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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
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08.22.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Mike Disa

Actors:
Hayden Panettiere
Glenn Close
Patrick Warburton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Red (Hayden Panettiere) begins training with a mysterious covert group called the Sisters of the Hood. But Red is forced to cut her training short when a wicked witch (Joan Cusack) abducts two innocent children, Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m not even sure where to begin with this one. I remember seeing the first HOODWINKED when it came out a few years back and while I didn’t love it, I remember generally enjoying the film as a mindless movie to watch. HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL doesn’t really hold up as well as it’s predecessor. I have a feeling that the producers knew that it wouldn’t hold up as well and after losing Anne Hathaway as Red Riding Hood, they needed other ways to draw in viewers.

In all fairness, kids movies have a tendency to sort of sell themselves. If a kid is watching TV and sees a trailer for a movie, they’ll pretty well just bug the shit out of their parents until they cave and take them or rent/buy it. Still, if it was my kid begging me to see a film in theaters, this is a bit selfish, but it had better have something to keep me amused as well. I’m sure if I had kids I wouldn’t be saying that, but seeing as I don’t, I can be all naïve in thinking that I would have some control over that sort of thing.

Replacing Hathaway is former Heroes TV star Hayden Panetierre as Red Riding Hood. Most of the rest of the cast is the same with the exception of a few newcomers in guest roles like Heidi Klum, Martin Short, Cheech & Chong (yes, in a kids movie) and SNL alumni Amy Poehler and Bill Hader.

Animated movies are among my favourite movies to watch and I hadn’t really seen a good one in a while, so while I was hoping for good things with HOODWINKED TOO, I wasn’t holding my breath. Turns out that it was probably for the best. HOODWINKED TOO has the feel of a rushed sequel despite the films having six years between them. I guess when I watched the original HOODWINKED, I didn’t pay much attention to the animation, but this time around with graphics being what they are nowadays, I found the film distracting. It wasn’t that they were really bad, but I just thought that for a full-length feature animated film, they should’ve been much better. The dialogue is bad, the plot is hokey and while I know that young kids will enjoy it for the sake of having something silly to watch, I’m pretty sure that parents forced to watch this alongside their kids will be cringing the whole time.
THE EXTRAS
Music videos by Hayden Panettiere (“I Can Do It Alone”), Lavay Cole (“You Know It”) and CEEJ (“Perfect Two”): The first music video shown is sung by star Hayden Panettiere and it isn’t so much a music video as people filming Hayden singing and then changing the background of the studio to be images from the movie. The song seems pretty autotuned and I wouldn’t expect a full record out from her anytime soon. The next two videos are by artists that I’ve never even heard of and while they’re more music video-esque, they’re on the bad side.

“The Voices of Hoodwinked Too!” featurette: This was kind of a neat feature to get a glimpse into how the actors get into their animated character roles. The actors and actresses voiced what it was like to work with an animated film and what they did to get the voices just right. Surprisingly, the highlight of this feature was Heidi Klum, who by far looked like she was having the most fun with the role and happy to have another reason for her kids to love her. She really got into it and made voice-acting look like a walk in the park.

My only complaint about this was that Amy Poehler and Bill Hader were absent from the actors filmed for this feature. I think they would’ve been hilarious to watch as they filmed their character voices, but alas, it was not meant to be.

Storyboard sequences: Storyboard sequences are all very similar. I wouldn’t go so far as to say when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, but my feelings on the subject don’t stray far from that. The drawn storyboard art might’ve been cuter than the actual final product animation, even just with pencil and lines everywhere.

Production artwork: This was pretty well just a slideshow of all the characters in the movie in their about-to-be-put-on-the-big-screen phase. It lets you scroll through the images with the remote and just see the computer generated character designs.

Video game teasers
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall I would say that while this movie is fine for kids, I would most definitely not recommend it to anyone else. Some believe that most animated movies should be left just for kids but in my humble opinion, everyone should be able to enjoy them. A concept that I don’t think the makers of HOODWINKED TOO were quite able to grasp.
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