Over the Hedge is a newspaper comic created, written, and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. It follows the adventure of three woodland animals: a turtle named Verne, a raccoon, RJ, and Hammy, a squirrel. The animals have to deal with their home being turned into suburbs. The strip focuses on their problems of dealing with the increasing amounts of humans as well as the enticing technologies they bring with them.In 2006, an animatedfilm based on the comic was released by DreamWorks Animation. The plot of the movie involves RJ and the others as they first find out about the neighborhood that has been constructed in their home.
Nature Police: Tampering with a loser, humiliation without a license...and jaywalking.
RJ: Jaywalking!? I was Edgar Allen Poe for Halloween...He was my pet raven!
Art Evolution: The art was more scratchy in the first few years of the strip before taking on a somewhat smoother inking style. Also, the characters' shapes have gradually morphed (most notably RJ, whose head used to be rounder as opposed to a more realistic raccoon-like face; Verne's nose has also gotten much bigger).
Genius Ditz: Hammy becomes brilliant when he takes Ritalin.
Genki Girl: Hammy's a boy, but definitely a Genki Squirrel.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: In one strip in 2000, RJ wanted to settle down, and one of Verne's suggestions was that he 'could find a life partner'; RJ asked, "Isn't that you?" Verne responded, "NO! I mean, NOOOOO...at least I don't think...NOOOOO!"
I Am Not Weasel: There is a Running Gag of Verne getting identified as an "iguana-thingy." He even mistook his movie counterpart for one.
Status Quo Is God: Invoked in the aforementioned Verne becoming popular arc. See the trope page for more detail.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A story arc in which Sammy Squirrel's mirror world counterpart Hammy ended up in the same world as them ended with Hammy sticking around and Sammy getting sent away. This seems to have been completely forgotten about as strips referencing the past imply that RJ and Verne's squirrel friend has been Hammy the whole time.
Before Sammy showed up, the character was Hammy, but he became roadkill early in the strip's run. One might assume the mirror-world Hammy was the actual Hammy from an alternate universe where Hammy never died and, thus, Sammy had never shown up.