I had a lot of fun recording the voice of TWITCHY again for Hoodwinked 2. It was at Universal a couple weeks ago, with director Mike D’Isa in the booth. I was a little nervous about getting back the right vibe that would sound good speeded up in post, but everyone on the other side of the glass seemed pretty happy. I was able to come up with some ad-libs, along with a lot of the grunts and gastrointestinal sounds that make Twitchy so crazy.
And YES, I’ve heard all of the comparisons to “Hammy the Squirrel” in Over The Hedge, as well as someone called “Foamy the Squirrel” on the internet. I can take those hyper rodents any day of the week. BRING IT! Sorry. That’s the coffee talking. Truth be told, Twitchy was always meant to be an homage to fast-talking critters like Chip & Dale and Alvin & the Chipmunks.
Some of you have been asking about the cast of Hoodwinked 2. I’m very excited to report that Weinstein Company has lined up some fantastic talent for this movie. Now that everyone has been locked in, I can give you some names! As far as I know, this is the first place this cast has been announced.
Many of the original cast have returned. Glenn Close is still Granny, and Patrick Warburton remains The Wolf (very, very happy about that). Nicky Flippers will once again be performed by David Ogden Stiers. Andy Dick has voiced Boingo again (that’s right, Boingo is still around, as unstable as ever… but not the greatest threat this time).
And yes, yes, yes, for everyone who keeps asking, THE GOAT IS BACK. Japeth the singing goat will appear again, voiced by my good buddy Benjy Gaither.
There are some brand new and very cool additions to this sequel. This time around, Red will not be voiced by Anne Hathaway, but by Hayden Panettiere, the “super cheerleader” from Heroes. This seems very fitting, since Red becomes a bit more of a “caped crusader” in this film. The Woodsman is now being voiced by comedy legend Martin Short. Martin Short! He was an “Amigo” for Pete’s sake. Crazy. Those are the new folks stepping into old roles.
As for new characters, without giving any plot away, I will tell you that Joan Cusack is a new villainous witch, and Brad Garrett is The Giant from the notorious beanstalk. David Alan Grier plays a troll, which should be really funny… I heard he was off the charts with the ad-libs. And finally, all you SNL fans will be psyched to know that Amy Poehler and Bill Hader will be voicing Hansel & Gretel. How’s that for a cast?
Oh, and me. I’m in it. Saying “whoopee” a lot.
That’s all for now. Stay twitchy.