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Over the Hedge (2006) 
Lacking Depth
2/4 stars

I love animated films but this one seriously lacked depth so it didn't really live up to its potential. A lot of big names provided voices for this film, which I think made it more entertaining than it should have been. An hour into it, I got so bored, I wanted it to end (and it's barely an hour and twenty minutes!). When it did succeed on providing the comedy, I must admit, I felt like I was watching a smart film that's aimed for everyone, not just the kids. For instance, the particular scene when the raccoon comments about the bond that humans have for food. I did like turtle character but then, by the end of the film, he was more of a martyr than a leader. The squirrel was adorable but I was really distracted when Avril Lavigne would provide voice for the possum. It's a definite hit-and-miss but I think children will like it because there's a lot of objects flying around and bright colors. If one wants an animated film with many layers to the story, deep implications, and immensely lovable characters, one should turn to Pixar films instead.


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