Hey folks - Hammer here. Saw this one with my son on Saturday. It's exactly what you'd expect from the director of Alvin & the Chipmunks - live action/animation hybrid nonsense. What's amazing is that they cast Russell Brand, James Marsden, and Hank Azaria and there's not one single funny joke in the whole movie. The only time my audience laughed is when the main character, E.B. the bunny, acts like a stuffed animal and looks cute. Even my nearly 3 year-old son was kind of bored with this one. And the whole Hoff Knows Talent subplot (with, who else?, David Hasselhoff) is beyond stupid. ** stars.
"Hop" is to Easter what Tim Allen's increasingly frivolous "Santa Clause" movies were to Christmas. ["The Santa Clause" (1994), "The Santa Clause 2" (2002) and "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006)]. It functions as light-weight entertainment that most kids will find harmless fun judging by the sold out theater I sat in with my two grandchildren last weekend. As for you adults, do the words "profoundly annoyed" mean anything to you?
Since it is directed by Tim Hill, who last brought us that memorable epic "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (2007), "Hop" expectantly breaks down on two very identifiable schizophrenic lines. The animation and digital effects are often first class, and the scenes of the Easter Bunny's command center on, you guessed it, Easter Island are admittedly inventive. Shown during the opening credits, the Easter Bunny's elves, in this case other cute bunnies and an army of tiny yellow chicks, are seen operating the machinery that will create the mounds of multi-caloric treats for the world's children to consume.
Though I don't want to unnecessarily give away the plot, although God only knows why anyone would care, it seems that the Easter Bunny is emotionally shaken when his son and future heir, E.B. (voiced by the enigmatic Russell Brand), decides he would rather seek his fame and fortune as a drummer in a rock band in Hollywood rather than take over his furry father's domain and responsibilities. Thereafter, the movie basically follows E.B.'s adventures after fleeing to Hollywood and bumping into an aimless young man by the convenient name of Fred O'Hare.
It is at this point that "Hop," in the same vein as the "Chipmunk" movies, starts leaking fuel, crashing and burning on the backs of profoundly embarrassing performances by the live actors. Will someone please tell me why Hollywood spends all of this money designing eye-catching special effects with animated characters only to show human beings who barely exceed Neanderthals in their social development?