Hoodwinked caught the movie world by surprise when it opened in January, almost taking the No. 1 spot at the box office. The low-budget cartoon—which releases to DVD today—went on to gross over $51 million—not exactly Pixar or DreamWorks numbers, but better than recent, and considerably more expensive, Disney films like Treasure Planet, Home on the Range and The Wild. And while the animation was a little on the crude side, some critics hailed the film as a breakthrough for the medium, and said it did for independent cartoons what Pulp Fiction had done for independent live-action films.
Hoodwinkedalso happened to be the work of Christians. Writer-director Cory Edwards had directed numerous Christian music videos, co-hosted the radio show Reasons to Believe, and worked as a Christian stand-up comic before he got his big-screen break. He and his brother Todd had also produced Chillicothe, a Gen-X comedy that got some good buzz at the Sundance festival in 1999, through their production company, Blue Yonder Films.
In anticipation of the film's DVD release today, Edwards spoke with us from his home—and car—in Los Angeles.
How old were you when you made your first film?
Cory Edwards: I was probably eight or nine years old when I started experimenting with our Super 8 camera. For Todd and I, it became this obsessive hobby. We would spend whole summers working on one film. We would storyboard every shot, and do special effects and stunts and all kinds of stuff, and then we had all the strips of film down in the basement that we were doing the edit with. So it became a very involved thing, and I think what it taught us as kids was how to stick with a long-term project and really have a lot of patience to ...1
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Low Budget, Big Success
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