Red Puckett is a teenage girl and the most important of the six protagonist characters. She claims to get her name from the red hooded cloak she wears. In the first movie, she is the first of the four suspects to be interviewed by Flippers.
Aside Glance: Multiple examples throughout her story in the first movie.
When she throws a magazine over the side of her treehouse and causes a car to crash into a tree. At the sound of the crash, she blinks and gives a startled look at the camera.
When she is retrieving Granny's recipe book from the vault, the woodpecker asks her, "Are they gonna get your recipes?" Red turns and says "Not today," to the bird. The camera is positioned in such a way that it looks like she is speaking to the camera.
When Japeth denies having just spoken normally, she gives a dissatisfied look to the camera.
Bound and Gagged: In Boingo's cable car in the first one. At a couple of instances in the second movie as well.
Brick Joke: Red's story is the setup for a couple of these. For instance, during "Be Prepared" while in the mine cart, Red is nearly collected by an avalanche that turns out to have been started by Granny.
Broken Pedestal: In-Universe, Red does not really like it when she discovers Granny has hidden her own double life as an extreme sports athlete from her.
Cassandra Truth: Sort of. When Red calls Granny from Japeth's shack, Granny slips on something and emits a yell in pain, causing Red to figure something's wrong, so when the call hangs up:
Red Puckett: Mr. Goat, my granny's in trouble! I've got to find a way around the mountain, fast!
Japeth:[singing] Well you came to the right goat! [pops off his rocking horns]
Red Puckett: Oh, good! More singing....
Crazy-Prepared: Even though Red could not have anticipated the encounter with the Wolf after she falls from the cable car, for some odd reason, she carries a can of "Wolf-Away Spray".
Cut Song: Not exactly cut so much as truncated, but "Great Big World," Red's song, is much longer on the soundtrack - the first verse, the chorus, then a second verse and a refrain of the chorus. In the film, we see all of the first verse (shots of Red riding her bike), but as soon as Red is carried across a stream by hummingbirds, the scene cuts to her on her bike overlooking a valley and the song's refrain. The first run of the chorus and the second verse were animated fully and can be viewed in context on the deleted scenes (the chorus is sung by some beavers riding a log downstream as Red rides on the shore, while Red sings the second verse while she makes deliveries).
Freeze-Frame Bonus: Besides the Wolf-Away bit, there's the text of that magazine Red is reading in the treehouse, and a foreshadow to the reveal that Boingo is the bandit - he tries grabbing for her basket at the moment she slips from the cable car and falls.
Friend to All Living Things: Parodied. Creatures in the forest all greet Red by first name, Boingo and others included, when they see her. According to Flippers, the only crime Red has ever committed has been flying a swarm of hummingbirds over a river without a license. The Wolf is seen observing that bit of "Great Big World" from a bush, and comments, "Whoa! Creepy!" Red would be a full version of this trope if not for the fact that in the Wolf's story, there's a scene where she viciously beats him up, which in Red's defense would be reasonable self-defense since she thinks he's trying to kill her.
Funny Background Event: When Red is in the treehouse, she throws her magazine away in exasperation. It lands on a passing car, startling the driver, who drives right into a tree. Before impact, the scene cuts to a close-up of Red's face. You can see her freeze up and give a startled glance to the camera while a tree can be seen shaking in the distance.
Genre Savvy: She takes the threatening note the vandal throws through Granny's store's window seriously, and acts on her own judgment rather than what others tell her to do. Also, right before she falls out of the tram, Red correctly guesses what the Bandit's plan is, although not realizing that the Bandit happens to be Boingo, the only other person in the car with her. And unlike other versions of the tale, she clearly is not fooled by the Wolf's Granny disguise for a second (the first thing she says upon seeing him is, "What? Who are you?").
Ink-Suit Actor: Some say that Red's face, to some extent, bears some of Anne Hathaway's face qualities.
Red Puckett: They call me "Red" because of this red hood I wear.
Nicky Flippers: What about when you're not wearing it? (beat)
Red Puckett:(quietly) I usually wear it.
Medium Awareness: When Red is singing "Great Big World", depending on your perspective, she may be singing to herself, to the creatures she passes, to the police detectives who are interviewing her, or to the camera.
No Flow in CGI: The directors went for a Stop Motion look and feel in order to justify this inevitability. Red only has four fingers and the likeness of a doll.
Offscreen Teleportation: Has one episode confronting Boingo at the end. When she arrives at the top tram terminal, Red is still hanging on to the side of the car and watching Boingo and Dolph. They start walking away. She is not seen again until Boingo tells Dolph, "You ask yourself, 'Where do I see me in five years?'" and she replies, "How about behind bars?" at which point we see Red now standing at the bottom of the ramp, despite us not seeing her walking over from where she was hiding a moment earlier.
Oh Crap: Several moments for Red. Namely, her reaction to the Wolf unmasking himself, for one. Then there's her reaction during the treehouse scene to a glass window being shattered, which leads her to discover the break-in at Granny's store. Also, her face right before the mine cart crashes at the end of "Be Prepared".
Only Sane Man: Red is this during the entire mine cart scene with Japeth.
OOC Is Serious Business: When introducing herself to Flippers, Red says she pretty much always wears her red cloak/cape thing. After her Broken Pedestal moment with Granny, she removes it. She is not seen wearing it again until when Granny uses it during the tramway rescue.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Red escapes from the Wolf by handing her hooded cloak off to some hummingbirds, who fly it away. The Wolf takes the bait and chases it off a cliff into a river. This despite the fact that the Wolf's retelling of the scene shows him chasing Red's cloak, and from his POV, you can clearly see there are no legs under it, nor is it imitating the motions of a running person.
Pensieve Flashback: When Red retells the confrontation with the Wolf at Granny's house to Flippers, he tries to trick her and asks if Kirk burst in right after the "what big facial qualities" bit. Immediately, the scene cuts to that part of the meeting. Red is on the opposite side of the Wolf and Granny from wear she is in the original scene, and has her hands out in a brace position when Kirk comes in. After a few seconds of the Wolf reacting, Red waves her hands and says, "No! No! Not yet!" and all of the on-screen action freezes in time. With a dismissing wave of her hand, the scene rewinds.
A second later:
Nicky Flippers: And then the Axeman Cometh?
Red Puckett: You got it.
(Inside the flashback, Kirk bursts through the window)
Red Puckett: Only, he was screaming.
Kirk:[weakly] Aargh? [Red glares at him]
Red Puckett: Like a maniac!
Skirt over Slacks: In the first movie, Red wears a blue skirt over blue jeans. In the second movie, she ditches the skirt. Justified, because anyone who has lived or hiked in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Montana or Wyoming (where the high alpine environments and vegetation are similar to the settings of the movie) knows that it's a good idea to wear pants to protect your knees from mosquito bites or avoid scraping your knees on rocks. Red obviously knows this.
Slow Motion Pass By: Red gives a very disgusted Death Glare at the Wolf as she leaves from her questioning and passes him, on the way to his questioning. Topped with an overdone dramatic soundtrack.
Det. Bill Stork:Awkward![awkwardly side-steps out of the room]
Granny Puckett: You're being ridiculous, Red.
Red Puckett:I'm being ridiculous?! You're off living... La Vida Loca, risking your life for some dumb thrills! And I'm supposed to stay home and be your happy little delivery girl?!
Tommy: I have a...
Nicky Flippers: Coffee break, anyone?
Chief Grizzly: Uh, yeah. [Everyone files out except for Red and Granny]
Det. Bill Stork: Who's got my keys?
Raccoon Jerry: You think Granny would mind if I went through her garbage?
Chief Grizzly: Excuse us.
[Everyone exits, leaving Granny alone with Red]
Waif-Fu: Red is a proficient martial artist (she's a black belt and the region champion, and even has a photo of herself in a martial arts uniform on the wall in Granny's house). Too bad her moves are ineffective against rabbit ears.
Ohhhhh an avalanche is coming and I do not feel prepared It's running like a mountain lion, I must say that I'm scared But if not for the witch's spell you'd hear just how I scream But since I'm only singing I'll just yodel 'til we're creamed!
Butt Monkey: Repeatedly in the second film. And always foreshadowed in song.
Casual Danger Dialogue: Or lyrics, for that matter. During Red's mine cart ride, when the avalanche hits, Japeth goes "Ohhhhh an avalanche is coming and I do not feel prepared / It's running like a mountain lion, I must say that I'm scared / But if not for the witch's spell you'd hear just how I scream / But since I'm only singing I'll just yodel 'til we're creamed!"
Crazy-Prepared: "Be Prepared" should be considered a medley of this, as he showcases to Red all of his horn sets that he has made himself to prepare himself for anything. After the mine cart he and Red are in goes airborne, he escapes with a pair of horns fitted with helicopter rotors. Red is rather shocked to see this.
Cut Song: "Be Prepared" is much longer on the soundtrack - with an extra running of the chorus before the bit where Gaither slides down the scale that is not in the final film or the deleted scenes. The deleted scenes version runs an additional eight seconds, with some extra lines added in near the beginning where Japeth steps closer to Red and then eats a rose before the bit where he tips a chair over.
Circumvented by Rule of Funny when Red shows up at Japeth's shack and finds him rocking on the front porch:
Red Puckett: I'm looking for Granny Puckett's house? Japeth the Goat:[singing] Graaaaaaaanneeee Puckeeeet... Red Puckett: Could you stop singing for one moment? Japeth the Goat:[singing] No I can't, I wish I could, but a mountain witch done put a spell on me, 37 years agoooooooo, and now I gotta sing every thing I saaaaaaaaayyyyyy... Red Puckett:Everything? Japeth the Goat:[speaking] That's right. Red Puckett: You just talked! Just now! Japeth the Goat: Oh, did I? [singing] Did I? Dididididodadidididoooo... [Red gives a pissed off Aside Glance to the camera]
Brick Joke / Gilligan Cut: After "Be Prepared", Japeth isn't seen again. But then at the end, when Red, the Wolf, Granny and Twitchy are at the outdoor bar:
The Wolf: So, how 'bout that new delivery system? Red Puckett: Well, it beats riding a bike, that's for sure. [Cuts to Japeth riding a mine cart filled with food] Japeth:[to the "Be Prepared" melody] Oh I've got horns to hold the muffins, and I've got horns to hold the pies....
Freeze-Frame Bonus: Japeth has a map of the mine tunnel system hanging on a wall in his shack. When Red is taking a look at the map, you'll see places with names like Puckett Grove, Sam Hill, Kanbar Kanyon, Murphy's Low, Boulderdash, the Blue Yonder, Beehive, and Old Man's Cave (this last one is kind of hard to tell because Red's head is partially blocking it from view). Also there is a marker for a water tower and a misspelled "You are here" point marker.
Freeze frames are necessary to get all of the Swiss Army Horns that Japeth uses during "Be Prepared". You'll notice that one set of his antlers is apparently a campfire set with hot dogs and s'mores on the ends, for instance. Even a Mohawk style is saying a lot.
Heli Critter: The helicopter horns he uses to escape from the mine cart, Played for Laughs. Red escapes the mine cart in a more improvised method - she turns her hooded cloak into a parachute.
Mine Cart Madness / Rollercoaster Mine: Japeth's system of mine carts. Later harnessed for speedy pastry delivery (though it's not explained if it caught on quickly, given that the section of track accidentally destroyed by Twitchy would need to be rebuilt).
Noodle Incident: Whatever he was cursed by a mountain witch 37 years ago for.
Rule of Funny: Japeth's horns, which include a set with garden tools and a set that gives him a Mohawk Indian appearance.
Shout-Out: The sign over Japeth's shack (visible when Red is walking up the hill to the front porch) reads Pecos Mining Co., a clear reference to the mythical American cowboy Pecos Bill. The "Outpost 23" sign is not related.
Swiss Army Horns: For Japeth, these, of all possibilities, as much as Red gets annoyed with his inability to stop singing about them. He is prepared, with sets that have: bottle openers, keychains, built-in TV remotes (though if he gets good reception up in the mountains is anyone's guess), jar openers, wigs, a set that functions as a coat rack for his other sets, garden tools, clothesline, the ability to cook s'mores and weiners, even a set that lets him FLY.
Worth It: In the second film, when he realizes he's probably going to die, he smashes his banjo and starts singing Il Paliacchi.