Last night a friend and I went out to see Over the Hedge, the animated film about a group of woodland animals who, confronted by creeping suburbia, decide to taste (literally) the good life on the other side of the subdivision hedge.
You have to see this movie. It's excellent.
Let me count the ways.
It's incredibly clever, with sharp, witty dialogue that explores some serious issues -- "affluenza," environmental destruction, greed, dishonesty, what makes a real family -- in a truly entertaining way, unlike some the ham-handed didactics one often experiences in these sorts of kids' films. Parts of it are just hilarious -- slapstick for the kiddos, smart repartee for the grownups. The animation is fascinating.
And I tink da porcupines may haff been Looterns, eh?
Go see this movie.