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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Anne Hathaway
Glenn Close
James Belushi
Xzibit
Chazz Palminteri.
Directors
Cory Edwards
Todd Edwards.
Screenwriters
Running Time
81 minutes

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Hoodwinked!
Red Riding Hood animation, told from multiple perspectives.


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Plot
Chief Grizzly and Detective Bill Stork investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny's cottage, involving a karate-kicking Red Riding Hood, a sarcastic wolf and an oafish Woodsman.


Review

Little Red Rashômon is a great idea for a movie — telling the Red Riding Hood tale from the alternate views of Little Red (Anne Hathaway), Granny (Glenn Close), the Woodsman (James Belushi) and the Wolf (Patrick Warburton) (who feels he got a bad rap) — but this low-budget animation doesn’t have enough comedic smarts or sufficient visual ingenuity to quite make it work. In inception it’s cleverer than Shrek, taking the same storybooks-populated-by-ironic-Californians tack and marrying it to a better idea, yet it has neither the winning writing nor the appealing characters.
 
The voice cast give good sardonic delivery, but they’re working with dialogue that lacks the sophistication of most modern-day Saturday morning cartoons.


Verdict
The idea is so great that it's a crying shame that the end product is such a sheep in wolf's clothing.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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Average user rating for Hoodwinked!
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So hilarity ensued.

Did the title make sense? No, it didn't... Sense shouldn't be a necessity for kids films. Very much like shrek and Toy Story, there's some adult-ish humor to be laughed at, in the midst of an extremely compelling storyline. The animation creates quite a homliness about this movie, making you depend on the voices and the story rather than rooting for the amazing graphics. The characters are so iconic, twitchy being my favourite, and not just another chipmunk. The characters aren't actually as a... More

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Posted by YouWillBeUnprepared at 23:42, 12 May 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Hoodwinked

I love it too. ... More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 23:42, 02 January 2009 | Report This Post


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Just saw this with my ickle cousin and after not expecting much was pleasently suprised. The animation was crappy but the humour was consitently funny and I had a big grin on my face throughout.   All hail the singing goat!   "An avalanche is coming..." ... More

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Posted by Bulletproof_Monk at 16:21, 01 January 2009 | Report This Post


Maybe I'm just easily pleased but I really enjoyed this movie. And I think the low-budget-ness gives it a kind of indie-esque feel, a great anidote if your fed up with all the super-polished big-budget cgi animated films. A good laugh, I would recommend! ... More

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Posted by SkullKassidy at 13:29, 06 December 2008 | Report This Post


Enjoyable Overall

Definitely under rated. It is has lots of witty references and jokes for all ages. It falls way short of greats like Shrek, but with the budget they had, I think it was brilliant. ... More

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Posted by frazda at 11:38, 18 August 2008 | Report This Post


Enjoyable Overall

Definitely under rated. It is has lots of witty references and jokes for all ages. It falls way short of greats like Shrek, but with the budget they had, I think it was brilliant. ... More

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Posted by frazda at 11:38, 18 August 2008 | Report This Post


no way 2 stars...the movie had great references, good humor, execlent camera shots and overall was a great, enjoyable movie. It may not be a five star movie but two stars is too low ... More

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Posted by davieboy at 20:58, 01 May 2008 | Report This Post


no way 2 stars...the movie had great references, good humor, execlent camera shots and overall was a great, enjoyable movie. It may not be a five star movie but two stars is too low ... More

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Posted by davieboy at 20:56, 01 May 2008 | Report This Post


Fairly Entertaining

This is a very enjoyable animated feature, but way too ambitious ... More

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Posted by blaud at 09:05, 10 March 2008 | Report This Post


Fairly Entertaining

This is a very enjoyable animated feature, but way too ambitious ... More

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Posted by blaud at 09:05, 10 March 2008 | Report This Post


f**c you empire

starting now im not considering any movie ratings anymore 2 stars is to low ... More

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Posted by bizu08 at 18:28, 23 November 2007 | Report This Post


i thought it was good ... More

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Posted by fug91 at 19:28, 05 November 2007 | Report This Post


Only two stars?

Need to double that Olly! The humour was very subtle and this is a film that I went into not expecting too much from and absolutely loved it. Especially the squirrel. The only thing I could fault is that the animation isn't as polished as some of the other releases that promise so much and deliver so little. ... More

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Posted by hellboy22 at 11:07, 25 November 2006 | Report This Post


Empire definately under-rated this one. O.k it's no Ice age, Shrek or Nemo but it is enjoyable, Funny and different to most of the genre. If you awarded half stars then it would get 3.5 ... More

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Posted by nikkimariedavies at 18:59, 08 November 2006 | Report This Post


Hoodwinked, Under rated

This may not have a bigger budget or a well written script, but two stars is a bit low. The movie is a cracker, funny from the start, maybe overly immature but at the end of the day this is meant to be a over the top, pointless and histerical (the goat) kids movie and hits all the boxes for it's genre. This movie has a plot, not a strong one but the chram of the chracters and the quaint setting, and some legendary phrases; like the rant by the rabit abou keith,easily compensates for it. Have kid... More

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Posted by ashleyspencer4 at 00:28, 08 October 2006 | Report This Post


Hoodwinked, Under rated

This may not have a bigger budget or a well written script, but two stars is a bit low. The movie is a cracker, funny from the start, maybe overly immature but at the end of the day this is meant to be a over the top, pointless and histerical (the goat) kids movie and hits all the boxes for it's genre. This movie has a plot, not a strong one but the chram of the chracters and the quaint setting, and some legendary phrases; like the rant by the rabit abou keith,easily compensates for it. Have kid... More

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Posted by ashleyspencer4 at 00:28, 08 October 2006 | Report This Post


I think 2 stars is a bit harsh on this. Sure its not a great movie and the animation isn't quite as good as we've grown accustomed to, but's its mostly funny throughout and there is a kind of charm to its brightly coloured landscapes and characters. I wasn't particularly keen on the Granny or the Woodsman (Granny in particular annoyed me), but found the rest of the film a pleasant enough diversion. And yes, as previously mentioned, the singing goat is quality! ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 18:18, 01 October 2006 | Report This Post


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L: griet Ok, so it is not as smart as Shrek. sp; You got that right.   This film /i]have been something - a cartoon spin on the  ing Hood]folk tale and a mixture of Kurosawa's n he filmmakers decide to insult the intelligence of the audience. Kids will find it utterly boring and adults will cringe at how juvenile the whole thing really is. /b]had the right balance, it catered for i]the children and the grown-ups alike. There is no excuse for producing such a yawn ... More

Posted by se7en45 at 10:41, 26 September 2006 | Report This Post


Ok, so it is not as smart as Shrek. But see it just for the singing goat -- even funnier than a talking donkey. ... More

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Posted by griet at 08:29, 26 September 2006 | Report This Post


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