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HOP artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 94m 53s

Release date 01/04/2011

BBFCInsight Contains very mild language and slapstick

Genre(s) Animation, Comedy

Director(s) Tim Hill

Cast includes Russell Brand (voice), Kaley Cuoco, Hugh Laurie (voice), James Marsden, David Hasselhoff, Gary Cole

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/03/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HOP is a comedy, featuring live-action and animated characters, in which the Easter Bunny and a young man looking for a role in life team up to save the Easter holidays. The film was classified 'U' for very mild language and slapstick.

The BBFC's Guidelines at 'U' allow 'Infrequent use only of very mild bad language' and the occasional use of words such as 'God', 'screw up' and 'jerk' meets with this requirement.

The film contains several sequences in which characters face threatening situations or engage in mild violence. However, these scenes have strong comic elements and the action takes the form of cartoon slapstick in which there is no serious or lasting injury. For example, a group of bunnies who make up a special military unit fire darts from blowpipes that stick in human characters who merely fall over as a result. In other scenes, the Easter Bunny is restrained with sticky sweets and thrown onto a candy-making machine with ominous-looking circular blades which he manages to dodge, and a human character is chased by large dogs. These moments are likely to thrill and amuse, rather than frighten, young children as the heroic characters display their resourcefulness in escaping dangerous predicaments. The Guidelines at 'U' state 'Scary sequences should be mild, brief and unlikely to cause undue anxiety to young children. The outcome should be reassuring' and permit 'Mild violence only. Occasional mild threat or menace only'.

The film also contains some very mild sex references in a joke about 'Playboy Bunnies' that young children are unlikely to understand and some moments of comic 'bad manners', such as a character seeming to 'poop' a pile of sweets in order to prove that he really is the Easter Bunny.

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