(2006) dir. Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
viewed: 05/20/06 at the Loews Metreon Theatres, SF, CA
Not groundbreaking by a long shot, but a mostly well-made feature animation, Over the Hedge, the latest digital animation to hit the big screens, is alright. Adapted from a comic strip that used to run in the San Francisco Chronicle some years back and presumably still runs in some, it features some big star voice talent and finely detailed animation, showing the money spent to render it. And it features some genuinely funny bits.
My son, Felix, particularly liked the squirrel, voiced by Steve Carrell, who is pretty much the definition of “manic” and really has the funniest lines and tropes.
I mean, this is what it is, a well-made, nicely designed animation, certainly not up to the Pixar standards and certainly doing nothing of note to diverge from narrative and character standards that exist. It’s nothing overly original. There is a moderate amount of consumer culture criticism and the whole story is about animals in nature being encroached by suburbia. The only thing that could have given this critique any teeth would be if all the cute little characters ended up dying or being relocated.