Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Little Red-Faced

So ... I consistently kept up my new weekly feature for exactly one week!

In my defense ... well, I'll make up a defense later. I'm a procrastinator, in case you couldn't guess.

Anyway, this week's CD (or last week's or maybe it was the week before's) is the soundtrack to the marvelous animated classic, Hoodwinked.

Hoodwinked: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

If you haven't seen this movie, it's probably on Netflix or if not, the DVD is crazy cheap, like four bucks. The concept is a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story as a police procedural, using the storytelling technique of Akira Kurosawa's Roshomon. I've never seen Roshomon, but Hoodwinked makes me want to.

Aside from being clever and cute and funny as hell, Hoodwinked is notable for having a tremendously fun genre-hopping soundtrack of original pop songs, rock numbers, Henry Mancini-style caper music, and even a couple of songs from that rarest genre of all: rap music that I actually like.

In addition to numbers where stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Belushi and Andy Dick strut their vocal stuff, the soundtrack includes a wistful melodic piece featuring Ben Folds, along with score music by the film's composer and lots of songs written and performed by the movie's co-director, Todd Edwards, who's obviously a multi-talented guy.

One of my favorite tracks is a bluegrassy tune sung by a yodeling billy goat. Trust me, it makes total sense in the movie.

All in all, a dynamite soundtrack and a movie to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Check it out!

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