Over the Hedge (2006) – This Is A Real Film
Bruce Willis plays a raccoon with a heart of gold who – wait, what?
2006 was the Golden Age for Dreamworks Animation. I mean, it wasn’t, but maybe it was? Over the Hedge is a 2006 animated comedy film that slots in between Madagascar and Shrek the Third in Dreamwork’s animated film line-up. In, “This Is A Real Film”, we highlight the forgotten gems that yes, really do exist.
Bruce Willis plays a raccoon, RJ, who faces a dilemma after he accidentally wakes a bear from hibernation and ruins his assortment of human food that… hang on, why doesn’t the bear eat bear food? He seems to exclusively eat snacks.
Either way, Willis’ RJ (who was initially set to be played by Jim Carrey. Carrey and Willis are famously similar actors), ends up befriending some woodland creatures. Led by Verne, a turtle played expertly by Garry Shandling, and undoubtedly the best part of the movie.
Do you want mid-2000s movie stars? Because Over the Hedge has more than its fair share.
Nick Nolte, Wanda Sykes, Thomas Hayden Church, William Shatner, AVRIL LAVIGNE. Glorious
“You should have died! You should’ve just laid down and died”
- Ozzie, Over the Hedge, 2005
Over the course of the film, RJ slowly scams the woodland creatures, just like in the comic strip – yes, this movie is based on a comic strip. Overall, RJ is trying to get food for Vincent the bear, whilst also being mindful of the inspector.
Vincent (the bear), is played by Nick Nolte, and later made a cameo appearance in THE BEE MOVIE.
YES, OVER THE HEDGE IS SET WITHIN THE SAME UNIVERSE AS BEE MOVIE
DREAMWORKS ANIMATED UNIVERSE WHEN?
IS SHARK TALE ALSO IN THIS UNIVERSE? THESE ARE BIG QUESTIONS
According to IMDB, Nolte studied bears to get the right vocal tone for his character.
This is confusing for many reasons.
- Bears do not speak English, and cannot be said to have a “vocal tone”
- Having a scientifically accurate bear vocal tone does not really impact the character
- WHY ARE YOU RESEARCHING FOR “OVER THE HEDGE”
- Why is Nick Nolte?
After plenty of hijinks and mishaps, everything eventually works out for the Hedge crew. RJ is accepted into the gang, despite the fact that he was conning them for months. They’re a forgiving bunch.
Reviews of the film were mixed to positive, but the box-office results were strong, and I’m honestly surprised that we never got Over the Hedge 2: Even Further Over the Hedge.
One reviewer, by the name of Ken Fox said the film was, “a sly satire of American ‘enough is never enough’ consumerism and blind progress at the expense of the environment. It’s also very funny”. Ken Fox is incorrect.
There’s plenty to like about Over the Hedge, Garry Shandling, the Hammy sequences. There’s also plenty to dislike, the main character, the animal violence. However, in the end, the most important thing to remember is that Over the Hedge exists. It is a real film.