Weinsteins Get Hoodwinked! For Xmas

Hoodwinked, a feature-length, CG-animated fairytale spoof, will be released theatrically on Christmas Day by The Weinstein Company (TWC). The media enterprise launched this month by Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein also announced that it has completed a $490 million private placement of equity.

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 animated 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, will be 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 launched in 2002 by Maurice Kanbar, the man behind the SKYY Vodka, and former Disney Animation exec Sue Bea Montgomery. Kanbar and Montgomery are credited as producers, along with David K. Lovegren and Preston Stutzman. Kanbar brought a short version of Hoodwinked! to the Cannes market two years ago.

TWC’s first theatrical release, Derailed starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, will open in theaters nationwide on November 11. Other features slated for release through the company include Robert Rodriguez’s and Frank Miller’s Sin City 2 and the fourth movie in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. The New York City-based entity will handle its own marketing and distribution of theatrical releases in the United States, and will also continue to own and operate the Dimension Films genre label.

Despite the Weinsteins’ less-than-amicable split from Disney, Hoodwinked! won’t exactly be competing with the Mouse House’s latest CG-animated feature, Chicken Little, arriving in theaters on Nov. 4. This first animated release from TWC will most likely roll out in limited release in select cities in order to qualify for Oscar consideration before showing up on home video.