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"Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil" - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Samantha Isler
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:
Family
Release Date:
August 16
Special Features:

The Voices; Storyboard Sequences; Production Artwork; Music Videos; Trailer

Review:

The original "Hoodwinked" put a fresh spin on the fairy tale, turning it into a wild detective story with unpredictable twists and turns. It was kooky and enjoyable for parents as well as children. "Hoodwinked Too" reaches for that same level and falls short. Kids will still adore it--however, it may fray the grown-ups' nerves. Cheap gimmicks that most children love are used repeatedly, including an incredibly shrill squirrel played by "Cory Edwards" and the singing goat,(Benjy Gaither) (who was fun in the first movie, but becomes overused in the follow-up). ***

\ The movie kicks off with the well-known Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler), getting abducted by the witch in the woods. Granny played by Glenn Close and the Wolf "Patrick Warburton" are sent on a mission to save them, but things quickly go awry and Granny is captured (which seems a bit strange, considering how very homicidal she is in the first movie). Red, played by (Hayden Panettiere), who was training with some sort of organization that protects recipes, is forced to leave her training and set out to find Granny. Red and the other fairytale creatures soon realize everything is not as it seems..***

Unfortunately, adult viewers will probably pick up on the twist pretty early on, turning the process from the puzzling subtleties of the first movie into overly in-your-face hints and references. "Hoodwinked Too," much like its predecessor, loads the plot up with references to older classics that are likely to fly over kids' heads--jokes exclusively for the parents. The method, however, is devastating. Where the first movie slipped in a sly wink at a classic, the sequel bashes into the story, derails the action, and continuously shouts, "DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?! AREN'T I CLEVER?!!" until the reference becomes far more annoying than effective. All in all, the movie might have been more enjoyable if it had decided to cater exclusively to children.***

Image and Sound:

The animation alone is just as charming as it was in the original "Hoodwinked." The Blu-ray quality emphasizes the strength of the animation. The audio, formatted in DTS-HD, shows little sign of committing to a truly surround-sound experience, but it does its job decently.

Special Features:

The Blu-Ray offers a few bonus features, including some trailers and three music videos--one sung by the voice of Red "Panettiere". There's a still gallery of production artwork in various stages, and an interesting, but lamentably short (running 4 minutes), presentation of the storyboards for two different scenes in the movie. Probably the best special feature offered is "The Voices" (19 min), a series of interviews with the cast and director sharing their opinions of the characters and the experience of supplying the voice talent to an animated movie.

Final Words:

It may not have its stuff as together as its predecessor did, but kids are sure to enjoy it and its silliness. Parents might suffer after repeated viewings.

 

 
 
 
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