Sequels are always hit and miss but especially when it comes to animated features. Often they rush the job and come up with a lame story that is just solid enough to string a bunch of stupid sight gags together. At first glance, I was pleasantly surprised that this sequel actually had a completely new adventure in store for us, but then everything starts to crumble.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil has all your favorite characters from the original and have added a few new ones as well. This time the mystery to be solved is twofold; first we start out with the botched rescue attempt of Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler) the result of which also gets poor Granny Puckett (Glenn Close) kidnapped as well.
WIth Granny missing the Happily Ever After Agency calls in Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere) to work the case but she’s off training with the Sisters of the Hood. Soon the Sisters have their own crisis, the magical truffle recipe is missing. So what’s the big deal? Well the truffle can grant the eater invulnerability.
So seems like a really interesting plot right? Well it is, the problem of course is the execution. There are a lot of characters in the sequel and although you don’t expect them all to get an equal amount of air time some are used so little you are wonder why they are even there. Take for instance, our goat friend, Japeth (Benjy Gaither) from the original. Instead of the moving the plot along device he was in the first, this time he’s just a bad musical sight gag. And then there are the Sisters of the Hood; I thought they could’ve been a lot more useful, think a squadron of grannies, but alas no.
Then there is the level of whine and angst. I don’t who I wanted to muzzle more, Red or The Big Bad Wolf (Patrick Warburton), the whole self doubt thing got old quick. Twitchy (Cory Edwards) is slightly funnier this time than the original but even he can’t save this movie from too much groan worthy humor and the sometimes complete lack anything interesting going on. The plot twist was interesting but could be seen from a mile away and at that point I wasn’t really caring that much. I’m glad I saw it on video because I think I would’ve been annoyed had I paid money to see this.