All-Star Cast: Funnily, this wasn't planned to happen. Originally, a few actors voiced two characters: Tara Strong voiced Red and Zorra, a member of Granny's ski team. David Ogden Stiers voiced Flippers as well as Kirk (if this had stayed, Flippers interviewing Kirk would essentially be one guy interviewing himself). The Edwards brothers' associate Tony Leech voiced Det. Bill Stork, Sally Struthers voiced Granny, Joel McCrary as Chief Grizzly, and Tom Kenny was Woolworth. Only a few of the original cast roles were kept - such as Patrick Warburton's role as the Wolf and Andy Dick's role as Boingo.
Due to Executive Meddling by the distributor, a lot of these voice roles were changed in favor of high profile actors:
The animation had been completed to such an extent that when the roles were recast, the new actors had to deliver the new lines exactly the same way the original lines had been given.
Executive Meddling: The Weinstein Bros. had the songs cut down because they felt that audiences would be impatient with them. Anyone who viewed the full songs in the DVD bonus content will strongly disagree:
The second verse of Red's song "Great Big World" and Kirk's "Schnitzel song"
A verse in the song Japeth sings in his shack was cut. The cut was at such a point that Red starts to say something that is cut off when the angle changes.
What Could Have Been: All of the songs were shortened on direct order from the Weinstein Brothers, which ruined a lot of Back Story and some great lyrics.
Deleted Scenes: The deleted scenes on the DVD release extend several of the songs. You can also listen to the full versions if you buy the soundtrack:
An extra verse in "Great Big World", with shots of Red actually making deliveries (her role as a delivery girl has the feel of an Informed Attribute in the full film because there, we only see shots of Red riding her bike, singing to herself and exchanging greetings with passersby). The verse is spliced in between the shots of Red's bike being carried over the river by the hummingbirds and her coming to a stop at the top of a cliff overlooking a valley.
An additional verse in the "Schnitzel Song". The shot of the kids cheering and throwing their schnitzel sticks into the air doesn't make sense in the final cut. In the deleted scene, they are shown to be throwing them up in ovation to watching Kirk and two children tap-dancing on a stage.
An additional verse to "Tree Critter" prior to the ski race.
The restoration of about five seconds of audio to "Be Prepared", which inserts a shot of Japeth biting down on a tulip after Red says, "That's great, but could you just help me find my Granny's house?" and before the shot of Japeth standing on a chair that tips over. Due to its cutting location, in the final film, Red can be heard speaking although her lips aren't moving for about a second once the music starts. It's still missing a running of the chorus right before the part where Gaither slides down a scale.
Throw It In: Boingo's rant to Keith instructing the dude to change his name to Boris because "Keith" isn't scary enough was ad-libbed by Andy Dick.
What Could Have Been: You have to wonder what would have happened had the Weinstein Company not ordered the recasting of a number of main characters' voices. In the finished film, Tara Strong has a bit role as Zorra, the fox on Granny's ski team. As the film was originally cast, she also voiced Red before Anne Hathaway did. David Ogden Stiers voices Flippers, and also used to voice Kirk. The Edwards brothers' associate Tony Leech voiced Det. Bill Stork before Anthony Anderson. Emmy-winning actress Sally Struthers voiced Granny before Glenn Close did. Only a few of the original cast roles were kept when Executive Meddling set in - such as Patrick Warburton as the Wolf and Andy Dick as Boingo.
The Other Darrin: Hoodwinked Too! features the voice of Hayden Panettiere as Red, instead of Anne Hathaway. Panettiere actually did this before she voiced her character in Alpha and Omega, which was completed, promoted (by Panettiere, who also came to the UK for this purpose), released in cinemas, put out on DVD and shown on cable (like Sky Box Office in Britain) while this movie was being Screwed by the Network - see below. (Incidentally, the sequel has no British release date as of January 2013, and it may yet suffer the fate of fellow Weinstein release The Great Debaters - which went Direct-to-DVD in the UK four years after it came out in the States.)
The Woodsman also has a new voice this time around, with Martin Short in place of Jim Belushi.