Cory Edwards, director of Hoodwinked! and co-writer of Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil, announced on his Blog that “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere has joined the voice cast of the animated sequel, replacing Anne Hathaway as the voice of “Red.” Edwards, who again will voice Twitchy, revealed most of the voice cast in his post:
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, 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. How’s that for a cast?
The original Hoodwinked! grossed $51 million domestically and $109 million worldwide.