Release Date: 10/17/2006 Original Release: 2006 Format: DVD Length: 85 minutes Rating:PG (MPAA) Rating Reason: for some rude humor and mild comic action UPC: 097361190648 Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
A ragtag group of forest critters awakes from hibernation to find that their forest has been turned into a suburban housing development in this animated film co-directed by Tim Johnson (ANTZ) and first-timer Karey Kirkpatrick, and based on a comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis. Paternal turtle Verne (Gary Shandling) and his makeshift family--spunky skunk Stella (Wanda Sykes), speedy squirrel Hammy (Steve Carrell), dramatic father opossum Ozzie (William Shatner), and his perpetually embarrassed daughter Heather (Avril Lavigne)--are ready to start the annual forage for food when they discover a giant hedge where their forest used to be. Luckily, charming raccoon RJ (Bruce Willis) shows up just in time to teach them about humans and life on the other side of the hedge, and how much food there is to be had.
But what Verne and his pals don't know is that RJ's intentions are not necessarily honorable: this loner needs the food they forage to pay back a large debt to Vincent, a very large, angry bear (Nick Nolte). To make matters more difficult, on the other side of the hedge is Gladys (Allison Janney), the president of the neighborhood homeowner's association, who doesn't take kindly to wild animals. When she calls in the Verminator, Dwayne (Thomas Haden Church), it's all-out war as the animals infiltrate the world of humans. Will the loving forest family emerge victorious, or will the spoils of suburbia run them out of the small patch of land they have left? And will RJ stick by his new family, or just keep looking out for himself? Songs by musician Ben Folds reflect the film's take on the perils of suburbanization without being too preachy.
Region 1 Keep Case - Sensormatic Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Closed Captioned - English - Optional Dolby Digital Surround Sound 2.0 - English, Spanish Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1 - English, French Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional Additional Release Material: Featurette: 1. "Dwayne's Verm-Tech Infomercial" 2. "An Insider's Look at Behind the Hedge" 3. "'Wake Up' More Hibernating Features" Interactive Features: "Tons of Nutty Games & Activities"
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