For all you parents and guardians of treehuggers in training, two new family films will be released in the new year: Hoot and Over the Hedge.

Based on the book by Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is about a “young boy who moves to Florida where he tries to solve an ecological mystery involving endangered owls, an assortment of other unusual creatures, and a group of eccentric adults.” It’s scheduled for Spring 2006.

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And due this summer, Over the Hedge is an animated film about a bunch of animals who “awake from hibernation to discover their forest has been invaded by a horrifying presence: the ‘burbs!”

Is it me, or are environmentally themed movies cropping up more and more? What’s next, a bunch of kids solving the world’s climate change woes since the adults aren’t making too much progress?

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