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5 deleted and extended scenes
“How to Make an Animated Film” featurette with producers Sue Bea Montgomery and David K. Lovegren
“Critters Have Feelings” music video and a feature length
When the police are called to Granny’s house to investigate a domestic disturbance, they discover more than they bargained for. They find multiple violations including breaking and entering, intent to eat, and wielding an axe without a license. But when investigator Nicky Flippers starts interrogating the suspects, he finds out that a lot more was going on than meets the eye. Why was Granny really tied up in the closet? Why was The Wolf so interested in Red? And why did the Woodsman bust into the house with his axe? And how are they all tied into the Goody Bandit who has been terrorizing the woods? All is answered in “Hoodwinked”!
“Hoodwinked” is rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements.
“Hoodwinked” offers up a lot of great laughs. I was reminded a lot of “Shrek” as the film poked fun at various fairy tales. But the movie goes well beyond that. There are a lot of great gags including a hyperactive squirrel, the schnitzel-selling Woodsman, a singing mountain goat, and the inept pig police. “Hoodwinked” even manages to parody films like “Fletch,” “Mission: Impossible,” “XXX” and “Star Wars”. They even parody the Village People at one point. The final result is a film that has just as many laughs for children as adults. This is a movie everyone can see together and find something they like. I showed it to my 7 year old and 4 year old and they both really enjoyed it.
The cast is filled with a lot of recognizable names. While only a couple of their performances stand out in “Hoodwinked,” they all do a good job. Glenn Close is most notable as Granny, the closet extreme sports enthusiast. Her voice is least recognizable among the cast, but she perfectly plays the character. Patrick Warburton is also fun as The Wolf. He’s not that much different than any of his other animated roles, but he gets some of the best lines in the film and has the best sidekick with Twitchy the Squirrel (voiced by co-director Cory Edwards). Andy Dick is also fun as Boingo the Bunny whose role expands as the film progresses. Also listen for Anne Hathaway as Red, James Belushi as The Woodsman, Anthony Anderson as Det. Bill Stork, David Ogden Stiers as Nicky Flippers and Chazz Palminteri in a brief cameo as Woolworth the Sheep.
“Hoodwinked” also has a fun soundtrack. One song sung by Red is pop music. Another song by the mountain goat is country. Another by the Woodsman is polka. Yet another is heavy metal or grunge. It’s quite a wide variety of sounds, but they all work well where they are used. The final result is an eclectic mix that is memorable.
As previously mentioned, the animation is seriously lacking in quality. It’s forgivable thanks to the good script, but it would have been nice if the film had the entire package to offer. Instead the film looks like it was done on a PC by kids. I guess the Weinsteins are saving money in the animation department.
The film also flounders a little when it comes to Granny’s story. It’s amusing that the cute little old lady does extreme sports, but the gag is run into the ground. The film doesn’t pick up speed again until it moves beyond that. The other flashbacks have a bit more to offer.
I also think the PG rating was inappropriate. This seemed like a G film to me. There was no sexual innuendo, violence, or crude jokes like I’ve seen in other G films. Parents shouldn’t worry about the content in this one.
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