Looking for something a little like VeggieTales, only a little more grown-up and a little more mainstream? Looking for something a little like Shrek, but without the innuendo and other kinds of adolescent humor? Either way, Hoodwinked may be the movie for you. Like those other films, it's a wacky, computer-animated riff on classic stories, with a few decidedly modern twists and a handful of pop-culture references. It's also safe for most kids.

It begins with Little Red Riding Hood (voice of Anne Hathaway) paying a visit to Grandma's house and finding a wolf in Granny's bed. In this version of the story, however, the Wolf (Patrick Warburton) is wearing a paper Granny-shaped mask as part of his disguise—and when Red figures out who he is, she exclaims, "What do I have to do, get a restraining order?" But then, within moments, a tied-up Granny (Glenn Close) comes bursting into the room, and so does a screaming, axe-wielding Woodsman (James Belushi).

The police arrive on the scene and declare Granny's house a crime scene. The cops—three of whom are, literally, pigs—are ready to drag everyone down to the police station. It seems there is reason to believe that everyone, and not just the Wolf, might be guilty of something. But then Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers)—a tall frog with a pencil-thin moustache and very long, skinny legs—turns up and decides to interview each of the suspects individually, like Agatha Christie's famed detective, Hercule Poirot.

And so, the events leading up to that fateful moment in Granny's house are told from four different points of view. It takes a while for Hoodwinked to hit its stride, but once all this set-up is complete, it's actually kind of fun to see how the four ...

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2½ Stars - Fair
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Mpaa Rating
PG (for some mild action and thematic elements)
Directed By
Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards(co-director), Tony Leech(co-director)
Run Time
1 hour 20 minutes
Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Jim Belushi, Patrick Warburton
Theatre Release
January 13, 2006 by the Weinstein Company
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