8. The Greatest Story Ever Told
It all comes back to story, doesn’t it? Because if you don’t have something interesting to say, then well … zzzzzzz.

“I think what you do is you start with a good character who you care about: Red Riding Hood is a member of the [Happily Ever After Agency], her friends are members of the HEA. They’re actively engaged in the process of trying to do good, of trying to make the world a better place. And as you go through and tell their story, you do in such a way that your family would want to sit and watch the whole thing. I always say I’ve got a 72 year-old in my family and a six year-old in my family, and any film I make is going to have all of them laughing. Maybe not always at the same moment, but I want films that my whole family can enjoy together.”

7. You Gotta Have Friends
It’s hard enough out there being a single, basket-toting young lady wearing a hoodie. Community is where it’s at!

“You need your friends, you need your family, you need your church. And what I saw in Hoodwinked Too! was a great opportunity to explore that with Red and Granny. Granny’s a hard act to live up to. [Red’s] going to have to step up and fill some big shoes. And one of the nice things about this movie is that at the end of the film Red learns that she doesn’t have to do that alone. She not only has her friends, but she has that older generation to lean on. Again, these are good characters. They’re all heroes. They’re all accomplished. It’s not one of those films where all the adults are such idiots that the kids have to run around and do all the thinking. It’s a film for families, and families have smart people who are both old and young in them.”

6. Do a Do-Over
Forgiveness defined: for·give verb \fər-ˈgiv, fȯr-\transitive verb 1a : to give up resentment of or claim to requital for

“It’s important in life. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes and without confession, forgiveness and redemption [then] what’s the point of struggling? The best way to make the world a better place, the best way to be a hero is to find someone who needs you and give them what they need, and usually it’s understanding and forgiveness. In this case, the villain of the film [SPOILER] is lost, and she needs the help of her friends and family to find her way. In a very strong, deliberate way it’s mirroring the growth of both Red and Wolf and all the members of the movie. It’s basically the same theme that you’ve got to let it go. You’ve got to move on. You’ve got to trust the people around you. You need to work together to make something grow.”

5. Girl Power!
A strong woman need not be feared. UNLESS she’s a motorcycle-packin’ Granny. Or a cape-wearing martial arts expert who now bungee jumps.

“I would say this: I get offered a lot of movies, a lot of scripts and I’m tired to death of animated films that are only about who a young girl’s going to date or marry. And as far as I know, the Hoodwinked adventures are the only movies out there in animated film with human heroines who aren’t just chasing after men. There’s a place for that—surely we’ve done it to death at this point. The modern American female has more to her life than just who she’s going to marry and the films—especially films we show our children—need to reflect that. But I wouldn’t have done the film if it didn’t have a strong theme of sisterhood and growth. And funny … it had to be funny.”

4. Panettiere Is the New Red
We loved you in the original, Anne Hathaway. But Hayden Panettiere’s doing a bang-up job following in your footsteps. And carrying that basket …