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Hoodwinked - Review


Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary By Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards & Tony Leech; Deleted & Extended Scenes; How To Make An Animated Film; Critters Have Feelings Music Video; Trailer.

THE Little Red Riding Hood tale gets a Rashômon-style makeover in this mostly engaging animated adventure for kids.

Yet while certainly amusing, the film threatens to outstay its welcome in spite of a short running time and a strong vocal cast, including Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close and Jim Belushi.

Hoodwinked begins as Chief Grizzly (voiced by Xzibit) and detective Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers) investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny’s cottage.

But what looks to be a straight-forward case of a woodsman assaulting a wolf impersonating a granny in an attempt to eat Little Red Riding Hood soon turns out to be something much more complicated – as no one is exactly who they seem!

Written and co-directed by Cory and Todd Edwards, Hoodwinked begins brightly and succeeds in delivering a number of amusing characters but threatens to lose its momentum once the twists have been revealed and the Rashômon approach takes over.

The central story is told from four different perspectives and the law of diminishing returns quickly prevails.

On the plus side, there’s plenty to keep the kids amused as the exploits involving the Wolf (voiced by Patrick Warburton) and The Woodsman (Jim Belushi) are often laugh-out-loud funny.

While the likes of Hathaway (voicing Red Riding Hood) and Close (as Granny) really sink their teeth into the sardonic script.

Even the low-budget approach lends the film a certain charm.

But by the time the film reveals its true villains and unfolds into an extended chase sequence complete with superhero-style Granny heroics, it feels more than a little strained.

Parents looking to keep the children amused should find this capably passes the test but given the glut of animated films heading our way in the coming weeks, it’s fair to say that Hoodwinked won’t live that long in the memory.

Certificate: U
Running time: 80mins