“Hoodwinked Too” Premieres
Okay, so I actually saw this movie on a movie screen at a real theater so apparently it’s really done. I still find that hard to believe. After many years of poking, prodding and tweaking (and converting the whole thing to 3D), “Hoodwinked Too: Hood Vs. Evil” premiered at The Grove in Los Angeles. I was there along with many of the cast and some of the original creators (missed you, Tony!!). Shout out to Patrick Warburton (The Wolf) for always hyping “Team Hoodwinked” and for being a stand-up guy. Shout out to a bewildered Martin Short (the Woodsman) and David Alan Grier (the Troll) who gave me the time of day for 30 seconds as they went to get popcorn. And a big shout out to Heidi Klum (a “Happy Yodeler”) — for not only being hot, but for also helping sponsor the premiere event and bringing a lot of kids from Children’s Hospital, all with little red hoods & capes, to see the screening. Awwww.
(Here with Todd Edwards, Co-director, co-writer, co-creator and master of all-original songs on “Hoodwinked.” And like me, a co-writer on the sequel. You can see that our expressions say, “We are being supportive, and we are not entirely tortured by watching a bunch of other people raise our baby.”)
So now that I’ve seen it, what is my review? It’s fun, but it’s very different than “Hoodwinked 1.” As for the story, there are lots of good twists in it and I’m happy that it is basically intact… although major edits said goodbye to some great moments and reveals that I really miss from our original script. Great action scenes, but also a lot more slapstick and a lot less of the mundane banter that we worked so hard to bring to the first one. My 4 year-old son was my “plus one” for this, and his review was that he loved it and — spoiler alert — “the giant spider is the best part.”
The 3D conversion actually looks very good. It was never invasive or gimmicky or odd to my eyes. There are a few subtle moments that were very nice — suddenly being aware of a pane of dirty glass in front of a character, hovering over a living room by the foreground chandelier, flying in and out of a field of windmills.
If you are a family with kids, you will like this. If you are older than ten, you might have to hang on a while until Cheech and Chong show up as angry pigs. As I’ve said in past entries, this has a different tone than the original, but I salute director Mike Disa for getting it done and making it his own. I’ll admit, I’ve had an odd mix of feelings as this film hits theaters. On one hand, it’s deflating to give this thing away and watch others run with it in ways I would not. On the other hand, I am so happy to see Red, Wolf, Twitchy, and Granny all have another big adventure. I hope you’ll enjoy it too.