Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil is a 2011 American computer-animated 3D family action comedy film and the sequel to 2005's Hoodwinked!, with most of the original cast reprising their roles except Anne Hathaway and Jim Belushi, who were replaced by Hayden Panettiere and Martin Short respectively. Unlike the original Hoodwinked!, this film had a theatrical 3D release somehow. Despite this, many critics called this one of the worst films of 2011 and even one of the worst animated films of all time. The film was also a box office bomb.
While training with a mysterious covert ops group known as the Sisters of the Hood, Red (Hayden Panettiere) gets an urgent call from Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers), head of the top-secret Happily Ever After Agency. A wicked witch (Joan Cusack) has kidnapped Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler), and Red's the only one who can save them. Accompanied by the Big Bad Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and Wolf's pal, Twitchy (Cory Edwards), Red sets out to bring the children back.
Why It Sucks
- Extremely cheesy and cliché writing and dialogue.
- Almost takes away the entire tone of what made the first film so enjoyable and charming while staying true to the fairy tale it was based off of. Here, it feels more like a mixture of a bad buddy cop film.
- The film tries too hard to make it seem like a movie much more similar to Shrek and it continues to rip it off.
- Disgusting and gross humor.
- While somewhat better than the first film, the animation is weak and looks like a Late Original XBOX, XBOX 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Late GameCube, Wii, and Wii U cutscene which is unacceptable since Starz/Arc Productions also animated Gnomeo & Juliet which has better animation and that was two months prior to Hoodwinked Too.
- Twitchy's personality has changed very badly. In the first film, he talks super fast and is a goofball, which gives him a bit of charm, in this film however, while he sounds the same, he talks more normally and is a lot smarter and more serious.
- Extremely weak story that's been used in numerous of better films.
- For the entire film we were to believe that Verushka was the main villain, but after Granny manages to escape the first time, out of complete nowhere, the plot twist is revealed that Hansel and Gretel are the real main villains. This feels incredibly rushed with no real build up whatsoever.
- Also the way they say the “You’ve been Hoodwinked!” line is very confusing and makes no sense as they make it sound like “Too” but they show it as “Two”. This also comes off as a forced fourth wall break and quite possibly the most egregious name drop in a movie.
- On that topic, Hansel and Gretel (while somewhat cute) can be a tad bit creepy - especially when they grin.
- The puns are very cheesy.
- Red and Kirk's new voice actors, Hayden Panettiere and Martin Short, barely sound like Anne Hathaway and Jim Belushi.
- Weak final battle. Red and her friends defeat the giant Hansel and Gretel by... tricking them into eating too many truffles so that they get so big that they can no longer move.
- The ending feels like it's been rushed and is nothing more than sequel-baiting.
- Lots of scenes that drag on such as the characters talking too much.
- Some of the lip-syncing is off.
- Stolen font. During the scene where Red is looking for the Dark Castle Towers, there is a store that uses a Disney font.
- Unfunny and completely unoriginal running gags.
- Japeth, the singing goat, constantly getting hurt or nearly gets killed feels completely out of nowhere and unneeded as it has no purpose to the “plot” and it really never happened to him in the first film, so it just feels undeserving. To add insult or injury, Japeth nearly gets killed and ran over when the car Red, Wolf and Twitchy ride comes straight at him at the very end of the film.
- Almost every character says “Oh Muffins!” in every scene which will get unfunny really fast.
- Kirk the Woodsman and Boingo feel like they've been thrown into the movie at the last minute.
- Most of the film takes place in a city as opposed to a forest village like the first film, which takes away the charm the first film had.
- Several models of characters from the first film are reused a lot in backgrounds.
- It definitely killed the Hoodwinked! franchise and coupled with the closing of The Weinstein Company in 2018, ended any chances for a third film.
- The voice acting is decent.
- The characters are still likable from the last movie.
- There are a few funny moments here and there.
- Incredible soundtrack composed by Murray Gold. Particularly when Red jumps off the Moss's bridge, Red heading to stop Hansel and Gretel in the city and Red, Wolf and Twitchy ride the car at the end of the film.
- The animation is a big improvement over the first film as mentioned above. The characters do not move as stiffly as the original movie and lighting is much better.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil received much worse reviews that its prequel. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 11% based on 65 reviews, with an average rating of 3.4/10. The site's critic consensus reads: "It may add 3D to the original, but Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil is missing the first installment's wit and refreshingly low-budget charm." On Metacritic, it holds a weighted average score of 20 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." It also has a average rating of 4.7/10 on IMDb, much lower than the first film's 6.4/10.
The movie was a critical and box office bomb, grossing $1.6 million and fell to Number 10 in its second weekend, declining 50.3%, and dropped out of theaters on it's third weekend.