'Little Red Riding Hood' is a favourite fairy-tale of mine, has been since childhood. Speaking of someone who has always loved fairy-tales, especially Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm (the most famous examples) with many favourites, picking a definitive favourite is hard but there has always a great fondness for 'Cinderella'. The titular character is one of the iconic in fairy-tale-dom and literature and then there is that classic scene between Red Riding Hood and the disguised wolf in Grandma's house.
Do find 'Grimm Masterpiece Theater' an interesting and charming series, though few of the episodes are my favourite adaptations of the fairy-tale in question. That is the case with adapted 'Little Red Riding Hood', to me although more than decent it is one of the weaker ones. It does do a nice job with the story and is relatively faithful in detail and spirit, with some of its own touches without padding the episode and story out too much. It is much better though when it is being faithful to the story.
Have always though found the music a consistent issue in 'Grimm Masterpiece Theater'. 'Little Red Riding Hood' is one of the weaker episodes in this regard. The opening and ending credit songs are typically charming, but generally it doesn't fit very well and sounds repetitive and very 80s. Lets not get started on the pretty awful wolf's song.
Expecting adorable Little Red Riding Hood, sympathetic huntsman and the distinguished narrator (with narration written in a way that resembled somebody reading the story out loud at bed-time), the voice acting is not great. The worst case was the wolf, found the wolf's voice far too over-the-top and didn't fit the character design at all. The lip synchronisation was pretty sloppy in places, all over the place with the wolf.
Conversely, the animation was nice. It's atmospheric, mostly smooth and expressive and a nice job is done with the attention to detail in the backgrounds. The theme songs are pleasant and accompanied by well designed intros/outros.
Furthermore, the writing avoids over-simplicity or being too complicated. It's easy to understand for younger audiences while having something for people older but wanting some childhood nostalgia. Some of it is hilarious too. The story is entertaining yet is taken seriously enough as well, though the wolf could have done with a toning down. Loved the interation throughout between Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Red Riding Hood is not too overly cute, and this episode has one of the more interesting depictions of the huntsman.
On the whole, decent and charming but the music and voice acting brought it down. 7/10
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