Do you remember Universal’s animated feature film Hop which was probably about the Easter Bunny? No we didn’t see it either. But if you had, here are 10 easter eggs you may have missed.
10. The Empire Hops Back
One scene in the film is a shot for shot remake of the famous training montage scene from Star Wars II: The Empire Strikes Back. In that scene, Luke Skywalker was put through a grueling training regime to prepare him to become a Jedi with a Yoda on his back. This screenshot found using Google image search suggests something similar may have happened in Hop.
9. The Eggs-Men
Yes, you probably noticed in the last entry that the bunny is riding on the back of Cyclops from the X-men films. But that’s not the only superhero film that James Marsden has appeared in. He was also in Superman Returns, which featured an emo Superman and no fighting whatsoever for some reason. He was also in Saved By The Bell: The New Class, according to Wikipedia.
8. A Egg
Did you notice this egg when you first watched hop? Me neither!
7. Another Egg
Holy shit, another egg!
Whoa check out that egg!
What? Another egg?
There are almost too many eggs in this scene.
Fuck there are more eggs behind him!
They’re in the foreground as well?! I’m going for a lie down.
Today is a sad day. It will be a surprise to some as I have never, ever mentioned this to a single person before today for some reason, but I’ve always considered Grape-kun, the penguin that fell in love with an anime cardboard cutout, as a major influence on the person I am today. I think of Grape-kun in everything I do, from how I try to carry myself as a person, how I interact with other people, to how I write my reviews of Christmas sandwiches on the years I can be bothered to write them. Whenever I face a problem in life, the first question I ask myself is “What would Grape-kun do?”.
Everyone will have their own reasons for remembering Grape-kun. Earlier my 5-year-old daughter asked me “Daddy, will Grape-kun now be with his beloved Hululu in heaven?” I just didn’t know what to say. How do I look her in the eye and tell her that another strong positive role model for women has gone in this age of toxic masculinity? I was literally shaking. There are no words. I can’t even.
I once met Grape-kun in an unlikely situation which unfortunately can never be verified but it really did happen, I haven’t just made it up for clicks on social media. I’d like to keep what happened between us as it’s what they would have wanted, but I can say that they showed great generosity and human spirit that day. And more importantly, they were very, very funny. A great example of a celebrity giving something back, I’m sure you’ll agree. Please email me if you would like to interview me and use this example in a national news publication or broadcast.
Love them or hate them, Grape-kun was a true leader in their field and a massive influence on the industry as a whole, to the extent that their fame transcended beyond what they were originally famous for. They will be eternally missed, far beyond 2017.
As a mark of respect, there will be no Christmas sandwich review today.