A clunky, mirth-challenged mix of live action and animation, Hop should be bounced to the back of the family’s to-do list in the coming holiday period.
British comic Russell Brand listlessly blurts the voice of EB, a hip ‘n’ happening teen rabbit who doesn’t want to follow his dad, the Easter Bunny (Hugh Laurie), into the international chocolate distribution business.
So EB, an aspiring rock drummer, scampers to Hollywood where he befriends Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), an unemployed man in his 30s who still lives with his parents.
Meanwhile, back at HQ on Easter Island, EB’s old man is facing a revolt among his worker chicks, led by an over-size clucker named Carlos (Hank Azaria).
Will EB and Fred step in and save the day? Will there be a creepy cameo from a not-very-well-looking David Hasselhoff? Will there be weak gags referencing Hugh Hefner, Fatal Attraction and dart-blowing ninja rabbits?
The correct answers should read yes, yes and yes. The correct thought-bubbles floating out of your head should read no, no and no.
The movie does so much wrong so consistently, you could fill several reviews listing its ill-judged inclinations.
Let’s mention one – “kids? they’ll watch anything!” – just so you can be across the level of cynical idiocy at work here.
The lead character of Hop poops jelly beans. The official theme song of Hop is I Want Candy.
To end on a positive note, I guess we should all be grateful a ticket to Hop does not come with a complimentary lolly basket.