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Hop! Review

From the makers of the blockbuster Despicable Me comes a new comedy that blends state-of-the-art CG animation with live action: Hop.  The follow up to Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide hit tells the story of E.B. (voiced by RUSSELL BRAND of Despicable Me and Get Him to the Greek), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny.

            Off the coast of South America, on the island of Rapa Nui fondly known as Easter Island, under the giant stone heads resides the most magnificent candy factory.  Three hundred and sixty five days a year, the Easter Bunny reigns over a team of bunnies and chicks who prepare the candy-filled baskets that are delivered to children around the world on Easter morning.

            On the eve of being ordained as his father’s successor, E.B. takes off for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer.  Once there, he encounters Fred (JAMES MARSDEN of X-Men, Enchanted), recently fired and determined to pull his life together.  After being lovingly kicked out of his parents’ home, he accidentally runs into E.B.  Feigning injury and shocking Fred with his ability to talk, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter.

            Back on Easter Island, the Easter Bunny’s second in command, an oversized chick named Carlos, seizes E.B.’s disappearance as an opportunity to plot a coup.  Ultimately, Fred and E.B. are Easter’s only hope and they find themselves returning to Easter Island, locked in an epic battle to save the beloved holiday. 

            Marsden and Brand are joined by an all-star comedic cast that includes KALEY CUOCO (The Big Bang Theory), HUGH LAURIE (House, M.D.), HANK AZARIA (The Simpsons), GARY COLE (Talladega Nights), ELIZABETH PERKINS (Weeds) and CHELSEA HANDLER (Chelsea Lately).

The film is helmed by TIM HILL, director of the blockbuster Alvin and the Chipmunks, and produced by CHRIS MELEDANDRI (Despicable Me, Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!), founder of Illumination Entertainment, and MICHELE IMPERATO STABILE (Alvin and the Chipmunks).  Hop is from a story by CINCO PAUL & KEN DAURIO (Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) and a screenplay by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and BRIAN LYNCH (upcoming Puss in Boots).

Totz2teens Review

One of Totz2teens lucky members was very pleased to be offered the chance to attend a special screening of Hop!  The latest amazing film to be offered out to families.  

Sunday’s trip to Leicester Square to see a preview screening of Hop was just amazing.  The activities in the foyer before the film were really good.  There were bunnies everywhere!  We especially enjoyed the chocolate ones!  My daughter had a dose of Piriton and enjoyed her cuddles with the real bunnies in the Bunny Burrow too. 

Once we had had our fill of fun (and chocolate) we went into the cinema to get ready for the film, it was a lovely touch to find another bunny, a bag of popcorn and a bottle of water on each seat.

I was not sure what to expect, the film started with some amazing scenic shots of Easter Island.  I really am going to get there one day!  We then met E.B. the son of the Easter Bunny.  E.B’s dad wants him to take over duties as the Easter Bunny but like all teenagers E.B. has different ideas, he wants to be a famous drummer.  The film see’s him arrive in Hollywood to seek his fortune.  He meets up with Fred O’hare who once looked out of the window and saw the Easter Bunny delivering Easter baskets.  Fred’s parents have just thrown him out to go and make something of his life.  Fred’s sister allows him to stay at her bosses house that she is supposed to be house sitting,  E.B. manages to worm his way in.  Fred takes E.B. for an audition with The Hoff for Americas Got Talent, and The Hoff loves him.  The Easter Bunny sends The Pink Berets to find E.B. and bring him back – The Pink Berets were another of my daughter’s favourite bits.

Not telling you any more, you really do need to see it for yourself, if only to find out how the Easter Bunny travels around the world or where all the Easter candy is made!  It is a film for all the family, my daughter is 12 and thoroughly enjoyed it.  My husband and I enjoyed it too.  There was enough humour for the adults and enough cuteness for everyone! 

3 days later and my daughter is still singing “I want candy! “




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