It's a thrill for Edwards, who has "watched them hang on and make it year-to-year with almost nothing."
The Edwards brothers co-wrote and co-directed the feature-length CGI-animated film with Tony Leech, a Michigan native they met in Tulsa, former headquarters of their Blue Yonder Films. Hooten, who used to work for Disney, is an associate producer. Todd, 33, also wrote several songs for the film, something that surprised his father.
"We never knew of him as a songwriter. We knew he banged around on the piano, and he learned to play the guitar and played the trombone."
Cory, 36, recently said by telephone from Los Angeles, "I don't know that anybody has ever done it the way we've done it, outside the studio system, with comparable animation to the stuff you're seeing coming out of studios like Disney or Pixar."
The Oscar-winning Weinsteins, who founded Miramax, were tipped off to "Hoodwinked" by Elizabeth Rodriguez, wife of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who is a friend of the Edwardses' lawyer.
---Writer Bonnie Britton is a reporter for the Indianapolis Star