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July 16, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Over the Hedge

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
83 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/19/06
performer
Garry Shandling, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes
director
Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
author
Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton
genre
Comedy, Animation

Silly Putty-faced Jim Carrey often seems like a human ‘toon, so maybe it’s redundant for him to take a voice role in an animated feature. Still, he’ll be making his cartoon debut in ”Over the Hedge,” a DreamWorks feature based on the newspaper comic strip penned by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, according to trade reports.

Carrey will play a sly raccoon named R.J. who tries to exploit the fact that human suburbs are encroaching on his woodland habitat. Costarring will be Garry Shandling (who played a talking pigeon in ”Dr. Dolittle”) as an insecure turtle named Verne.

Cartoon features with wisecracking animals have done well recently — look at Fox’s ”Ice Age,” DreamWorks’ own ”Shrek,” and ”Hedge” director Tim Johnson’s ”Antz.” DreamWorks also has the animated ”Sharkslayer” due in 2004. Look for ”Hedge” to creep into theaters in 2005.

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