Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil in 3D
Opens Nationwide, April 29, 2011
I'm not a professional film critic like any of them are, just a mommy blogger with kids who reviews family-friendly cinema fare. Nevertheless, I'm going to go out on a limb and disagree unilaterally across the board with these trending opinions about the sequel to Hoodwinked that opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.
Charles Aidikoff Portrait in the Theater's Lobby by Leith Eaton
Secondly, the earlier movie relied on stop motion imaging to render its 3D space-age look. Hoodwinked Too, on the other hand, succeeds with a whole different technique called stereoscopic or 3-D imaging to create an old-fashioned feel similar to colorful illustrated flat and pop-up fairy tale books published in the U.S. between 1940 and the late 60s.
In the sequel, which is a kids' comedy and fairy tale hybrid, Red Riding Hood is a little older and a lot wiser. As the movie opens she's training with a covert group AKA the Sisters of the Hood. But this is no ordinary sorority and Red is abruptly called away by the Happily Ever After Agency to rescue Hansel and Gretel who have been kidnapped by a mysterious witch who hides behind a mask. Next thing you know, Granny, Wolf and Twitchy have joined the rescue effort with grandma jetting off into the sky driving off on a motorcycle, E.T. style.
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com
Red Riding Hood exudes all kinds of role models for modern day kids, too. She's not only a really good kid. She is also responsible, courageous, faces her fears, takes the initiative, confronts bullies, problem solves, and is always putting others before herself. Above all, she reveres her Granny and will do anything for her. Just think what a better place the world would be if all youth followed this young girl's example.
Children are exposed to an unusually wide range of vocal and instrumental music -- both classic and modern -- from Opera, Big Band, and Disco to other genres, too. The Jimmy 10-Strings scene (voiced by singer Wayne Newton) stole the hearts of all my kids, for sure.
This is a movie that empowers children, through background encouragement from the adults, to save the world simply by doing the right thing.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil in 3D features the voices of Hayden Panettiere (Red Riding Hood), Glenn Close (Granny), Joan Cusack (Verushka, the Witch), David Ogden Stiers (Nicky Flippers), Bill Hader (Hansel), Amy Poehler (Gretel), Twitchy (Cory Edwards), Martin Short (Kirk the Woodsman), Brad Garrett (Giant), David Alan Grier (Moss the Troll), Andy Dick (Boingo the Bunny), Cheech Marin (Mad Hog - Little Hench Pig), Tommy Chong (Stone - Little Hench Pig), Phil Lamarr (Wood - Little Hench Pig), Patrick Warburton (the Big Bad Wolf), Wayne Newton (Jimmy 10-Strings), and Heidi Klum (Heidi). It is directed by Mike Disa; written by Cory Edwards, Tony Leech, Todd Edwards and Mike Disa; and produced by Maurice Kanbar and Joan Collins Carey.
From what you know so far, what do you think of Hoodwinked Too? Do you think you'll see this movie? Why or why not?