Saturday, September 1, 2007
Animated fairy tales...
If you're looking for an animated fairy tale of sorts (and you're over the age of 4), choose Hoodwinked over Happily N'ever After. Hoodwinked includes many of the same fairy tales - Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, etc., but there's a mystery to be solved, lots of funny satire and making fun of fairy tale inconsistencies. It's worth watching more than once, even as a grown-up. However, Happily N'ever After is barely funny, has no satire and actually tries to figure out what would happen if all the bad guys in the fairy tales, specifically the wicked step-mother in Cinderella, were to win for a change. The only thing memorable about this movie is the distracting amout of animated cleavage the wicked step-mother shows. It starts off well, but then doesn't actually go anywhere once the evil people take over. Hoodwinked, however, is fun from the begining to the end - with a large investigation into the goings on at Granny's house - before the wolf eats everyone. Then they parody a cop-drama trying to figure out the bigger mystery while incorporating all the elements of Little Red Riding Hood, and other stories too. It's a great animated movie, and the voices and animation are terrific.
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