Over the Hedge (U)

PUBLISHED: 11:49 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:34 24 May 2010

JUST whose backyard is it, anyway? Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter s nap to discover that a tall, green thing has mysteriously cropped up right through the middle of their home. Enter RJ, an opportun

JUST whose backyard is it, anyway? Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter's nap to discover that a tall, green 'thing' has mysteriously cropped up right through the middle of their home. Enter RJ, an opportunistic raccoon, who explains that the world beyond the hedge is the 'gateway to the good life' where peculiar creatures called humans live to eat, rather than eat to live.Suspicious and even a little jealous of RJ, the ever-cautious Verne wants to keep his family safely on their side of the hedge. But, proving the adage that one man's garbage is another man's, or rather animal's, treasure, the manipulative RJ tries to convince the woodland band that there is little to fear and everything to gain from their over-indulgent new neighbours. Eventually, RJ and Verne form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with and even exploit the strange new world called suburbia.Heading up an all-star voice cast, Bruce Willis provides the voice of the mischievous con-artist raccoon named RJ, and Emmy winner Garry Shandling voices the overprotective turtle Verne. Other stars providing voices include Steve Carell as a hyperactive squirrel named Hammy, two-time Emmy winner William Shatner as Ozzie, a possum who excels at playing dead with a melodramatic flair and chart-topping recording artist Avril Lavigne as Ozzie's daughter, Heather. Based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, Over the Hedge is directed by Tim Johnson, the man behind Antz. It is still showing at the Odeon, Weston.

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