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Background information
Feature films Over the Hedge
Hammy's Boomerang Adventure
Short films
Feature firsts
Feature lasts
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Eric Larson
Voice Steve Carell
Charile Skanker (Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Hamilton
Other names Hamsquad
Personality Hyperactive, naive, childish, innocent, friendly, curious, fast, immature, dim-witted
Appearance Auburn and cream fur
Birthday 1970s / 1980s
Age Late 20s / Early 30s
Alignment Good
Goal To bring the cookie back (formerly)
Home the forest
Allies RJ
Minions RJ, Verne, Stella ,Ozzie, Heather, Lou, Penny,Tiger
Enemies Gladys Sharp, Dwayne LaFontant, Tiger (formely)
Likes Energy drinks, being with RJ, eating cookies, high-sugared foods
Dislikes Not eating cookies, being captured by The Exterminator
Powers and abilities Super speed
Fate Hugs RJ, filled the nuts in log and get hit by the camera
Quote "Did somebody say cookie?! Oh yea, I did!"
(sadly referring to cookies being called "junk" by RJ) "But I like a cookie."

Hammy is the deuteragonist of Over the Hedge and Hammy's Boomerang Adventure.


Hammy is a hyperactive red squirrel whose mouth moves as fast as his feet, he is innocent, dim-witted, curious, and very childish in nature with an extremely short attention span. He often gets on the nerves of those around him, but endears himself to them at the same time, as long as he stays away from the super energy drinks anyway. Hammy can run at the speed of light and has fast reflexes. His favorite food is cookies.

Movie role

Upon first meeting RJ, Hammy became extremely fond of him, completely naive at the fact that RJ was using them. In the scene where the world stops turning due to Hammy drinking soda, he moves ahead as the others freeze. He adjusts the laser trap lengths, turns on the lasers, retrieves the chocolate-chip cookie from the roof and eats the cookie while going back to the hedge and then the world resumes turning.


  • "But I like the cookie."
  • [running along the hedge, then, from far away] "IT NEVER ENDS!!!" [runs the opposite way and runs back to the group] "It never ends that way too!"
  • [looking up at Vincent, shaking in fear] Scary clown."
  • "I am a crazy rabid squirrel! I WANT MY COOKIES!!"
  • "The weed hacker, Verne...the weed hacker!"
  • "I filled the log! I found my nuts!"


  • A near-identical character named Sammy was in the comic strip up until late 2005, where a storyline shows a mirrored dimension where RJ, Elrod ("Like Verne is any better?"), and Hammy resided. At its conclusion, Sammy went into this dimension and did not come back ("He's checking out the floating thingies in his eyes again."), so Hammy came to the real dimension and replaced Sammy.

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