From the team that brought you Hoodwinked, the comedic portrayal of the fairy tale Red Riding Hood, comes the all-new animated family comedy Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil in 3D. The sequel finds our heroine, Red (Hayden Panettiere), training with a mysterious covert group called the Sisters of the Hood. But Red is forced to cut her training short when she gets an urgent call from Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers), who returns as head of the super-secret Happily Ever After Agency, aka the HEA. A wicked witch (Joan Cusack) has abducted two innocent children, Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler), and Nicky needs Red for the search-and-rescue mission. Of course, what is a sequel without guest stars from the original? Thankfully, Granny (Glenn Close) and the rest of the Hoodwinked gang—including the ever-clueless Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and his over-caffeinated little partner, Twitchy (Cory Edwards), join Red to solve the forest’s latest caper.
“Hoodwinked Too!” features some incredible animated scenes including a nice cloudy scene in the place where Red is living during her training. They look like big cotton balls, soft and white and fluffy. And the kids no doubt will enjoy the almost non-stop action which revs up into high gear once Red and Wolf partner up to rescue Red’s grandmother, Abigail, who has been kidnapped by an evil witch (voiced by Joan Cusack). There are several memorable characters as well and a clip from “H.R. Pufnstuf” of Witchie-poo for some of us older viewers who remember the late sixties quite well.
Speaking of the sixties, there is a line in the film in which one of the characters says she doesn’t remember the sixties very well, it was a blur, which seemed to be a subtle reference to the drug use of the day. In addition, there are a lot of violent moments in the film with a lot of characters hitting and punching each other, vehicle crashes, explosions, and so on. In an early scene we see Hansel and Gretel tied up and sitting near a furnace with its open door and fire blazing from within. However, we learn there is more to Hansel and Gretel than meets the eye.
I was disappointed that a profanity was uttered from a TV show in the movie, and there’s some name calling here and there and a few crude jokes, but overall this is a film many twelve years old and older will enjoy, especially young girls who will enjoy the fairytale aspects of the movie. We are pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.