Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil
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Red Puckett, as in the first film, has gigantic eyes that are distracting in the film. Also her cape seems to change length in different scenes. The film is a send up of spy movies, action films, and such such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch (using the same car in that TV series), and naturally an absurdist send up of countless martial arts films. The object sought, a recipe that gives people superpowers, is intentionally ridiculous. All that effort to get back a recipe? An action film for the Food Network. Just ludicrous! And Japheth the Goat gets dumped on too many times. I liked the extended gag of Red looking for what DCT stood for and all the things it can stand for.
This is a film that is actually better than others have said. Too often any animated film that isn't Pixar gets trashed or ignored, when in fact Pixar films aren't really all that wonderful. This was made by Kanbar Entertainment, with facilities by Starz Animation and Bardel Animation, among others. And the animation holds up very well, with the rendering actually very good.
Something in the artistic quality of the drawn characters was also lost in their CGI transformation in order to appeal to the 3-D market. The extensive time and creative talent that went into producing the original is clearly missing from Hoodwinked Too! If the producers, goal was to produce another children's movie quickly, and under budget then they have succeeded. If their goal was to reprise the success of the original Hoodwinked, they have failed. Perhaps, because the first movie was so great, I am disappointed because I expected more.
The good...the bad...the Twitchy. 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], the 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], plus Nicky needs the whole Hoodwinked gang, especially with Red, Granny [Glenn Close], and the ever clueless Wolf [Patrick Warburton] and his over caffeinated little partner, Twitchy [Cory Edwards] for the search and rescue mission.
Voice Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Cory Edwards, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Phil LaMarr, David Ogden Stiers, Andy Dick, Martin Short, Benjy Gaither, Brad Garrett, Wayne Newton, Debra Wilson, David Alan Grier, Lance J. Holt, Mike Disa, Heidi Klum, Rebecca Andersen, Danny Pudi and Frank Welker
Director: Mike Disa
Producers: David Lovegren, Joan Collins Carey and Maurice Kanbar
Screenplay: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards and Tony Leech
Composer: Murray Gold
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Starz and The Weinstein Company
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: `Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil' was an obvious choice for a sequel treatment. But of course this computer animation is not to everyone’s taste, but I love it. Released at the turn of 2006, the computer animated comedy was the first hit of newly-formed The Weinstein Company. Grossing over $50 million domestically and $110 million worldwide on a reported $15 million production budget, it was one of the few clearly profitable films from The Weinstein Company had in their rough first years on their own. It received mixed reviews, but the public liked it and they should have, because its Rash monic take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood was clever and entertaining, comparable to the two Shrek movies that had been made by then.
Timing played a big part in the computer animated film's success and in the epic failure of this year's sequel, `Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.' 2006 would see record output of theatrical animation. By opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, the original `Hoodwinked' preceded the CGI onslaught to come. At the time, fewer than two dozen computer-animated films had played in cinemas in American and Europe, starting with `Toy Story.' Computer animation seemed to be a fail-proof medium and every studio around pushed to release another animation film in it that year.
Computer animation has remained popular and lucrative. Five of the year's ten top-grossing films were computer-animated comedies. But the medium has come a long way from novelty status and sure-fire profitability. The average North American gross has dropped from $167 million in 2005 to $124 million right now, with many middling and low grosses cancelling out massive year ruling hits like `Shrek 2' and `Toy Story 3.' Certainly, the marketplace is much different these days than it was at the beginning of 2006. Though a beloved franchise like `Toy Story' could let eleven years pass between instalments to record-high demand, a computer animation like `Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil,' taking over five, violated a statute of limitations for a mildly popular animated family film. Children who had enjoyed `Hoodwinked' had either grown up or moved on and the film wasn't on the public's minds long after it hit home video entertainment.
`Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil' opens with white text on black screens, its first of a seemingly record three times crediting the voice cast, why, I don’t know. The astute will notice that in the role of Red Riding Hood, Anne Hathaway has been replaced with the more available, affordable Hayden Panettiere. In addition, Kirk the woodsman, previously voiced by Jim Belushi, has been upgraded to Martin Short, although the part is little more than a cameo this time around. After those credits, a storybook and narration briefly recap the events of the first computer animation film.
The story begins with the covert agents of H.E.A. (Happily Ever After) working on a mission. Roly-poly siblings Hansel [Bill Hader] and Gretel [Amy Poehler] have been taken prisoner by a nefarious witch in a gingerbread house. Taking their orders from head frog Nicky Flippers [David Ogden Stiers], Granny Puckett [Glenn Close], The Big Bad Wolf [Patrick Warburton], and less important employees narrow in on the candy home. The rescue attempt is botched and Granny gets whisked away along with Verushka the witch [Joan Cusack], children, and house.
Such a development requires H.E.A. contacting Red Riding Hood, who for some reason is training in China (with scenes that feel lifted from ‘Kung Fu Panda’) with the Sisters of the Hood. It turns out that Verushka herself is a former Sister, who now demands the top secret, never-written, never-spoken ingredient of the order's most important confection, the Norwegian Black Forest Truffle, aka the Super Truffle, which grants its eater invincibility. All is not as it seems in Granny's captivity, where half our time is spent, the rest going to Red and Wolf's rescue efforts.
Twitchy the squirrel (screenwriter Cory Edwards) again pops up from time to time. Also returning in a cameo is the first film's unlikely villain Boingo the Bunny [Andy Dick]. New characters include a giant club owner [Brad Garrett], the Three Little Pigs (two-thirds of whom are voiced by Cheech and Chong), and a golden harp modelled after Jimmy Durante [Wayne Newton].
In tone, this comic mystery is not far from its predecessor. In success, though, it falls way slightly short and somewhere in between television advert and children's video game quality. The production values of the original computer animation, which was made by a team of twenty in a rented house in the Philippines, were lacking, but at least there was the screenplay's wit holding everything up. This one, produced by Canada's Starz Animation `Gnomeo & Juliet,' which has a great deal of wit and most of it is determined to fly completely over young heads and connect more with adults.
3D Blu-ray Video Quality – `Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil' the results are to me very acceptable and totally extraordinary. But if you read other reviews they slate this computer animation with very negative reviews, well I think they are totally out of order, as to me this 3D Blu-ray is a stunning image sensation, obviously those negative people ought to get new 3D glasses, as they must be faulty. The film opens with a storybook lying flat on a table; there's an obvious sense of space from the table to the top of the book whether it's open or closed. The night time raid that follows squeezes out some perceptible depth, a rarity with blackened or very dark backgrounds. Longer shots with more complex animation and the overhead shot of the lounge where Jimmy Ten Strings performs, for instance and enjoys a very nice "realistic" scope and scale. A staircase seems to extend back into the screen in one shot, but the effect is somewhat lessened by the innate softness that characterizes the further steps. There are no real "pop out of the screen" moments; a missile shoots towards the audience at one point, but it hardly seems to penetrate the screen. All in all, this is a superior effective 3D image.
3D Blu-ray Audio Quality – `Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil' features a stunning 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack that accompanies the aforementioned 2D only release. The clarity is brilliant, and has a completely lots of volume and energy at all reference levels. The heavier sound effects of an explosion, the roar of a jet engine, the zipping of a motorcycle are awesome, but the basic delivery in terms of directionality, spacing, and the like is great. Likewise, surround use is sporadic at best, and the track draws the audience into the film. On top of all that the dialogue is crisp and accurate as it flows from the centre channel while music enjoys a full front-half delivery. Make sure to crank up the volume with this one, especially a bit past your normal levels.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Music Video: “I Can Do It Alone” Featuring Hayden Panettiere [480i] [3:34] An Auto-Tuned non-diegetic number. Sweaty and suspendered, she sings while looking straight into the camera.
Music Video: “You Know It” Featuring Lavay Cole [480i] [3:02] It supposedly creatively turns a school library into a dance party. This end credits rap is a song I hope the Academy can remember through next winter not to be implemented.
Music Video: Perfect Two Featuring CEEJ [480i] [3:13] Finds the unknown teenager singing and strumming a guitar in a variety of locations, her red hooded sweatshirt and similarly colored other outfits an apparent nod to Red, who features in the occasional split-screen.
Special Feature: The Voices of Hoodwinked Too! [480i] [19:13] Individual voice cast members discuss their work on the film. Included are Hayden Panettiere [Red], Patrick Warburton [Wolf], Heidi Klum [Heidi], Wayne Newton [Jimmy 10 Strings] and David Ogden [Nicky Flippers].
Special Feature: Storyboards Sequences [480i] [4:29] Bridge and H.E.A. Invasion
Special Feature: Production Artwork [1080p]
Hoodwinked Too! Video Game Teasers [480i] [0:41] Red's Escape Mobile Game Teaser and Decoder Game Teaser.
Finally, this is a sequel computer animation film, which I found surprisingly entertaining which really works brilliantly, but as I said earlier, this computer animation is not liked by a lot of people, well I totally disagree with them, because Hood vs. Evil has the same low-tech computer design as the original, with lots of brilliant sarcastic humour, cleverness, and lots of joyous fun. Whether or not you liked the first computer animation film, and I know you will enjoy this one very much, which is worth seeing only to demonstrate the brilliant 3D animation. Starz and The Weinstein Company have put together a pretty nice package for the film, with a flawless feature presentation and a standard but satisfying half hour of bonuses. This 3D Blu-ray + DVD combo also carries a list price that is a brilliant low price and that is why it is well worth purchasing. So overall, I loved the first Hoodwink animation and eager to purchase this very soon and that is why I am so happy to have purchased this follow up and really enjoyed it and I am so pleased I now have this in my Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom