Saturday, April 02, 2011

To Hop, a new animated film by the writers of Despicable Me.  Unclassifiable.  Nods to Gene Wilder's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; to Harvey; to Despicable Me's little yellow minions and breathless clockwork pacing; to ninja movies; Blake Edwards; A Charlie Brown Christmas and to every bad live action holiday special ever recorded.  Guest appearances by Chelsea Handler, Hugh Hefner, Russell Brand and the Blind Boys of Alabama.  Also The Hoff.  The kids around us loved it.  So did the extremely stoned woman five seats over.  Not the best film I've ever seen, but one with a good heart, a highly idiosyncratic individual vision made from inside a system that discourages the production of same, and one that held our attention all the way through.

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