Director: Cory Edwards
Voice Talents of: Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close,
Patrick Warburton, Jim Belushi
RunTime: 1 hr 20 mins
Released By: GV
Day: 20 July 2006
knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood . . . or so they
think. That’s all about to change because no one has
ever seen their favorite fairy tale quite like this -- turned
upside-down, inside-out and reinvented as a computer-animated
caper comedy that at last reveals the shocking true-crime
investigation behind the legend.
is not your run-of-the-mill CGI family film, especially when
it’s propped up against Pixar’s library. That’s
not to say it does not share its similarities with the flurry
of animated films from the past year. It resembles an irreverent
style not uncommon with many, if not all films of this nature
with its frenzied pacing, plenty of pop culture references
and an impressive serving of Hollywood stars in its roster.
Certainly not as polished as its esteemed predecessors, it
manages to waylay its audiences with a novel style of storytelling
not yet seen in this genre.
might have heard of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the 50s
masterpiece that introduced an innovative concept that rekindled
the art of reconfiguring a story’s narrative. Using
multiple flashbacks of different key characters, it urges
the viewer to attempt to recreate a story - the true story.
Or perhaps, you might be more familiar with Quentin Tarantino’s
own take on this approach in his cinematic bow with Reservoir
Dogs. Hoodwinked uses this very style shamelessly. You could
even call it a gimmick. It really does not improve on this
type of storytelling other than giving it a humourous and
fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood and her encounter with
the wolf is the basis of this particular film. It is told
and retold from various perspectives, which includes Little
Red (Anne Hathaway), Granny (Glenn Close), The Woodsman (Jim
Belushi) and The Wolf (the ever reliable, Patrick Warburton).
Other than the usual suspects, there are also various other
characters that are specially enclosed in the film’s
world, which is filled to the brim with smart-talking woodland
creatures and other manic personalities that’s somehow
reminiscent of downtown Los Angeles.
as a crime caper, the film starts with an inciting incident
that lead the inept police squad and a Sherlock Holmes-esque
frog to investigate its apparent connection to a string of
high-profile recipe thefts by somebody called The Goody Bandit.
As Granny’s house is cordoned off, the interrogations
reveal flashbacks by each character, as some manage to overlap
the other accounts showing why and how each character ended
up at the crime scene.
performance is perfunctory at best. She does not bring any
more humour or sass into the role than the script would have
originally intended. As a singular character, she pales in
comparison with the entirety of the cast, which is nothing
short of a delight. With the film’s cheeky attitude
(sort of like a Simpsons episode) and a tone that is unabashedly
American, its veteran voice actors are pivotal in bringing
their characters’ some sense of posterity in CGI animation’s
swiftly filling library.
execution of the flashbacks is not necessary brilliant but
it is well done. It’s an amusing device that’s
aided by various character interactions along the way. Episodic
in nature, it moves the story along fairly quickly and its
frivolity makes sure the story is understandable and the film’s
whodunit plot thread is probably a little too thin to be taken
seriously. You won’t find any missing gaps in the plot
or wild suppositions - expect everything to be laid out on
a plate for you before the credits roll. What the film could
have done without is its musical numbers. Inspiration-less
and devoid of any sort of wit, each song feels out of place
in a supposedly high-concept alternative to the typical family
you can look beyond the film’s relatively modest animation
that makes the characters look like porcelain dolls, you will
find a fresh take on an age-old fairy tale. Not joining the
pantheon of its CGI brethren like Shrek or The Incredibles
where their stories were matched by its refined technical
detail as well as a rapier wit, Hoodwinked is still far from
mediocre and a great film for the family.
clever and inoffensive, it’s a unique and charming film
that has something for all ages)
by Justin Deimen