NEW YORK, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon and The Weinstein Company announced today that on Thursday, January 12th at 8pm, Nickelodeon will air the first 5 minutes of the new CGI animated family film "Hoodwinked" featuring voiceovers by Glenn Close, Jim Belushi, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Anderson, Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, Xzibit and many more. "Hoodwinked" will be released in theaters nationwide the day after the sneak preview on Friday, January 13th, 2006.
In this re-telling of the classic fable of Little Red Riding Hood, the story begins at the end, and there's more to the tale than meets the eye. Furry and feathered cops from the animal world investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny's cottage, involving a karate-kicking Red, a sarcastic Wolf, an oafish Woodsman and a thrill-seeking Granny. The charges are many: breaking and entering, disturbing the peace, intent to eat and wielding an axe without a license. Not to mention, this case might be tied to the elusive "Goody Bandit" who has been stealing from shops everywhere.
"Hoodwinked" is a CGI animated family film targeted towards kids of all ages and parents. Nickelodeons primary audience is children between the ages of 2 and 11. The last film that Nickelodeon did a sneak preview for was "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" in October 2005.
Nickelodeon, now in its 26th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 89 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for more than ten consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.
Since launching on October 1, 2005, The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films have released the sexy psychological thriller "Derailed," starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen; "The Libertine," starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton; "Transamerica," starring 2005 Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Felicity Huffman; "Mrs. Henderson Presents," starring Academy Award winner Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins; "Wolf Creek," the terrifying Australian horror film based on true events; and "The Matador," starring Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan.
Upcoming releases include "Hoodwinked," a CGI animated family film with voiceovers by Glenn Close, Jim Belushi and Anne Hathaway; "Lucky Number Slevin," starring Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, and Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman, and Sir Ben Kingsley; "Breaking & Entering," written and directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn and Vera Farmiga; "Decameron," starring Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton; "Last Legion," starring Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley; "Young Hannibal," the prequel to the incredibly successful and legendary Hannibal Lecter series; "Scary Movie 4," the latest installment in the hugely successful and hilarious horror-parody series; "Sin City 2," the second installment in the franchise based on the electrifying graphic novels from Frank Miller, which will be co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller; "Pulse," a remake of a Japanese horror film starring Kristen Bell, Christina Milian, and Ian Somerhalder; "Passion of the Clerks," a new film from Kevin Smith; "Killshot," a film from Academy Award winning director John Madden starring Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Thomas Jane, Rosario Dawson, and Johnny Knoxville; "Awake," starring Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen; "School for Scoundrels," directed by Todd Phillips and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder; and "Grind House," a groundbreaking film that will unite two of the world's most legendary filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
During the Weinsteins' tenure at Miramax Films the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films, including fifteen Best Picture nominations and three Best Pictures of the Year for "The English Patient," Shakespeare In Love" and "Chicago." The films, which received 249 Academy Award(R) nominations and won 60 Oscars(R), have generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts and billions more in home video sales. In its history, Dimension Films has released some of the most successful franchises including "Scream," "Spy Kids" and "Scary Movie."
Source: The Weinstein Company