It’s been five years since we have last heard or seen of Red and her amazing extreme-sports-loving Granny.

Back then, we’d just seen Hoodwinked and met the twenty-first century version of Little Red Riding Hood. And we soon realized, this isn’t your average, animated basket-toting girl next-door. With spunk and sass and whip-smart survival instincts, she wasn’t afraid to raise a karate kick nor join in the efforts to help find the mysterious goody bandit who was stealing recipes of local bakers and putting them out of business.

In Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil in 3D, Red is still alive and kicking but is now away in secret training with a mysterious group called the “Sisters of the Hood.” Meanwhile, back at the forest, the rest of her familiar friends (Nicky Flippers, Wolf, Twitchy and more) are holding down the fort at the Happily Ever After Agency (HEA).

But it’s “Code Red” when a wicked witch abducts two innocent children (Hansel and Gretel) and has them locked away in her gingerbread house. This is a case that only Red can handle, and the HEA needs her back. And fast!

Clever storytelling and fairy tale retelling that appeals to both adults and children is also embraced by Director Mike Disa who joins the Hoodwinked franchise this second time around. The twenty-year Hollywood veteran made his way to Tinsel Town via Chicago, where he grew up in a large Irish Catholic family and was once a record-holding Altar Boy at his church (he still holds the record as the Altar Boy to serve the most continuous Easter masses in a row).

Driving his grandfather’s beat-up Delta 88 and bringing along his portfolio and a conviction that digital filmmaking was the future, after college he made it to Hollywood and soon found work in video games and television before working his way into major animation studios.

We spoke recently about his latest animated accomplishment and why he strongly believes dads, moms, and kids of all ages will thoroughly enjoy Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.  He’s got his reasons …

10. More Bang for the Buck
Ever cooked a fabulous meal on a shoestring budget? Multiply that by a million and you might understand how it feels to make a great film at a reasonable price.

“I just got to work with a talented team of people I’d worked with on other films, other experienced animation filmmakers, to try to get the most out of the limited budget, because you know it’s a very small film compared to these big films that are coming out right now. [The goal] was to take a little bit of money and make it as big and as powerful and as spectacular a film about great characters—something that was funny and edge-of-your-seat spectacular—and do it on a reasonable budget. And I think we did.”

9.  R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
A good filmmaker respects his audience. Yes, he does. For without an audience, there would be no reason to Too! ...

“I think, and you’re going to think I’m being facetious, I think the secret is respect. I and the writers all assume that our audiences are smart people. And they don’t need to be pandered to, and they don’t need to be insulted and they don’t need to be talked down to. I don’t think you need to talk down to your audience, and I also don’t think that you need to just constantly throw ‘fart gags’ and biological humor at people because you’re afraid that they’re drifting off. Tell a real story about real people, be clever, let funny people be funny, let heroes be heroes, let villains be villains and you’ll have a great story. And then the rest of it is just hard work.”