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Hoodwinked

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Cory Edwards
Todd Edwards
Tony Leech
Produced by Maurice Kanbar
David K. Lovegren
Sue Bea Montgomery
Preston Stutzman
Written by Screenplay:
Cory Edwards &
Todd Edwards and
Tony Leech
Story:
Cory Edwards &
Todd Edwards
Starring Anne Hathaway
Glenn Close
Jim Belushi
Patrick Warburton
Anthony Anderson
Music by John Mark Painter
Kristin Wilkinson
Editing by Tony Leech
Studio Kingdom Feature Productions
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release date(s) United States
December 16, 2005
(Limited)
January 13, 2006
(Wide)
Australia
August 3, 2006
United Kingdom
September 29, 2006
Running time 80 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $15,000,000
Gross revenue $110,011,106
Followed by Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Hoodwinked! is a 2005 computer-animated family comedy produced by Blue Yonder Films with Kanbar Entertainment. It was released by The Weinstein Company in selected markets on December 16, 2005, before expanding nationwide in the USA on January 13, 2006. It was written and directed by Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, and Tony Leech, and stars the voices of Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Jim Belushi, Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, David Ogden Stiers, Xzibit, Anthony Anderson, and Chazz Palminteri. An alternate title of the film was Hoodwinked! The True Story of Red Riding Hood.[1]

Based on the Little Red Riding Hood folktale, structurally, it borrows from the films Rashomon and The Usual Suspects, as well as frequently intertwining various plots. It is 80 minutes long and is rated PG in the US for mild action and thematic elements. A twenty-two minute behind the scenes video podcast is available for free in iTunes.

A sequel to the film, titled Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil is currently in the making and is expected to be released in 2010.

Contents

Plot

The movie opens in medias res, as Little Red Riding Hood (Anne Hathaway) discovers that the Wolf (Patrick Warburton) has disguised himself as Red's Granny (Glenn Close), just as the ax-wielding Woodsman (Jim Belushi) bursts through the window. The police quickly arrive, and led by detective Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers), the four are questioned about the events leading up to the incident.

Flippers discovers that all four are innocent and learns the true story behind the events. Red is attempting to protect her Granny's recipe book from the "Goody Bandit", but ends up meeting the Wolf, an investigative journalist also tracking down thefts by the Goody Bandit with his hyperactive photographer squirrel, Twitchy. The Wolf, based on Irwin Fletcher from the 1985 comedy Fletch and dressed identically to the Fletch character in the first movie, is suspicious of Red, causing Red to panic and run away. However, when she encounters him again, she beats him up. Afterwards, she flees into the mountains where she finds help from a singing mountain goat Japeth. Meanwhile, Grannie, a successful goodie maker leading a double-life as extreme sports athlete, "Triple-G", has entered a skiing competition, but finds that a European ski team to be playing dirty and trying to disable Granny. Granny learns from them that the Goody Bandit hired them to take out Granny. Granny avoids them by lighting a stick of dynamite that causes an avalanche. The Avalanche is seen by Japeth the goat, Red, Wolf and Twitchy. Japeth begins singing his Avalanche song after his Prepared song. Granny 'wins the ski race by a landslide (as said in the news) and escapes the avalanche by deploying a parachute to parasail towards home. At the same time, Red and Japeth try to get to Granny's house on a mountain railway car, but Twitchy accidentally lights a stick of dynamite while the wolf and he are also trying to get to Granny's house in a mountain railway car further down the track. They destroy the railway causing Red's cart to leave the track. Red, as she is falling, sees her Granny, believing her to be a vision but in reality Granny still on her parachute, telling her to use her hood to safely land. The Wolf and Twitchy, however, have a more dramatic crash, but manage to make it to Granny's house before Red. Granny, as she tries to land, finds herself entangled in the parachute's drawstrings, and lands in her closet, ensnared by ropes. The Wolf quickly dons his Granny disguise before Red arrives in order to try to apprehend her. Simutaneous to these events, the Woodsman (Kirk), an aspiring actor, is selling schnitzel on a stick to children, but becomes victim to a robbery by the Goody Bandit. When he receives a callback he learns that a studio is looking for him to try again for a part, he practices by chopping down trees, accidentally causing one to nearly run him over as it falls, forcing him to jump through Granny's window to get away safely, just as Red discovers the Wolf.

Flippers recognizes that the only commonality to these events was a bunny named Boingo (Andy Dick), and deduces he may be the Goody Bandit. Red, alone, follows Boingo up to a mountain hideout via an air tram, and tries to confront him about his thefts, but he, along with the ski team, captures her and rigs her on the air tram loaded with explosives. Granny, the Wolf, Twitchy, and the Woodsman shortly follow Red, discovering her predicament, and send a caffeine-loaded Twitchy down to alert Flippers and the other cops. The other three are able to save Red and capture Boingo as the cops arrive. The next day, Flippers tells Red, Granny, the Wolf, and Twitchy (the Woodsman went on to become a world-famous yodeller) that he is a member of the "Happily Ever After Agency", and enlists the four to start a private agency with him.

Cast

Soundtrack

The soundtrack by Todd Edwards and John Mark Painter was released with the film. Due to legal wrangles, the CD wasn't available for about four years after the movies release, but as of the end of 2009 it is again for sale.

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Track listing

  1. "Into the Book"
  2. "Great Big World" - Anne Hathaway
  3. "Critters Have Feelings" - Todd Edwards
  4. "Nicky Intro"
  5. "Red is Blue" - Ben Folds
  6. "Be Prepared" - Benjy Gaither
  7. "Go Flippers"
  8. "Little Boat" - Daniel Rogers
  9. "Red/Wolf Stare-Down"
  10. "Runaway" - (Josh Greene)
  11. "The Schnitzel Song" - Fleming K. McWilliams and Jim Belushi
  12. "Tree Critter" - Todd Edwards
  13. "Three G's"
  14. "The Real G" - Cory Edwards
  15. "Blow Your House Down" - Pupil
  16. "Hoodwinked Theme (Granny Techno Mix)"
  17. "Eva Deanna" - Todd Edwards
  18. "Chopping for Actors"
  19. "Glow" - Todd Edwards
  20. "Nicky Knows"
  21. "Top of the Woods" - Andy Dick
  22. "Delivery Girl"
  23. "Lair Rescue"
  24. "Cable Car Rescue/End of the Line"
  25. "Bounce" - Todd Collins
  26. "Bossa for Boingo"
  27. "Hoodwinked Theme (Surfer version)"

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, as of August 2007, the film has garnered a "rotten" 48%, out of 120 reviews.[2] On Metacritic, it received a score of 45/100 ("mixed or average reviews").[3] On its 4-day opening weekend, the box office totaled up to $16,879,402. It has grossed $110,011,106 worldwide, including $51,386,611 in the United States.[4] The major criticism seemed to be the animation which was considered "stiff" and "unrealistic". It was praised for its original premise and story.

References

  1. ^ Hoodwinked! at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Hoodwinked at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Hoodwinked at Metacritic Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  4. ^ Hoodwinked at Box Office Mojo Retrieved January 10, 2008.

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