Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter's nap to discover that a tall, green "thing" has mysteriously cropped up right through the middle of their home. RJ, an opportunistic raccoon, explains that the world beyond the hedge is the "gateway to the good life" where peculiar creatures called humans live to eat, rather than eat to live. Suspicious and even a little jealous of RJ, the ever-cautious Verne wants to keep his family safely on their side of the hedge, while the manipulative RJ tries to convince the woodland band that there is little to fear and everything to gain from their over-indulgent new neighbors. Heading up the all-star cast are the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, and Nick Nolte. Go behind the scenes with the production team for a show and tell presentation of DreamWorks animated new comedy.
Tim Johnson made his animated feature directorial debut in 1998 on Antz. He directed Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and has served as the animation director on The Simpsons 1995 Halloween special, Homer3. While earning a B.A. in English Literature at Northwestern University, he produced two animated films, both of which earned Richter Grant Organization Awards. His introduction to computer animation came in 1985 while he was on staff at Post Effects in Chicago.
Karey Kirkpatrick makes his directorial debut on Over the Hedge. He most recently co-wrote the new live-action version of Charlotte's Web. Born and raised in Louisiana, Kirkpatrick attended the USC School of Cinema/Television's Filmic Writing Program, where he won the Robert Riskin Screenwriting Award and the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award. Immediately after, he was hired as a staff writer at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Since then, he has co-written The Rescuers Down Under, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and James and the Giant Peach. He also wrote the screenplay for Chicken Run and collaborated with Douglas Adams on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.