Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil (2011)

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil is the sequel to Hoodwinked. It was directed by Mike Disa, written by Mike Disa, Tony Leech, Cory Edwards and Todd Edwards and stars the voices of Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Cheech Marin, Joan Cusack, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Brad Garrett, Andy Dick, Danny Pudi and Heidi Klum.

Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere) started training with the Sisters of the Hood to learn the sacred art of kung fu bakery and left The Big Bad Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and Granny (Glenn Close) to take care of the bad guys by themselves. That doesn’t really work out that well. While trying to save Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler), Granny gets kidnapped and Red Riding Hood has to rescue her. At the same time she also has to figure our who stole the recipe for the supertruffel from the Sisters.

I liked Hoodwinked a lot. But Hoodwinked Too was pretty disappointing. A huge factor of this disappointment was that the German dubbed version was the only version I could see (legally). For a film that relies so much on puns, that’s pretty much a death-sentence right there. But the translation didn’t change the inanity of the plot, nor did it produce the fat-hatred that was casually inserted into the movie.

Since I saw the German version, I can’t really say anything about the original cast. But I bet they were pretty awesome. I didn’t pay much attention to the German cast either, since most of my brain capacity was occupied with translating the German back to English and trying to figure out what the pun was that I was missing at that particular moment. A pretty frustrating experience, especially since I was quite certain that I would have enjoyed the hell out of most of the original jokes.

The only joke were the movie fell completely apart for me [SPOILER] was the whole thing with Hansel and Gretel turning out to be evil (it’s always the fat kids) and suddenly it was all about eating and fat people have no self-control, so they’ll eat until they incapacitate themselves because that’s what fat people do and part of their rehabilitation has to be making them thin again because being fat is the worst offense. [/SPOILERS] Holy Crap, people, that is offensive as hell.

But apart from that the movie was pretty entertaining. It proceeds at a good pace and has very nice movie spoofs, pop culture references and quotes, which I’m a sucker for anyway.

They did miss out on the chance, though, to make more of a fairy tale spoof – the part that worked best in Hoodwinked. Yes, various characters from different fairy tales show up, but they don’t really do a whole lot with them.

Summarising: let’s just stick with Hoodwinked.

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