- Adaptation Expansion: Expands the Little Red Riding Hood story.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Has its own Japanese theme song.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: A very organic look was given to contrast the film from what producer Preston Stutzman called the "candy-coated, brightly colored pastel world[s]" of other CGI films. The filmmakers also took cues from The Nightmare Before Christmas about skewing characters' shapes: For example, if you look closely at Kirk, one eye is slightly larger than the other. Sometimes, you wonder if he may have had a small birth defect. And Red only has four fingers on each hand, and her overall appearance resembles that of a doll. It's best seen when her hands are extended.
- Aside Glance: The Wolf gives a brief one after Twitchy says he doesn't drink coffee - while speaking at hyperspeed.
- Red Puckett:
- When she throws a magazine over the side of her treehouse and causes a car to crash, Red blinks and takes a look at the camera at the sound of the crash.
- When Red is retrieving the 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.
- Red pauses to give an exasperated stare to the camera when Japeth denies having just spoken normally.
- Also Twitchy gives the camera a pleased look when he hears his voice (Cory Edwards talking normally) played back at quarter-speed on a recorder.
- Artistic License – Engineering: The tramway that is used for the finale, and made use of in Red's story, has a lot of glaring issues in it that will be easily spotted by anyone who has done mechanical work on a ski resort chairlift: for one thing, the tram cable would need to run in a continuous loop in order to allow for tension to function. There would also need to be a second car going down when this one is going up. Also, the car only runs on a single cable. Because of the increased weight of the cabins, cable cars in the United States have three cables (two outside stationary cables that the cabin grip rides on, and a moving cable in the middle that pulls the car up or down). A lack of intermediate support towers, however, is not entirely unrealistic, as there are actual tramways in the United States (Lone Peak Tramway at Big Sky Resort in Montana, for instance) that don't have any intermediate towers.
- Also, the tram car appears to operate independently of the cable despite having to use that to be pulled up the mountain - law of gravity. The only way it could accelerate to that high velocity is if the main gearbox were disconnected. Also the cable needs to be continuous for tension purposes.
- Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: A writer for Focus on the Family's Plugged In magazine said the film could have squeaked by with a "G" rating. Let me reiterate that: Focus on the Family said the content rating on a movie was too strict.
- Well there is a plot by a rabbit about cornering a market, and there's Stuff Blowing Up in spectacular fashion (a tram car and a wooden trestle).
- Awesome but Impractical: We never get to see what the mine carts do, other than that they are gravity powered, have dynamite stored in them, and they move Red's and the Wolf's stories along and give them another near-encounter. It appears that this must be some kind of mine with tracks clearly built by Imagineers who had been on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad too much, but it's not quite clear what the carts carry because they are never seen loaded (possibly gold, which would explain why there's dynamite in them). And if the carts are gravity powered, then it's never explained why they have a water tower installed, or an emergency ladder in the middle of a track going down into a batcave.
- Badass Grandma: Granny. She fights in cage matches, fer cryin' out loud.
- And she was the champion!
- Bad Bad Acting: Kirk's attempt to pose as Dolph to fool Boingo fails spectacularly, despite him and the Wolf having apparently rehearsed this on the way up.
- Big Eater: The Three Little Officer Pigs, who are caught eating forensic evidence when Grizzly arrives. When Flippers arrives, he says:
Nicky Flippers: Say, Tommy, you losing weight?
Tommy: Uh, no.
Nicky Flippers: Didn't think so.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe example. In Red's version of the events, Twitchy falling out of the tree and flash-blinding her with his mouth must have seemed very very strange, and is one big clue that not everything is as it seems.
- Blatant Lies:
Granny: If there's two things I don't do, it's lie, and play extreme sports.
- Bilingual Bonus: When Boingo is issuing orders to his henchmen, he orders Dolph to tie up Red, Lisa to hold Granny's recipe book, Vincent to grab Kirk's truck. He tells Keith, "Darnit, change your name! Please? That's not scary! And I'm embarrassed to say it. 'Boris.' Try that. (Keith/Boris storms off) Keith, you know. Oh, 'watch out for Keith!'"
- Though Andy Dick ad-libbed this line, the bonus is not intentional. The alternate name and the original name mean basically the same thing in different languages: "Keith" is Scottish-Gaelic for "from the battlefield", while "Boris" is Slavic for "battler" or "warrior".
- When Kirk tells Jimmy at the audition that he wants to be a member of the Happy Yodelers, we see a poster that reads, in Swedish, "Tonite only, Sporthalen - Eskiltuna, Tisdag 29 oktober 19.00".
- Billing Displacement: Dolph shows up on the police lineup poster, which is odd because he doesn't even appear until the second half.
- Especially odd in that he is not played by a name celebrity, and holds a sign displaying "Xzibit as Chief Grizzly." Twitchy also holds a sign advertising Anthony Anderson as Det. Stork, both minor characters but more major than Dolph. Flippers appears but his actor's name does not, and Boingo is completely absent. Needless to say, it is an odd poster.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Who would ever suspect little Boingo?
- Bland-Name Product: Some characters are seen drinking "Forest Dew". Obviously because Mountain Dew wouldn't pay royalties.
- Blinding Camera Flash: Happens accidentally. Specifically, one of the photos Twitchy takes during Red's first encounter with the Wolf (not intentionally, as Red's fall from the tram car had caused Twitchy to end up accidentally swallowing his camera).
- Bound and Gagged: First Granny (She wound up tangled in her paraglider when the canopy and ripcord got caught in the ceiling fan) and later Red (as a prisoner of Boingo.)
- Brick Joke: As the four protagonists tell their day's accounts, they are essentially a long succession of these. A small detail in one character's story that seems bizarre or out-of-place will be explained when another character's story is told.
- For instance, in the entire mine cart sequence, everything about Red's ride is what you would expect... except for the snow slide coming over the edge of the shelf that comes close to collecting her cart. It was Granny using explosive charges to escape from the Bandit's henchmen in a ski race on the upper mountain.
- The porcupine with the Chronically Crashed Car is a Brick Joke. Hopefully he's got insurance.
- Also, the fisherman on the river bank that the Wolf floats by after Red tricks him into falling into the water. He looks bored and looks like he has been sitting there all day. He's seen again, still at the same position, when the cable car lands in the river and blows up after Granny releases the grip. Dozens of disturbed fish fetch up on the shore around him. Hilariously, he doesn't even move from his position despite the enormous fireball.
- Bring It: During the entire fight in the tramway terminal, Boingo does the "bring it" gesture with his ear.
- Of course, there's also Granny's line at the end: "Bring it, honey."
- Broken Pedestal: Red invokes this trope when Granny's secret extreme sports life is revealed:
Granny Puckett: Honey, don't look at your granny like that.
Red Puckett: I'm sorry, I thought you were Triple G! Or are you the Bandit?
[awkwardly side slips his way 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?!
Nicky Flippers: Coffee break, anyone?
Chief Grizzly: Uh, yeah.
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 except Red and Granny files out of the room]
Granny Puckett: I thought you were happy.
Red Puckett: Open your eyes. I've never even been outside of the forest. Don't you think I'd want more than that?
Granny Puckett: Of course you do. You're a Puckett.
Red Puckett: [sighs] I don't know what that means anymore.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: used by Twitchy at one point.
- Carnivore Confusion: Wolf isn't much of a meat-eater, except when he threatens his sheep informant, "You're lookin' kinda tasty."
- Cassandra Truth: When Red calls Granny from Japeth's shack:
Red Puckett: Granny?
Granny Puckett: Huh? What's that? Who's there?
Red Puckett: It's Red. I'm on my way to come see you-
Granny Puckett: Oh my, dearie, I-I'm not prepared! I need to... put down fresh doilies! Aah! [screams as she appears to slip on something]
Red Puckett: Granny! Granny! What's wrong?
Granny Puckett: Gotta go, munchkin. Banzai! [the line is disconnected]
Red Puckett: Oh no!
[hangs up and turns to Japeth, wild-eyed]
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.
- Granny's story shows that this call happens during her ski race, and she is busy trying to deal with the Bandit's henchmen skiers. This means that Red is right when she fears Granny is in grave danger, though she doesn't know that that's true.
- 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!"
- Chekhov's Gun: Coffee for Twitchy causes him to speed around like a rocket.
- When the Wolf is doing surveillance on the tram car from the ground with a radar gun and headset, while he's scanning, a couple bars of the yodeling chorus from the "Schnitzel Song" can heard for a brief second. You hear the rest once Kirk's story is told.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Boingo is the bandit. The only clue is that all four main characters encounter him during their day.
- Fridge Brilliance present: you will probably not be suspicious of Boingo when he appears during Red's story, as that's the first time you'll see him. Once you see him show up at Kirk's truck RIGHT after the truck has been broken into (and it apparently happens between his two meeting with Red because he's still holding the carrot crumpet she gave him during the encounter on the bike), you know something's fishy. That he tries encouraging Kirk by saying that one day, "somebody will open up a great big goody shop, and we can all work for that little guy," kinda is suspicious because himself is small.
- Furthermore, you might figure out he's up to no good when he tells the Wolf and Twitchy to take a shortcut: "You go over the woods and through the river.... No, you don't wanna go through the river. You'll get all wet." Note that he takes "Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house," and switches the first two nouns.
- Oddly enough, what he says ends up being accurate. Wolf and Twitchy go over the woods on the minecarts, and through an underground river.
- It's really hard to catch the first time you watch the movie, but if you've seen it before and know that Boingo deliberately threw Red out of the cable car, you realize that the look he has when she's falling with the basket goes from surprise to anger just at the very end, as a subtle Traitor Shot.
- A minor case involves the hummingbird chorus in "Great Big World" that carries Red and her bike across a river. The birds later show up when Red hands her cloak over to them and they serve to trick the Wolf into falling off a cliff.
- Chronically Crashed Car: There's a blue sports car with a rear wing attachment that keeps being wrecked by the main characters' actions.
- First, it's seen being driven by a duck during the treehouse scene. Red throws up her arms in exasperation and unwittingly tosses her magazine away. It falls, and lands on the car's windshield, which startles him enough that he drives into a tree (the impact is not shown as the image cuts back to Red right before the impact, but we do hear tires, the crash, and see a tree shaking in the background, followed by the driver yelling out that he is okay, and Red shooting an Aside Glance at the camera).
- The second and third times, it's driven by a porcupine and both times the impact is caused by Kirk. It's first crushed by a tree during Kirk's tree chopping spree. At the end, as the bad guys are being taken away, the Wolf and Kirk are driving Kirk's converted truck down the hill. When they arrive at the bottom:
Kirk: Hello, everybody! Look, we've got the book! (The truck hits a tree, which is uprooted and crushes the porcupine's car again)
- Completely Missing the Point: After "Top of the Woods", there's:
Granny Puckett: Sweet tea and cookies! We've got to do something.
The Wolf: I know. The song was catchy, but the choreography was terrible.
Det. Bill Stork: D'ah, it's the woods, chief. We don't have a downtown.
Chief Ted Grizzly: You know what I mean! Just book 'em!
- Concealing Canvas: When Red retrieves Granny's recipe book, it's shown to be locked up in a safe that is hidden behind a family portrait of Red's grandfather.
- Cool Old Lady: Think Vin Diesel from XXX, she even uses a few signature moves from that movie in the ski race.
- You mean like the 3 'G's tattooed on her neck, and that whole bit of dialog?
- Crazy-Prepared: Japeth. "Be Prepared" is practically an omen to the trope. After the mine cart he and Red are in goes airborne, he escapes with a pair of horns fitted with helicopter rotors that seemingly came out of nowhere. Red is rather shocked when she sees him fly away with this set.
- In the ski race, Granny has dynamite charges ready to set off at a moment's notice, for any enemy ski teams.
- Red carries a can of "Wolf-Away", which comes handy if you should have a confrontation with a wolf in the woods.
- Creator Cameo: Cory Edwards plays Twitchy. His voice was then digitally sped up to create Twitchy's "normal" voice, but when the Lassie scene happens and Twitchy speaks very quickly into a tapedeck, Twitchy's voice is slowed down by the guy playing the tape recorder to quarter-speed to create Edwards' smooth-talking normal voice.
- Cursed with Awesome: Japeth says he can't speak, only sing. "Be Prepared" is probably the best song in the whole film.
- Circumvented by Rule of Funny when Red comes along and finds Japeth rocking on the porch of his shack yodeling and strumming his banjo:
Hello. 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: [unimpressed]
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]
- Cutaway Gag: Red's first conversation with Flippers contains one:
Nicky Flippers: What's your name?
Red Puckett: Red.
Nicky Flippers: And why do they call you that?
Red Puckett: Why do they call you "Flippers"?
[Cuts to Flippers on the dance floor at a disco club in a flashy white suit. As the crowd chants "Go Flippers!" in the background, he does a perfect backflip and lands in a splitz]
Uh, no reason
. [scratches his tie like an unconscious habit]
- And when Flippers starts to interview Granny, and she is asked if she's been stealing from anyone, she says, "Oh no, Mr. Flippers. The only crime I've ever committed is make my goodies unlawfully delicious." We whip-pan to Tommy holding a bag that says Granny Puckett's Goodies - Unlawfully Delicious!
- At the 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: [singing] Oh I've got horns to hold the muffins, and I've got horns to hold the pies....
- Deadpan Snarker: Red and the Wolf have moments. The Cutaway Gag quote is one, for right after it:
Nicky Flippers: What about when you're not wearing it? (beat)
Red Puckett: (quietly) I usually wear it.
- When Red hangs up after using Japeth's shack phone to call Granny, only to get disconnected, she pleads for Japeth to help her:
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)
- When the Wolf watches Red's fall about a hundred feet from a cable car and hit the ground after getting entwined in a couple of branches:
The Wolf: [into tape recorder] Ouch.
- Deleted Scenes: Weinstein Bros. executives demanded the cutting of some parts. The "cuts" as they were ended up meaning that many of the songs that appear in the film are a lot shorter than they are on the soundtrack. These deleted scenes are included on the DVD release:
- An extended version of "Great Big World" with a restored second verse where Red is shown making deliveries
- The "Schnitzel Song" is a lot longer on the soundtrack than it is in the film. Part of it was restored in the form of a bit where Kirk leads two children in a tap-dancing routine.
- Extended version of "Tree Critter", the song performed at the pre-ski race festivities, which restores a missing verse
- The restoration of five seconds extra running time to "Be Prepared", which is not too significant, other than adding in a shot of Japeth stepping closer to Red and then a shot of him eating a tulip
- A storyboarded extended version of the scene where the Wolf and Twitchy are chased by bats through the caverns
- Deer in the Headlights: Kirk freezes up in fear when the giant tree is falling towards him.
- Deus ex Machina: The can of "Wolf-Away" pepper spray that Red uses in her first encounter with the Wolf counts. As does Granny's sudden acquisition of explosive charges of the kind that ski patrollers use to set off controlled slides on avalanche prone ski slopes (bowls and double-black trails) during the ski race.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys: (Twitchy: Never-trust-a-bunny!), especially when it comes to getting directions. Often, they lead you on routes where you could be killed if you don't make the right decision.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: The mastermind turns out to be the bunny rabbit.
- Don't Explain the Joke:
Boingo: I'm gonna need a lot of real estate down the mountain, so I've gotta blow the competition away. Oh, and that's not a metaphor. We've literally got to blow them away. OK?
- Double Entendre: Granny literally wins the ski race by a landslide.
- Dynamite Candle: Twitchy pulls out a stick of dynamite when the mine cart enters a tunnel. "Dee-na-mee-tay. Hmm, must be Italian." (A Christmas Story Shout-Out?)
- Easter Egg: Wolf and Twitchy end up in a cave populated with bats, due to them making the mistake of trusting Boingo to find a shortcut to Granny's place. It doesn't help that Boingo had scribbled illegible directions and a map on to the side of a brightly colored Easter Egg.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Sort of. Granny's got a tattoo of three G's on the back of her neck. Flippers says that is appropriate because she already has three strikes against her.
- Epic Fail: The Wolf's attempt to impersonate Granny with just a falsetto voice and a plastic face mask. Red is not fooled for even a second.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: And handled much less clunkily than the way it was handled in the Shrek franchise; the prize for the most impressive and spectacular martial artists in the film goes to Boingo, who utilizes his ears as the primary weapon of his highly effective personal style of martial arts. Red's method is also quite awesome, at least in the Wolf's story where she beats him up.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Twitchy, natch.
- Evil Detecting Squirrel: Twitchy's funnily enough the only one who appears suspicious of Boingo while everyone else doesn't give a second thought about trusting him. It seems to have more to do with him sending them through a flooded tunnel and writing the directions out on an Easter Egg than with him being the bandit.
- Evil Laugh: Boingo.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Granny's products are "Unlawfully Delicious", and that's even written on the packaging.
- Exact Words: Boingo tells the Wolf and Twitchy that he knows a shortcut to Granny's house. It involves going "Over the woods and through the river" - note that he doesn't falter when switching the two nouns.
- Expy: Wolf is essentially the Chevy Chase version of Fletch.
- Face Palm: When Twitchy falls out of the tree and flash/blinds Red, Wolf does a face palm and comes out to confront her.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: During the ski race / battle, the combatants fire snowballs at each other.
- Faux Affably Evil: Boingo, who generally talks in a joyful and non-menacing tone, cracks jokes, but does nothing to hide just how monstrous he really is.
- Feather Fingers: Boingo's ears.
- Five-Man Band:
- Flanderization: Though a bit rare in films (and almost unheard of in animated ones), there are exceptions in here.
- Foreshadowing: There are tons of these in the movie that would be overlooked until another character's point of view is told.
- Red's ride in the coal mine only tells us that she and Japeth are launched airborne as the track at the end of the tunnel has collapsed. The Wolf's story reveals that the drop after that tunnel had been blown up accidentally when the Wolf was hurrying to get rid of some lit sticks of dynamite in his cart. Likewise, the cause of the avalanche in the sequence that happens before Red and Japeth enter the tunnel is revealed to have been Granny setting off explosive charges to escape from the Bandit's henchmen.
- Audio version: when the Wolf pulls out his radar gun to start listening in on activity in the cable car, he aims it to make sure it's working. When he is scanning, he picks up the ambient noise of a goat bleating and frogs croaking. Then there's what sounds like German yodeling. It's actually a bit of the chorus from the "Schnitzel Song" that will be sung in Kirk's story.
- The taxicab the Wolf uses to overtake Red has a Paul's Bunion Cream advertisement on the roof.
- When Kirk is talking with Boingo after finding his truck vandalized, Boingo says, "Well chin up, mister! Maybe someday someone will open up a great big goody shop, and we can all work for that little guy." Notice how he's the small one in the conversation.
- Provided you notice it the first time, looking at Boingo's face when Red falls out of the cable car instantly tells you who the culprit is.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- In the second part of the confrontation between Red and the Wolf, Red pulls out a mace can and sprays it in the Wolf's eyes. It's called "Wolf Away Spray".
- In "Be Prepared," when Red and Japeth's mine cart pop out of the tunnel, you see the drop they go down with a POV shot. If you freeze the scene about midway down the drop, you will see that the Wolf and Twitchy are in the mine cart that goes by on the track Red's cart goes under. When the Wolf gets to this point in the story, if you freeze when the Wolf says "Now THIS is a shortcut!" you can see Red and Japeth dropping in the background, and can hear Red's scream. At normal speed, you only hear the scream and Red appears as a red blur for less than a second. You can even pick up a tiny bit of Japeth's yodeling if you've got a good ear.
- Also from "Be Prepared": when Red is looking at the map of the mine routes in Japeth's shack, if you freeze it, 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 it's located at a spot where Red's head obscures the text). 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.
- A nice one in Red's story when the doors open and she falls from the tram car. Watching it frame by frame, you'll see that Boingo tries to grab for Red's basket, not her, right as she grabs it before going over, and has an angry expression as opposed to a concerned one. This appears to suggest that he is intent on snatching it, then pushing Red out, but she falls a couple seconds too soon.
- When the storybook is flipping back to begin each character's story, you might notice snippets of text from the Brothers Grimm version of the original fairy tale.
- When the picture of Red in her martial arts uniform is seen during the interruption of her beating up the Wolf in the Wolf's retelling, you'll see that the text on the bottom reads "Red Puckett: Forest Regional Karate Champion".
- In The Reveal that Boingo is the Bandit, his signing of Granny's autograph prior to the ski race is revisited. Interesting entries can be seen on his checklist, including: "Take Down Muffin Man," "Ruin Red," "Send Wolf on wild goose chase," "Pay off ski team," and "Call Mom".
- When the notary is sharpening his pencil prior to Red telling her story, you can see he's already written some summary notes in his notepad, including "Red - Related to Granny - Establish timeline for Wolf - check references."
- When Red is reading the magazine Far Away Places in the treehouse, one shot will show text about a number of foreign places like China and Scotland. She is looking at a cartoon of a rhino and zebra having tea (this one's hard to tell as the image is partially out-of-frame).
- When Boingo shows his apocalypse slideshow to Red, you might notice that his "Boingoland" territory has an airport in it, an amusement park, all of it extends down from the cable car terminal, and his acquired real estate also overlaps with Smallville. (The movie happens in mountainous terrain and Smallville is in very flat Kansas).
- When Boingo insincerely asks for Granny's autograph, you can see EV, with the rest covered by his fingers. Later, you see it says EVIL PLAN.
- A blink-and-you'll-miss-it type: when Twitchy is repairing his camera after accidentally swallowing it, you see that he uses a small can of a hydrogen peroxide solution to clean the individual parts. Right before we cut to the Wolf's interview with Red, he sprays a bit of the solution under his armpit like deodorant.
- Boingo makes a cameo during the montage of the Wolf investigating in various disguises.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: This film takes Little Red Riding Hood and combines it with elements of cop shows and Rashomon.
- Likewise, during the film there are various other mentioned fractured tales: Rumpelstiltskin is mentioned in the beginning as being the subject of a police case to find his real name, and The Three Little Pigs are revealed to be running a real estate scam near the end (which, naturally, the Wolf is trying to stop by huffing and puffing and blowing their houses down. Metaphorically of course). The latter are probably different from Timmy, Tommy and Glen.
- Friend to All Living Things: Parodied. 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 it, 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 would be reasonable self-defense since Red thinks he's trying to kill her.
- Frogs and Toads: Inspector Nicky Flippers.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: Averted. Each character's story is told individually so that there is no juggling back and forth.
- Funny Background Event:
- When Red is reading the travel magazine in the treehouse, she throws it away in frustration. It lands on the windshield of a passing car driven by a non-human driver, who promptly loses control. The scene cuts back to a close-up of Red's face as we hear screeching tires and an Offscreen Crash (accompanied by a tree in the distance shaking). She looks at the camera and freezes up with a panicked look on her face. She relaxes when the driver yells that he's OK, and she continues talking with a woodpecker as if nothing had happened.
- Doubles as a Meaningful Background Event: When the Wolf and Twitchy apply the emergency brake on their mine cart after accidentally blowing up the trestle, they come to a stop at the bottom of the hill. As they are coming to their senses, the driverless cart behind them can be heard approaching the tunnel exit. The cart then comes out of the tunnel and flies off the end of the destroyed track and over the Wolf and Twitchy's stopped cart at the bottom, accompanied with a loud scream, which establishes to the viewers that it is the cart Red is riding in. They dismiss the resulting sound.
- Furry Confusion: Subverted: Flippers seems to walk a non-anthropomorphic dog into the crime scene. It's actually the notary.
- Furry Fandom: There's a minor human character, known only as the "Sandwich Man", who wears a fursuit. He's the guy the Wolf is interviewing at the start of his story, and briefly cameos as the one human that Red passes by during "Great Big World". The Wolf even refers to him as "my furry friend." In fact, he's the only human character who even shows up in Red's story other than Granny.
- And, unusually for a mainstream work, he is never mentioned as being the slightest bit weird. Of course, considering the setting they're in...
- Furries aren't widely known outside the internet or CSI: Miami, so crowbarring in a joke about them would be a bit redundant.
- The odd part is that the human isn't particularly pleased to be present, offering only grumbles and sighs. It comes off as someone filling in for a missing character, and being forced to wear a ridiculous suit.
- Genre Savvy: Red Puckett. 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 fails to fall for the Wolf's Paper-Thin Disguise when he's impersonating Granny (the first thing she says upon seeing him is, "What? Who are you?").
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When the depressed Red leaves Granny's house, the reporters spot her. The rabble obscures some of the dialogue and the subtitles say 'It's just some kid'. but if you're listening, you know the word ends in 'ch', not 'd'. And that makes it more like...
Reporter 1: Hey look! It's Little Red!
Reporter 2: No, it's just some bitch.
- Giant Avalanche of Snowy Doom: Granny sets off an avalanche that provides a cold weather version of the trope.
- Gilligan Cut: Red says the new delivery system beats "riding a bike, that's for sure." Cuts to Japeth singing while riding a mine cart down the track, filled with goodies, and wearing customized horns to hold his products, singing "Oh I've got horns to hold the muffins and I've got horns that hold the pies" to the "Be Prepared" melody.
- Also, a Smash Cut variant when the Wolf and Twitchy are given directions by Boingo to Granny's house:
[The screen goes black. There is a click as Twitchy flips on his camera light, revealing that the Wolf and Twitchy are walking through a water-logged cave]
The Wolf: ....and then that lemonade goes bitter, and ferments, and turns to pig-swill. Never trust a bunny with directions, Twitchy.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "What the schnitzel?" when Kirk finds his truck burglarized.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: When the Wolf grabs Red's cape and finds it's empty, the camera whips back to show him frozen in mid-air just past the edge of a cliff. He says "OK, not cool", then falls straight down into the water below.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wolf and Twitchy.
- Hair-Raising Hare: Boingo.
- Heli Critter: Japeth survives the mine cart accident...with horns fitted with helicopter blades. When he flies by Red, who is using her cape as an improvised parachute, she looks at him in disbelief and says "What?!"
- How We Got Here: The premise of the first half of the movie is everyone retelling their stories.
- Hypocritical Humor: Boingo urges Keith to change his name to something like "Boris" because it doesn't sound evil enough. Which is funny considering that A) Boingo's name is not that scary-sounding either, and B) the alternate name means basically the same thing as the original, as 'Keith' is Scottish-Gaelic for "from the battlefield" while 'Boris' is Slavic, for "battler" or "warrior".
- Ice-Cream Koan: Flippers.
Chief: Boy, you are just full of those, aren't ya.
- Intrepid Reporter: The Wolf.
- Instant Flight, Just Add Spinning: Japeth has a pair of spinning horns that he uses as helicopter rotors to escape from an off-the-rails mine cart.
- I Knew It: The Wolf says "I knew it! Never trust a bunny!" when Flippers makes The Reveal that Boingo has to be the culprit. Considering that earlier, Boingo basically tricks the Wolf and Twitchy into going on a long out-of-the-way route, it's clear he didn't trust the guy to begin with.
- He also says it when a conversation he overhears between Red and Boingo over his radar gun seems to confirm his suspicion that Red works for the Bandit. (Note that Red was actually expressing concern to Boingo about the Bandit's possible plan and protecting Granny's recipe book, but the Wolf was getting static that drowned out parts of the conversation)
- I Need a Distraction:
- Inspector Lestrade: Grizzly is this.
Chief Grizzly: [eying the four detainees] This looks pretty open and shut. Little miss rosy-capes (Red) making covert deliveries to the goodie-tycoon (Granny), Wolfie tries to eat 'em both, then crazy flannel-pants with the axe here (Kirk) busts in, swinging vigilante-style. Take 'em downtown, boys!
Det. Bill Stork: D'ah, it's the woods, chief. We don't have a downtown.
Chief Grizzly: You know what I mean! Just book 'em!
Nicky Flippers: Not so fast, Grizzly. [enters] That's the problem with you bears: always growling up the wrong tree.
- Also, when everyone is being interviewed after the villains are captured, while Red and Granny try to put credit for saving the day on each other, Grizzly tries to take all the credit.
- "I Want" Song: Red's story opens with her singing the song "Great Big World".
- Implausible Boarding Skills: Granny surfs down the tram cable on a muffin tin. Considering that the rope gauge on many real chairlifts and gondolas is around 4.8 meters, muffin tins would not fit on real cables.
- Implausible Deniability: Japeth can only sing everything he says:
Red Puckett: [unimpressed] Everything?
Japeth: [speaking] That's right.
Red Puckett: You just talked! Just now!
- Ironic Echo: Red Puckett's story has this. During a phone call she makes to Granny:
Granny Puckett: A trip up the mountain is too dangerous for a little girl.
Red Puckett: I'm not so little anymore!
- In the very next scene, when Red is in the treehouse:
Woodpecker: Are you going somewhere far away?
Red Puckett: No, the world is too dangerous for me! [Throws her arms up in the air, exasperated, and unwittingly tosses her magazine... onto a passing car's windshield]
- When Kirk is on the phone with Jimmy, Jimmy tells him "Don't act like a woodsman, be a woodsman." Later, when the Wolf and Kirk are about to infiltrate the Bandit's hideout, the Wolf tells a disguised Kirk, "Don't act like an evil henchman; be an evil henchman."
- When the Wolf and Twitchy make the mistake of following Boingo's directions and find themselves in the cave, the Wolf casually says, "Never trust a bunny with directions, Twitchy."note Later, when Flippers reveals that Boingo is the Bandit, the Wolf says, "I knew it! Never trust a bunny!"note
- Ironic Echo Cut: The second variant of this happens in Red's story when Red stops her bike for a family departing their boarded up roadside shack.
Red Puckett: [voiceover] With the Goodie Bandit on the loose, recipes were becoming an endangered species. I decided to call Granny. If anyone would know what to do, she would.
[Cuts to Granny sewing while on the phone]
Granny Puckett: I don't know what to do. I'm just a tired old lady.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Twitchy's "DEEN-A-MEET-AY. Hmmm, must be Italian" moment.
- Jitter Cam: Used in a justifiable way during Red's mine cart ride. Is not used in the Wolf's trip over the same track, though, where the camera is stable even while going around turns.
- Jive Turkey: Granny, hilariously enough, during the ski race.
- Jump Scare: When Red is fleeing from the Wolf in her retelling. She runs for a short time, and thinks she is home free. Then she turns, and the Wolf appears from behind a tree, accompanied with the small sound of bats.
- Kinda Busy Here: When Red calls from Japeth's shack, Granny is... rather busy. Revealed to be the result of talking-while-alpine-skiing - naturally, something you don't want to do when your team's being murdered. Nor something you want to do in real life, as alpine skiing with poles in each hand requires a lot of simultaneous hand and eye coordination.
- Lame Pun Reaction: When Flippers says he wants to talk to Kirk the woodsman, Stork says "Maybe you should AXE him yourself!" then starts laughing uncontrollably at the pun until he sees Grizzly giving him the Death Glare, at which point he sobers up and says "I'll bring him in."
- Laser-Guided Karma: Happily Ever After indeed: Red gets her wish to travel the world. Wolf gets his wish to do undercover work. Granny gets her wish to perform hair-raising stunts. Plus, Boingo and his henchmen are struck by this at the end.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Invoked.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: Red Puckett is the Forest Regional Karate Champion.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Top of the Woods", a song where the Bandit sings to the captive Red about his plan to cause mass destruction and corner the goody market....to a cheerfully upbeat and bouncy melody (although the choreography is terrible):
" When you're hopping on down the bunny trail, the critters all seem to look down
You're fuzzy and small
Your ears are too tall
And goodies make the woods go round"
"Now I'm not a pig
But you've gotta think big
When you're competing with the girl in the hood
So you won't be a fan of my evil plan, but I'm gonna be top of the woods!"
"Now the kids will be packed with my BoingoSnax
Construction begins in a day
And all of the bears will be ruled by the hare
As I maniacally plot from my evil lairrrrrr! HAHAHAHAHA!"
- From the movie soundtrack, there's "Bounce" (a portion of which is heard when the Wolf and Twitchy are in their mine cart), a pretty catchy rap song warning you to be on the lookout or else the bandit will take everything you have.
- MacGuffin: The book of recipes.
- Magic Skirt: While Red employs Skirt over Slacks, Granny's skirt stays in place regardless of what physical stunts she performs.
- Meaningful Name: Flippers apparently is called this because of a gig he once did at a disco club. Lampshaded by Red:
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.
- Not only is Red's hooded cape red, but in certain shots, her hair appears red because of the angle of the lighting (this is very noticeable in close-ups of her face in the treehouse scene).
- Boingo obviously gets his name from the springy sound he has in his hop.
- Media Scrum: Woodland critter news networks. Especially when they ask Grizzly questions like "Is the house made of gingerbread?" and "Do bears eat gingerbread?" which irritate him into telling another cop to push the crowd back.
- Medium Awareness: When Jimmy hangs up the call on Kirk's car phone, he says, "I gotta be in a circle wipe across town but I'll see you at 10:00." That's exactly what he appears in for that very conversation. Note that all phone calls in the movie use circle-wipes (Red's first call to Granny from the payphone is shown from both characters' perspectives, and in Red's story, her call to Granny's cell phone from Japeth's shack).
- Verse 2 in the soundtrack version of "Top of the Woods" is:
When your only desire is to dominate the land of the wolfs and the squirrels
You've got to think with an open mind, and learn to detest little girls]
And everyone knows at the end of a show, the villain puts his plan into words
Except there won't be no rescue before the credits roll, 'cause I'm gonna be top of the woods!
- In "Great Big World", it's not quite clear whether Red is directing the song at the audience or at the police who are interviewing her.
- Method Acting: Kirk is an out-of-work actor trying to land a role, which is why he was trying to fell a large redwood tree in the first place. Unfortunately, he first acts Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket with an axe.
- Mighty Lumberjack: Invoked with Kirk Kirkkendall, an actor playing a burly German axeman in foot cream commercials.
- 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 destroyed part of track would need to be rebuilt).
- Misplaced-Names Poster:
- The DVD cover.◊
- In the Widescreen DVD cover, at least, to some extent. While a few of the nametags for important characters are held by the correct person, the nametag for Xzibit as Chief Grizzly is held up by Dolph, one of the skiers.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Minor example, but two of Granny's teammates at the ski race are 2-Tone (a penguin) and P-Biggie (a polar bear), which is jarring considering that the movie takes place in a place similar to the Rocky Mountains. Those two are from opposite ends of the world.
- "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Granny. With a drop of hairspray instead of sweat. Technically not a "cable drop", but an obvious shout-out to the first Spider-Man movie (where it was a drop of blood).
- Mistaken Confession: The Wolf suspects that Red is smuggling stuff for Granny when he listens in to her conversation with Boingo from the ground with a radar gun. He hears most of what she says after Boingo asks her if she delivers over here, but he doesn't hear the whole thing because parts of what she says are drowned out by static.
Boingo: Look at me, I'm fuzzy. Hey, you deliver up this far?
Red Puckett: Well, not usually. But I was thinking about what you told me earlier - about the Muffin Man. I need to protect Granny's recipes from that bandit's evil plan. They're gonna shut down everyone in the forest if we're not careful.
- Because the Wolf's radar gets static, all he hears is:
Boingo: Hey, you deliver up this far?
Red Puckett: [unintelligble due to static] But I was thinking of [static] the Muffin Man [static] Granny's recipes [static] an evil plan [static] to shut down everyone in the forest.
The Wolf: [lowers his radar gun and turns it off] I knew it
. She's working for the old lady.
- Mood-Swinger: Boingo the rabbit. Apparently, the producers couldn't decide whether "Verge of Tears" or "Maniacal Cackling" was better, so they used both, to comedic effect.
Boingo: Oh, I just love my job!
- Mood Whiplash: As Red is reminiscing about when she was younger in her OOC Is Serious Business moment, she finds a medal in a flashback:
Red Puckett: Huh, what's this?
Granny Puckett: Oh, it says "World's Greatest Grandma."
Red Puckett: Grandma, I can read. It says "Battle of the Iron Cage Gladiators." (cue black-and-white photos of Granny in a cage match)
- At the end of "Be Prepared", we go from Japeth's wacky song while being chased by an avalanche to the mine cart being launched airborne. After Red turns her cloak into an improvised parachute, she comes out of the clouds as dramatic music plays in the background. The mood turns comedic when we see Japeth fly past Red, playing his banjo and flying with a set of helicopter horns and saying "I WAS PREPARED!" before lifting up and away.
- Arguably, some Mood Dissonance when the Wolf and Twitchy accidentally ignite all the dynamite in their mine cart.
- Motive Equals Conclusive Evidence: Defied. While the police interrogators latch onto the ideas that all the suspects present had possible ulterior motives, all of them are cleared of being the Goody Bandit. Flippers tells the police that he has to go through procedures before booking anyone, and tells Red that they don't arrest people for being creepy.
Tommy: Yeah, Bruce? You know that guy we got in the tank?
Bruce: Uh, the creepy one?
Tommy: Yeah, better let him go.
- Motor Mouth: Twitchy.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Said by The Wolf after giving Twitchy some coffee.
Granny: Now the rest is up to us.
Kirk: Can I have coffee?
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Boingo issues orders to his henchmen:
- What makes it funnier is that particular moment wasn't supposed to have a joke at all. It was ad-libbed by Andy Dick, who did think "Keith" was a stupid name for an evil accomplice.
- Also somewhat ironic. See Bilingual Bonus for more.
- Never Heard That One Before: When the Wolf consults Woolworth in the flock for information, Woolworth says this when the Wolf quips about "pulling the wool over his eyes". "Ha ha, hillarious. You come up with that yourself? That's funny."
- Never Mess with Granny: Especially not "Triple G".
- Never Trust a Trailer (Twitchy: Never-trust-a-trailer!): So as to avert Trailers Always Spoil with the plot twist, the trailers are formatted such that they constantly portray the Wolf as a moronic, incompetent villain, instead of a very intelligent investigative journalist whose only antagonism is a case of Mistaken Identity on Red's behalf.
- The trailer also mentions by name Anthony Anderson, who has maybe a dozen lines in the whole movie as the stork detective, but doesn't name Patrick Warburton, whose role is second to Red in size.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: During the mine ride, Twitchy mistakes a stick of dynamite for a candle. In struggling with him to get rid of it, the Wolf accidentally ignites the rest of the load stored in the back of their cart. Frantically trying to get rid of the explosives, they end up blowing up a section of track before they safely pull the emergency brake at the bottom of the hill. The camera then pulls back to reveal just how much track has been destroyed. Seconds later, the missing track wrecks the cart that was right behind them - Red's mine cart.
- Twitchy accidentally gets the Wolf's tail caught in his camera while trying to fix it after he swallowed it, causing the Wolf to cry out in pain and unintentionally scaring Red into running. Ultimately, this allows her to escape, and ultimately is the reason for the mine cart accident and Red's encounter with Japeth.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Arguably, Boingo's incidents were kind of helpful. Him pushing Red out of the tram car gives the Wolf an opportunity to interview her in person about the thefts, for one thing. Also, though the Wolf complains about the directions Boingo gave him as being misleading, it does lead them to the coal mine and they do actually get a faster ride once they board a cart.
- No Flow in CGI: The directors went for a Stop Motion look and feel in order to justify this inevitability. This is even influenced in the characters' designs: Red only has four fingers and the likeness of a doll, and Kirk has one eye that's slightly larger than the other.
- With other objects, flow is proper. When Red's mine cart is airborne, her cape is flapping in the high winds.
- Non-Action Guy: The Wolf loses every fight he gets in, meaning he takes beatings from Red and from Boingo.
- Noodle Incident:
- Flippers remembers the Wolf from three years ago on the Stiltskin case. The details are a bit fuzzy, other than that Flippers caught the Wolf snooping around trying to figure out the guy's real name. Apparently the Wolf came close, and was going to settle with Greg Stiltskin.
- Whatever happened 37 years ago that led to Japeth being cursed with the inability to talk, only sing, by a mountain witch
- No OSHA Compliance:
- The mine carts. Whoever thought it a good idea to store dynamite in an open bundle instead of inside a crate must not have been the brightest bulb in the box, nor whoever thought to store matches right next to them to light them up. Also, the carts have no safety bars or restraints for all the steep hills, dips and turns in the track.
- The cable car finale. It is evidently possible to eject the cabin's grip from the cable by pulling a red emergency release lever.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Boingo arguably is this. He seems like a decent rabbit who just happens to run into all four of the main characters on their separate journeys. Then it's revealed that this detail makes him the Bandit. When the Wolf is posing as an electrical inspector and talking to him, this dialogue occurs:
The Wolf: Let me level with you, you're an evil genius, right?
Boingo: Well, I don't know if I'd say "genius," you know. I was asked to join Mensa.
- Genius Bonus: As Mensa's website says that "potential members must score within the top 2% of any approved standardized intelligence test", Boingo has an IQ of at least 140 or higher.
- Odd Name Out: See "names to run away from" above. The four guys on the ski team are Dolph, Lisa, Vincent... and Keith.
- Oh, and the officer pigs are Timmy, Tommy, and Glen.
- Offscreen Crash: The Wolf's fall into the river is like this in Red's story. We see Red hide in a tree trunk as the Wolf runs after her cloak (which is being flown by a few hummingbirds). As soon as the Wolf goes off-camera, there is a yell and a splash.
- Offscreen Teleportation: When she arrives at the top tram terminal, Red is still hanging on to the side of the car and watching the Bandit and Dolph. They start walking away. She is not seen again until the Bandit 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.
- Averted with the part of Red's encounter with the Wolf where she pepper-sprays him (and in the latter's story beats him up). As Red tells it, the Wolf obviously appears to have teleported. The Wolf's story shows that he does try chasing her on foot for a few moments, but catches a taxicab to overtake her.
- Oh, Crap:
- Her reaction to hearing the sound of a window being broken while up in the treehouse. The woodpecker says, "Uh-oh" while Red tenses up with fright. She runs over and finds Granny's store has been broken into.
- In the entire mine cart sequence, it appears Red is thinking this the whole journey. Once the avalanche hits, she turns around and sees that the cart is being rapidly chased by the snow slide as it crosses a gorge and goes into the tunnel. Her reaction is much more appropriate for the situation than Japeth's. Once inside the tunnel, Red screams preemptively as the cart speeds towards the dead ending track and goes airborne.
- When she is bound, gagged, and wheeled on a dolly into a tram car packed with explosives.
- The Wolf:
- He chases Red's cape, and grabs it triumphantly, to find that it's empty... prompting the camera to zoom way back to reveal that he is frozen in mid-air just past the edge of a cliff. He turns to the camera, says "OK. Not cool," then falls into the water below.
- When he realizes that the candle Twitchy's just lit in the cart isn't actually a candle. "Lose the candle!"
- When he realizes the tree he is cutting down is about to fall on him. "Oh, schnitzel!" He is frozen like a Deer in the Headlights.
- When she finds herself defenseless against the Bandit's henchmen during the ski race.
- Japeth's reaction to the avalanche in "Be Prepared". Since he can't scream, he 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!"
- Oktoberfest: Kirk's got a pretty thick German accent. It's kind of jarring considering that Red, the Wolf, and Granny all have American accents.
- 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: The Wolf's disguises, like the one where he interviews the woodland snack shack owner with an alias name and also uses a neck brace to pretend that he burned his neck. Also the scene where the media scrum fail to recognize Red without her red cloak on, and instead charge off after a large male jogger wearing a red hoodie.
- The Wolf's attempt at impersonating Granny fails spectacularly. Despite the Granny mask and the apron and the falsetto voice, Red is Genre Savvy enough to tell the difference, but she doesn't point this out and plays along. The fact that the Wolf is using Granny Puckett's own official licensed merchandise probably doesn't help his case.
- Compared to other versions of the story, this one is significantly improved.
- During the tramway terminal infiltration scene, Dolph is Mugged for Disguise, and Kirk is dressed to impersonate him - also wearing a ski mask so that the Bandit won't recognize him. After gagging Red and as he's finishing padlocking the door:
Kirk: [disguised as Dolph] Uh, Mr. Rabbit?
Bandit: Dolph! Where have you been?! You nimwitted Eurotrash with the, what is that, a ski mask?
Kirk: [who, as we can see, is wearing a ski mask that fails to hide his long beard] Uh, I, um, yah...
Bandit: I like that! See, that's scary. Yeah that's good.
Kirk: Um, b-boss...
Bandit: [exploding with impatience] WHAT?! Say it! Spit it out! What's goin' on?!
Kirk: Um... boss, uh, Paul's Bunion Cream has the soothing formula-
The Wolf: [interrupts, dressed as a utility worker] Hi there! What he means to say is that I'm the building inspector.
Kirk: Yah, yes!
The Wolf: I just need to tap the pipes; see if your wiring's up to par.
Bandit: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold it, you're not... no, you can't touch anything in here.
The Wolf: [pauses] Let's walk.
- This second instance is played straight: for some odd reason, the Bandit must have terrible eyesight or is not paying enough attention to realize that "Dolph" has A) a different body build and B) has suddenly grown a very long beard. Nor does he seem to recognize the Wolf in his electricians' disguise, which is strange considering that he met both Kirk and the Wolf on separate occassions over the previous day and their voices should still be fresh in his mind (as it has been no more than fourteen hours at most since those two meetings).
- Perspective Flip: The entire premise of the movie. Some scenes are visited twice, like Red's first encounter with the Wolf after she falls from the cable car, and use the exact same dialogue and actions, but small things are changed to show the characters' different perspectives. Both Red's and the Wolf's stories have Red pepper-spray the Wolf, but only in the Wolf's story does she beat him up. In Red's story, the shadows are longer, to reflect how frightened she is in the aftermath of her fall (with only beams of sunlight penetrating the trees, and the Wolf standing in the shadows), while the Wolf's story uses normal lighting in this scene.
- Pensieve Flashback: When Red is retelling the confrontation at Granny's house to Flippers. Flippers tries to trick Red and asks if Kirk burst in right after the "what big facial qualities" part of the encounter. The scene cuts right to that part of the scene. After a few seconds of the Wolf reacting, flashback Red suddenly waves her hands and says, "No! No! Not yet!" and all of the on-screen action freezes. With a dismissing wave of her hand, the scene rewinds.
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 Puckett: [angrily] Like a maniac!
- Police Lineup: The movie poster is one.
- Profiling: When Chief Grizzly insists on pinning the crime on the Wolf, he sardonically says, "Ah, the Wolf did it. Talk about profiling."
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Three.
- After the first conversation between Red and Flippers:
Chief Grizzly: Recipes have been going missing all over the forest, goody shops have been going out of business for months, and the trail. Ends. Here! I've got a case to close.
- When the Wolf says he can be called "Sheila:"
Chief Grizzly: Quit playing around, Wolf! You're looking at three to five in an old shoe with no windows! So start! Singing!
- Kirk's encounter with Boingo:
Boingo: Well chin up, mister! Maybe someday, someone will open up a great big goody shop, and we can all work for that. Little. Guy.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The ski team to the Bandit.
- Raised by Wolves: The Wolf. (Naturally.) When he says this, a brief shot is shown of his family portrait.
- "Rashomon"-Style: Variation: The four accounts are all totally accurate (using literally the exact same animation from both the same and slightly different angles when they overlap), but thanks to Shown Their Work, we still get a different impression from their limited perspectives: slightly different dialogue, different lighting (for instance, in the first encounter Red has with the Wolf, the trees cast bigger shadows in Red's story than they do in the Wolf's story), objects being positioned differently, and even different actions by the characters (Red's story does not include the part where she physically beats up the Wolf).
- Record Needle Scratch: As the second verse of the "Schnitzel Song" is about to begin while Kirk and the kids are waltzing along.... whip-pan and needle scratch to show Kirk's truck sitting on cinder blocks and emptied of its equipment.
- A moment where a needle scratch could have been used is when Red is talking in the treehouse to the woodpecker, since she gives just long enough of a pause that the sound effect would fit in.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Granny outruns an avalanche while racing downhill. Cracked.com says it is possible.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just after the Wolf tries to assure Twitchy inside the cave that they won't die, a pair of big red eyes blink behind them, accompanied by a loud growling noise. The Wolf and Twitchy are chased into another cavern by bats lurking in the darkness.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Boingo is well aware of his cuteness and uses it to his advantage! He says that this is why running the cable car isn't a very bad job.
- Right Behind Me: During the fight in the tramway terminal, Granny uses this.
- Running Gag / Brick Joke: The blue sports car that keeps getting crashed by the main characters. First, Red wrecks one when she throws a magazine from the treehouse and it lands on the windshield, causing the driver to swerve and crash into a tree. But the main one is the porcupine driven one that has problems around trees - first by Kirk chopping one down, and later when Kirk and the Wolf, driving Kirk's converted truck, run into a tree, which gets uprooted.
- The pig who keeps reacting quizzically whenever Flippers uses food metaphors. For instance:
Nicky Flippers: Slow down, chief. We've got four suspects and that means four stories. And if you keep people talking long enough, someone'll spill the beans.
Timmy: [oink] Beans?
- Rule of Funny: The Wolf catching a taxicab in the woods to chase Red? Yeah, pretty convenient to have a cab just happen to show up when he hails one. It's surprising why Red never says anything in her story about a cab passing her while she's running away from the Wolf.
- Also, Japeth's detachable horns. Which include some truly bizarre sets like a Mohawk Indian set, and a campfire set. What reasons does he have to keep these if he lives by himself in an abandoned mine shack?
- Red and Japeth's mine cart goes above the clouds after going off the dead-ending track. At what appears to be somewhere between 60-80 mph.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "And ka-BLAMMO!"
- Schizo Tech: Red uses a candlestick telephone during several scenes. At one point, she even uses a candlestick payphone. Meanwhile, Granny has a modern corded phone at home and has her calls forwarded to a cell/mobile phone while she's out. Kirk's Schnitzel truck has a phone. Twitchy also mentions a beeper (pager) and asks if Wolf got his beep (page).
- Serious Business: Snack shack owners are very protective of their recipe books. In fact, it's pretty clear that Granny's recipe book is treated by Red in the same that KFC treats the Colonel's Original Recipe (for the record, only two people know the complete recipe, only one knows the combination to the safe that the recipe is stored in, and a number of executives know partial segments; when it had to temporarily leave KFC headquarters in Louisville in September 2008, it had its own motorcade transport it). In the world where the movie is set, they act in a similar way to Willy Wonka: these owners go out of business after their secrets are stolen (the result of espionage).
- Moreso. As several characters mention, "Goodies make the woods go 'round." It was also used in a deleted verse from Red's song "Great Big World". The phrase itself is probably a take at the tile of a song in the original Universe of Energy at Epcot called "Energy (You Make the World Go 'Round)", or at a line in "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen.
- Skirt over Slacks: Red wears a blue skirt over blue jeans. In the second movie, she ditches the skirt.
- Justified. 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) will tell you 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.
- Short Cuts Make Long Delays: The Wolf and Twitchy trust Boingo with directions to Granny's house after Boingo says he knows a shortcut. That turns out to be through a flooded cave. Populated with hungry bats. Which isn't helped by the fact that Boingo writes the directions on an Easter Egg, which is basically impossible for them to decipher.
- Lots of references are made to other classic fairy tale characters, their stories, and nursery rhymes.
- Rumpelstiltskin: Flippers says upon seeing the Wolf, "I remember you! Three years ago on the Stiltskin case: you were snooping around for a lead on his real name." The Wolf matter-of-factly says, "I was close too. I was gonna go with Greg. Greg Stiltskin."
- The Muffin Man: Never seen on-screen, but when Red runs into Boingo during her bike ride, he sadly states that his employer - the Muffin Man - was shut down last night by the Goodie Bandit. Also, when the Wolf's story begins, there's a quick shot of Boingo in the store holding a muffin tray out to a disguised Wolf during his investigation montage.
- Little Bo Peep: When the Wolf interviews his informant Woolworth, Woolworth describes Red as a "sweet gal, not like that Bo Peep. That brat put up an invisible fence, I tasted metal fillings for a week!"
- "Over the River and Through the Wood": When the Wolf and Twitchy have their encounter with Boingo, Boingo says he knows a shortcut to Granny's house. He quotes the song title, only he transposes the nouns - he says, "You go over the woods and through the river....No, you don't want to go through the river. You'll get all wet." Cut to the Wolf and Twitchy in a flooded tunnel.
- Fletch. Wolf dresses like, speaks like, uses the same exact disguises as, and even has the same Theme Song, as Irwin Fletcher.
- xXx. Grandma has 3 G's tattooed on the back of her neck, which Flippers says is appropriate because she has three strikes against her.
- The scene where the Wolf questions Woolworth is an homage to The Naked Gun. It even directly lifts some of its dialogue.
- The "USE THE HOOD!!" moment when Granny appears to Red while her mine cart is flying through the sky has got to be an A New Hope reference.
- Also in Star Wars references: the scene where Twitchy and the Wolf fall into a hole while in the cave, and all you can see of Twitchy is his camera light, is similar to Luke and R2D2's arrival on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back.
- The Wolf knocking on Granny's door and identifies himself with "candygram" in the same way the Land Shark did in the Saturday Night Live skit. Also a possible reference to the "Candygram for Mongo" scene in Blazing Saddles.
- Twitchy's babbling leads the police to treat him like Lassie. "The well! Timmy's stuck in the well!"
- Twitchy reads the print on the side of a stick of dynamite: "DEE-NA-MEE-TAY. Hmm, must be Italian".
- 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.
- Song of the South is referenced in the hummingbirds who appear in "Great Big World".
- Many of the scenes in the cable car (Red's aborted ride up and also the life-and-death finale) nod to the German war film Where Eagles Dare.
- Boingo says "But I'm top of the woods, now, baby!" which is a take on James Cagney's line "Made it, ma! Top of the world!" in White Heat.
- Red's fight with Boingo in the cable car loading dock is reminiscent of the training sequence between Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix. Especially with green monitors in the background.
- There is reference to Saturday Night Fever during "Tree Critter" prior to the ski race.
- The song "Critters Have Feelings" is either that...or bordering at copyright infringement to The Cars.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Granny runs off to save Red, Boingo tells her she doesn't trust her for keeping her double life a secret, but Granny just hit him on the head while still running.
- Slow-Motion Pass-By: Parodied. Red glares, disgusted, at the Wolf as she leaves from her questioning and passes him, on the way to his questioning. Topped with an overdone dramatic soundtrack.
- Species Surname: The Wolf's full name is Wolf W. Wolf. Hmm, wonder what the middle W stands for. I'll bet it's also "Wolf".
- Most of the other animal characters:
- Chief Ted Grizzly naturally has to be a grizzly bear.
- Det. Bill Stork is definitely a stork.
- Jimmy, the lizard who serves as the director at Kirk's audition, has the full name of Jimmy Lizard.
- Nicky Flippers is a frog.
- Stealth Pun: When Boingo shows up during Red's bike ride, he says, "Nice outfit! Always red with you. You must be in autumn."
- Storyboarding The Forest's Destruction : Literally done by Boingo to Red with a slideshow presentation to demonstrate his plan.
- Storybook Opening: Literal one. Not only is it used to open the film itself, but also to open each character's story, by flipping backwards to a map and zooming in on a certain location. Red's and the Wolf's zoom in on the house at the lower left corner of the map, Kirk's goes to the building on the upper left corner, and Granny's goes to the cottage.
- Stuff Blowing Up: At least the tram car explosion gave that fisherman a big break, given the number of fish that flop up on the shore. Earlier, the Wolf accidentally blows up a trestle that causes Red's mine cart to go airborne, due to Twitchy mistaking a stick of dynamite for a candle.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Now, dear, if there are two things I don't do, it's lie, and play extreme sports."
- Swiss Army Horns: Japeth's, 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.
- Supervillain Lair: The tramway summit terminal is in a cave. Much of the space is occupied with the tram's electrical systems, the motor room, tensioning, and machinery. It functions as Boingo's lair.
- Take Our Word for It: When Red is browsing the travel magazine in the treehouse, whatever she's reading is so unsatisfying that she tosses it away when she says "The world is too dangerous for me!" The Disaster Dominoes effect occurs as the magazine lands spread open on a passing car's windshield, startling the driver enough that he loses control and crashes into a tree.
- Talks Like a Simile: Nicky. Lampshaded by Chief Grizzly: "You're just fulla those, aren't ya?"
- Tempting Fate: When Red is riding up the tram with Boingo:
Boingo: Hey, you deliver up this far?
Red Puckett: Not usually. But I was thinking about what you told me earlier - about the Muffin Man? I need to protect Granny's recipes from that bandit's evil plan. They're gonna shut down everyone in the forest if we're not careful. (The doors immediately fly open, and a few seconds later, Red falls, grabbing the basket as she goes over)
- The Ahnold: Dolph.
- This Is What The Forest Will Look Like Afterwards: Done with a slideshow and graphics instead of a 3D model
- Timmy in a Well: When Twitchy intercepts the police, he gets treated like Lassie because he's talking so fast that he is very incoherent (due to being high on caffeine).
- Title Drop: "You've been hoodwinked, Baby! Oh yeah!!!!"
- Too Dumb to Live: The Wolf when Red distracts him so that she escapes from him. Once she beats him up and hands her cloak over to the hummingbirds, she hides in a tree and the Wolf takes the bait of following the cloak. Notice that he is completely oblivious to the fact that said cloak is floating and there are no human legs underneath it, plus its movement does not replicate the motions of a running person.
- Considering that she had just beaten him up and run from him, it would be no surprise if he's just disoriented or desperate to catch up with her.
- Too Incompetent To Operate An Axe: Even though he's an actor, Kirk would be the world's worst lumberjack:
- First, he tries holding his axe by the blade and hitting the tree with the handle, coming off looking like a complete idiot in the process.
- Then he tries forcing the blade against the tree like he's trying to split the tree down the middle.
- Finally, he's seen jamming it against the tree and trying to uproot it from the ground with his foot.
- Only once he reads Chopping For Actors ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!") does he get the hang of how to properly use the axe. It works well with the small trees. But when he gets to a very big tree at least five feet in diameter, his option is to swing repeatedly at the tree despite being fully aware that it won't fall with one swing. By several hours later, the tree is just balancing precariously on a small amount of bark and looks like someone has eaten a large bite out of it the same way you might take a large bite out of an apple. When Kirk abandons his work to go check out a scream, the tree gives way. With a tree that large, it would have worked more easily to drill holes into the side, plant explosive charges, and detonate them.
- Totally Radical: Granny and her ski friends spout out The Nineties idioms to the point of parody (which probably intended.)
- Traitor Shot: It's only visible for a split second, but when Red is falling from the tram, you can see Boingo glaring down at her, with an expression of anger instead of one of concern. Also, notice that he grabs for her basket, instead of her, right before she falls.
- Tropes For Dummies: Kirk can't cut a tree with proper stance. Fortunately, he improves upon finding a copy of Chopping for Actors ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!")
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: The first verse in the soundtrack version of "Run Away" (which is all that is heard in the movie) is played in Eb major, but then after the first chorus, the song goes up a semitone to E major, hre it remains for the last two minutes of the song.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Lampshaded wonderfully by Stork when Red finds out that Granny is living a secret life as an extreme sports athlete:
Granny Puckett: Honey, don't look at your granny like that.
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]
- Unreliable Narrator: Everyone sees the events differently, a la Rashomon. Somewhat subverted: no one is actually lying, they just have limited perspectives. This means that when two characters have overlapping encounters, you will notice many subtle and/or very obvious differences - lighting, dialogue, positions of objects, and characters' actions. For analysis, let's look at the Wolf's encounter with Red after she falls from the cable car:
- In Red's story, the trees cast very long shadows. Considering that she had just fallen about 50 to 100 feet from a moving tram car into an area she is probably not familiar with, she would be frightened. In the Wolf's story, the scene has more regular lighting.
- The sequence of Red's screams during the fall differ significantly between the two stories, but she still hits the same number of branches on the way down.
- In the Wolf's story, the tram car doors open and Red falls almost instantly. In Red's story, there's a five second interval between the moment the doors open and when she actually falls.
- Red only sees the Wolf's eyes and a deep threatening growl. Earlier in the Wolf's story, he's talking to Twitchy about how he's feeling hungry after their meeting with Woolworth and they agree to stop for lunch after they've done surveillance on Red. His stomach growls while he's hiding and trying to observe Red through the bushes, which was probably not what he was expecting.
- The way Red sees it, the Wolf roars to frighten her. The Wolf is actually yelling in pain when his tail gets caught in Twitchy's camera as Twitchy is trying to fix it after coughing it up (having swallowed it accidentally after Red crashed through the tree branch Twitchy was on when she fell).
- In Red's story, after Twitchy lands and takes the accidental photo of her, she turns around and the Wolf has instantly appeared there. In the Wolf's story, he is still behind the bush when Twitchy does this, facepalms, and Red is already looking his way when he emerges from his hiding place. She also takes a step back when she says "Hello".
- The Wolf overtakes Red by taking a taxi. In the middle of the forest.
- When the second part of the encounter happens, Red runs in a straight line after being scared into running. In the Wolf's story, she appears to take more of a zigzag course and her pace is significantly slower.
- Red gasps when the Wolf appears for the second time in the Wolf's story. In her story, she turns and this is accompanied by a Scare Chord.
- When Red pepper-sprays the Wolf, their stories depart drastically.
- Red: The Wolf steps out and says "Hand over the basket!" She pepper-sprays him, blinding him, then runs.
- The Wolf: he steps out as she approaches, and asks to see what's in her basket. She pepper-sprays him, then while he's blinded, she beats him up, disables him with a spin kick, then gathers her heels and walks away. The Wolf's scream when being sprayed is also much different - in Red's story, he's screaming like being blinded is an inconvenience, but in the Wolf's story, his scream sounds more like genuine pain, implying that he's never received pepper spray to the eyes before.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Schnitzel" for "shit" when the tree starts to fall towards Kirk. Also used as a substitute for "fuck" or "hell" when he finds his truck raided.
- Urban Fantasy: There are cars - a sports car and 1990s-style police cars. Also, there is a mix of cell phones and old-style telephones (Red uses a payphone to call Granny early in the day, and later uses an old rotary phone when she is inside Japeth's shack, and Granny has a cell phone during the ski race).
- Verbed Title
- Villain Song: "Top Of The Woods" for Bongo, the Goodie Bandit.
- Visual Pun: Wolf disguises himself as a sheep in order to interrogate his paid informant, Woolworth.
- During the credits, you see a drawing of the Woodsman playing air guitar on his axe.
- At the ski race, "Granny wins by a landslide!" literally.
- 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.
- Waiting for a Break: The Woodsman sold schnitzel out of his truck as a day job while waiting to land his next role. At least, until someone stole his supplies and stripped his truck of its tires.
- Was It All a Lie?: Red found out about her Granny's double life. She felt betrayed because Granny never lets her do anything. Granny thought Red was happy and it was important that she deliver her goodies as their ancestors had done. Granny realized she deserves more in life.
- When Life Gives You Lemons, "you make lemonade...[cut] ...and then that lemonade goes bitter, and ferments and turns to pig swill."
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, when the Wolf is describing his column "Facts and Fairy Tales", the front page of an edition of The Once Upon a Times is shown. The tiny text "Woodland County Editon" can be seen in a border on the visible part of the page. Based on the trees and the alpine environments, the movie setting appears to be somewhere in the heart of the Rocky Mountains (the vistas, such as distant ones in Red's treehouse scene, look like what you might see in Yellowstone or Rocky Mountain National Parks).
- White Bunny: Boingo
- Who Are You?: "I'm your grandma." "Your face looks really weird, Granny."
- Would Hit a Girl: Boingo, of all people.
- You Can't Miss It: Boingo gives the Wolf directions to Granny's house.
The Wolf: Yeah, big surprise party. You know how to get there?
Boingo: Oh, yeah! Yeah! In fact, I know a shortcut.
The Wolf: [to Twitchy, incredulous] You hear that? He knows a shortcut.
Boingo: You go over the woods and through the river... no, you don't want to go through the river. You'll get all wet.
[Cuts to the Wolf and Twitchy walking in ankle-deep water through a pitch-black tunnel; Twitchy turns on his camera light for additional illumination]
The Wolf: ...and then that lemonade goes bitter, and ferments, and turns to pig-swill. Never trust a bunny with directions, Twitchy.
Twitchy: Sure thing, boss! Never trust a bunny!
The Wolf: Well the bright side is at least I finally dried off. [immediately steps in a hole, causing him to trip, soaking his hoodie] Why couldn't I write movie reviews? We are in a pickle, and I blame myself. That bunny was worthless, not to mention he wrote the directions on an Easter Egg [holds up a brightly colored Easter egg with something illegible scribbled on the side] which is very hard to read.
- You, Get Me Coffee: Keith receiving an order to change his name to Boris because that's a scarier name.
- You're Insane!: "Maybe, but I'm top of the woods now, baby!"