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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) - Blu-ray / animation DVD / comedy DVD / family and children DVD review
HOODWINKED TOO (TWO-DISC DVD/BLU-RAY COMBO) Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Cory Edwards
Director: Mike Disa Distributor: Anchor Bay
DVD release: 16 August 2011 Runtime: 87 min. (2 discs)
Format: Animated, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p, Aspect ratio (1.78:1), Audio tracks (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish), "The Voices of Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil!" featurette, Storyboard sequences, Production artwork, Video game applications

*Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil* Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil takes over where its predecessor left off. Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers) had suggested that the principle characters of the last movie join the HEA (Happily Ever After) - a sort of secret agent organization. As part two starts up, Red (Hayden Panettiere this time, taking over from Anne Hathaway) has left HEA to further her training with her grandma's secret society. Grandma (Glenn Close) is as extreme in this film as in the last and wears a Kill Bill / Uma Thurman motorcycle suit throughout. Wolf (Patrick Warburton) misses Red while she's away; his main strengths include screwing things up and wearing disguises.

Red leaves her training when an evil witch (Joan Cusack) kidnaps Granny and the round (and presumably delicious) Hansel and Gretel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler). There is much investigation and rousting of informants before the action-packed conclusion.

I found the original Hoodwinked's story to be more compelling than the current outing. I loved its Rashomon-like perspective play (apologies to Kurosawa), and the music was stronger. Hoodwinked Too!, however, has the former beat with the skills of the modelers, animators and effects. The characters move with less stiffness and the flesh tones are miles from the zombie-like green-grays of the first film. Granted, the first film had half the budget of the sequel, and much of the dough in this one was used in the production The music is not quite as good.

Though most critics deemed it poor (Rotten Tomatoes rated it very low), I found Hoodwinked Too! to be a fine continuation of the storyline. The benchmark for me is whether I can bear many viewings of the film without feeling the need to leave the room or scream into my balled fist. Did the film need to be made? No. I think we could have done okay without it, but I found many things to like about this one.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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