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Over The Hedge - Movie Review

Over The Hedge Movie Review

A movie can be considered amazing or your favorite if you feel like watching it over and over again. Over the Hedge is definitely one of those movies for me. This movie was released in 2006 and even though that’s 14 years ago I must say it is still one of the most incredible movies I know. The story focuses on how wild animals cope with deforestation. As we all must have observed animals aren’t really smart, however, they have incredibly sharp senses, instincts, and a drive to adapt to their surroundings. Animals have very quickly adapted to the concrete jungle we’ve built by cutting down their forests.

The story revolves around RJ, a raccoon, who is greedy, cunning and selfish. He is smart and intelligent at using tools and is quite adept at scavenging junk food from the humans. However, things go south when he tries to steal food from a hibernating bear named Vincent. Now, the food is destroyed and Vincent has given RJ one week to re-scavenge all of Vincent’s food he destroyed while stealing it. RJ starts counting his days and tries to figure a way out when he bumps across a group of small wild animals, a turtle, skunk, squirrel, two possums, and a few porcupines. These different species of animals form a herd or a family and live peacefully in their forest. However, while these animals were hibernating the vicious humans have carelessly cut down the huge forest for their suburban homes, left a small patch of forest unattended, and built a long never-ending hedge.

RJ concocts a senile plan to use the gullible animals to scavenge food he owes Vincent. He succeeds at convincing most of them, except the turtle, Verne. Verne’s instincts warn him of RJ’s ulterior motives. One thing leads to another and RJ wins all their trust and gets them to follow his lead. He becomes a part of their family. While the animals think RJ is cool and a blessing, RJ’s true intentions are vile at best. Watch the movie to see whether RJ succeeds in saving his life from Vincent’s cruel paws, does he backstab his new friends and family or does he have a change of heart and does the right thing.

Another interesting point about this movie is the unique perception of the animals. While they aren’t as intelligent as humans, they try to make sense of human activity and why humans do certain things the way they do. And, these perceptions are really cute, innocent and childish, as well as interesting. I almost forgot to mention the Verminator and the mean lady who were interesting characters as well. Bruce Willis was wonderful as RJ. Avril Lavigne was cute as Heather. The animation was sick, the soundtrack was really great. The movie also addresses the atrocities humans commit over animals without intending to or by being negligent. So, before you take a step, rethink, whether you’re harming nature or the animals that call this planet their home too.

Vedaunsh Pradeep
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