Why can't I write movie reviews?
— The Wolf
I know that Shrek
2 are not to blame for the major shift from hand drawn
to computer generated animation. That ball started rolling when
Toy Story took off like gangbusters at the box office.
And they certainly weren't the first to put an alternate spin
on classic fairy tales (my favorites of that particular subgenre
are the now classic "Fractured Fairy Tales" segments
from Rocky and Bullwinkle). So while there will be comparisons
between Shrek and Hoodwinked, I don't think you
can credit (or blame) that green ogre for Hoodwinked.
Hoodwinked is the retelling of the Little Red Riding
Hood story, updated and given the "Fractured" treatment.
All the basics are the same — we have a little girl with
red hood and a goodie bag, a wolf in the woods, a tied-up granny,
a woodsman — but now it's all been a bit skewed.
When the movie opens we're at the traditional end of the LRRH
story, Granny's house with the "what big eyes/hands" routine
going on and the rescue by the woodsman. From here, things go
in a whole new direction to tell us the "true" story of what
happened, both leading up to and after this confrontation between
Red (Anne "Ella Enchanted" Hathaway), Wolf (Patrick "The
Tick" Warburton), Woodsman (Jim "Real Men" Belushi),
and Granny (Glenn "Stepford
We jump forward a bit when the police (mainly pigs, ha ha)
are investigating this "domestic disturbance." They think that
this conflict directly relates to another situation that is
causing havoc in the woods. As the police question the leads,
with the help of a detective named Mr. Flipper (David Ogden
Stiers, doing a riff on The Thin Man), the story of the
forest and saga of the Goodie Bandit unfolds.
It seems that Red is more than some little girl bringing goodies
to her poor Granny. Red is actually the delivery girl for Granny's
sweet treats business. And the business is in trouble.
It seems that the whole forest is filled with critters that
just love sweets, and lots of businesses that cater to them.
The problem is that someone is stealing all the shops' recipes,
forcing them to close. And Granny's shop is the only one left
open. Of course, while Red and her Granny's goodies are the
favorites of the forest, Red dreams of leaving the woods and
seeing the wider world. And Granny has a secret life of her
own as an Xtreme Sports star.
The Wolf, instead of a slavering beast hungry for what Red
has in her basket, is an investigative reporter that wants to
get the scoop on the Goodie Bandit. He and his partner, a hyper
photographer squirrel Twitchy (Corey Edwards) follow Red around
hoping that she will lead them to the Bandit. The section where
we see things from their point of view is just about the best
part of the movie.
The Woodsman is actually an actor trying out for a gig on
a commercial for "Paul Bunion Cream" and has a side job as a
schnitzel salesman. His song as he drives around selling schnitzel
to chubby Germanic kids is the movie's only musical number that's
Hoodwinked pulls off the multiple points of view quite
well. Sadly, the story isn't as good as the way it's told. The
reasons are pretty easy to list. Most of the jokes are obvious,
and not many are really funny. The story isn't really engaging,
except for the Wolf's part, and the musical numbers range from
OK to annoying.
The identity of the Goodie Bandit is pretty easy to figure
out. When revealed at the end it's slightly amusing, but it
riffs way too hard on Syndrome from The
The animation is done in a storybook style, not the "realistic"
look that Shrek went for. The characters mostly look
like plastic figures or fuzzy dolls. I can appreciate what the
animation team was going for, but some viewers will complain
that the animation is stiff.
Hoodwinked is almost good, but isn't quite up to snuff.
There are some decent jokes and good moments, but it could have
been more. It leaves you feeling like it was too fluffy without
enough substance. Kind of like a half-bag of cotton candy.