Hop Easter Bunny Movie (2011)


We almost missed the creation of an Easter bunny themed movie in 2011. Hop premiered on April 1 and turned out to be a very colorful, musical, state-of-the-art animation movie featuring live action (human) actors. It was released on blu-ray disc and DVD on March 23, 2012.

Fast Facts About Hop


ACTORS: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Gary Cole, David Hasselhoff as himself
DIRECTOR: Tim Hill
WRITERS: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2011
RATED: Hop is rated PG.
RUNTIME: 95 minutes.
HOP DVD AND BLU-RAY DISC RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2012

HOP Storyline in 100 Words or Less


We all know that the Easter Bunny has an easy job. He works one day a year, travels the world in a single day and is loved by everyone. Sound great? Well, it does NOT sound great to EB, the bunny whose job it is to be the Easter Bunny this year. He finally reconciles himself to the fact that all artists have to suffer to become great and that he will have to be the Easter Bunny.  However, he is struck by a car and the driver is forced to take him in and eventually to help save Easter. In the process, both the bunny and the man are forced to grow up.

The Official Hop Movie Trailer




The Voice of Hop


Russell Brand voiced Hop. You'll recognize him from other projects that include Despicable Me and Get Him to the Greek. You can find his full filmography on IMDB.  On the blog She Knows, author Kim Grundy says that Russell Brand turns on the charm and his English accent to play the son of the Easter Bunny in HOP. In her interview with the actor they discuss, amongst other things, childhood Easter traditions, rabbit "whoopsie" and why he believes in the Easter bunny.


Age Recommendation



Hop is rated PG for comic peril and violence. The Movie Mom recommended it for children in kindergarten to third grade. Unfortunately, her review of Hop is no longer available but NYC Single Mom also wrote an excellent review in which she included a list of what she liked and what she did not like about this movie. She summarised by saying that it was wonderfully funny, that she would recommend it and that the trailer does not do it justice.


Hop Movie Merchandise


I did not see a lot of movie merchandise available for this movie though there was some. I love this  plush version of E.B., which is still available though in a limited way. You will find the mini plush figure shown here on Amazon by clicking right here and the full-size figure by clicking here.



It turns out, however, that there is a lot more E.B. Bunny Hop movie merchandise available on eBay.  You can see for yourself by following this link.

Free Hop Coloring Page


This HOP free coloring page was originally available through the official website I Love Candy, which does not exist anymore and forwards you instead to a Universal page about the movie as seen here. While there are a few interesting short clips there, there no longer are free coloring or activity pages.


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Did you enjoy the movie Hop?

Do you know where jelly beans came from? If you do not, we know that you did not watch the trailer or the movie, LOL. This movie definitely had some potty humour.

If you would like to add Hop to your collection or even just watch it on Amazon Video, you can find it by clicking right here.

Hoppy Easter!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of HOP on Amazon.
A fun Easter bunny jigsaw puzzle. (With a real rabbit and a chocolate Easter bunny.)
My family friendly Easter dinner menu.




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Jumanji The Board Game Review

Whether you are fan of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, of the original movie starring the late Robin Williams or of the remake with Dwayne Johnson, you should check out this board game.The story Jumanji  originated with the popular 1981 children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. In 1995 it was made into a movie starring Robin Williams and into a board game. Once again, it was made into a movie in 2017. This time it starred Dwayne Johnson and once again it was made into a board game. As a matter of fact, I originally wrote this review before the new version was produced and, at that time, it was often priced out of reach. Because of the reboot, the game is once again available and it is affordably priced.

As you likely know, the story Jumanji actually includes a board game, which makes a board game a pretty interesting movie tie in. In the original game, which was recommended for two to four players aged 8 and up, you roll the die and follow the path on which you are pitted against the dangers of the jungle. Raging rhinos, lurking lions and quicksand are but a few of the pests and plagues you might have to battle in this game. The new game is recommended for individuals 5 years old and up.

My description of the game is from having played the original version so I am not sure what might or might not have been changed with the new version. Anyway, the original version of the game includes a large game board, four pawns or playing pieces, a rhino figure, a timer, a number die, four rescue dice, 30 danger coards, a game board center, a decoder and instructions.

Jumanji (1995) Movie Prop Sells for $60,800


Of interest, the original Jumanji board game from the making of the movie sold for $60,800 at auction on eBay in 2014. The seller noted that it was an "an original, authentic, screen-used game board box from the motion picture Jumanji."  Here's a screen shot of the auction results from eBay seller neon_galaxies:


Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)


Of course, those familiar with the first movie know that Robin Williams was the star who took us on our Jumanji adventure on the big screen. The world lost this brilliant actor and comedian when he left us on August 11, 2014. Williams was a lot of fun in the movie Jumanji.

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If you are interested, you can read more or buy your copy of Jumanji the board game on Amazon by clicking right here. Of note, both versions of the game are available though you will pay more for the original.

If you know a really big fan, why not assemble a Jumanji gift set with a copy of the book, the movie and the game? My boys would have loved a set like that. They might actually still enjoy it.

Are you a fan? Do you like the Jumanji movies? The board game? Have you played the new version or the old version?

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy Jumanji on Amazon.
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