Hoodwinked Too! opens with Happy Ever After (HEA) agents the Big Bad Wolf (voice of Patrick Warburton), Granny Puckett (Glen Close) and Twitchy (Cory Edwards) trying to rescue two children, Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler). The children are being held prisoner by a wicked witch (Joan Cusack). Unfortunately, the rescue doesn’t go as planned. The witch escapes with Hansel, Gretel and Granny as well.
Meanwhile, Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere) is off on special assignment training with the Sisterhood of the Kung Fu Bakers. She’s about to undertake her final trial when a secret recipe is stolen.
Red and Wolf are now partnered to find Hansel and Gretel, rescue Granny and catch the recipe thief. Of course, things don’t go smoothly at first, and Hansel and Gretel might not be the innocent victims they seem.
Fairy tales; kidnapping
Hoodwinked Too! has some scenes with animated violence and accidental harm. They’re largely comic, and they don’t show real-life consequences or characters being hurt. Children might try to copy some of this violence. For example:
- Hansel and Gretel are tied up and stuck in a large stock pot. Granny tells the Big Bad Wolf that the children are going to become ‘baked goods’. A character makes a comment about children tasting like chicken.
- Granny, the Big Bad Wolf and Twitchy try to rescue Hansel and Gretel from a gingerbread house. The wicked witch uses a rocket-powered broom to crash through the window with Hansel and Gretel tied up in cages next to her. Granny, Wolf and Twitchy chase the witch on a speeding motor bike. Granny leaps from the motorbike and grabs the broom, but the witch handcuffs her to the broom. Wolf also tries to jump from the motorbike and grab the broomstick, but misses. He lands on a windmill and goes flying through the air.
- While training with the Sisterhood, Red fights a large four-armed ogre, which tries to hit her with a giant hammer. Red kicks the ogre in the face several times and then knocks him to the ground.
- A woman is hit in the face with a rolling pin. She falls unconscious to the ground and another woman steps over her.
- Granny is tied to a chair. The wicked witch threatens to cook the two children if Granny refuses to make the secret recipe.
- A giant black spider drops down and picks up a little girl eating from a bowl. Then the spider disappears up into the air.
- In a parody of a scene from Silence of the Lambs, Red, Wolf and Twitchy stand in front of a prison cell with a rabbit strapped to an upright table. Red grabs the rabbit’s ear through a hole in the glass partition and pulls it through, causing the rabbit’s face to squash up against the glass.
- Somebody says, ‘Send in the pigs’. Several thuggish pigs storm the HEA headquarters. They attack a frog, which fights back and knocks down several of the pigs.
- During a fight between three thuggish pigs, Wolf and Twitchy, the pigs kick the wolf in the groin and pull his arm (there’s the sound of bones cracking). Twitchy attacks the pigs with a sledge hammer, hitting them in the head, until there’s a pile of unconscious pigs on the ground.
- A giant spider crawls towards Granny and Red, who are tied to chairs. The spider is about to attack when the woodsman and his band blow open the door and attack the spider. They hit and kick it until they force it out of the room.
- In one scene, Hansel and Gretel grow to giant size. They walk through a city, smashing buildings and overturning cars. They throw the broken buildings onto the people below. Hansel picks up a large piece of rubble and throws it at Red, who dodges it but falls off the building. Hansel and Gretel stand over Red and are about to drop a car on her when she’s rescued.
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five. For example:
- The witch wears a scary mask with red glowing eyes and a long beak-like nose. She has long, sharp fingernails.
- One scene features a large, green ogre with four arms.
- A giant black spider with red eyes and lots of teeth acts in a scary and menacing way. Later in the movie, the spider turns out to be friendly.
- The mafia boss giant is scary and threatening.
Younger children in this age group might also be scared by some of the scenes mentioned above.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.
Nothing of concern
This movie has some sexual references and crude humour. For example:
- When Wolf slams into a wall, he says, ‘OK, I can taste my own butt’.
- Someone makes a sarcastic reference about a desexing centre.
- After a giant falls and sits on top of a goat, the muffled voice of the goat says that he’s inside a ‘dark tunnel’ and that it ‘smells like burritos’.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
This movie has some use of substances. For example:
- Characters drink in a nightclub.
- A green gas is used to knock out Red and Twitchy. Wolf says that his tongue feels all puffy and that he can see rainbows.
- Granny makes a joke about the 60s being a blur.
- Someone says, ‘Chill a pill and take one’.
Nudity and sexual activity
This movie has some nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- Twitchy comes out of his caravan with two female squirrels. One gives Twitchy a quick kiss on the cheek while the second gives him a longer passionate kiss on the lips.
- Another time, Twitchy comes out of his caravan with two female squirrels. He says, ‘OK girls let’s call it a night’.
- An ogre wears sumo wrestler-style pants, showing his bottom.
Nothing of concern
This movie has some mild coarse language and name-calling that children might copy. Alternative words are substituted for stronger coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil is an animated comedy based on fairytale characters, targeted at primary school-age children and older. It contains scenes that might scare children under seven, as well as violence and language that younger children might copy. It’s not as clever and enjoyable for grown-ups as the first Hoodwinked movie.
The main messages from this movie are about:
- not letting your pride get in the way of helping others
- being open to help and suggestions
- working together as a team to achieve much more than you could working as individuals.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include the following:
- Cooperation: it’s only by working together as a team that Red and her friends can overpower the evil villains.
- Self-reflection: both Wolf and Red can reflect on their shortcomings and make changes.
You might want to talk with younger children about the make-believe nature of the animated violence shown in the movie. You could also talk about the real-life consequences that would result from this type of violence.