The Sleeper hit ‘Hoodwinked,’ (a Red Riding Hood meets The Usual Suspects story) is finally being followed by a sequel. Cory Edwards, (the director and co writer of ‘Hoodwinked 2: Hood of Evil’) has confirmed new and returning characters, including a re-casting of Little Red Riding Hood herself.
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). 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, Brad Garrett is The Giant from the notorious beanstalk, and Wayne Newton plays “Jimmy Ten Strings,” his singing harp. That’s right. Wayne Newton. As a harp. He’s totally into it. 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.
I, myself am very excited about this news. I’m not a fan of many animated movies, but I found ‘Hoodwinked’ to be one of the most hilarious cartoons I’ve seen in a long time. I’m very glad Patrick Warburton is back as the “Big Bad Wolf.” He was honestly the best part of the movie. It makes me wonder why Anne Hathaway and Jim Belushi backed out of voicing ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Woodsman,’ but I’m sure Hayden Panettiere and Martin Short will do great in these voice roles.
The first film was more geared towards adults, and I’ll definitely be watching the sequel when it comes out.