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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »

Filming Locations:

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?


Based on "Over the Hedge", a syndicated comic strip written and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. It tells the story of a raccoon named RJ and a turtle named Verne who come to terms with their woodlands being taken over by suburbia, trying to survive the increasing flow of humanity and technology while becoming enticed by it at the same time. Four collections have been published: Over The Hedge, Over The Hedge 2, Over The Hedge 3: Knights of the Picnic Table and Over The Hedge: Stuffed Animals. See more »


When Verne gets hit by the bike and hockey stick and goes through the hedge, there's no tire track on his shell while flipping through it until he shows RJ the bike track. 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

Characters from the movie appear repeatedly during the closing credits, with the hedge as a background. Sometimes the characters perform actions that match the credits currently in display. For example, Stella sprays the screen when the effects credits appear; and during the lighting crew credits, some of the characters appear unlit (rendered in plain white), then a light flashes and they appear in full color. Halfway through the credits, there is an audio only scene in which R.J. introduces the others to television. See more »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Written & Performed by Ben Folds
Ben Folds recordings used courtesy of Epic Records
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User Reviews

Great actors, great theme, great comedy, great movie.
3 May 2006 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

I was able to see an advance showing of this movie with a mostly college-age audience and everyone was laughing throughout the movie. It was excellent. As my friend to the left said, sometimes the movie was over the top as well as over the hedge, but those times were some of the most hilarious. Action sequences early in the movie that had people roaring with laughter were topped by ones later on and small tidbits of comedy were spread throughout. Add to that the typical messages about family, friends, and doing-right and you have the formula for a great family comedy. The voice acting was solid; a really fine ensemble cast. I don't buy many animated movies, but I may have to pick this one up. Wheee!

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