Hoodwinked! The True Story of Red Riding Hood (written and directed by Cory & Todd Edwards and Tony Leech) is a clever take on the central criminal portion (break and enter and attempted eating) of the Little Red Riding Hood story. What Police Chief Grizzly (Xzibit) describes as an open and shut case is carefully dissected with the help of Nicky Flippers the Frog (David Ogden Stiers) into a much more complicated tableau. Nicky interviews each of the suspects and the many different and yet interleaved experiences of Red, the Wolf, the Woodsman and Granny are revealed.
The animation is 3D like a Jimmy Neutron movie but with a rougher, darker quality like the animators have had overdoses of Tim Burton (not quite Stain Boy but certainly around the Corpse Bride or Nightmare before Christmas mark).
I enjoyed the humour and all the twists and turns of the plot very much. This is a DVD that I would certainly want to purchase once it’s available: I’m sure there’s content I missed in the flurry of watching and it’s just so darn good!
The main roles are excellently given voice by Glenn Close (Granny), Anne Hathaway (Red), James Belushi (The Woodsman) and Patrick Warburton (The Wolf). But Japeth the Goat, Twitchy the Squirrel and Woolworth the stool pigeon Sheep all deserve best supporting cast nominations in my humble opinion. And, of course, Andy Dick plays Boingo the Bunny with great sensitivity, a character which keeps appearing in all the story lines for some reason.
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