Hop was lucky enough to be the first on my list of three movies to watch one sunny Auckland Sunday. And what can I say about Hop? It does contain some disturbingly adorable animal characters, but it also contains some disturbingly two-dimensional human characters as well. Directed by the guy who brought us such classics as Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Hop can be succinctly described as Alvin and the Chipmunks meets the Easter Bunny in a cautionary tale that just doesn’t quite know how to end properly.
Any film that drags out David Hasselhoff and then fails to capitalise on his Baywatch days is already on a slippery slope, and Hop just doesn’t know what to do with the Hoff, or any over characters it employs. It essentially ends up being a muddle of a story about allowing children to chase their own dreams rather than forcing them to fit our own, but in a market over saturated with animated kids films, Hop sadly fails to live up to the hype.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read