One of the more depressing, desensitizing experiences I’ve had in a theater, Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil feels as computer-generated as its creepy, talking-ceramic-toy style of animation. The sequel to the Weinstein Company’s 2005 animation gambit, the movie is a fairy-tale pastiche that drops stale references to films like Goodfellas and Silence of the Lambs until you’re sure you’ve stepped inside of a fractal loop of cutting-room-floor CGI-scapes and IMDb one-liners. Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere, replacing Anne Hathaway) is training to be a girl warrior, when her granny (Glenn Close) is kidnapped by an old rival (Joan Cusack). At stake is the truffle recipe that can rule the world—because even though a sister may need to find her own path, as Red Riding Hood is taught, at the end of any female education you learn what really matters: baking. The Big Bad Wolf (Patrick Warburton) joins the quest to save old Granny and learn about friendship. There’s some crap in there about not growing up to be fat, fascist pigs like Hansel and Gretel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler), a moral that feels as slapped together as the rest of this half-assed kiddie eyeball-glazer.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 27, 2011