Trivia / Over the Hedge

Comic strip trivia:

  • Technology Marches On: A 1996 strip has RJ and Verne pointing out that a neighbor's computer has a 140 megahertz processor, a three-gigabyte hard drive, 36 megabytes of RAM.
  • What Could Have Been: Michael Fry's original pitch for a Funny Animal comic was The Secret Life of Pigs, which was essentially Over the Hedge but with farm animals instead of suburban wildlife. The syndicates thought said strip was funny but insisted that readers wouldn't be able to relate because "nobody lives on farms anymore," prompting Fry to change the setting and title.
  • Over the Hedge was Michael Fry's second comic strip. His first was Committed, which ran from 1994 to 2006. Committed also had an Animated Adaptation specifically, a 13-episode adaptation made by Nelvana for CTV.

Movie trivia:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • When things go bad for RJ, he goes into a planning monologue, just like John McClane does all the time.
      • When RJ escapes the house with a cart of goodies including a beach umbrella and a propane tank and is chased by the dog, the resulting disaster leaves RJ performing the classic John McClane 'ejection seat' move from Die Hard 2, down to the camera angle.
      • Hudson Hawk as a raccoon.
    • Ozzy is an overacting Large Ham when it comes to playing dead. Did we mention he's voiced by William Shatner?
    • Hammy suggests that they name the hedge Steve, which was a rather cute nod to his voice actor Steve Carell.
    Hammy: Let's call it Steve!
    Verne: Steve?
    Hammy: It's a pretty name.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Penny and Lou's "super duper" catch phrase, as well as the Midwestern accent to go with it, was an inside joke from Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara's youth. The two of them grew up on Ontario, so most of their television broadcasts came from the Midwest in the United States, and one American ad they'd frequently see was for a supermarket called The Super Duper Store.
  • All-Star Cast: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carrell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Thomas Haden Church, Avril Lavigne, and Allison Janney.
  • Ascended Fanboy: William Shatner agreed to do the film because he loved the comic strip.
  • Banned in China: Banned due to its "deception of a free world."
  • Casting Gag: During the credits, the cast watches TV.
    Hammy: Just like Khan in Star Trek II! The Genesis project was in the hands of the Enterprise, but Khan had his perfect plan to steal the invention of renewable life!
  • Channel Hop: The was the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • Development Hell: The sequel is still in pre-production.
  • Fake Nationality: Subverted with Tiger, the Persian cat, played by the British-Iranian Omid Djalili.
  • Reality Subtext: Stella (Wanda Sykes) gets upset when Penny says that she needs a man. She also happens to be played by a lesbian.
  • Throw It In!
    • "I thought we'd be dead by Step Two, so this is going great!", among other adlibs, were thrown in.
    • Dwayne's line about having a degree from VermTech was improvised by Thomas Hayden Church (the original line was simply "Are you a professional?").
  • Voices in One Room: A few actors recorded their lines together such as Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as Lou and Penny.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Jim Carrey was originally going to voice RJ.
    • Gene Wilder was approached for a role, but he turned it down and the character was dropped.
    • Ben Folds originally wrote "Family Of Me" to begin with the line "Oh, I'm an asshole," which the suits vetoed (after they picked themselves off the floor laughing, of course).
    • Some of the fictional brand names were changed prior to release. One example is that Spuddie's potato chips (the Brand X version of Pringles) used to be referred to as 'Jingles', where the logo was the Pringles logo with a court jester's cap.
    • The character designs were originally going to be much broader and graphic, a la Madagascar, but when live animals were brought to the studio for reference, the designers saw just how cute they were and redesigned them as such.
    • Rather than get chased by a rottweiler, Verne was going to get swallowed by a poodle named Waffles, and the gang would have to help him get out of the dog's stomachnote . Jeff Katzenberg vetoed it, saying he didn't want children with a fear of dogs to be frightened.