Around the midpoint of the unwieldy (and unwieldy-titled) Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Red, the plucky heroine of fairy-tale provenance, must cross a bridge guarded by a towering green troll. The creature has the plus-size stature and skin tone of a certain DreamWorks Animation franchise star, and if you think that's just coincidence, then I'd like to sell you this superspecial pair of 3-D glasses they handed me at the theater. I think $50 would be a fair price.
Hopped up like a kid on a sugar rush, Hoodwinked Too! tries to emulate the Shrek formula - mashing Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm with pop-culture references and wisecracking anthropomorphic sidekicks. But without a real story, or any real purpose (beyond the obvious one of making money), the filmmakers simply, and desperately, pile it on, grafting high tech-y Mission: Impossible-style action and Kill Bill martial arts and mysticism onto the old storybook yarn.
Actually, while old storybook characters - retooled and repurposed - abound, there really isn't an old storybook yarn here. It's more like a comic-book quest adventure, written by someone with attention deficit disorder.
It's been six years since the original Hoodwinked! hit theaters, and hit pay dirt at the box office. Anne Hathaway, who gave voice to Red the first time around, has been replaced by Hayden Panettiere. There's been messy legal wrangling between Hoodwinked Too!'s producers and the Weinstein Company, too. And about a hundred other 'toons have come and gone, most of them funnier, and more inventive, than this.