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(2005), PG [PG-PG*] (1hr 13min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 15, 2006
77 out of 100

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(2005), PG [PG-PG*] -- The story of Little Red Riding Hood will never be the same.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Blue Yonder Films, Kanbar Entertainment
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company LLC
Director(s): Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech
Producer(s): Katie Hooten, Maurice Kanbar, David Lovegren, Sue Bea Montgomery, Preston Stutzman
Story: Todd Edwards, Cory Edwards
Screenplay: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech
Music: Cory Edwards, John Mark Painter
Film Editing: Tony Leech
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

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How dark can a cartoon fairy tale retread become? The age old tale of Little Red Riding Hood has been made a police story. The original fairy tale is not that pure in the first place what with the tale being of "all the better to eat you with" by a wolf. But now a 007/terrorist combat flavor has been added as the toon authorities try to thwart theft of goodies and their recipes.

Someone has been stealing all the goodies the forest cast has to offer. And stealing the recipes, too. All are goody makers are going out of business. Many of the forest creatures are suspect of being the Goody Bandit. Even Red (voice of Anne Hathaway) is suspect. In a quite clever weaving of vignettes, four principal suspects present the Red Riding Hood story in their own version. Heading the investigation is Nicky Flippers (voice of David Ogden Stiers), a spindly dapper frog with a British accent.

After encountering the Big Bad Wolf (Patrick Warburton) a couple times on her way to Grandma's (voice of Glenn Close) house, Red arrives at Grandma's to find the rather large-mouthed wolf in Grandma's place. After the story-required obligatory questions about the huge features of the wolf, Kirk the Woodsman (voice of James Belushi) crashes in, literally, axe included in time to prevent the original mealtime fate of Red Riding Hood.

But this story is not about saving Red from Wolf's fork. The story is about the forest-wide theft of all goodies and recipes for the goodies. Wolf is not after Red at all. He is a tabloid reporter trying to solve the mystery along with his meteoric papparazzi squirrel, Twitchy (voice of Cory Edwards).

Police Chief Grizzly (voice of Xzibit) and his police force gather all the suspects for questioning. Flippers proceeds to interrogate each suspect. As he does the story is delivered in a quite clever mesh, each version connecting with the pivotal scene at Grandma's.

The story of Little Red Riding Hood will never be the same.

Hoodwinked! indeed earned a final score of 77, making it equivalent to the PG films in the comparative baseline database. But the violence content (W) is noticeably more severe -- and "personal" -- than the standard cartoon violence akin to Buggs Bunny, Road Runner and Coyote violence. Remember, the CAP analysis model considers any animated behavior that can be reasonably duplicated by or subjected to a child to have the potential of being as influential as the same demonstrated by live performers. Under this assumption, Hoodwinked! contained enough violence to be equivalent to some "lite" R-rated films in violence.

Due to lies, insolence and a couple items of invasive humor, Hoodwinked! earned a score in Impudence/Hate (I) equivalent to the cell boundary score between R and PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database. [Is. 59:7, Prov. 19:5] There were no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted, masked or muffled or otherwise.

However, in each of the other four CAP Investigation Areas (S, D, O, M - see the CAP Thermometers), Hoodwinked! earned scores easily equivalent to G-rated films in the baseline database. Sexual Immorality (S) found no instances of sexually-oriented behaviors, images or language. Drugs/Alcohol found only an attempt to drug the entire forest population to addict them to the goodies. Offense to God found only claim of a witch's spell causing aberrant behavior in Japeth the Goat (voice of Benjy Gaither) [Deut. 18:10 - 11] and one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] The Murder/Suicide investigation area found nothing.


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  • Is. 59:7 Their* feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. [* From Is. 59:4, "their" is they who trust in vanity, speak lies, conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.]
  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
  • Deut. 18:10 - 11 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Hoodwinked! (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • frightening image of animal threat
  • animal attack threat
  • threat of harm
  • attack by character
  • martial arts violence, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • poor sportsmanlike conduct, repeatedly
  • abduction
  • threat to kill
  • attempted murder
  • pursuit to do harm

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • lies, repeatedly
  • insolence, repeatedly
  • gross-out humor
  • "But someone robbed ME" to excuse robbery

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • threat to use addictive substance in foods to ensure continued sales

    Offense to God (O)
  • claim of witch spell causing malady
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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