When it opened on Friday, Hoodwinked
received incredibly mixed reviews - critics either hated it with a passion, though it was genius, or didn't really care.
Undaunted by the bizarrely mixed opinions, however, people went to see the movie, and it finished the weekend with just
shy of the top spot at the box office (according to the latest counts), bringing in nearly $17 million. And now, since
it cost less than $20 million to make, it's no surprise that Hoodwinked 2
is already in the works. Though the
movie's end perfectly sets up a sequel, the team behind it (brothers Cory
and Todd Edwards
and Tony Leech
) say that part two will actually be more focused on
"back story and subplots" rather than going forward from where Hoodwinked
ends. In addition to the
animated sequel, the trio is also working on a handful of projects that involve actual humans.
freely admit that Hoodwinked
came less out of passion for the story or animation and more out of a desire to
get a foot in the door - according to Todd Edwards, the hardest thing about making Hoodwinked was "Putting all the
projects that we really wanted to do on hold" - it'll be interesting to see what the sequel does for the
filmmakers. If they end up being pigeon-holed as clever animators, they may never get to those other projects.