It’s usually a delight when studios blend today’s exceptional state-of-the-art animation with live action. Hop combines both factors in a surely impressive way. It’s a holiday family-oriented comedy about E.B. (voiced by Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. Ever since he was little, E.B.’s dad has been pushing him to take over the family tradition by becoming the next Easter Bunny. However, E.B. dreams of becoming a drummer in a rock band.

After loads of unwanted pressure, E.B. runs away to Hollywood in pursuit of his dreams. He meets Fred (Marsden), an out-of-work slacker still living with his parents, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Faking his injury, E.B. persuades Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world's worst houseguest.

Given the fact that it was the same creators who brought us last year’s animated blockbuster Despicable Me, it was kind of a letdown to see that Hop doesn’t exactly follow to its predecessor’s high standards. Hop isn’t a good or bad film - it’s simply an average one. Yet, it is absolutely clear that the actors all around did more than just a fine job with great energy despite the poorly written script - especially Marsden, who’s clearly a good actor and overqualified for such a role. He’s also obviously miscast: his character is in his early twenties while the actor is almost twice that age in reality.

Even with the superb animated art and CGI accompanied by live action, Hop fails to be as entertaining as promised. The jokes are there, but they’re not that funny. It’s an unfortunate fact to mention that the highlights of the film are all blown in the trailers. Yes, there are many moments where you’ll end up smiling, but still won’t be laughing out loud.

Needless to say, there are plenty of slapstick jokes, wonderfully executed animation, and loads of mouth-watering candy; all great elements that kids will relate to. So if you’re not a kid, Hop may not be the best option for you.