Running Time: 83 minutes
Genre: Family/Childrens/Computer Animation
Director: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech
Cast: Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Jim Belushi, Patrick Warburton, Anthony Anderson, David Ogden Stiers, Xzibit, Chazz Palminteri, Andy Dick
Guide Review of "Hoodwinked"
"Hoodwinked" (2005) is the Weinstein Company's (founded by the two brothers who founded Miramax) first foray into the world of computer animation. The movie puts a new spin on the classic tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" as each of the characters elaborate on the events with a spin of their own.
The story begins with the familiar event Little Red Riding Hood (Anne Hathaway, who goes by Red in this story) arrives at Grannys (Glenn Close) house with a basket of goodies only to find the wolf (Patrick Warburton) in Grannys bed and disguised in her clothing. As the wolf jumps up to attack Red, a tied up Granny jumps out of the closet and the lumberjack (Jim Belushi) comes barging in to save the day. Or at least thats what you thought happened
When the police arrive on the scene, the line of questioning moves to information related to a mysterious string of goodie and recipe thefts that have been occurring all over the woods. Police Chief Grizzly (Xzibit) just wants to book everybody and call the case closed, but Mr. Flipper (David Ogden Stiers), the dapper detective, sees more to the story. As he questions each of the suspects, the events are shown in a whole new light, and a larger picture unfolds.
The approach of telling the story from the point of view of each of the characters reveals the entire chain of events in a clever and fun way. Each individuals rendition of what happened intertwines with the others; showing how conclusions are drawn based on perception and may not always take the whole picture into account.
The movie contains some great characters, such as the cynical reporter wolf and his hyper squirrel assistant Twitchy (Cory Edwards). All of the characters work well together and within the framework of the story.
The unique format for telling the story makes up for some of the plot aspects, such as Grannys double life, which dont blend quite as well. The imaginative characters and storyline also compensate somewhat for the lack of character development, especially the mysterious antagonist.
Note to Parents on "Hoodwinked"
Hoodwinked contains some scenes of peril during which Red is in danger or perceived to be in danger but not harmed. Also, several mild fight scenes occur where characters hit or otherwise strike each other. Although the animation is not graphic and most of the scenes also include comedy, some scenes may be unsettling for very young children. Dynamite is also shown during a couple of scenes and we see or hear explosions.
The movie does not contain profanity, but there are a couple of insulting words and phrases that children may pick up on (such as the word brat). Some of the characters also display bad or disrespectful attitudes at times.
Content Overview of "Hoodwinked"
The following contains some of the most prominent examples of possibly scary or offensive content in the movie:
-Many scenes contain slapstick violence such as karate fights and snowball fights.
-A lumberjack crashes through a window wielding an axe.
-Red fights with the antagonist and she is kicked in the chest knocking her to the ground.
-Red is tied up and put in a tram car with explosives.
-No profanity is used, but the term "As God is my witness" is used. The word "brat" is also used.
-No known drug is referenced, but one scene hints that an addictive additive will be added to some food.
Bad/Disrespectful Behavior (Moderate)
-Red and other characters make sarcastic remarks as they are being questioned.
-The antagonist has a bad attitude, steals things, and says rude things like "you hit like a girl."
Scary Scenes (Mild)
-Scenes listed under violence may be scary for very young children.
-In a couple of scenes, the wolf is portrayed as being dangerous or scary to red.
Sad/Distressing Scenes (Low)
-Red is sad when she finds out her granny lied to her.
Talk About "Hoodwinked" With Your Family
- How can people have a completely different perception of the same event? How does this relate to real life and judging others without all of the facts?