Hoodwinked

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Andy Dick, Xzibit, Glenn Close 
Directed By: Cory Edwards 
Rated: PG for some thematic elements. 

Final Grade: 

The newly formed Weinstien company (Former Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein’s new pet company) realeased this kiddie flick with very little advertising and very little hype. Hoodwinked is another one of many computer animated tales that are fun for the kids, yet can easily cross over as adult fun as well. Filled with creative movie spoofs and some cleverly written dialogue Hoodwinked has something for everyone. It takes a classic tale and puts a creative spin on it, which proves to be a great time. With the successes of other Animated films like Shrek, Ice Age and Pixar’s vast collection of Kiddie fun, Hoodwinked could have been the Weinstien’s first big hit.

Hoodwinked takes place shortly after the Happily Ever after story of Little Red Riding Hood. As we all know in the Classic tale, Little Red is heading to Grandma’s house, and is stopped by a wolf, who later impersonates Grandma only to have his “plan” foiled by a woodsman. But why is the wolf after Little Red anyway? Hoodwinked tells us the “true” account as the Forrest Cops show up and interrogate Little Red, Granny, The Wolf and The Woodsman to find out the “real Truth” as well as hoepfully finding who is stealing all the goodie recipes in the forrest.

What makes the film really fun is the ecclectic crew that signed up to do voices for the film. The always fun Andy Dick, who plays the weird little bunny, and rap star and “Pimp My Ride” host Xzibit also lends his hand playing the slightly dimwitted police chief. Princess Diaries star Anne Hathway joins the cast as Red, and Glenn Close as Granny Puckett, aka “Triple G.” Each of them do a wonderful job of bringing the film to life and help bring out some good old fashion laughs.

In the end, I really enjoyed Hoodwinked. It’s a great little family friendly film, filled with colorful characters, and some decent animation that will keep the little ones and the adults entertained. Just like it’s predecessors, the film is filled with things that will keep the kids rolling in the isles, but is intelligent enough that it gives the odler crowd a chuckle because of it’s creativity and witty dialogue. Still not convinced that Hoodwinked is for you? If it’s because you’ve never heard of it, don’t use that as an excuse. The Weinstien Company made a huge mistake by not marketing this film to it’s full potential. Unfortunately this hidden gem is breezing through theaters unnoticed. Instead of gathering up all the kids for Disney’s latest remake of the Shaggy Dog, or the 50th Remake of “The Parent Trap” treat your family to some originality and check out Hoodwinked. 

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