Hop – Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack - Review

Universal Films

By Jessie Lonsdale

HOP on down the bunny trail and onto Easter Island where we meet the adorable and animated E.B (Easter Bunny), the unwilling heir to his father’s Easter Empire. Instead, E.B is a wannabe rock drummer who shuns the idea of being “perfect like his dad”, Mr. Bunny.

Combining animation with live action, the humorous story follows E.B to Hollywood when he runs away after a fight with his father in which their wishes clash. There he meets up with Fred O’Hare, played by James Marsden, a slacker with a father whose expectations are similar to that of E.B's. Following E.B's disappearance, Mr. Bunny is so caught up in missing his son that he enlists the help of a speciality team called the Pink Berets in order to find E.B. and bring him home. Unfortunately, he is so preoccupied that he doesn’t realize the Easter factory’s supervisor, a Mexican chick by the name of Carlos, is devising a plot to assume control of Easter Island and take over in E.B’s place.

Although David Hasslehoff stars as himself as a talent scout, Kaley Cuoco (Penny on The Big Bang Theory) plays Sam O’Hare, Fred’s sister, and Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) stars as Bonnie O’Hare, Fred’s mother, there is also a lot of behind the scenes talent with voiceovers provided by Russell Brand (E.B.), Hugh Laurie (Mr. Bunny), and Hank Azaria (Carlos), to name a few.

The movie was created by the same people that brought us Alvin and the Chipmunks and Despicable Me, and similar to those movies, the animation is state-of-the-art with colours so vibrant that it compels the viewer to watch. The soundtrack is also jam packed with recent Top 40 hits that add to the excitement of the story and make viewers want to get up and dance……. almost as much as Phil, the dancing chick that luckily ruins Carlos’ plot to take over Easter Island.

While the film is humorous and suitable for all ages, it contains a few strange twists and turns including an unpredictable ending that might leave the viewer feeling as though the story was wrapped up too quickly or easily.

The combo pack offers several bonus features that include a mini movie called Phil’s Dance Party, an interactive map that explores the real Easter Island, a clip of teenage heartthrob Cody Simpson singing the movie’s theme song, “I Want Candy”, and a look at Russell Brand getting into character as E.B. There is also the E.B. Candy Challenge game, a Drum Along for viewers to try to keep up with E.B’s beats, and a memory challenge for kids called the Pink Beret Skill Tester. A digital copy is included so that viewers can enjoy the movie on a variety of different electronic devices, including PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Just in time for Easter, this movie would make the perfect non-chocolate gift.