Friday Flicks: Hoodwinked!

I first reviewed “Hoodwinked!” on my old blog, back in 2006. Read it here.

I know that this is not really one of the “obscure” movies I said that I would post here, but I’m pretty sure that not enough people caught this flick the first time around.

Hoodwinked is awesome for many reasons. First of all, it comes from the mind of Cory Edwards and his brother, Todd. These guys made this movie happen from sheer creativity, determination, hard work and very little money at the outset. That’s always inspiring to a church planter…

It’s also awesome because it doesn’t look like every other animated movie out there. The creators would tell you that they did the best they could with what they had to work with (The principle of “Hotels on Mediterranean & Baltic” -there really is a post coming) but I really like the animation style for this movie. It fits the story very well and works much better than even the creators realize. It has a “story book” look.

Another reason it’s awesome is because it’s just stinkin’ funny. The other day, out of the blue, my kids actually said that they “really wanted to see ‘Hoodwinked’ again.” So we watched it again, and we were laughing out loud throughout the whole thing. Patrick Warburton as the Wolf=brilliant casting, for example.

And finally, Hoodwinked is awesome because it’s a very clever story, with subtle things thrown in like the character of “Nicky Flippers,” who bears a striking resemblance to the “Thin Man.” (Wait, that’s for another Friday Flick entry.) You’ll figure out the culprit early on, but it’s still fun to watch it play itself out. And the first time we saw it, my brother-in-law, Keith, was in the room. You’ll have to see it to know why that’s funny.

“Hoodwinked!” is the kind of movie that makes me want to make a movie. What I’m trying to say is that I liked it. 😀

Add it to your Netflix que here.

By the way, and just so you’re “in the know,” the sequel is currently in production: “Hood Vs. Evil.”

Did you see Hoodwinked? Will you see Hoodwinked? Let me know in the comments…

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3 thoughts on “Friday Flicks: Hoodwinked!

  1. Didn’t know there was going to be a sequel, though kind of glad to hear it. Wish I could find this movie for easy pickup/purchase. It was pretty clever and entertaining. Not quite appropriate for my daughter when it came out, but she could probably handle it now. (The whole plot twist thing would have been a bit too much for her….)

  2. Uproariously funny. We went to the theater to see it twice. The first time I saw it was with a theater full of little kids. Everytime the squirrel came on the screen, little kids laughed out loud. It was the sweetest sound. My teens and eight yo loved it, too. XXX Granny. What a hoot. Bought the movie and the soundtrack. Family favorite.

  3. Thanks for the comments, Peter and Lisa!

    Oh, and Lisa, it’s GGG not XXX. Haha, I hope that doesn’t drive weird traffic to my blog! 😛

    Cory Edwards has some interesting comments about Hoodwinked as opposed to Shrek on his blog right now. He is not directing the sequel, for a variety of reasons. I hope they don’t ruin what was a great start with Hoodwinked, but we’ll just have to wait and see….

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