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 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.
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.
- Accidental Misnaming: When RJ needs to get the Spuddies from Gladys and Verne tries to warn him out of it, RJ calls Verne Vincent before correcting himself.
- Accidental Public Confession: While arguing with Verne over a can of Spuddies in Gladys' pantry, RJ snaps and angrily and accidentally exposes his ruse to Verne and the others.Verne: What's going on RJ?
Verne: Well then, let's get out of here because we have what we need!
RJ: No, we don't!
Verne: What are you talking about? We have more than enough!
RJ: Hey, listen! I've got about this long to hand over that wagon load of food to a homicidal bear! AND IF THESE SPUDDIES AREN'T ON THE MENU, I WILL BE! NOW LET GO OF MY TAIL!
RJ: LET GO!
- Actor Allusion:
Hammy: Let's call it Steve!Verne: Steve?Hammy: It's a pretty name.
- When things go bad for RJ, he goes into a planning monologue, just like John McClane does all the time.
- 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.
- Adaptation Expansion: 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.
- Adapted Out: Some characters from the comic, like The Tree That Knows Stuff, are absent from the movie.
- Affably Evil: 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 inhumanely as possible, there's no indication Dwayne intends to go as she says. Of course, he still wants to kill them, humanely or not.
- All Take and No Give: RJ, at first. His only concern until he's accepted by the Hedgies is self-preservation. Alluded to in the song "Heist.""We make a good team
Me and you, we do
You can scratch my back
And I'll scratch my back too"
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The movie uses "Key of Heart" as its Japanese theme and "People Say" as its Korean theme. Both were sung by BoA, who was the voice of Heather the opossum in both versions, making this a "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Heather is none too fond of how her father plays dead in response to even the slightest things that happen to him (such as, a sleet of snow falling on his head; taking the phrase "to die for" literally).
- Amusing Injuries: In Gladys's house, Hammy zips straight across the kitchen floor and straight into the wall. Topped off by what he says next: "That hurt."
- Animal Stereotypes: Squirrel, raccoon, turtles, and others are played straight. Subverted with the playful, (overly) friendly rottweiler.
- Arc Words: "Enough is never enough." It's said once in the beginning, once more towards the middle, and once during the climax. It also reflects the film's Aesop about love and family over avarice and self-preservation.
- Ass Shove: While Hammy is hyped on caffeine, he decides to position a garden gnome so that Dwayne falls directly on its shovel in this manner. When Dwayne's escaping the police, the gnome can be seen dangling from his rear.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "But I like the cookie!"
- Audible Gleam: How the Spuddies land in a perfect stack on the group. RJ is delighted, until they're crushed unceremoniously by falling debris.
- 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.
- Bears Are Bad News: Vincent, who demands that RJ replace his food stash after it gets smashed in traffic, and goes on a mad car chase after RJ sacrifices the food to save the animals.
- Beautiful All Along: Subverted when Stella actually needs a make-over to become very beautiful and seduce a pedigree cat. Becomes a Double Subversion; Tiger doesn't care that she's a skunk or what she really looks like, he loves her anyway.
- Becoming the Mask: RJ pretends in front of the animals that he's a good person who lost his family a while ago, and now wants to look out for their well-being. While he's never had a family before, he does come to bond with them as the family he never had before.
- Berserk Button: Do not call Stella filthy.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Consists of Gladys and Dwayne as a Big Bad Duumvirate, and Vincent as a separate villain.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Verne tries telling the Hedgies that RJ is just using them, leading them to danger and took back the food because the humans (mostly Gladys and Dwayne) are trying to kill them. The Hedgies pointed out that they worked hard on getting the food with RJ's help and how RJ helped them getting used to the Suburb and discovering new things.
- Brand X: All the junk foods seen in the film are fictional brands, a surprising aversion of the expected Product Placement.
- Break the Cutie: Hammy. "I'm not stupid."
- 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.
- When he pitches the idea of suburbia to the forest animals, RJ exclaims that humans have "food out the wazoo," to which Verne 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, Verne very nearly eats a diaper, which RJ warns him "does come out of a wazoo."
- RJ initially gets into the Hedgies' good books by claiming that he lost his family in a tragic weed hacker incident which he made up. Come the climax of the film, Gladys is brandishing an actual weed hacker.
- Buffy Speak: 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."
- Butt-Monkey: Verne. Every time he goes over the hedge something bad happens to him. This may be justified though because he does not understand how suburbia works.
- Downplayed with RJ. Though things can go wrong for him he quickly thinks of a new plan.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Hammy. He's normally so fast it's almost teleporting, but with one Jolt-style double-caffeinated soda, he can outwalk lasers. That's right, an FTL squirrel.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Averted. Vern first refers to the humans as primates.
- Canon Immigrant: Pretty much every character that isn't RJ, Verne and Hammy.
- Casting Gag: During the credits, the cast watches TV and give a reference to the franchise that gave William Shatner fame.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!
- Cat Stereotype: Tiger is snooty and standoffish.
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted with Tiger. He starts off as an antagonist but as he grows a relationship with Stella the Skunk he reforms and even joins the other animals to live with them.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- A throwaway line from Tiger about his breed having such a flat muzzle that it can lead to trouble breathing. 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?
- After Verne first enters the suburbs, the camera at one point pans upwards to reveal the roofs of countless houses - floating above one of the houses is several large balloons that later carry Vincent away near the film's climax.
- Chewing the Scenery: Gladys's Oh, Crap! moment. "SKUNK!"
- Also, from Tiger when Stella suddenly leaves him. "STELLAAAAAAA!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Hammy, OF COURSE.
- 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 note .
- The Corrupter: RJ gets the group to be addicted to human food, especially junk food. If The Stinger is any indication, they still crave junk food.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Verne tells RJ this had the end that all he had to do was ask for the food to payback Vincent and the animals would've given it to him — 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.
- The Cover Changes the Meaning: Along with removing the profanities, Ben Fold's "Rockin' The Suburbs" is changed to make it a criticism of the suburban life instead of a parody on generic teen angst bands.
- Crossdressing Voices: One of Lou and Penny's three sons Quillo was voiced by Madison Davenport.
- Cut-and-Paste Suburb:
We're rocking the suburbs
- From the theme:
Around the block just one more time
We're rocking the suburbs
Cause I can't tell which house is mine...
- Dance Party Ending: One of the only Dreamworks films from their Dork Age to (mercifully) exclude this (though Vincent does do a little dance at one point during the credits).
- Dark Is Evil: Gladys, who has black hair and dresses in black clothing a lot, with the exception of her red pajamas.
- Dark Is Not Evil: RJ. He may be grey and stealing from those around him, but of course he does still have to survive. Of course, exploiting the group for his own means wasn't exactly the right thing to do, and he does acknowledge this, but he does at least redeem himself.
- 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".
- Death Glare: "You are the devil."
- 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.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: When RJ suggests Stella could use her feminine charms to get Tiger's collar, Hammy bursts out laughing and then abruptly stops himself, embarrassed.Hammy: [laughs loudly, then stops himself] Was that out loud?
- Dinky Drivers: The critters have to drive Dwayne's van after he gets knocked unconscious; the porcupine kids steer using skills acquired from playing Auto Homicide 3.
- Dirty Coward:
- Gladys, at the end.
- RJ could have ended up this, but luckily Character Development prevented it.
- Distant Reaction Shot: To the point of Running Gag. Several of them involving space.
- Dub Name Change: Not such a big one, but RJ is called "Ritchie" in the German dub.
- Eccentric Exterminator: The Verminator, Dwayne LaFontaine (voiced by Thomas Haden Church), whose personality puts the "Terminator" in "exterminator". Although a bit jumpy - he shoots the heads off plastic flamingos, as he keeps mistaking them for real birds - he has an innate ability to detect which animals have recently been in the area (a skill acquired while studying for an associate's degree from VermTech), and sells Gladys a "Depelter Turbo", a supercharged animal trap that is illegal in every state (except Texas).
- Establishing Character Moment:
(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.
- Gladys' introduction.
(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)
- RJ's as well:
- Everything Makes a Mushroom: Even opening a bag of the Doritos Brand X equivalent produces a mushroom cloud visible from space that blankets the entire East Coast.
- Evil Is Petty: When Vincent orders RJ to replace the stuff he got destroyed, he implies RJ has to get him a blue cooler, and it has to be blue. Same with the wagon, which has to be red.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Depelter Turbo does exactly what it implies: removes all your hair.... very fast.
- Fake Rabies: 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.
- Fantastic Nuke: Made of taco cheese dust.
- Fast-Food Nation: Grumpy Bear Vincent's entire stash is composed of junk food, with Pringles expy Spuddies regarded as the epitome of foodstuffs. When RJ the raccoon has to replenish this stockpile, he and his friends raid human suburbs, where junk food seems to be their sole staple.
- Family of Choice: Verne and friends. At lfirst, RJ's "family of choice" is... himself, as expounded on by the song "Family of Me."
- Food Porn: The film itself is an allegory on American consumption and treatment of food, especially during the scene where RJ teaches the animals this.
- For Want of a Nail: Essentially most of the plot happens because of RJ attempting to steal from Vincent, and THAT only happened because RJ couldn't get a bag of nacho cheese chips out of a vending machine near Vincent's cave. It's only after Vincent gives RJ the ultimatum of replacing everything in a week or getting killed that the vending machine finally gives up the chips, much to RJ's frustration.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the scene where Hammy pretends to be rabid, the Girl Scout guidebook briefly opens to a page mentioning that "Rabies is bad for you!".
- Freudian Slip: RJ makes a couple to Verne before accidentally blurting out the truth, including "slip of the bear", after which he has to warn the others there is no bear.
- GASP: The gang, a few times, during Stella's encounter with Tiger.
- Genki Boy: HAMMY. So much that he runs faster than time itself after he drinks a caffeine drink.
- Glove Snap: Done by Dwayne when examining the "dead" Ozzie.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear: Verne with a Cookie.
- Hartman Hips: Janis and a few other female residents of the suburb have rather shapely butts.
- Heel Realization: RJ when he realizes he not only came very close to crossing the Moral Event Horizon but took a transcontinental flight past it. He redeems himself.
- "Hell, Yes!" Moment: RJ has two, both including a "Yes!" from him. The first is after he wakes up from his nightmare and sees the two girl delivering cookies using a red wagon, and realising he can steal it for Vincent. The second is after he sees Gladys getting food delivered for a party, after Verne got the first stash destroyed.
- Hoist by His 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 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.
- Humans Are Bastards: The only two major human characters in the movie are really nasty.
- Hyperventilation Bag: RJ does this once.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: The hedgehog kids know how to drive a car from playing a GTA clone.
- I Will Find You: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!
- Imagine Spot: On the evening of the day Verne gets the wagon of food destroyed, RJ looks up at the full moon and imagines a constellation next to it turn into Vincent, who says, "Moon's full, RJ. See ya in the morning!" before picking up the moon and crunching it like a Spuddie.
- Insistent Terminology:
- Verne is a reptile. Not an amphibian. He'll be quick to tell you that.
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: Stella and Tiger, who conveniently has no sense of smell.
- I Shall Taunt You: RJ taunts Vincent with a Spuddie at the climax to trick him into lunging over the hedge and into the range of the Depelter Turbo.
- RJ. 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". He too turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and, after some Character Development, eventually steps down and lets RJ take over as The Leader of their group.
- Jumping Out of a Cake: Stella does it one step better: she literally explodes out of a birthday cake.
- 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 he most likely escaped the dog, only to get arrested.
- Kick the Dog:
- When Gladys first encounters the gang on her patio, she attempts to whack them with a broom.
- Gladys does it again later when she kicks Heather down the stairs in her house and into a wall, fooling even Ozzie into thinking she had been killed.
- Her cherry on top is when Dwayne offers to deal with the captured animals humanely, Gladys insists she wants the animals exterminated most inhumanely.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the other two antagonists are fairly laughable, Vincent is a lot more menacing and serious, and few of his scenes are played for laughs.
- Large Ham: Ozzie, played by William Shatner. His character is a possum. They play dead. Think about that. And naturally Hammy.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- 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!
- Living Lie Detector: Verne and his twitchy tail, which tips him off that RJ is less than trustworthy (not that it makes much of a difference). This is also how he convinces the crew that RJ's HeelFace Turn is genuine: his tail isn't twitching.
- Low Count Gag: The forest animals are awed at the sheer size of an SUV, which RJ states humans ride around in because they're slowly losing the ability to walk. When asked how many humans can fit in such a massive thing:RJ: Usually... one.
- Manipulative Bastard: RJ has most of the characteristics of one.
- Minnesota Nice: Lou and Penny are just super duper, ya'know!
- Missing Mom: 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.
- Monster Clown: "Scary clown!" Or, rather, a monstrous bear descending on top of a clown balloon.
- Mood-Swinger: RJ. In one scene he goes from relaxed, to panic, to shame then to extremely panicked in the span of ten seconds.
- Motor Mouth: Hammy, combined with being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The very universe of the movie. RJ doesn't even have to eat a bag of potato chips for it to be epic. He only needs to open it, causing a mushroom cloud of nacho cheese dust the size of a continent.
- My God, What Have I Done?: RJ, after he sees the traps Gladys and Dwayne have set for the gang.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Verne's tail.
- 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.
- Noodle Incident: The Weedhacker Incident. RJ made it up, but still.
Dwayne: Aww! Not again! Dang it! Those things are so lifelike! Curse you, plastic moldsmen.
- When Dwayne accidentally shoots the head off a plastic flamingo.
- Not So Different: Vincent tells this to RJ (see Jerkass) which completes his HeelFace Turn.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Whilst watching television channels with the other animals as a loving family, each channel shows a dramatic scene where someone reacts to another's betrayal really badly. RJ feels uncomfortable at imagining this is how his new-found family will react if they knew he was exploiting them. It doesn't help when the last channel has a Dr. Phil-esque host say "If you feel like a dirt bag, it's because you are a dirt bag."
- Oh, Crap!:
Verne: You're the devil.
- RJ at the beginning when Vincent's red wagon, which has all of Vincent's goodies in it, is hit by a truck and destroyed.
- "What is this place?!"
- RJ when Vincent grabs him out of the tree he's sleeping in and realizes Vincent is about to kill him. Luckily for him, it was All Just a Dream.
- Verne when he's hiding under a car and sees Dwayne get out of the Verminator van.
- A fair few of them one after the other later. RJ when he goes to the log and finds it empty. Then when he falls on Nugent's chain while fighting with Verne over the wagon. Again when Verne steps on a squeaky toy and Nugent appears. A fourth time when the doll he's hiding behind snags on a stick and it says "Let's play!", alerting Nugent to his presence.
- When the burning chips burn RJ and Verne's umbrella, they frantically try to blow out the flames, only for the umbrella to burn to a crisp. Then Verne glares at RJ as both are about to plummet several meters from the sky.
- Gladys when she comes across Stella in the kitchen, seconds before Stella lets loose her stink.
- 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.
- Only Known by Initials: RJ. It's not revealed what they stand for, or if indeed they stand for anything.
- Overly Long Gag: "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."
According to the director commentary, they just decided to "keep going until it's funny, and then keep going some more."
- Pass the Popcorn: RJ and Verne share some popcorn watching the Depelter Turbo, which they popped using the heat coming off it.
- Pokémon Speak: Nugent.
- Pop-Star Composer: 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.
- Product Placement:
- Played 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 Hewlett-Packard printer and camera. DreamWorks Animation has a partnership with HP since 2002 that allows their technology to be used to complete DWA's films.
- Rip Van Tinkle: Hammy does a Potty Dance and runs off to go wee-wee (twice) after waking up from hibernation.
- Sassy Black Woman: 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.
- Scavenged Punk: RJ uses all materials taken from humans for surprising uses (special mention to his pocket fisherman grappling hook).
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Whatever you do, please 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 with alcohol poisoning. Justified, as Bruce Willis has a distinctly deeper voice and was asked to pitch it up to make RJ more believable.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Stella, since she spends all of the film up til then resigned to her unattractiveness.
- When Stella runs away from her new cat friend, Tiger, he shouts 'STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!' in a reference to A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Is it possible that the makeover scene got Stella her groove back?
- Ozzie whispering "Rosebud," right before playing dead.
- Dwayne LaFontaine indentifies himself with The Terminator. Too bad he's fat, middle-aged and balding.
- Dwayne LaFontaine's name is one to the late Don "Movie Trailer Voice" LaFontaine.
- 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 The Fifth Element, another movie including Bruce Willis .
- That mask◊ they put on Vincent before they cart him off looks extremely familiar...
- Stella (a skunk) and Tiger (a cat)'s Interspecies Romance can be a bit similar to that of an inverse, Gender Flipped, more consensual version of Pepé Le Pew.
- Show Some Leg: Stella is given a make-over by RJ so that they can implement her "feminine charms" (cue makeover montage) to distract Tiger the Persian cat by passing her off as a beautiful stray cat.
- So Proud of You: Ozzie to his daughter when she fools even him into thinking she's dead.Ozzie: (warmly) That's my girl.
- Spit Take: Gladys when she steps out of her house to see the whole neighborhood littered with overturned trash cans.
- Stealth Pun: Notice that RJ breathes into a bag of OH-NO's when hyperventilating.
- Stellar Name: Stella, of course.
- The Stinger: The 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...but there are so many the vending machine slot can't be budged.Hammy: Kinda anti-climactic, huh?
- Take That!: 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."
- The Wall Around the World: The hedge becomes this to the animals but it's not long before they find a way over it to find the housing community.
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- 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.
- Title Drop: Sort of. After escaping from Gladys, Verne calls RJ out for bringing him and the other animals through the hedge and into the neighborhood.Verne: We want nothing to do with anything that's over that hedge!
- Toilet Humor: Stella when letting out a stink bomb in the house.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Stella (Tomboy) and Heather (Girly Girl).
- Too Dumb to Live: At the beginning, Vincent thinks RJ is this, saying he hopes RJ isn't dumb enough to try and steal from him.
- True Companions: The animals. There are two friends-as-family groups involved: a father and daughter (Ozzie and Heather) and a nuclear family (the porcupines).
- Trademark Favourite Food: Spuddies seem to be this for Vincent, seeing as how he insists RJ get him some more when RJ says he will replace the stash.
- Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: 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!"
- Vengeful Vending Machine: The film features RJ struggling with the chip machine at the beginning of the movie. The entire crew struggles with it in The Stinger.
- Villainous Glutton: Vincent, who has removed all of the "Do Not Feed The Animals" signs from his habitat and still has a hoarded pile of junk food that's bigger than he is at the end of his hibernation.
- Visible Odor: Stella's skunk spray is portrayed as a translucent green mist.
- What the Hell, Hero?: 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".Hammy: (dispirited) I'm not stupid.
- What You Are in the Dark: After the animals have been captured, Dwayne offers a fuming Gladys they can be dealt with humanely, only for the latter to say she wants the inhumane option instead. The animals are the only ones besides Dwayne to sadly witness the extent of Gladys's cruelty.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Where is El Rancho Camelot? It has just generic shots from space that show it's somewhere near the Great Lakes, in Indiana, right around Terre Haute, but aside from that there's no defining traits anywhere. According to the comics, "Over the Hedge" takes place "behind a suburb near you".
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: RJ has a tendency to do this when he realizes he's screwed.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Vincent congratulates RJ on his treachery, invoking a Not So Different with him, prompting RJ to go back to save his friends.Vincent: So I was 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.