'HOP' away from flimsy tale

In "HOP," the new live action/CG-animated comedy from the producers of "Despicable Me" and the director of "Alvin and the Chipmunks," out-of-work slacker Fred (James Marsden) has found himself with the world's worst houseguest: E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. (photo by Jaimie Trueblood/© 2011 Universal Studios. All rights reserved).Film review by Sophia Smith

Being a lifelong film lover, I was looking forward to this fun, colorful Easter newcomer. I fondly remember parking myself in front of the family room TV with my Easter basket, eagerly awaiting "Easter Parade" and "The Sound of Music."

The "HOP" trailer looked exciting, cute, and colorful, so I was expecting something at least mildly entertaining and hoping for something magical ala Pixar. But the cheery and vibrant visuals of the trailer were just a vapor that never quite materialized. Within minutes, I was wondering how this marshmallow fluff of a movie (lacking any real imagination or substance) was No. 1 at the box office.

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