Theaters Get Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked, the new animated motion picture from Kanbar Ent. and The Weinstein Co., opens in theaters across North America toady, bringing audiences a comical new take on the classic Brothers Grimm fable of Little Red Riding Hood. First released in Los Angeles in late December in order to qualify for Oscar consideration, the movie has been garnering good reviews from some of the nation’s top critics and just may be the first real breakout CG indie.

Written and directed by Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards and Tony Leech, Hoodwinked 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. Andy Dick also lends his voice as a creepy bunny and Benjy Gaither is a standout as a scene-stealing singing goat. The feature also showcases songs penned by Todd Edwards.

Hoodwinked 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. The film open nationally on Jan. 13, 2006. You can read all about the making of this indie project in the January issue of Animation Magazine, now available in Barnes and Noble stores around the country.