Making the Grades
Life in the fairytale forest has been busy since the end of the last Hoodwinked film. Nicky Flippers (voice of David Ogden Stiers), the clever frog who untangled the web of parallel events in the first movie, has since recruited those he interrogated. Now The Big Bad Wolf (voice of Patrick Warburton) and his squirrely partner Twitchy (voice of Cory Edwards—also one of the co-writers of this franchise) have joined with Granny (voice of Glen Close) as a team within Flippers’ "Happily Ever After Agency," an organization determined to make sure everyone goes home… well… happy.
Curiously missing from the group is the ever-capable Red Riding Hood (voice of Hayden Panettiere). However, when their first big case breaks, Red leaves her culinary combat training at the mysterious Sisters of the Hood to rejoin her cohorts. Unfortunately the mission, that involves the kidnapping of two German kids named Hansel and Gretel (voices of Bill Hader and Amy Poehler), gets off to a rocky start when Granny is also abducted by the perpetrating witch (voice of Joan Cusack). With duty calling, Wolf determines to save the day—although his heroics usually end up making things worse.
The original Hoodwinked was a minor masterpiece, despite the production’s chunky animation. The surprisingly engaging story, wry wit and excellent voice talents combined to create a gem. While this second attempt sports better graphics, the script falls short of the earlier genius. As well, more violence (such as fight scenes, explosions and cartoon poundings), a couple of flatulence jokes, one mild profanity and some name-calling may make the film more suitable for older family audiences.
Thankfully, some of the original’s comedy still comes through with a few funny lines and Patrick Warburton’s distinctive, deadpan voice. Yet this new Hoodwinked feels much like so many other unmemorable movies that pass through theaters. And that is truly disappointing considering the previous promise shown by this sibling writing team.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Hoodwinked Too—Hood VS. Evil.
Those familiar with the original Hoodwinked will notice the character Twitchy (the squirrel) gets far more screen time in this film. A similar decision was made with the character Scrat in the sequels of the Ice Age franchise. What do you think is the comedic appeal of these small creatures? What age group do they appeal to? Do they get too much emphasis in later movies?