Blu-ray Review: HOP

HOP - Blu-ray | ©2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 While Santa Claus has the market cornered on movies made on his life, the Easter Bunny, the second most important children’s holiday icon, has not been overly exploited as it could have been. Aside from the classic Rankin-Bass stop motion animated productions in the early 1970s (THE EASTER BUNNY …Read On »

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CD Review: HOP original soundtrack

HOP original soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Composer Christopher Lennertz could open up a pet store for wiseacre talking animals based on how many of these critters he’s given speedy energy to, but amidst cages filled with chipmunks, dogs, birds and cats, it’s the bunny who’s got the best pedigree. For in a genre that often turns out to be a dragged-along parents’ equivalent to cleaning up after a hyper puppy, HOP is a pleasingly seditious all-ages delight in every department, its Easter bill paid in style by Lennertz’s rambunctious stylings. His thematic melodies run like a mad dervish through HOP’s double-entendres and slapstick gags instead of …Read On »

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Movie Review: HOP

HOP movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 1, 2011 Pixar’s made their mark, Dreamworks Animation has their brand and even Blue Sky has a decent track record with their ICE AGE movies. Who would have figured that Illumination Entertainment housed at Universal would be the new cool animated kid on the block? With last year’s DESPICABLE ME and the …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: HOP World Premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood

Russell Brand and E.B. at the World Premiere of HOP | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment held the World Premiere of the live action/CG-animated comedy HOP at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27th. HOP is from the creators of DESPICABLE ME. Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny’s teenage son E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand). E.B. headed to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band and now Fred must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world’s worst houseguest, both will learn what it …Read On »

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