It’s been a poopy day in the Queendom, today.Â And I mean that literally and figuratively.Â The HRH has been in rare form all day.
Yesterday, we added a new item to The List of Stuff I Never Imagined I’d Need To Say To My Kids: “Maddie, we don’t put ramen noodles in our pockets with our fork.”Â Today’s new item?Â “Maddie, we don’t eat screws, nails or nickels.Â Ever.”
Even so, I managed to install and customize a couple new themes here, and update my del.icio.us account with relevant tags.
Yesterday, we all went to see Hoodwinked! at the Corydon Cinemas (who have the worst website I’ve ever seen.Â It’s so bad, in fact, I suspect a certain local “computer services” company bought the logical domain and deliberately put a really bad site up on it to try to convince the Cinema’s to pay them to design a better one.Â Now, that’s an interesting marketing technique.Â Tick off your potential customers before they hire you…)
Right now, they’re having the “Family Film Festival,” which means that all summer long, they’re playing free matinee showings of kids movies on Wednesdays at 10 and 1.Â Of course, you have to pay for concessions, but still. So anyway, me, Joshua and Maddie went and we actually had a great time, after we managed to find at least two seats together and after we managed to convince HRH to go into a dark, blacklit theatre.
So anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by Hoodwinked.Â The plotting, dialogue, voice-acting, and even music were really well done.Â Apparently, it was done on an extremely low budget in terms of CG projects.Â And no, the animation isn’t as good as a Pixar or Disney 3d movie, but frankly, I don’t go to a movie to be amazed at the lifelike quality of all the hairs covering the main character’s head.Â I go to be entertained by a lively, well-written and acted story.Â On that score, it was a lot better than Chicken Little, which wasn’t bad but didn’t have me busting a gut laughing all the way through it like this one did.Â If I had to name one overwhelming strong suit, it was that this film was laugh out loud funny from beginning to end.Â And extremely family-friendly in content.Â Using the German snack food “schnitzel” as a cuss word is about as blue as it got.
My personal favorite character was the Wolf, played by Patrick Warburton, who was The Tick in the short-lived live action tv show, but is more popularly known as Elaine’s boyfriend David Puddy from Seinfeld.Â I suspect the kids preferred Twitchy the Squirrel and Japeth the singing goat, voiced by Bill Gaither’s son, Benjy. I must admit, Japeth was pretty funny–he had one joke but he managed to stretch it out for half the movie without it getting worn out.
Next week is Cheaper By The Dozen 2, which I think we’ll skip in favor of the following week’s feature Curious George.