My Fair Lady and I went to see Hoodwinked
yesterday and I was cracking up start to finish. Just thought I'd share...
The story picks up with Red Riding Hood (Anne Hathaway) showing up at Granny's (Glen Close) house only to encounter the Big Bad Wolf (Patrick Warburton) already waiting for her. The Wolf lunges at Red, Granny busts out of the closet tied up, and the Woodsman (Jim Belushi) busts through the window waving his axe like a madman apparently there to save the day.
And that's when the cops show up, arrest everyone, then take their stories and try to make sense of everything.
Naturally, you have four different takes on the same story with some inspired variations. How everything meshes together is hilarious, but I think the story overstays its welcome. The final sequence is really funny, but it takes longer to get there than it should have. Plus, I think the story would have ruled if:
Overall, I loved it. The character interactions, the rapid-fire gags, the attention to detail in the background, and so forth. As for the pop-culture references, they're actually funnier here than in either Shrek movie which I consider hugely overrated "time capsule" films that kids will look back at 20 years from now and not get any of the jokes. Hoodwinked
at least has a singing hillbilly goat who is a riot from the second he's introduced.
Also, can we please declare a moratorium on wall-to-wall pop songs for animated films not made by Disney? Kthxbye.
Hathaway was suitably pouty as Red, but Warburton (as expected) stole the show as Wolf. It's almost a spoiler to note who he's dressed like, but if you're a fan of Chevy Chase then you'll appreciate the gag that much more.
The animation was above average, but comparing a CG flick to anything by Pixar (or Square Enix for that matter) will just result in a distant third place. It looks good, and actually suits the story perfectly, but it remains far from the cream of the crop. The writing, though, made up for it. All hail Warburton.
- Patrick Warburton across the board.
- Wolf's assistant.
- "What... have I.... done...?"
- The singing goat.
- ".... doesn't make much sense, but...."
- The overlapping stories, and the specific points where they overlap could make for extremely fun repeat viewing.
- "Hold it, Triple G."
- "The creepy one?"
- The Bakery Bandit.
- The Hummingbirds.