Hoodwinked! Pushed Back

The Weinstein Co. has informed us that it has again shifted the release date for its upcoming animated feature, Hoodwinked! Originally slated to open on Christmas day, the CG comedy was moved up to Dec. 23 and has now been pushed back to Jan. 13, 2006.

Written and directed by Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards and Tony Leech, Hoodwinked! offers a fractured fairytale treatment of the classic Brothers Grimm fable of Little Red Riding Hood. The pic centers on a band of creatures investigating a domestic disturbance at Grandma’s famous cottage. The animated players, which include a karate-kicking Red, a smart-aleck wolf, a goofy Woodsman and a thrill-seeking Granny, are voiced by the likes of Glenn Close, Jim Belushi, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Anderson and hip-hop artist Xzibit.

The toon feature was produced by Kanbar Ent., which was founded by SKYY Vodka entrepreneur Maurice Kanbar and former Disney Animation exec Sue Bea Montgomery. This is the first computer-animated theatrical release from Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who handled distribution for the direct-to-video Bionicle series through their former company, Miramax.