Hop, a family movie for all to see
Hop - Family fun with EB
Children love outings and fun movies and it is a parent's desire to find a movie worthwhile to take the kids to see given the rising prices of spending the day out and treating them to fun entertainment and fun snacks to eat. Every now and then you hear of a movie or you see the trailer and you know that is a movie on your list to see with your kids. When we saw the trailer for Hop we knew that our son would want to see the movie and we knew it would be playing before the Easter holiday so it certainly was something we were looking forward to seeing.
The movies are a fun way to spend a couple of hours with the family sitting back, relaxing and enjoying magic. I always feel good quality family movies teach us something and entertain us at the same time and when I have the opportunity to take my son to a movie I think will live up to those expectations I will plan a day to take him to see it and share in the delight of seeing him entertained and happy.
Hop is a movie centered around a young Easter Bunny from Easter Island named EB who is being groomed to take over the family business of making kids happy at Easter time by leaving them Easter baskets filled with candies and treats. In the beginning of the movie, EB is playing his passion which is the drums on one of the Easter Island statues and his dad calls him to take an elevator ride down to the family run factory where all the candies and special treats are made. EB's dad is proud of his young son and one day wishes to pass the tradition of the Easter Bunny on to him as he tours the facility with him.
EB has a dream and he loves his dad and the joy he brings to all the children with all the delicious candy made at the factory but he is not yet ready to step in his dad's shoes and take over the family business so he devises a plan to escape and pursue his dream.
Fred O'Hare is a young man trying to find himself 20 years later after we see him as a young boy being visited by the Easter Bunny. He sees the Easter Bunny and that is a defining moment in his life as we will see later on in the movie.
EB wishes to play the drums in a rock and roll band and explore his passion of music and he leaves his dad and Easter Island and finds himself in Hollywood, California where he eventually meets up with Fred. The two meet up in a peculiar way but it is destiny and they eventually become a team. Their association in the beginning is a bit rocky and made more complicated as EB is being chased by the Pink Berets who are sent to find him and bring him back home.
The movie is directed by Tim Hill who contributes to the TV series Sponge Bob Square Pants and has also directed some very popular and fun movies including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and The Muppets from Space. He is the nephew of the late George Roy Hill, also a director best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids and The Sting. The producer is Chris Meledandri who also produced Despicable Me.
The very talented and comedic actor Russel Brand plays the voice of EB and he also has a cameo in the movie as one of David Hasselhoff's assistants. James Marsden plays Fred O'Hare, Hugh Laurie plays the voice of EB's dad, Hank Azaria plays the voice of Carlos, the leader of the Easter chicks and second in charge at the factory. Gary Cole and Elizabeth Perkins play the parents of Fred and Kaley Cuoco plays one of Fred's sisters, Sam. David Hasselhoff plays himself as the host of "Hoff knows Talent" and Tiffany Espensen plays Fred's adopted younger sister Alex.
The movie is light hearted and very cute with a fun story line and the acting is great as is the story and the movie is similar in style to Alvin and the Chipmunks. When I see a movie with my son I can gauge how good it is by his reaction and how he sits through it. He really enjoyed it and he smiled, clapped, laughed and cheered as did I. We were attracted to the movie from the very beginning and it was a delight to watch and is a perfect movie for kids and parents to see. It is also timed perfectly for the Spring and Easter season.
If you are looking for a fun family film to see with your kids then go see Hop. It is a lot of fun.
Edward D. Iannielli III