I didnít see Hoodwinked when it was released in cinemas despite the fact that I love animated films and try to see as many of them as I can. I guess I had become jaded by the Ice Ages and Shreks out their now that I just couldnít face seeing another self-aware, pop-culture referenced, smart-alecky and overly moralistic ďpost-modernĒ cartoon.
However, Hoodwinked was a pleasant surprise. Sure it is all those things. This is Red Riding Hood revisited. However, itís the smartest one of these kinds of animated movies that I have seen in a long time. The jokes are actually funny and tend to be smart and not just fart jokes.
Okay, the animation looks like it was done on someoneís PC. The characters all move like video game characters, a little stiff and wooden. The camera feels like itís on some rigid track as we spin around the scenes. This is not a film that needs to be appreciated on the big screen. It probably benefits from seeing it on a smaller TV.
Still, the movie is laugh out loud funny. Itís almost the kind of film that I wouldnít recommend you watch with your kids. Most of the jokes are of the over-their-heads variety (ie. when Red meets the wolf she says ďwhat do I have to do, get a restraining order?) and there is little in the way of cutesy falling down stuff for the children to laugh it. I think this is a film more appreciated by adults.
Hoodwinked even has songs! Something I though animated movies had abandoned. They arenít the catchy kind either. Instead they tend to be a bit more tongue in cheek.
While this is not a classic, itís refreshing after Madagascar to not be so insulted by a CGI blockbuster. Hoodwinked is worth checking out.