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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Released: 8/16/2011
All Ratings out of
Review by Mike Long, Posted on 8/12/2011
You only have to watch the news for a few minutes to see that there is a lot of hate in the world. There's always been a lot of hate, but it seems to escalate everyday, and it seems that people want to do more to demonstrate their hate. The really weird thing is that hate seems to be aimed at everything, not just other people. (Especially online, where anonymity makes people think that they can say whatever they want.) There is a great deal of hate aimed at movies, so much so that some appear to be personally hurt by movies which disappointing. Sometimes, this hate is so severe that it seems artificial. For example, I find it hard to believe that all of the people online who claim to hate Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil have actually seen it, because the movie isn't that bad. It certainly isn't worth the bile that it's received.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil opens not long after the eventsHoodwinked!. (Although it doesn't necessarily logically follow that film.) Nicky Flippers (voiced by David Ogden Stiers), who was a police detective in Hoodwinked!, is now the head of the HEA, the Happily Ever After agency, a group who helps to protect fairy-tale characters. As the story begins, Big Bad Wolf (voiced by Patrick Warburton) and Granny (voiced by Glenn Close) are sent in to save Hansel (voiced by Bill Hader) and Gretel (voiced by Amy Poehler) from an evil Witch (voiced by Joan Cusack). However, the Witch escapes, taking not only Hansel and Gretel, but Granny with her as well. Red Riding Hood (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) has been training with the Sister Hood (a group of bakers) and she's summoned back to the HEA to help find Granny. She's paired with Big Bad Wolf (and his sidekick, Twitchy the Squirrel (voiced by Cory Edwards)), and neither is happy about this assignment. But, they quickly realize that they must put their past issues aside in order to save Granny.
As I've noted in recent reviews, we've seen a lot of animated films over the past two decades, and it's a simple rule of thumb that they usually have humorous moments. Watch any Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Blue Sky, or Sony Animation movie and, no matter what the subject matter, you're likely to laugh at least once. However, most of these movies focus on another genre (usually action/adventure) and don't really fall under the comedy banner.
But, things are different with Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. The movie plays as a comedy first, with the adventure elements coming second. This is an extremely funny movie which follows the old Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker formula -- not in the sense of having Airplane!-like humor -- by throwing as many jokes at the viewer as possible. The movie is filled with zany one-liners and many visual gags going by in the background. Some of these will be lost on younger viewers, but that's OK, as adults certainly need something to like in these films. Most of the laughs come from Big Bad Wolf and Twitchy. Patrick Warburton (who, judging by the amount of work he does, lives in a voice-over booth) has proven his comedy chops in previous animated film and he is on fire here -- at times it seems as if he's improvising all of his lines. Of course, not all of the jokes work, and some of the gags fall very flat. In addition, the overall plot is weak at times, and there are few surprises here. But, that doesn't change the fact that I was laughing throughout the movie.
Even before it was released, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil had garnered a dubious reputation, as rumors arose that the film had been finished, but The Weinstein Company didn't have the funds to put it in theaters. Once it was released, the movie was savaged by critics, and to that I say, "Really?". I enjoyed the film and at no point did I have that "When is this going to be over?" feeling that I had withMars Needs Moms. If you can keep up with the clever, sly humor and get the references, then Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil is a lot of fun.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil may have the best Miss Muffet joke ever in a movie on Blu-ray Disc courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film has been letterboxed at 1.85:1 and the Disc contains an AVC 1080p HD transfer which runs at an average of 30 Mbps. The image is very sharp and clear, showing no grain or defects from the source material. While they aren't the best I've ever seen, the colors look good and the image is never overly dark or bright. The level of detail is good and we don't get the odd, soft look which Hoodwinked! had on Blu-ray. The Disc carries a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which runs at 48 kHz and an average of 4.2 Mbps. The track provides clear dialogue and sound effects. Just check out the chase from the opening to see that the surround sound and stereo effects are solid here. These effects show good detail, and the surround sound effects are easily distinguishable from the front channels. The subwoofer effects work, but they aren't overbearing.
The Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Blu-ray Disc contains only a handful of extras. There are three MUSIC VIDEOS: "I Can Do It Alone" by Hayden Penettiere, "You Know It" by Lavay Cole, and "Perfect Two" by CeeJ. "The Voices" (19 minutes) takes us into the studio to see Panettiere, Warburton, Heidi Klum, Wayne Newton, and David Ogden Stiers recording their parts and discussing their characters. "Storyboard Sequences" (4 minutes) compares the film to the production drawings of two scenes. "Production Artwork" is a still gallery showing character design, set design, and pre-production art.
Review Copyright 2011 by Mike Long