Hoodwinked Too DVD Review

The Movie: 3/10
Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil is an animated movie that takes up where the orignial Hoodwinked left off.  Hayden Panettiere plays Red, of Red Riding Hood fame, as she is training with the Order of the hood, who are trying to  protect the secret of a magical truffle recipe.  Granny (Glenn Close) is kidnapped by Verushka the Witch (Joan Cusack), when Granny and the Happily Ever After Agency attempt a recue of Hansel and Gretel, who Verushka is holding hostage.  The Agency is sent in but is ambushed, and agents Granny, Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and Twitchy (Cory Edwards) bust in like animated animal James Bond secret agents, only to have Granny be abducted.

When Red learns Granny’s fate, she leaves the Sisterhood to rescue Granny, and it is only then that she learns of the evil plot, and who is behind it.  It kind of sounds great after reading that little blurb, but the execution just doesn’t match up to the hype.

Hoodwinked Too is a movie that just bumbles along.  The story is too complex for smaller kids to follow, and the attempt to make the movie more appealing for adults just gets old after a while (the Starsky and Hutch car was pretty funny though, for about a minute.)  There are a lot of big name, recognizeable actors who offer up their voice talent here, and a lot of classically recognizeable story characters to boot. But the overall effect is just one of confusion, and there is not a real opportunity to identify and connect to the characters.  To me this just shows the real difference between this type of animated movie, and those that have great stories and great characters.  Even the Shrek series, although ti got old, has some characters that you really gelled with.  Unfortunately this is just not one of those movies, and as a result, it is just a throw away type of animated release.  Even the big name voice actors don’t really add much to this besides a “wow, I can’t believe they are in this movie” type of reaction.  Hoodwinked Too is just not a great movie.

Features: 3/10

  • Music Videos – There are 2 music videos included here, with one by Hayden Panettiere.  The others are by Lavay Cole and CeeJ.
  • The Voices Of Hoodwinked Too – In the most interesting of the extras, we get to see some of the voice actors interviewed about their characters.  This one runs about 20 minutes long, and is pretty good.
  • Storyboards & Production Artwork – We also get storyboards and production artwork, with the storyboards overlayed over final scenes.

Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
These animated movies sometimes have covers that are really intricate, as they can be drawn specifically for the cover, whereas movies involving live actors sometimes have to improvise.  The cover for this movie features all of the main characters hanging off of a balloon, and behind Red, the main hero of this movie.  It is fun and colorful, just like it should be.

The menu features spy-movie type music, and clips from the movie itself.  This is pretty much standard fare for a release like this, but kudos for not having a static DVD menu on a regular DVD release.

Audio & Video: 8/10
I liked the visuals here on this regular DVD release.  This is not a high definition release that I am reviewing, and I thought it looked and sounded decent.  The video was very crisp and clear, and of course the colors were bright, especially considering the fact that this is a regular DVD.  The 5.1 Surround Sound was used well in this release, with a great deal of bass and use of rear speakers.  It really packed a nice ummph overall.

Value: 4/10
Hoodwinked Too is of course a sequel, and it suffers from the fact that it seems to meander a bit.  While it is fun to see some classic characters in a new light (think the Shrek movies), it does get old after a while.  I also did not love the voice acting, and never really connected with this movie.  To me this movie is a lot like the Open Season movies, which didn’t stand up over time.  The mix of adult and kid humor is too forced here, and the result is a movie that is kind of tough to get attached too, and something that I don’t think will get watched too much in my household, which is different from most of the kid’s movies that we get.

Overall Score 4/10