Barnes & Noble - Ed HulseThis animated comedy puts a topical, irreverent spin on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood, turning it into a cartoon version of a TV cop show. Little Red, Granny, the Woodsman, and the Big Bad Wolf take turns getting grilled by police who show up at Granny's cottage to answer a domestic disturbance call. What the investigation turns up -- the conflicting accounts, the contradictory evidence, the hidden motives -- is enough to make a CSI investigator look for another line of work. Judged on the quality of its animation, Hoodwinked doesn't rate consideration with the big-budget Pixar or DreamWorks releases, but it sports a witty, playful script and strong vocal performances from Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Jim Belushi, Andy Dick, Anthony Anderson, and rapper Xzibit (Alvin Nathaniel Joiner). The DVD extras really enhance this release, too: Bonuses include 10 minutes of deleted scenes and a fascinating 13-minute featurette, "How to Make an Animated Film," which includes concept sketches, storyboards, and insightful revelations from producers David Lovegren and Sue Bea Montgomery and co-writer/director Cory Edwards.
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