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Over the Hedge (2006)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  19 May 2006 (USA)
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A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
RJ (voice)
Verne (voice)
Hammy (voice)
Stella (voice)
Ozzie (voice)
Vincent (voice)
Dwayne (voice)
Gladys (voice)
Lou (voice)
Penny (voice)
Heather (voice)
Tiger (voice)
Sami Kirkpatrick ...
Bucky (voice)
Spike (voice)
Quillo (voice)


Traveling raccoon con artist, RJ, arrives in a woods outside a human city in the Midwest, excited about the wonders that living near humans can bring hungry animals. What he finds, however, is an Amish-like community that is deathly afraid of humans, after their leader, Vern the tortoise (Shandling), has an encounter with human boys that terrifies him. Encouraged by RJ, however, the animals slowly venture over the hedge that separates them from the brand new suburban development that appeared over the winter while they were sleeping, and what RJ shows them is a whole new world where humans leave tin cans full of fish and other food in big canisters, ripe for the taking. As they get closer and closer to humans, however, their comfortable lives in the woods appears to be threatened... Written by

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Get over it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor and mild comic action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vecinos invasores  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,457,003 (USA) (19 May 2006)


$155,019,340 (USA) (1 September 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Morehead, an animator of Over the Hedge (2006), created reference footage by putting a camera on the back of his friend's dog and letting it run around his house. This gave the layout artists some great ideas about scale, animals' perspective, and how animals moved. In addition, the layout team compared a house to an apartment building and a kitchen to a cathedral. See more »


When Verne gathers sticks for the animals to eat, it zooms in on him picking one to eat. Yet, it shows him picking up a piece of bark to eat. See more »


[first lines]
[RJ is trying to get a snack from the snack machine and it breaks]
RJ: No! Come on!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on objects in the background as R.J. walks away from Vincent's cave. These are omitted in international releases. See more »


Featured in Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 7 (2010) See more »


Rockin' the Suburbs (Over the Hedge Version)
Written & Performed by Ben Folds
Ben Folds recordings used courtesy of Epic Records
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25 May 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Wow! Wow! Wow! I was transfixed! The animation? Gorgeous! The subtle humor? Uproarious! The not-so-subtle humor? Even better! This was a great movie that will surely be nominated for an Oscar if for no other reason than the beauty of the animation. While I could have honestly thought of a couple of better casting choices, I will mention that Wanda Sykes, Thomas Haden Church and Steve Carrell were brilliant in their roles. And who better to make fun of William Shatner than William Shatner? Worthy of special mention (and a second look - go see this movie again!): the Rottweiler interludes, the ripples in the water, the porcupine quills, the oh-so-amazing foliage throughout the movie, and Vincent's cartoonish-yet-strangely-scary expression.

Really REALLY a great movie that should appeal to all.


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