Little Red is deep in training at a secret location with the legendary group of kung-fu bakers, the Sisters of the Hood. Granny, Wolf, Twitchy and the rest of the Happily Ever After Detective agency are doing their best to handle things while she is gone. Things take a turn for the worse though during a delicate rescue operation involving a wicked witch, two extremely pudgy German children and a gingerbread house.
When the witch kidnaps Granny, a revered Sister of the Hood, and rare ingredients start disappearing around the world, it quickly becomes apparent that someone is trying to recreate the Sisters' most sacred and potentially dangerous recipe; a chocolate truffle so delectable that it grants it's devourer brief but potent invincibility. There is no happily ever after when goodies like this fall into bad hands! Hood may think she's ready to bring down this wicked with and her sickeningly sweet plans, but she can't do it alone! Can Red and Wolf work out their differences long enough to unravel this mystery, save Granny and deliver a happy ending, or will we all be permanently hoodwinked?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My Thoughts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Made for 3D, there is definitely a lot more action, obvious peril and in your face animation than in Hoodwinked. While it has its moments, the overall plot and dialog just aren't as clever and naturally flowing as the original film. This film felt like the writers were trying to create a smart plot rather than simply being a clever story. The banter often felt forced, and a good bit of the humor came from physically comedic moments like the running gag of Japeth the singing goat trying to get away from all the stress and danger he finds himself in, and failing no matter where he goes.
The main characters were well established in the first film, but here I often felt as if scenes or characters were tightly confined in a box defined by the original rather than simply being their delightful fairytale selves. Several actors who gave voice and life to their animated stars did not return for this work. I think it is very difficult to successfully move forward in this situation as the actor is the one who brings the animated character to life.
For me, Little Red and Kirk the yodeling woodcutter ended up feeling slightly off throughout the film because of this. Kids did not seem to mind any of this though, and while the laughter may not have been as frequent or free as it was during Hoodwinked, this sequel did definitely keep their attention throughout the film and did inspire a few genuine laughs.
All that being said, Hood vs Evil did have some detailed and well executed animation, as well as some new characters and funny moments to enjoy. Joan Cusack as Verushka the Witch seemed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time with the role and that always shines through in animation. Bill Hader and Amy Poehler as Hansel and Gretel were wickedly delightful additions to the cast, and these three come close to stealing the show on a couple of occasions. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin as two of the three bad piggies who come to blow down Wolf's house provided excellent comedic support. David Alan Grier as Moss the Troll and Brad Garrett as the mafia Giant were also excellent additions.
I also appreciated the lessons wrapped up in this tale. The only person we truly ever have to be better than is the person we were yesterday. While it is important to have confidence in your self, it is equally important to remember that no man is an island and great deeds need co-operative effort to be successful. It is never too late to work at making amends, setting right what we put wrong through stubbornness, blindness, or lack of self worth, and putting our selves squarely back on a good road. "Once a Sister (of the Hood), always a Sister" is not a poor approach to take in life. Perhaps the most important lesson displayed here though is that true heroism requires the ability to forgive both self and others. All excellent messages for new generations.
Even when planned in advance, I never expect a sequel to exceed the original. I do, however, hope for it to equal the charm of its predecessor. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil falls just a little too short of the mark for me to really feel truly satisfied, but I was most definitely entertained. I would recommend viewing on the large screen only at bargain prices or matinees, and even then probably only for the 3D showings. Not a bad addition to a children's' or animated collection, but not a must have film like the original. This fractured fairy tale tries too hard to appeal to adults while entertaining kids, and ends up as flat and appealing as flan.
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