3D Hoodwinked Rides to Cannes

Among the films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Market is a 3D-animated family feature titled Hoodwinked: The True Story of Red Riding Hood. The film is the flagship project of Cinema Management Group LLC, a new distribution company founded by Edward Noeltner, who most recently served as senior VP of int’l. distribution and head of sales at Miramax Films.

Hoodwinked: The True Story Of Red Riding Hood was written and directed by Cory Edwards and co-writers/co-directors Todd Edwards and Tony Leech. Featuring the voice talents of Tara Strong (Ice Age), Patrick Warburton (The Emperor’s New Groove), Andy Dick (Dr. Doolittle 2), Sally Struthers (The New Adventures of Mother Goose) and David Ogden Stiers (Lilo and Stitch, TV’s Tripping the Rift), the comedy is in post-production with an August 2004 completion date.

The feature was fully financed by Maurice Kanbar, inventor of Skyy Vodka and the elasticized fabric used to make Spandex. Produced in association with Blue Yonder Films, the toon brings together the creative talents of respected Disney Feature Animation veterans Sue Bea Montgomery and David Lovegren and producer Preston Stutzman.

Noeltner says Cinema Management Group has already received firm distribution offers for Hoodwinked from more than ten territories including Spain (Manga Films), Portugal (LNK Audiovisuais), Benelux (Les Films de L’Elysee), Israel (Shani Films), and the Middle East (Italia Films), and is finalizing a number of distribution agreements before leaving for Cannes.

Cannes screening of Hoodwinked will be held at the Rivera 8 on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, May 16 at 12 p.m. Also representing feature animation at Cannes will be DreamWork’s Shrek 2, which is part of the festival’s Official Selection line-up, and Mamora Oshii’s Innocence (Ghost in the Shell 2), which will be released by DreamWorks’ Go Fish in late summer.