materials taken from humans for surprising uses (special mention to his pocket fisherman grappling hook).
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Anyone ever noticed how girly RJ's screams can be? For instance, the scene where Verne and RJ plummet to the ground after their umbrella was burned up.
** Whatever you do, don't make a drinking game out of RJ's girly screams. Taking a shot for every one of them during the van chase scene alone may leave you hospitalized. There's also a scream like a little girl when RJ and Verne notice Gladys woke up. No points for guessing who that scream came from.
** Justified. BruceWillis has a distinctly deeper voice and was asked to pitch it up to make RJ a more believable.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Stella, who's amazement is a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, since she spends all of the film up til then resigned to her unattractiveness.
* ShoutOut:
** When Stella runs away from her new cat friend, Tiger, he shouts 'STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!' in a reference to AStreetcarNamedDesire.
** Is it possible that the makeover scene [[HowStellaGotHerGrooveBack got Stella her groove back?]]
** Ozzie whispering [[Film/CitizenKane "Rosebud,"]] right before playing dead.
** Dwayne [=LaFontaine=] indentifies himself with ''TheTerminator''. Too bad he's fat, middle-aged and balding.
** Dwayne [=LaFontaine=]'s name is one to the late [[DonLaFontaine Don "Movie Trailer Voice" LaFontaine]].
** ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto Auto Homicide III]]''!
** You know the column of light at the end which appears when the exterminator's machine backfires on its creator? Looks like ''Film/TheFifthElement'', another movie including Bruce Willis .
** That [[http://i40.tinypic.com/15p3gq8.png mask]] they put on Vincent before they cart him off looks [[Main/TheSilenceOfTheLambs extremely familiar...]]
* ShowSomeLeg: Stella is given a make-over by RJ so that they can implement her "feminine charms" (cue makeover montage) to [[DistractedByTheSexy distract]] Tiger the Persian cat by passing her off as a beautiful stray cat.
* SoProudOfYou: Ozzie to his daughter [[spoiler: when she fools even ''him'' into thinking she's dead.]]
-->'''Ozzie:''' ''(warmly)'' That's my girl.
* SpitTake: Gladys when she steps out of her house to see the whole neighborhood littered with overturned trash cans.
* StealthPun: Notice that RJ breathes into a bag of '''OH-NO's''' when hyperventilating.
* StellarName: Stella, of course.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: The [[FanNickname Hedgies]] go back to the vending machine RJ was raiding at the start of the film to get more food for the log. They actually get all the snacks this time...[[YankTheDogsChain but there are so many the vending machine slot can't be budged.]] [[LampshadeHanging "Kinda anti-climactic, huh?"]] "Shoot!"]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck:
** Dwayne faced with the Depelter Turbo. "Prepare for a lot of stinging!"
** Also, when RJ and Verne's patio umbrella parachute is burned to a crisp. Verne gives RJ a withering look and simply says "You're the devil." RJ prefers to scream as they plummet to earth.
* TakeThat: After viewing a talk-show featuring a Dr. Phil analogue, who tells his subject to admit to being a "dirtbag," Lou the Porcupine remarks, "You know, I don't think that guy is a real doctor."
* ToiletHumor: Stella when letting out a stink bomb in the house.
* TrueCompanions: The animals. There are two friends-as-family groups involved: a father and daughter (Ozzie and Heather) and a nuclear family (the porcupines).
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: The porcupine kids have been playing a stolen Game Boy knock-off, and when they later get behind the wheel of a real auto, one of them figures out the controls and remarks to the others, "It works just like Auto Homicide III!"
* VengefulVendingMachine: The film features RJ struggling with the chip machine at the beginning of the movie.
* WhatTheHellHero: Verne has one of these moments later into the movie, [[spoiler: calling his friends "too stupid and naive", and while floundering around for a more tactful way of calling them too innocent to know better than to listen to RJ, "ignorant"]].
* WhamLine: RJ angrily and absent-mindedly outing his entire motive to Vern as all of the animals are about to get caught looting Gladys's house. Verne looks understandably dumbfounded.
** A subtle one right after Verne's WhatTheHellHero moment when Hammy repeats his pervious line "I'm not stupid" with a angry, disappointed tone in his voice, which more or less says everything he thinks about Vern right now.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Where is El Rancho Camelot? It has just generic shots from space that its somewhere near the Great Lakes, in Indiana, right around Terre Haute, but aside from that there's no defining traits anywhere.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: RJ has a tendency to do this when [[OhCrap he realizes he's screwed.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Vincent congratulates RJ on his treachery, invoking a NotSoDifferent with him, prompting RJ to go back to save his friends.
-->'''Vincent''': So I was just on my way down here to kill you, but I stopped to watch the show, and I gotta say...that right there...is a thing of beauty. That is the most vicious, deceitful, self-serving thing I've ever seen. (''chuckles maliciously'') Classic RJ. You take the food, and ''they'' take the ''fall''.
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