Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world’s worst house guest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up
This movie has something for all ages. It was better than I anticipated and more than a few adults laughed out loud including me. The filmmakers really bring the rabbit, known as “E.B.” (Easter Bunny), alive in this one. E.B. doesn’t want to be the next Easter Bunny, he’d rather be a drummer for a rock band. When he leaves his father and home behind he meets Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), a young adult whose parents are trying to force him out of the nest. E.B. finds there is more of a need for his abilities as a bunny than he ever realized. This is what E.B. needs after the Playboy mansion turns him down, even though E.B. tells them he is a “sexy bunny”. When Fred meets E.B. he can’t believe a bunny can actually speak so he introduces himself as “Fr-Fred”. “It’s nice to meet you Fr-Fred” replies E.B.
Fred and E.B. become friends and realize they share a similar background. In a humorous scene E.B. drags his foot like he’s been injured to gain sympathy and the animators really nail this and similar scenes in the movie and there was a lot of laughter at the screening I attended. There is a scene in which the Pink Berets (female bunnies) shoot darts at characters which causes sleep but there is no graphic or gratuitous violence in this fantasy world. Both Fred and E.B. do their share of growing up by the film’s ending and we highly recommend this movie as a wholesome way to spend 95 minutes. You’ll see Easter candy made by the bunnies and you might be surprised by where the jelly beans come from, but this is a fun and safe family film. Hop on over to your theater and see it now!