This week a pair of movies I missed in theatres made their way to DVD: The Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston experiment, The Break-Up and the satirical American Dreamz. Yet I found myself picking up the animated adventure Over The Hedge, a movie I've already seen but loved in theatres. I even told my friends I bought the DVD ... and they didn't even laugh at me (not any more than usual, anyway). It's a funny, clever little flick with a nice soundtrack by Ben Folds.
So what is it with animated films in the last ten years? They used to be just for the kids, but I remember going to see a midnight showing of Finding Nemo a few years ago and a ten o'clock showing of Over The Hedge earlier this year, and the theatre was packed with adults and teenagers. Admittedly, they do make for pretty great date movies. And more than ever, animators and writers are plugging in adult-themed humor in fare normally designed for little four-footers with checkered teeth. As live action kid films like The Shaggy Dog get dumber and dumber, animated films like Over The Hedge only get more sophisticated.
Personally, I'm all for it. I'm about to watch a movie about a raccoon and a turtle teaming up to steal some food. And you know what? I can't wait.