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(2005), PG [PG-PG*] (1hr 13min)
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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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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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