Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fun Animal Antics Film

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fun Animal Antics Film

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Bruce Wilis, Garry Shandling and Avril Lavigne are just some of the famous voices in animation movie Over The Hedge (U), out today.

Based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, Over The Hedge is an enjoyable, fast-paced computer animated fantasy that falls short of the visual invention and wit of The Incredibles, Shrek and Finding Nemo.

Younger viewers will no doubt take great delight in the pratfalls of a hyperactive squirrel, and a possum that loves to fake his own death, but there's very little material in the screenplay to engage parents and older children.

Infuriatingly, amid the gentle laughs, there are flashes of brilliance: one animal's breathless rant about the greed and wastefulness of modern society and a slow motion sequence involving a squirrel and a high energy drink.

The animation is extremely colourful and the various critters are cute and cuddly, with their large glassy eyes and sparkling toothy grins. Human characters are similarly cartoonish. …

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