'Hop' -- 2 stars

PG; 1:37 running time The animation/live-action "Hop" -- from the producing-writing team behind last year's "Despicable Me," and director Tim Hill, of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" fame -- is that very entry, and it's almost unashamedly middle of the road about its intentions. Its narrative is lifted from Christmas movies, stop-motion specials and Roald Dahl; its CGI renderings are no better or worse than last month's or next month's animation family outing. Its vocal talent -- led by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie -- is suitably star-powered. The only thing missing is any real wonder, imagination or comic verve. -- Robert AbeleRead the full review
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