Easter is just around the corner and I felt like I should post an Easter movie. How many are there out there? I already saw Rise of the Guardians (review HERE). Netflix had this movie sitting around and I remember seeing the first 10 minutes of it a few weeks ago at my boyfriend’s parents. Honestly, I have zero hopes for this one and I really think it’ll turn out bad but that is what makes it perfect for a brain-dead day 😉
I always try to push away any early expectations or lack of before I see anything so lets check it out!
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Hugh Laurie, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins
Ever since he was a little bunny, EB (Russell Brand) has known that he will be the next in line to be the Easter Bunny to take over his father (Hugh Laurie). As he grows up and the time that he will take over the Egg of Destiny, he knows that he isn’t right for the job but rather he wants to be a drummer. Not caring for the consequences of the impending Easter day in 2 weeks, he runs away to Hollywood to search for his fame. There he meets Fred O’Hare (James Marsden) who accidentally hits EB with his car and takes him in. Fred has no direction in his life and while helping his sister (Kaley Cuoco) house sit for her boss, he tries to get his life in order while helping EB reluctantly as they both unknowingly is searching for approval from their father in their own way. At the same time, back at the Easter Bunny headquarters, Carlos, a chick and the current Easter Bunny’s number 2 wants to take over the Easter Bunny duties.
Okay, I give up. I don’t know how to make this sound interesting. I’m just going to leave the synopsis like that. You get the idea, right?
Suffice to say that I didn’t really like it all that much but I didn’t particularly hate it either. It was just pretty blah, for lack of a better word. Now, I do have some pros I’d like to talk about before the cons. They are worth a mention and maybe what will push you to watch this. At the same time, I think maybe kids might get some enjoyment out of it more than say, me. I like pretty childish animation but as musical as this got, it didn’t really work for me. Oh right, I’m getting carried away.
One of the biggest pros is the beauty of the animation. C’mon! Look at that Easter factory: the vibrant colors, the details and even the animated characters were done in a rather cute way. Look at our ninja royal guards, the Pink Berets. They actually carry a bit of the Alvin and the Chipmunks qualities, in a way. Here’s for the director who made Alvin and the Chipmunks a few years back, right? Tim Hill gets to do this plus the little one is so cute and clumsy, qualities I love in animals 😉
Another pro is James Marsden. I never quite understand why he takes on these animation crossed with real life movies. I like it a lot usually, especially Enchanted (which I probably should review soon) and in this one, I actually liked Fred O’Hare. James Marsden pulls the funniest facial expressions and he puts some fun into this.
I guess this makes me go to the bad part. What really hurts this animated flick is the story. It could because once you start the beginning narration, you already know what will happen in the end so the sense of danger never amounts to anything. And Carlos, our supposed villain, isn’t really that threatening. He’s actually kind of funny in a weird way but then Hank Azaria does his voice and that man is a voice genius. And then we have Russell Brand. I’m not a fan of him. Period. I don’t like him as an actor, or even as the voice of EB. As a voice, he was tolerable but nothing that made me feel like I liked EB very much either.
Overall, if you are watching this with kids, they might enjoy it because its not scary and it has some nice happy beats and furry animated bunnies and chicks, plus lots of candy. However, the story does lack a bit of inspiration. Even its nice animation and James Marsden’s involvement couldn’t give it more life. I really don’t hate it. I’m just indifferent and I know that I probably wouldn’t watch it again.
Have you seen Hop? Do you have any movies you watch for Easter? What are your thoughts on James Marsden?