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Redux Rid­ing Hood

In the mid-1990’s, Dis­ney ani­ma­tion was on a high– The Lion King and Toy Story were excit­ing audi­ences and dri­ving peo­ple in to the­aters and back to ani­ma­tion. In those heady days, Dis­ney was want­ing to try new things in the short depart­ment, too: Run­away Brain was the first new Mickey Mouse short in over 40 years. And then there was Redux Rid­ing Hood

Dur­ing these times, a whole new series was con­tem­plated. To be titled Totally Twisted Fairy Tales, the series would be a the­atri­cal Dis­ney ver­sion of Frac­tured Fairy Tales. Ini­tially, four shorts were planned. Three were even started… the other two being “Jack in the Beanstalk” and “The Three Lit­tle Pigs.” Only the one was ever made– pro­duced in New Zealand and directed by Steve Moore. Unfor­tu­nately, the pow­ers that be had taken a dif­fer­ent tack, and the series was quashed. And that one film– despite being nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award– was rel­e­gated for a lim­ited release in the art film cir­cuit. Until now. Direc­tor Steve Moore has uploaded a ver­sion to Youtube so that this very rare and funny short can be seen and enjoyed again.

Direc­tor Moore gives a great account of the pro­duc­tion of the fea­turette on his ani­ma­tion Flip Blog. He recouts that Redux Rid­ing Hood “would take me to the sixth row at the Oscars. Dan O’Shannon, one of the top sit-com writ­ers around, had writ­ten a script about a wolf who, obsessed with his fail­ure to catch Red Rid­ing Hood, builds a time machine to go back and do it right. It was Dan’s con­cept, and the script was hilarious.”

He goes on to dis­cuss his choices in pro­duc­tion design, cast­ing and the jazz sound­track. But most impor­tantly, he brings the film back out for peo­ple to enjoy once again. The film is view­able on the video page from our Redux Rid­ing Hood page.


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