When you think about it, unlike Christmas and the numerous Santa Claus movies, there haven't really been many films about Easter and the Easter Bunny. At least, I can't recall any so that gives Hop a freshness to it. Blending live action and CG characters, much like Alvin and Chipmunks, this movie was released to cinemas in time for Easter, and has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray, the latter of which we have taken a look at.
Hop tells the comic tale of Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny, known as E.B. (and voiced by Russell Brand), 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.
Directed by Tim Hill whose previous credits include Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (both of which combine CG characters with live-action footage), this movie is very much in the same mould as his previous efforts. With a runtime of only 95 minutes this movie runs at a fairly brisk pace and as an adult most of the enjoyment comes from the voice work of Russell Brand who is very entertaining. Other voice actors in Hop include Hank Azaria and Hugh Laurie. James Marsden doesn't do anything too exceptional as the main human character, and Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) is certainly under utilised.
Of course as an adult you need to suspend belief to enjoy this film. Don't worry about how the rabbits get to Easter Island, how they transport a human there, how a rabbit can talk, perform on-stage and so on. But that's a lot of the fun with kids movies - they take you to an imaginary place. That's where the mind of a child is often just so much more fun.
So Hop isn't for everyone. If you don't like live action blended with CG characters like the director's previous efforts then you are unlikely to enjoy this. Still this is bright, colourful, and light hearted which youngsters will love.
The World of Hop (9:07/HD): Initially looking at the list of sections here I expected something pretty meaty, but when each section only lasts a minute or two this is very lightweight. The segments featured included "A Look at the Candy Factory" (1:34), "A look at E.B." (2:02), "A look at Fred" (1:19), "A Look at the Easter Bunny" (1:10), "A Look at Carlos and Phil" (1:45), and "A Look at Sam" (1:17).
Emotion in Motion: The Dance of Ken Daurio (2:34/HD): Another very brief video clip which offers little to the value of the extras.
U-Control (HD): Universal's somewhat awkward U- Control is available in this film which sees some tweets from the characters appear on-screen during the film (admittedly some of these are pretty amusing, GPS tracking, storyboards and more. I struggle with this myself so not sure youngsters will get to grips with it too easily.
Review By: Dave Warner