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(Widescreen Edition)

HOODWINKED ($30) offers a fresh and funny spin on the age-old tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Utilizing the familiar aspects of the story as a springboard, HOODWINKED opens with Red (voiced by Anne Hathaway) showing up at the home of her grandmother. As expected, Red discovers a thinly disguised Wolf (voiced by Patrick Warburton) in grandma’s bed, instead of Granny (voiced by Glenn Close) herself, who is actually tied up in the closet. Right on cue, an axe-wielding Woodsman (voiced by James Belushi) shows up on the scene to save the day...right? Wrong!

The next thing you know, Granny’s house is a taped off crime scene, with detective Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers) on hand to get to the truth of what happened at the scene of this domestic disturbance. What follows, are four funny versions of the same story, with the more bizarre aspects of each account becoming cohesive within each subsequent retelling. HOODWINKED benefits from a good dose of off-the-wall humor, silly pop culture references and wacky characters. The movie is an enjoyable animated offering that kept this reviewer teetering between mild bemusement and falling out of my seat laughter. The vocal talent behind HOODWINKED also features Anthony Anderson, Xzibit, Chazz Palminteri, Andy Dick, Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tye Edwards, Benjy Gaither, Tom Kenny and Joshua J. Greene.

The Weinstein Company has made HOODWINKED available on DVD in a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Although modestly budgeted and its CGI animation isn’t quite at the same level as Pixar’s top flight offerings, HOODWINKED really looks good on DVD. Characters and the world that they inhabit are decidedly cartoony, so the animation isn’t photo-realistically detailed, but the image is always crisp and pretty well defined. Colors are very strongly rendered and pop off the screen without flaws. Blacks are accurate, as are the whites. The presentation would appear to have come from the original computer files, so there is no grain or film related flaws to mar the image. Digital compression artifacts are always well concealed on this eighty-one minute feature.

HOODWINKED comes with a solid Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. The film is nicely mixed to take advantage of the outlying channels, whenever the material allows, and even the smaller moments have a nice sense of acoustic presence. Fidelity is very good, with the music and the song being warmly reproduced. Voices have a fairly natural quality, plus the film’s dialogue is always completely understandable. A French 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few nice extras. Co-writers/directors Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, and Tony Leech are on hand to supply an interesting running audio commentary. Five Deleted And Extended Scenes are offered with optional commentary- some of the extra material is good enough to have been kept in the feature and well worth a look. How To Make An Animated Film is a twelve-minute program that gives a brief overview of the production. Closing things out is Critters Have Feelings- a cute animated music video, plus a Theatrical Trailer.

HOODWINKED is an amusing and very enjoyable animated film that proves one doesn’t need a big budget to produce worthwhile feature in this filmmaking niche. Weinstein’s DVD looks and sounds great, making HOODWINKED animation and comedy fans need to check out. Recommended.



Hoodwinked (Widescreen Edition)



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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