Over the Hedge is a 2006 film released by DreamWorks Animation and is based on 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. In 2006 an animated film based on the comic was released by Dreamworks Animation. It starred Bruce Willis as RJ, Steve Carell 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.It should be noted that this film marks one of the three times that DreamWorks was able to outscore Pixar on Rotten Tomatoes, very narrowly surpassing Cars with a 75%. It was released during a time when DreamWorks was considered to be in a Dork Age, but fans and critics alike consider it to be the best thing the company put out during that time due to the toned down pop culture references and Character Development.Like many other movies, it got its own video game adaptation.
The Over the Hedge film contains examples of:
Absurdly Bright Light: The Depelter Turbo's activation causes tans, pops popcorn, and can be seen from space.
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.
Animal Stereotypes: Squirrel, raccoon, turtles, and others are played straight. Subverted with the playful, (overly) friendly rottweiler.
Ax-Crazy: Gladys. Is willing to risk arrest to kill a small group of animals, demands that they be killed as inhumanely 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 too dumb to think clearly.
Beautiful All Along: Subverted when Stella actually needs a make-over to become very beautiful and seduce a pedigree cat. Becomes a a Double Subversion; Tiger doesn't care that she's a skunk or what she really looks like, he loves her anyway.
Brand X: All the junk foods seen in the film are fictional brands, a surprising aversion of the expected Product Placement.
Brick Joke: 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. Hammy is able to pick it up during his FTL jaunt.
Broken Aesop: 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'".
Companion Cube: 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.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: 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, 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.
Death from Above: Inverted. 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.
Played Straight with the fake commercial narrated by Dwayne. He calls the flamingo trap "Pink Death From Above".
Diabolus Ex Machina: Hilariously done. At one point, RJ, Verne and the snack wagon are sent high in the air (It Makes Sense in Context) 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 fall all the way back to earth.
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:
Hoist By Their Own Petard: Gladys Sharp and Dwayne LaFontant set up an illegal trap in her house to get rid of unwanted animals. Hammy later activates the trap and trapping Gladys, Dwayne, and Vincent the Black Bear in the trap.
Hope Spot: A particularly funny one, when the Spuddies survive a tremendous fall (even landing in a perfect column with an Audible Gleam), causing RJ to gasp in joy. It's short lived when the decimated shopping cart and umbrella fall and crush it.
Gets a Call Back when Dwayne sniffs, initially saying, "Amphibian" - Verne mutters, "Reptile", but to his surprise, Dwayne says, "No...reptile!" It's an Establishing Character Moment for Dwayne, indicating he knows his stuff when it comes to extermination.
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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
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).
Karma Houdini: Subverted with Dwayne LaFontant: While Gladys Sharp and Dwayne LaFontant are being arrested by the police for their illegal trap that 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. Word of God says that he could also got 'eaten' to death offscreen. Urgh.
Kick the Dog: Verne has one of these moments later into the movie, 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".
Never Say "Die": 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."
Non-Fatal Explosions: 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.