Over The Hedge

Synopsis: RJ, a raccoon who needs food, accidentally takes food from a hungry bear named Vincent and he wants his food to be found in exactly the same place in a week. He finally finds that an animal family, with a tortoise named Verne as their leader, could help him restore the food from the suburbia, the gateway to the good life. But little does RJ know, there is a woman who has recently hired an exterminator to try to hunt them down.
Production: Dreamworks
  6 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min


Oh, No!

Oome on!

Oome on, baby.

Grab it!

All right.



No, no, bad idea. Bad idea!

Just take what you need.

Just take what you need.




The moon's not full.

You woke me up a week early?

Oh, no.

Don't tell me you're dumb enough

to actually try and steal my stuff.

RJ, I'm gonna have to kill you.

Please, I'm just a desperate guy

trying to feed his family.

- You don't have a family.

- I meant a family of one.

OK, wait, wait, wait, wait!

Look, it's still in the cave.

So, technically, not stolen.

Oh, no!




That was close.

Vincent, wait! I can get it all back!

That's right!

If you eat me, you'd have to do it.

But I can get it. All of it!

- My red wagon?

- Redder!

- Ow.

- The blue cooler?

- Blue cooler. On my list!

- Gotta be blue?

- Yes!

And I want my Spuddies.

I love those things.

'Oause with a Spuddie,

enough just isn't enough.

So true. Painfully true.

And I'll tell you what.

I'm gonna get you the giant picnic pack,

family-fun size.

- They have that?

- I'm pretty sure.

All right, RJ. I'm going back to sleep.

When that moon is full, I'm waking up.

And all my stuff had better

be right back where it was.

But that's just one week!

That's impossible for one guy!

A week's perfect. I'll get some helpers.

Full moon, all my stuff.

And don't even think about running away.

Because if you do,

I will hunt you down and kill you.

OK! OK, buddy! You just rest easy,

all right, 'cause I'm on it.

Hey, in a week from now, we're

gonna be laughing about this thing.

Over The Hedge.

Oh, boy, that's cold! That's cold!

The one place I didn't have a shell.



That means there's only

Everybody, wake up! Hibernation's over.

Oh, morning!

- Morning, Hammy.

- I gotta go wee-wee!

Not in the lake we drink from!

Let's go, all right, the rest of you.

It's spring!

That means we gotta get to work.

Finished. No, wait!

Oome on, everybody. Wake up.

Don't make me come in there.

Ya'll better listen.

I've been holding something in

all winter, and I'm about to let it out.

- I'm up, I'm up!

- She means it. Let's go!

Thank you, Stella.

Oh, I can clear a room, Verne.

Oome on, that much I can do.

- Good morning.

- Good morning, everyone!

- How'd you guys sleep?

- Just a super-duper morning.

Oh, jeepers.

Whoa, not lookin' so good

around the eyes there, hon.

Bucky and Quillo were up

every three or four weeks.

And Spike kept poking me.

Yeah. Well, he's kinda pokey.

He's the sharpest of the bunch there.

You know what?

How 'bout I take the day shift?

Oh, Lou, that'd be just super.

All right, kids, you heard your mother,

and now you listen to me. Shape up.

Oh, boy.

This is what I was afraid of.

Where's the food? Is there any left?

I'm hungry, so is there any left?

We ate all the food, Hammy. During the

winter? We gotta go get some more now.

Oh, right!

I buried some nuts in the woods.

I know where they are.

I'll be right back. Bye!

- That's enough.

- Dad, it was just snow.

But it could have been a predator.

Isn't playing dead a little... weak?

Heather, how many times must I say it?

Playing possum is what we do.

We die so that we live!

I'm the boss of you, OK? So calm down.

That's what we need to find you

this year, don't you know? A good fella.

- A good fella? A good fella?

- Jeepers, here we go.

Why does everyone think I need a man?

I look like a nest

and smell like a swamp.

So when you find a fella who's decent,

good with kids

and has no sense of smell, call me.

- Hello?

- I don't care who started it.

- Hello?

- I don't care who started it.

Oh, look, food.

Well, I think you know what this means.

- Verne.

- Just a minute, Hammy.

This means we were nine berries

away from starvation.

Sorry. That was a little intense.

I meant really serious hunger pains.


- Not finished, Hammy.

- Morning, Lou, Penny.

- Thanks.

- Hey, kids.

- What I want to tell you is...

- Verne!

I'm not done, Hammy.

If you have to go again, just go.

OK. So all I'm saying

is we cut it a little close.

So this year we need

to make sure that we fill the log...

- All the way to the top.

- Exactly. All the way to the top.

- Because what are we?

- Foragers!

- And what do we forage?

- Food!

- Right.

- Super, Verne, really super.

OK, Hammy.

- What is it?

- What is what?

What is it you want to tell me?

What was it, what was it,

what was it, what was it?

Wait. Right on the tip of my tongue.

Oh, yeah!

There's a weird thing

I've never seen before.

It's really scary. Follow me.

OK. Meeting called

on account of weird scary thing.

Let's go.


Hammy, what weird thing?

Oh. That weird thing.

It never ends!


It never ends that way too!

- Jeepers, Lou.

- Whoa.

Yeah, jeepers is the word there, hon.

- I've never seen anything like this.

- Man, that's big.

- What is this thing?

- Heather, no!

- I'm scared.

- Me too, Mama.

It's OK, it's just a...

What is this thing, Lou?

I... Well, it's a... It's... Verne?

Well, it's... it's obviously...

...some kind of bush?

I'd be less afraid of it

if I just knew what it was called.

- Let's call it Steve!

- Steve?

- It's a pretty name.

- Steve sounds nice.

- I'm a lot less scared of Steve.

- Oh, great and powerful Steve!

- What do you want?

- I don't think it can speak.

I heard that, young man!

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Len Blum

Leonard Solomon "Len" Blum (born 1951) is an award-winning Canadian screenwriter, film producer and film composer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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