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.
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.