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It follows the adventure of a handful of woodland animals: a turtle named Verne; a raccoon, RJ; and Hammy, a squirrel are a few of them. The animals have to deal with their home being turned into suburbs. In 2006 an animated film based on the comic was released by Dreamworks Animation. It starred Bruce Willis as RJ, Steve Carell as Hammy, and Garry Shandling as Verne. The plot of the movie involves Verne and the others as RJ gives them their first introduction to the neighborhood that has been constructed around their home, accidentally taking over Verne's role as leader. In truth, he's just using them to gather food for a bear whose winter reserves he accidentally destroyed.
The Over the Hedge film contains examples of:
- Absurdly Bright Light: The Depelter Turbo's activation causes tans, pops popcorn, and can be seen from space.
- Actor Allusion:
- When things go bad for RJ, he goes into a planning monologue, just like John McClane does all the time.
- Ozzy is an overacting Large Ham when it comes to playing dead. Did we mention he's voiced by William Shatner?
- Hammy suggests that they name the hedge Steve, which was a rather cute nod to his voice actor Steve Carell.
Hammy: Let's call it Steve!
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The movie has "Key of Heart" as its Japanese theme and "People Say" as its Korean theme. Both were sung by Boa, who was the voice of Heather the opossum in both versions, making this a Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune.
- Animal Stereotypes: Squirrel, raccoon, turtles, and others are played straight. Subverted with the playful, (overly) friendly rottweiler.
- Ax Crazy: Gladys. Is willing to risk arrest to kill a small group of animals, demands that they be killed as inhumanely as possible, and starts resisting arrest when she's arrested for something that the exterminator warned her was illegal and seems to be extremely surprised that she's being arrested at all.
- Banned in China: Banned due to its "deception of free world."
- Beautiful All Along: Subverted when Stella actually needs a make-over to become very beautiful and seduce a pedigree cat. Becomes a Double Subversion; Tiger doesn't care that she's a skunk or what she really looks like, he loves her anyway.
- Big Bad Ensemble: A unique example. Gladys and Dwayne are a Big Bad Duumvirate, with Vincent operating as a separate villain.
- Brand X: All the junk foods seen in the film are fictional brands, a surprising aversion of the expected Product Placement.
- Brick Joke: At the start of the film, Hammy says he buried some nuts in the woods and runs off to find them. At the end of the film, he finds them... and there were apparently enough to fill the whole log.
- Also, the cookie that RJ says is junk, but Hammy wants. Hammy is able to pick it up during his FTL jaunt.
- Broken Aesop: Stealing is all right, as long as you don't take more than you need.
- Well, hardly...RJ's stealing got him into trouble in the first place, and ended up nearly taking his new friends down with him. It's more "don't get in over your head", though the 'official' lesson would be "family is the 'Gateway to the Good Life'".
- Buffy-Speak: Heather
"We, like, worked our tails off, y'know? Like a lot! And the food we gathered was totally... you know! And you're, you're all whatever!"
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Hammy. He's normally so fast it's almost teleporting, but with one Jolt-style double-caffeinated soda, he can outwalk lasers. That's right, an FTL squirrel.
- Casting Gag: During the credits, the cast watches TV.
- Cat Stereotype: Tiger the Persian/Himalayan cat is snooty and standoffish.
- Chekhov's Gun
- A throwaway line from Tiger about his breed having such a flat muzzle that it can lead to trouble breathing. In his case, it's left him without a sense of smell.
- RJ warning Hammy that the last thing he needed was caffeine.
- Companion Cube: Subverted. "Steve" the hedge is really scary to Verne and company.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Gladys Sharp is a Corrupt Homeowners' Association President (we never do learn what her day job is). She crosses the line after buying an exterminator system that (according to Dwayne) "is illegal in every state, except Texas." And then when she's arrested, she starts fighting the police officers, getting herself in even more trouble.
- Death From Above: Inverted. After the De-Pelter Turbo was activated with Gladys, Dwane, and Vincent the Bear inside it, its activation results in a large beam heading into space, also destroying a satellite, and the heat being hot enough to instantly create popcorn as well as burn the fur off Vincent.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: Hilariously done. At one point, RJ, Verne and the snack wagon are high in the air (It Makes Sense in Context) and falling. Fortunately, there was an umbrella on the top, so they rode it down. While they do so, some chips fly out of their can. However, the snack wagon crashed onto Gladys's car so hard, it created an explosion, which launched the chips back in the air. Not only did the chips impale the umbrella, the fire they picked up from the explosion burned the umbrella all together, leaving them no choice but to fall all the way back to earth.
- Did Not Do the Research: In-universe example: Verne keeps reminding everyone that he's a reptile, not an amphibian. (Dwayne gets it right, though, just by the smell.)
- Dinky Drivers: The critters have to drive Dwayne's van after he gets knocked unconscious; the porcupine kids steer using skills acquired from playing Auto Homicide 3.
- Distant Reaction Shot: To the point of Running Gag. Several of them involving space.
- Dueling Movies: Open Season.
- Everything Makes a Mushroom: Including opening a bag of cheesy puffs.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Hammy.
- Fake Rabies: R.J. used whipped cream on Hammy to scare off some Girl Scouts and get their cookies.
- GASP: The gang, a few times, during Stella's encounter with Tiger.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- In one quick shot during the major heist, from outside (where she's distracting the house owner's cat) Stella stands up from off-camera when she's startled by a crash, with some of her 'make-up' messed up while Tiger sits up after her with a dazed, goofy expression.
- The cork. Dear God, the cork.
- "You wanna help me find my nuts?"
- Which, incredibly, is tamer than what they were originally going to go with:
Hammy: You wanna see what I do with my nuts?
- Hand or Object Underwear: Verne with a Cookie.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: Gladys Sharp and Dwayne LaFontant set up an illegal trap in her house to get rid of unwanted animals. Hammy later activates the trap and trapping Gladys, Dwayne, and Vincent the Black Bear in the trap.
- Hope Spot: A particularly funny one, when the Spuddies survive a tremendous fall (even landing in a perfect column), causing RJ to gasp in joy. It's short lived when the decimated shopping cart and umbrella fall and crush it.
- Humans Are Bastards: The only two major human characters in the movie are really nasty.
- Hyperventilation Bag: RJ does this once.
- Interspecies Romance: Stella and Tiger, who conveniently has no sense of smell.
- Jerkass: RJ again. The filmmakers actually had a difficult time making RJ deserving of sympathy, even revising or adding scenes just to make him less of a jerk. Even Vincent called RJ's major jerk move "the most vicious, deceitful, self-serving thing [he'd] ever seen". However, at the end of the movie, he turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted with Dwayne LaFontant: While Gladys Sharp and Dwayne LaFontant are being arrested by the police for their illegal trap that they got themselves caught inside with some help from Hammy, and in the case of Vincent, sent to a wildlife shelter, Dwayne LaFontant tried to escape while exploiting Glady's attempt at fighting a Police Officer, and succeeded in going over the fence... only for him to step on a squeaker and presumably end up tackled by Nugant the Playful Rottweiler.
- Kick the Dog: Verne has one of these moments later into the movie, calling his friends "too stupid and naive", and while floundering around for a more tactful way of calling them too innocent to know better than to listen to RJ, "ignorant".
- Large Ham: Ozzie, played by William Shatner. His character is a possum. They play dead. Think about that.
- LOLcats: RJ breathes into a bag of OH-NO's when hyperventilating.
- Manipulative Bastard: RJ has most of the characteristics of one.
- Monster Clown: "Scary clown!" (Okay, it's a monstrous bear descending with a clown balloon.)
- Mood Swinger: RJ. In one scene he goes from relaxed, to panic, to shame then to extremely panicked in the span of ten seconds.
- Motor Mouth: Hammy, combined with being a Cloudcuckoolander.
- My God, What Have I Done?: RJ, after he sees the traps Gladys and Dwayne have set for the gang.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Verne's tail.
- Never Say "Die": Averted hard several times--Vincent outright says he's going to kill RJ, or RJ and his friends, or that he was on his way to kill RJ. Gladys insists that the animals get "disposed of as inhumanely as possible", and Heather says, "I don't wanna die, Dad, not for real."
- Non-Fatal Explosions: The De-Pelter Turbo produces quite the fireball for a machine that just leaves its victims hairless. There's even a beam of light from the device that takes out a passing satellite, and is visible on the galactic level! Yet it's still non-lethal somehow.
- Well, you do have to prepare for a lot of stinging.
- Noodle Incident: The Weedhacker Incident. RJ made it up, but still.
- Not So Different: Vincent tells this to RJ (see Jerkass) which completes his Heel Face Turn.
- Oh Crap:
- "What is this place?!"
- Don't forget Dwayne's reaction when he realizes that the 'Depelter Turbo' is about to go off with him, Gladys and Vincent all on the receiving end.
- Overly Long Gag: "Now, the traps are set here...here...here...here...here....here...here...here...here...here...and here...here...here...here...here...big one here...here...and maybe a few over here."
According to the director commentary, they just decided to "keep going until it's funny, and then keep going some more."
- Pass the Popcorn: RJ and Verne share some popcorn watching the Depelter Turbo, which they popped using the heat coming off it.
- Pokémon-Speak: Nugent.
- Product Placement: Averted with the Pringles but played DEADLY STRAIGHT with the THX. And they're not even trying to be subtle.
- Subverted with the fact that the producers wanted them to be Pringles, but the Pringles company declined to allow their snack to be in the film. Hence, "Spuddies" were born.
- The chip that RJ shows to the group is unmistakably Dorito-shaped.
- Sassy Black Woman: Stella the skunk has a lot of sass and also her voice actor Wanda Sykes who often plays this role help her sound more like a sassy black women.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Anyone ever noticed how girly RJ's screams can be? For instance, the scene where Verne and RJ plummet to the ground after their umbrella was burned up.
- Shadow Archetype: Vincent is this to RJ. He even lampshades this after RJ returns his food, which ironically kick-starts RJ's Heel-Face Turn.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Stella, who's amazement is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, since she spends all of the film up til then resigned to her unattractiveness.
- When Stella runs away from her new cat friend, Tiger, he shouts 'Stella!' in a reference to A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Is it possible that the makeover scene got Stella her groove back?
- Ozzie whispering "Rosebud," right before playing dead.
- Auto Homicide III!
- You know the column of light at the end which appears when the exterminator's machine backfires on its creator? Looks like The Fifth Element, another movie including Bruce Willis .
- That mask they put on Vincent before they cart him off looks extremely familiar...
- Show Some Leg: Stella is given a make-over by RJ so that they can implement her "feminine charms" (cue makeover montage) to distract Tiger the Persian cat by passing her off as a beautiful stray cat.
- So Proud of You: Ozzie to his daughter when she fools even him into thinking she's dead.
Ozzie: (warmly) That's my girl.
- Stellar Name: Stella, of course.
- The Stinger: The Hedgies go back to the vending machine RJ was raiding at the start of the film to get more food for the log. They actually get all the snacks this time...but there are so many the vending machine slot can't be budged. "Kinda anti-climactic, huh?" "Shoot!"
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- Dwayne faced with the Depelter Turbo. "Prepare for a lot of stinging!"
- Also, when RJ and Verne's patio umbrella parachute is burned to a crisp. Verne gives RJ a withering look and simply says "You're the devil." RJ prefers to scream as they plummet to earth.
- Take That: After viewing a talk-show featuring a Dr. Phil analogue, who tells his subject to admit to being a "dirtbag," Lou the Porcupine remarks, "You know, I don't think that guy is a real doctor."
- True Companions: The animals. There are two friends-as-family groups involved: a father and daughter (Ozzie and Heather) and a nuclear family (the porcupines).
- We Could Have Avoided All This: Verne tells RJ this had the end that all he had to do was ask — that's what families do. Though it's debatable if this really would have worked at any point, since he gained that family through deception in the first place.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: RJ has a tendency to do this when he realizes he's screwed.
- What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?:
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Vincent congratulates RJ on his treachery, prompting RJ to go back to save his friends.