Sneak Peek: HOP coming April 1, 2011

Hi there!

I found this today… News about an animated movie I hadn’t heard of from the makers of Despicable Me (which we loved) that merges CGI and live action about… the Easter Bunny!?! Hop evidently opens on April 1st, 2011 just in time for Easter season.

Now I have to say I’m leery of the animated/live action crossover… The last time I felt it really worked was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? so I don’t have high hopes. But I know as soon as my daughters see the trailer, we’ll be planning a trip to the theater.

Directed by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks and TV’s Spongebob Squarepants), Hop has a great cast with James Marsden (X-Men, Superman Returns), Russell Brand (as the voice of the Easter Bunny) (Get Him to the Greek), Kaley Cuoco (TV’s Big Bang Theory), Hank Azaria (TV’s Simpsons, The Birdcage), David Hasselhoff, Chelsea Handler and Hugh Laurie (TV’s House).

Here’s the synopsis:

Blending state of the art animation with live action, Hop is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world’s worst houseguest.

Here are a few pics from the production:

And you can find the new trailer here at Apple.

Question: What do you think of this? Something you’d want to go see?

–Fitz

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Let’s give Thanks for the Writers

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Hey all…

It seems that the Writers will resume talks with the Studios and Networks after the holidays (courtesy of Variety). I think this is a very good thing and hope they all get their acts together.

Without the writers, there are no movies, no television shows, not even any commercials… So they are the grease that keeps the gears of the media production industry from grinding to a halt… And when the scripts run out, they will certainly do that.

We can only hope that it happens sooner than later for all the freshmen shows of the season… I’m addicted to Chuck, Bionic Woman, and Big Bang Theory to name a few, and without new scripts for these shows, we’ll be seeing a lot of re-runs and (pardon my French) crappy reality television sooner than later.

So to the studios and networks, I ask them to give thanks to the writers. Without them we’ll all be turning off our televisions and stop seeing movies at the theater. On the other hand, the movie rental industry (online and traditional DVDs) should pick up briskly. 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!
–Fitz

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