Thursday, July 27, 2006
I'll admit, when I saw the poster for this one when it was in theatres, I had just one thought: Creepy. All those big eyed, computer animated shiny faced creepy creeps. I was the kid who, in the middle of the night, got out of bed to turn the stuffed toy to the wall because the hall light was reflecting in its plastic eye and it gave me the creeps. I wasn't so sure about this movie.
Well as it turns out, it's a harmless, non-scary, funny little movie. And yes the word Creepy comes up at least twice, proving that it doesn't take itself too seriously.
In a twist on the old fairy tale, the story is basically about the interrogation of the four persons involved in an altercation in the woods. Granny (who isn't your typical Granny, it turns out), Red, the Wolf, and the Woodsman all get a chance to tell their story.
If there's one thing a kid loves, it's repetition. Kids love it even more if something changes just a little bit with each repetition. Each one of the stories ties together in a way that makes it easy for the young viewer to figure out what's going on.
As far as the characters go, several stood out. The wolf is played by the always great Patrick Warburton. Andy Dick brings a special ickiness to Boingo the Bunny.
Twitchy the Squirrel, voiced by directed Cory Edwards, is brilliant. I mean, I hate squirrels even more than I hate creepy dolls and stuffed toys, but I loved Twitchy.
Unfortunately I didn't feel the same way about Red. The character looked grumpy and somewhat snotty and Anne Hathaway's voicing didn't improve it. (I really want to like Anne. She's hit or miss for me.) I really do think it's a big eyed shiny faced prejudice on my part though.
But I won't hold it against her. In her favour, at least she's a strong female character and let's have more of those!!
The animation is just awful. Not even so bad it's good. Just too bright, too harsh, too chunky. Having said that, with its over the top colour and quick edits, this cartoon is probably perfect for a generation raised on video games.
The songs were great though. I liked the "Creatures of Habit", the band performing at the Extreme Sports competition. (Long story...) I thought the song "Critters Have Feelings" was a nice homage to The Cars. Very eighties sounding.
If the kid in your life is begging to watch Hoodwinked, go ahead. You'll find something to laugh at and the kid will too!