by Timothy Long
Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment team up for the first time since making “Despicable Me,” bringing to theaters the first Easter-themed movie in years, an animated adventure. For kids, “Hop” will do to Easter what “Polar Express” does for Christmas.
E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) lives on Easter Island as an heir to the Easter bunny throne. As an avid drummer, he dreams of stardom. The last thing on his mind remains the most important on his father’s. E.B.’s Dad (Hugh Laurie) currently works as the Easter bunny. He plans to pass the responsibility of the holiday to his son, but this may be more of a wish than a reality. Carlos (Hank Azaria) wants to be more than second-in-command of the Easter bunny empire. With E.B. out of the picture, the mastermind chick looks to rule the roost in his place as the new Easter bunny. An unanimated Fred O’Hare (James Marsden) still lives at home. Twenty-something O’Hare has done nothing meaningful with his life since graduating from high school. With parents bearing down, his leisure time must end.
The lives of O’Hare and E.B collide when the latter escapes to Hollywood to find fame. Both fun-loving individuals want to do their own thing. They quickly learn their situations have similarities. Together the two can lean on each other to accomplish their life’s goal.
Brand (“Get Him to the Greek”) carries the film with his outlandish humor. Brand takes the egg with upbeat flair. His cheery attitude makes the little bunny lovable. Moviegoers will want to take the character home once the movie concludes. Marsden (“27 Dresses”) meshes well with Brand, making “Hop” fun to watch as the two banter. Veterans Laurie (House) and Azaria (The Simpsons) complete the main cast, adding even more humor to the film.
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio paired up to create the magical Easter bunny after having much success in their last film with the minions of “Despicable Me.” In coalition with Universal and Illumination, Paul and Daurio have shown that Disney-Pixar has major competition in the industry of making children laugh. “Despicable Me” and “Hop” have the ability to live on for generations as Disney films do.
Directed by Tim Hill (“Alvin and the Chipmunks”), the graphics of “Hop” capture the essence of Easter in full swing. Pastel-colored eggs and candy play tricks on the eye, making a viewer feel like the candy can be attained by simply reaching to the screen.