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Woody Woodpecker ( film)

film by Alex Zamm

Woody Woodpecker (also known as Woody Woodpecker: The Movie) is a American 3Dlive-action/computer-animatedcomedy film directed by Alex Zamm, based on the cartoon character of the same name created by Walter Lantz. The film stars Timothy Omundson, Graham Verchere, Jordana Largy and Thaila Ayala, and features Eric Bauza as the voice of Woody Woodpecker. The film's plot follows Woody Woodpecker who retaliates against a real estate lawyer after having his tree cut down to prevent an investment home to be built in replacement of his home.

While Woody Woodpecker was filmed in English, it was only released theatrically in the Latin American market, which the film catered to and where the character remains popular. Elsewhere, it was released primarily as a direct-to-video feature. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, even though the design and animation on Woody received some praise, and grossed $ million.[4]

Plot[edit]

In the Pine Grove forest in Washington, an anthropomorphic woodpecker named Woody Woodpecker detects two taxidermist poachers, brothers Nate and Ottis Grimes, and eventually causes them to tranquilize each other. When they come to, the Grimes plan to capture & sell him to make money. In Seattle, Lance Walters, a real estate lawyer, gets fired after a video of him claiming wildlife conservation is unprofitable goes viral. He tells his girlfriend Vanessa that he intends to build an investment home on a large piece of property located near the Canadian border, left to him by his grandfather. Meanwhile, Lance's ex-wife Linda leaves their son Tommy with him and Vanessa, since she needs to visit her hospitalized father in Philadelphia.

At the Pine Grove forest, Lance, Tommy, and Vanessa meet the park ranger named Samantha Bartlett. As Lance and Vanessa unpack, Tommy goes into the forest for a walk. There, he discovers and befriends Woody after he gives him peanut butter crackers. Woody visits the family at lunchtime and eats almost all of the food. Lance tries to shoo Woody away, but he accidentally wrecks the table and hits Vanessa in the face with a broom. The next morning, construction on the investment home begins, prompting an agitated Woody to cause chaos at the site. Later, in a nearby town, Tommy befriends a young musician named Jill, who persuades him to join her band in the annual Firefly Festival. Tommy is then saved from two bullies by Woody.

As days pass, Lance grows more agitated because of Woody's constant interference with his project, and he goes to meet Samantha at the ranger station. She reveals that the woodpecker is an endangered species known as a pileated red-crowned woodpecker, which Native Americans saw as a god of mischief and chaos. Lance continues with his work, but Vanessa leaves him after Woody blows up their RV with her inside as a prank. Samantha eventually advises Lance to get along with Woody. Lance reluctantly attempts to surrender to Woody by giving him crackers, but Woody agrees to let him and the workers continue with their construction, as long as he is given crackers every day. Eventually, the investment home is completed despite excessive payment and extended scheduling.

At the town's Firefly Festival, Tommy and Jill's drummer Lyle comes down with indigestion, prompting Woody to take over using a homemade drum kit. The performance is a hit, and Lance is surprised to hear that Woody gave Tommy some friendly support. Realizing that having humans around again isn't a bad idea, Woody heads back to the investment home and carves a mural above the fireplace. However, as he signs his name into the carving, he accidentally burns the house down after hitting exposed wiring. Ashamed of his mistake, he flies back to his tree. Infuriated by this, Lance hires Nate and Ottis to hunt Woody down. The brothers find him and tase him unconscious. As they leave, Tommy reprimands his father and runs away. He then forms a plan to rescue Woody and heads to Grimes' shack with Jill and Lyle, as the brothers try to sell Woody at an online black market auction.

Lance finds the mural that Woody had created. Having a change of heart, he enlists Samantha's help and they set out to find both Tommy and Woody. However, everyone is captured by the brothers. As Nate grabs a tranquilizer, Lance tilts his cage towards Woody's so he can free him. After beating the brothers, Woody chases them as they attempt to flee to Canada. He carves a hole in the middle of a bridge, and the brothers fall into the river below, where they are later arrested. Later, Lance apologizes to Woody for not knowing that the house fire was an accident and therefore replaces Woody's cut-down tree with a birdhouse. Woody accepts both the gift and the group to be called his new family, much to their generosity. That night, as Lance and Tommy fall asleep in a tent, Woody carves the words "Home Sweet Home" into the new birdhouse, only to accidentally make it topple onto the tent. As a bonus post-credit sequence, the Woody Woodpecker cartoon Niagara Fools is presented.

Cast[edit]

  • Eric Bauza as the voice of Woody Woodpecker, a hyperactive, rare and mischievous pileated woodpecker.
  • Graham Verchere as Tommy Walters, the teenager son of Lance and Woody's best friend.
  • Timothy Omundson as Lance Walters, a Seattle lawyer who is the ex-husband of Linda, Tommy's father and Vanessa's boyfriend.
  • Jordana Largy as Samantha Barlett, the park-ranger of Pine Grove.
  • Thaila Ayala as Vanessa, Lance's futile and arrogant girlfriend.
    • Ayala was cast to add appeal in Brazil,[1] and in Brazilian dubbing, Ayala voiced herself.
  • Adrian Glynn McMorran as Otis Grimes, a dummy furtive poacher and partner and younger brother of Nate.
  • Scott McNeil as Nate Grimes, a furtive poacher who want to capture, dissect and to sell Woody in auction.
  • Chelsea Miller as Jill Ferguson, a teenager bass guitarist who becomes Tommy's friend.
  • Jakob Davies as Lyle, a drummer who is Jill's friend and becomes friend of Tommy.
  • Sean Tyson as George, a builder who directs the building of the new house of Lance.
  • Emily Holmes as Linda Walters, Lance's ex-wife and mother of Tommy.
  • Patrick Lubczyk as Chris, a bully who is the partner of John and threatens Tommy.
  • Ty Consiglio as John, a bully who also threatens Tommy in one part of the film.
  • Karin Konoval as Barbara Krum, the receptionist for Lance.

Production[edit]

In November , Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment planned a Woody Woodpecker feature film. John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill) were in talks to develop a story,[5] but in July , Illumination canceled the project.[6] In October , Bill Kopp announced that Universal hired him to direct an animated feature film with three interwoven stories.[7] On July 13, , Cartoon Brew reported that Universal Entertainment was filming a live-action/CG hybrid Woody Woodpecker film. Filming began in June and ended later in July of that year. Filming was done in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

The primary audience in mind for the film was that of Brazil.[1] The cartoon has been broadcast in the country for, by , 38 years. The Brazilian newspaper Folha Vitória stated that the series was popular ("com ótima audiência").[8]

In December , a teaser trailer for the film was leaked by Universal Pictures Brazil with the Brazilian Portuguese dub;[9] a trailer for the original English version later premiered in America on December 13,

Release[edit]

The film was first released theatrically in Brazil (under the name of Pica-Pau: O Filme) on October 5, [1]

In the week of the premiere of the film, a person/people dressed in a costume of the character came to Brazil and visited several cities such as the capital Brasília, Manaus, Olinda, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The highlight visit was when some scenes from the episode "Niagara Fools" were reproduced in the Iguaçu Falls.[10]

Home media[edit]

It was released in the United States and Canada on DVD, Digital HD, and Netflix on February 6, and on Blu-ray on September 4, [11] The movie was launched on direct-to-video format in the United States and around the world on that day.[12] In the United Kingdom, the movie was distributed through British home video distributor Dazzler Media, under license from Universal.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 13% approval rating based on eight reviews.[4]Common Sense Media rated the film one out of five stars, stating, "Inanely cruel villains, an unoriginal story, ham-handed performances, and reliance on farts and burps are the low lights of this awkward effort to bring back a less-than-engaging cartoon bird."[13] Jodi Smith of entertainment website Pajiba gave the film a negative review, stating "If I was a super villain and I wanted to harm all of the children of the world, I would fund and release a movie like Woody Woodpecker."[14] Conversely, Fernando Alvarez of the Argentine newspaper Clarín referred to the film as " effective entertainment for a young audience" in a positive review.[15]

Box office[edit]

As of March 11, , Woody Woodpecker has grossed $ million. It debuted at $ million, finishing second at the Brazilian box office behind Blade Runner . The film increased by +% in its second weekend, moving to first place with $ million. The film was never released theatrically in countries other than Latin America.

Web series[edit]

Main article: Woody Woodpecker ( web series)

A Flash animatedweb series based on Woody Woodpecker was released on YouTube in , with director Alex Zamm serving as the series' director during the first season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ abcdef"Universal is Making A Live-Action/CG Woody Woodpecker Feature—For Brazilians". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved
  2. ^Harper, Blake (8 February ). "What the New 'Woody Woodpecker' Movie Says About Kids Entertainment". Fatherly.com. Fatherly. Retrieved 16 September
  3. ^"Woody Woodpecker". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 September
  4. ^ ab"Woody Woodpecker". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 18,
  5. ^Kit, Borys (November 16, ). "Woody Woodpecker Movie in Development at Universal, Illumination (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 13,
  6. ^Debruge, Peter (July 17, ). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 18,
  7. ^Beck, Jerry (October 12, ). "Bill Kopp Signed for Universal's "Woody Woodpecker"". Indiewire.com. Retrieved September 13,
  8. ^""Pica-Pau: o Filme" só será lançado nos cinemas do Brasil. Descubra porquê!". Folha de Vitória. October 4,
  9. ^"Primeiro vídeo de Pica-Pau Mostra a Brasileira Thaila Ayala". Adorocinema.com. Retrieved
  10. ^"Pica-Pau visita Cataratas do Iguaçu e relembra cena do desenho". Rádio Gaucha. September 27,
  11. ^"Woody Woodpecker". www.uphe.com. 7 December
  12. ^Milligan, Mercedes (December 5, ). "Universal Teases Hybrid Woody Woodpecker Film in São Paulo". Animation Magazine.
  13. ^Schonfeld, Renee (8 February ). "Woody Woodpecker - Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved April 18,
  14. ^"If You Love Your Children, Don't Show Them the 'Woody Woodpecker' Movie". 14 December
  15. ^Álvarez, Fernando (). "Crítica de "El Pájaro Loco": Apenas ecos de una risa contagiosa". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved

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Movie Info

A hyperactive woodpecker saves its home from a greedy real estate lawyer.

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    PG (Some Action|Rude Humor and Language)

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    Kids & family, Adventure, Comedy

  • Original Language:

    English

  • Director:

    Alex Zamm

  • Producer:

    Mike Elliott

  • Writer:

    Alex Zamm, William Robertson

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Woody Woodpecker

Fictional cartoon character bird

This article is about the animated character. For other uses, see Woody Woodpecker (disambiguation).

Woody Woodpecker is an animated character that has appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz Studio and distributed by Universal Studios[2][3] between and [4]

Woody, an anthropomorphic woodpecker, was created in by Lantz and storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who had previously laid the groundwork for two other screwball characters, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late s. Woody's character and design evolved over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined looking and acting character in the vein of the later Chuck Jones version of Bugs Bunny.[5] Woody was originally voiced by prolific voice actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded in the shorts by Danny Webb, Kent Rogers, Dick Nelson Ben Hardaway, and, finally, Grace Stafford (wife of Walter Lantz).[6]

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on television in under the title The Woody Woodpecker Show, which featured Lantz cartoons bookended by new footage of Woody and live-action footage of Lantz. Lantz produced theatrical cartoons longer than most of his contemporaries, and Woody Woodpecker remained a staple of Universal's release schedule until , when Lantz finally closed down his studio. The character has been revived since then for special productions and occasions, as well as for The New Woody Woodpecker Show, a Saturday-morning cartoon television series featuring prolific voice actor Billy West as Woody that aired from to [7][8]

Woody has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard. He also made a cameo appearance alongside many other famous cartoon characters in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot of Universal Studios. Woody and his friends are also icons at the Universal Studios Theme Parks worldwide, as well as the PortAventura Park in the Salou, Spain, where they still remain despite Universal no longer having a financial stake in the park.

Origin

The inspiration for the character came during producer Walter Lantz's honeymoon with his wife, Grace, in June Lake, California in [9] A noisy acorn woodpecker[10] outside their cabin kept the couple awake at night, and when a heavy rain started, they learned that the bird had bored holes in their cabin's roof. As both Walter and Gracie told Dallas attorney Rod Phelps during a visit, Walter wanted to shoot the bird, but Gracie suggested that her husband make a cartoon about the bird, and thus Woody was born.[11] Woody shares many characteristics in common with the pileated woodpecker in terms of both physical appearance as well as his characteristic laugh, which resembles the call of the pileated woodpecker. These similarities are apparently the result of the artistic license of the creators, and have caused much confusion within the birding community among those who have attempted to classify Woody's species.[10]

History

Early years

Woody Woodpecker first appeared in the short Knock Knock on November 25, The cartoon ostensibly stars Andy Panda and his father, Papa Panda, but it is Woody who dominates. The woodpecker constantly pesters the two pandas, apparently just for the fun of it. Andy, meanwhile, tries to sprinkle salt on Woody's tail in the belief that this will somehow capture the bird. To Woody's surprise, Andy's attempts prevail, and Woody is taken away to the psychiatric hospital— but not before his captors prove to be crazier than he is.

The Woody of Knock Knock was designed by animator Alex Lovy. Woody's original voice actor, Mel Blanc, stopped performing the character after the first three cartoons to work exclusively for Leon Schlesinger Productions (later renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons), producer of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies after signing a loyalty contract. At Leon Schlesinger's, Blanc had already established the voices of two other famous "screwball" characters who preceded Woody, Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. Ironically, Blanc's characterization of the Woody Woodpecker laugh had originally been applied to Happy Rabbit, a Bugs Bunny predecessor, in shorts such as the aforementioned Elmer's Candid Camera and was later transferred to Woody. Blanc's regular speaking voice for Woody was much like the early Daffy Duck, minus the lisp. Once Warner Bros. signed Blanc to an exclusive contract, Woody's voice-over work was taken over by Danny Webb, followed by Kent Rogers, Dick Nelson and Ben Hardaway later became Woody's voice after Rogers was sent to the army during World War II, and would voice the woodpecker for the rest of the decade. This makes Woody Woodpecker one of the very few cartoon characters originally voiced by Mel Blanc to be voiced by someone else during Blanc's lifetime. Despite this, Blanc continued to voice Woody on a Mutual Network radio show[12] and in recordings for Capitol Records from until ,[13] while his laugh would continue to be used in the shorts until

Audiences reacted well to Knock Knock, and Lantz realized he had finally hit upon a star to replace the waning Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Woody starred in a number of films. With his brash demeanor, the character was a natural hit during World War II. His image appeared on US aircraft as nose art, and on mess halls, and audiences on the homefront watched Woody cope with familiar problems such as food shortages. The Woody cartoon The Dizzy Acrobat was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons), which it lost to the MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon The Yankee Doodle Mouse. Woody Woodpecker's debut also marked a change in directing style for Walter Lantz studio, since the character was heavily inspired by Tex Avery-created Looney Tunes character Daffy Duck at Warner Bros, and thus Woody's cartoons tended to have a hint of Tex Avery's style and influence in terms of humor, and that's what gave Walter Lantz studio its fame. Curiously enough, Avery himself never directed a Woody Woodpecker short while at the Walter Lantz studio.

Animator Emery Hawkins and layout artist Art Heinemann streamlined Woody's appearance for the film The Barber of Seville, directed by James "Shamus" Culhane. The bird became rounder, cuter, and less demented. He also sported a simplified color scheme and a brighter smile, making him much more like his counterparts at Warner Bros. and MGM. Nevertheless, Culhane continued to use Woody as an aggressive lunatic, not a domesticated straight man or defensive homebody, as many other studios' characters had become. The follow-up to The Barber of Seville, The Beach Nut, introduced Woody's original chief nemesis, Wally Walrus.

Woody's wild days were numbered, however. In , Lantz hired Disney veteran Dick Lundy to direct Woody's cartoons. Lundy rejected Culhane's take on the series and made Woody more defensive; no longer did the bird go insane without a legitimate reason. Lundy also paid more attention to the animation, making Woody's new films more Disney-esque in their design, style, animation, and timing. Lundy's last film for Disney was the Donald Duck short Flying Jalopy. This cartoon is played much like a Woody Woodpecker short, down to the laugh in the end. It also features a bad guy named "Ben Buzzard" who bears a strong resemblance to Buzz Buzzard, a Lantz character introduced in Wet Blanket Policy (), who eventually succeeded Wally Walrus as Woody's primary antagonist.

In , contract renewal negotiations between Lantz and Universal (now Universal-International) fell through, and Lantz began distributing his cartoons through United Artists.[14]:&#;&#; The UA-distributed Lantz cartoons featured higher-quality animation, the influence of Dick Lundy (the films' budgets remained the same).[14]:&#;–&#; Former Disney animators such as Fred Moore and Ed Love began working at Lantz, and assisted Lundy in adding touches of the Disney style to Woody's cartoons. Despite the Disney style added for the later cartoons, Woody's cartoons still try to maintain a good dose of slapstick and madcap humor from the pre-Lundy cartoons.

"The Woody Woodpecker Song"

In , Woody got his own theme song when musicians George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss wrote "The Woody Woodpecker Song", making ample use of the character's famous laugh. Kay Kyser's recording of the song, with Harry Babbitt's laugh interrupting vocalist Gloria Wood, became one of the biggest hit singles of [15][16] Other artists did covers, including Woody's original voice actor, Mel Blanc. Lantz first used "The Woody Woodpecker Song" in Wet Blanket Policy (), and it became the first and only song from an animated short subject to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in but it lost out to “Buttons and Bows”.[17] Lantz soon adopted the song as Woody's theme music, and due to the song's popularity, Woody Woodpecker fan clubs sprang up, theaters held "Woody" matinées, and boys got the "Woody Woodpecker" haircut.[citation needed]

"The Woody Woodpecker Song" and the Woody Woodpecker cartoons made extensive use of Woody's famous laugh, upsetting the man who created it, Mel Blanc. (He first used the laugh, in a different recording, for the seminal pre-Bugs Bunny character in 's Porky's Hare Hunt.) Although Blanc had only recorded three shorts as the voice of Woody, his laugh had been recorded as a stock sound effect and used in every subsequent Woody Woodpecker short up until this point. Blanc sued Lantz and lost, but Lantz settled out of court when Blanc filed an appeal. Although Lantz stopped using Blanc's Woody Woodpecker laugh as a stock effect in the early s, Blanc's voice was still heard saying "Guess who?" at the beginning of every cartoon for the duration of the Woody Woodpecker series.

Financial impasse/hiatus

Financial problems at United Artists during the aftermath of the Paramount case - which forced movie distributors to end the practice of block booking, or selling shorts and features to theaters in packages - affected Lantz. The revenues Lantz received from UA's distribution of his cartoons were much lower than his returns had been from Universal, and once the Lantz studio hit its loan debt cap of $, at the Bank of America, Lantz was forced to shut the studio down.[14]:&#;–&#; He began a series of staggered layoffs in December until work on the final s Lantz short, the Woody cartoon Drooler's Delight, was finished at the otherwise shuttered studio in early

Walter Lantz Productions remained closed for a full calendar year. During this time, Walter Lantz and his wife, actress Grace Stafford, toured Europe, in order to spend money impounded there after World War II and also to entertain the European Universal exchanges still distributing the Universal era Lantz cartoons.[14]:&#;–&#; By keeping the studio closed while the Universal and United Artists Woody Woodpecker cartoons were still in distribution,[18] Lantz was able to amass enough income to pay off the studio's debts and upgrade the studio, after which time the studio finally reopened with a reduced staff.[14]:&#;–&#;

Later films

The revived Lantz studio's first new project was an animated segment of the feature film Destination Moon (), produced by Lantz's friend George Pál. In the segment, astronauts are shown an animated educational film featuring Woody Woodpecker explaining rocket propulsion.[14]:&#;–&#;

Beginning with Destination Moon, Woody's voice was assumed by Grace Stafford. According to the Lantzes, Stafford slipped a recording of herself into a stack of audition tapes, and her husband chose her without knowing her identity.[14]:&#;–&#; Lantz also began having Stafford supply Woody's laugh, due to the court settlement with Mel Blanc. Stafford was not credited at her own request until Misguided Missile (), as she felt audiences might reject a woman performing Woody's voice. Stafford also did her best to tone down the character through her voice work, to appease Universal's complaints about Woody's raucousness.

Lantz signed again with Universal (now Universal-International) in , and began production on two entries that director Dick Lundy and storymen Ben Hardaway and Heck Allen had begun before the layoff. These shorts have no director's credit, as Lantz claimed to have directed them himself. Puny Express () was the first to be released, followed by Sleep Happy. These shorts marked a departure from past dialogue-driven shorts. Though Stafford now voiced Woody, her job was limited, as Woody (and other characters) rarely spoke in the first dozen or so shorts. It was because of these entries that Woody became popular outside the English-speaking world, thanks to the lack of a language barrier. (The Pink Panther shorts of the s and s also enjoyed worldwide popularity due to this pantomime luxury.)

Nine more Lantz-directed Woody cartoons followed, before Don Patterson became Woody's new director in The bird was redesigned again, this time by animatorLaVerne Harding. Harding made Woody smaller, cuter, and moved his crest forward from its original backwards position. (The small Lantz Studios logo seen at the start of every cartoon — Woody as an armored knight on horseback carrying a lance — continued for a while to display Woody with his former topknot.) For 's The Tree Medic, one last makeover was given to the woodpecker, making Woody's eye a simple black dot and taking away the green/hazel iris he'd had since his beginnings. However, Woody's eyes were not changed in the cartoon's intros, and they remained green for the rest of the shorts' production run. During this time, the intro was changed as well. Instead of having Woody's name on-screen and Woody pecking a hole in the screen to introduce himself, Woody now pecked his way onto the screen, greeting the audience with his iconic "Guess who?", then carved out his name on either a brown or gray wood background and jumped around the screen while laughing.

By , Paul J. Smith had taken over as primary director of Woody's shorts, with periodic fill-in shorts directed by Alex Lovy and Jack Hannah, among others. With Smith on board, the shorts maintained a healthy dose of frenetic energy, while the animation itself was simplified, due to budget constraints.

In addition to Lantz's wife Grace Stafford providing Woody's voice, which returned the cartoon to being more dialogue-driven again, voice talents during this period were generally split between Dal McKennon and Daws Butler. Several of Woody's recurring costars were also introduced during this era, such as Gabby Gator (voiced by Daws Butler in an Ozarks voice, a slightly different southern dialect than he used for Huckleberry Hound). Gabby first appeared in Everglade Raid (as "Al I. Gator"). Other films paired Woody with a girlfriend, Winnie Woodpecker (voiced by Grace Stafford), and a niece and nephew, Splinter and Knothead (both voiced by June Foray). Other antagonists that Woody has dealt with were Ms. Meany (voiced by Grace Stafford) and Dapper Denver Dooley (voiced by Dallas McKennon).

Woody in the television era

As Lantz was struggling financially, Woody's longevity was secured when he made the jump to television in The Woody Woodpecker Show on ABC. The half-hour program consisted of three theatrical Woody shorts followed by a brief look at cartoon creation hosted by Lantz. It ran from to then entered syndication until NBC revived the show in and In addition, the woodpecker was no longer dishing out abuse to his foils, but was instead on the receiving end. The first significant short to feature Woody as a serious, put-upon character was 's Franken-Stymied. Woody's popularity had been based on his manic craziness, but by , this had all but been eliminated in favor of a more serious Woody, a straight man trying to do good. This was due in part to Woody's large presence on television, which meant Lantz had to meet the stringent rules against violence for children's television. Though production continued until , the cartoons were a definite notch lower than in the s and s.

Woody appeared in new theatrical shorts until , when Lantz closed his studio due to rising production costs. His cartoons returned to syndication in the late s. Lantz sold his library of Woody shorts to MCA/Universal in Universal repackaged the cartoons for another syndicated Woody Woodpecker Show in A year later, Woody made a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, voiced by Cherry Davis, near the end of the film.

Woody Woodpecker reappeared in the Fox Kids series The New Woody Woodpecker Show, which ran on Saturday mornings from to , voiced by Billy West. For this series, Woody was redesigned more like his mids look ( to ), pushing back his crest and making his eyes green again. Winnie Woodpecker, who had debuted in Real Gone Woody (), became a semi-regular character as Woody's primary love interest. Like Woody, Winnie was redesigned to look almost exactly like Woody did from until , the obvious differences being that she was a female woodpecker and had blue eyes. Woody's primary antagonist was Wally Walrus, who became Woody's neighbor (Woody lived in a tree house in Mrs. Meany's front yard, and Mrs. Meany's house was next door). Buzz Buzzard often appeared, as did Mrs. Meany and several other older characters.

In , Universal Animation Studios announced a new series of Woody Woodpecker cartoons exclusively for YouTube. The result, titled simply Woody Woodpecker, began airing on December 3, [19]

Reception

Walter Lantz with his most famous creation

The Woody Woodpecker Show was named the 88th best animated series by IGN.[20]

Legacy

Walter Lantz and movie pioneer George Pal were good friends. Woody Woodpecker cameos in nearly every film that Pal produced or directed—for example, during the sequence in The Time Machine (), a little girl drops her Woody Woodpecker doll as she goes into an air raid shelter. In Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (), Grace Stafford cameos, carrying a Woody Woodpecker doll.

In the Baltimora song, Woody Boogie. The song uses the laughter of Woody Woodpecker throughout the song.

Woody was number 46 on TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time in and He came in at number 25 on Animal Planet's list of The 50 Greatest Movie Animals in The character has been referenced and spoofed on many later television programs, among them The Simpsons, American Dad!, South Park, The Fairly OddParents, Family Guy, Seinfeld, Robot Chicken, Three's Company, and Flash Toons.

Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot of Universal Studios. In and , Woody appeared on the nose of the WilliamsFormula One Team, and in , he became the official team mascot of the Honda Motorcycle Racing Team. A Woody Woodpecker balloon had been a staple of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from until

In Brazil the character is a hugely popular and iconic cartoon character.[19]

Home media

A handful of non-comprehensive Woody Woodpecker VHS tapes were issued by Universal in the s and s, usually including Andy Panda and Chilly Willy cartoons as bonuses. A few were widely released on VHS in the mids by Kid Pics Video, an American company of dubious legality, which packaged the Woody cartoons with bootlegged Disney cartoons. In the early s, a series of mail-order Woody Woodpecker Show VHS tapes and DVDs were made available by mail order through Columbia House.

In , Universal Studios Home Entertainment released The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, a three-disc DVD boxed set compilation of Walter Lantz "Cartunes". The first forty-five Woody Woodpecker shorts—from Knock Knock to The Great Who-Dood-It—were presented on the box set in chronological order of release, with various Chilly Willy, Andy Panda, Swing Symphonies, and other Lantz shorts also included.[21]The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2, including the next forty-five Woody cartoons—Termites from Mars through Jittery Jester—was released in A plain-vanilla best-of release, titled Woody Woodpecker Favorites, was released in , which contained no new-to-DVD material.[22] Plans for further releases, as well as a region-1 DVD release of The New Woody Woodpecker Show, are currently on hold for unknown reasons, although the series has received VHS and DVD releases outside of North America and is available for viewing on Hulu.

Apart from authorized releases, the Woody Woodpecker cartoon most widely available on legal home video is the public domainPantry Panic.

The original shorts of Woody Woodpecker had finally been released for the first time on Blu-ray; labeled as the "Screwball Collection", released on September 7, [23]

Voice actors

United States
Other countries
  • Katsue Miwa and Kumiko Watanabe (Japan)
  • Olney Cazarré (Brazil) s / s
  • Garcia Júnior (Brazil) s
  • Marco Antônio Costa (Brazil) s / s
  • Sérgio Stern (Brazil) –
  • Natalia Gurzo (Russia) –/s
  • Jorge Arvizu (Mexico)
  • Stavros Mavridis (Greece) –
  • Dimitris Marizas (Greece) –
  • Dieter Kursawe (Germany)
  • Mića Tatić (Yugoslavia/Serbia)

Blanc originated the voice, in a characterization similar to his Daffy Duck, minus the lisp, with the recording slightly sped up to give a higher-pitched tone to the voice. He stated that the laugh originated from a type of laugh he used to do at school and he just added the pecking sounds to the laugh.[32] That practice continued with other voice artists.[citation needed]

Filmography

Theatrical cartoons

See Woody Woodpecker filmography

TV series

Public Service

  • Let's All Recycle with Woody Woodpecker ( – PSA Video)

Other appearances

Film

Main article: Woody Woodpecker ( film)

In the early s, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment planned a Woody Woodpecker feature film. John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill) were in talks to develop a story,[17] but the project was canceled.[33] In October , Bill Kopp announced that Universal Pictures had hired him to direct an animated feature film with three interwoven stories.[34]

On July 13, , Cartoon Brew reported that Universal Entertainment was filming a live-action/CGI hybrid film based on Woody Woodpecker in Canada. The film is being directed by Alex Zamm and stars Timothy Omundson of Galavant and Psych fame and Brazilian actress Thaila Ayala. Filming began in June , and ended later in July of that year. The film was released theatrically in Brazil on October 5, , and was scheduled for release on April 1, , worldwide. The film had a straight-to-video release in the United States on February 6, [35]

Comics

Woody was the star of a number of comic book series published in the U.S. and around the world. The main title, Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker, ran from to

Woody first appeared as a comic book character in , appearing alongside Andy Panda and Oswald the Rabbit in Dell Comics' New Funnies, an anthology comic that featured a number of other Lantz characters.[36] Eventually, Woody became the star of New Funnies,[36] leading to Woody Woodpecker solo comics appearing as part of Dell Comics' Four Color Comicsone-shot series, beginning in [37]

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker became an independent comic book (starting with issue #16 to reflect the earlier appearances in Four Color) in Dec. Jan. [38] It ran for issues, published by Dell and then Western Publishing (Whitman/Gold Key), lasting until [39]

Woody's niece and nephew Splinter and Knothead first made their appearances in the comics,[40] later appearing in the cartoons.[36]

Notable creators involved with the Woody Woodpecker comic included Carl Fallberg, Paul Murry, Tony Strobl, Frank Thomas, and in the European comics, Freddy Milton.[36]

Woody also starred in a short-lived comic strip, syndicated by Consolidated News Features, in the early s.[36]

Foreign-language versions of the Woody Woodpecker comic were published in many European countries, most actively in Sweden ("Hacke Hackspett"), the Netherlands, France, and Italy ("Picchiarello").

Video games

Several Woody Woodpecker video games were released for Mega Drive/Genesis, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PC, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and iOS (iPad and iPhone).

Mattel purchased the rights for a Woody Woodpecker Intellivision game, and Grace Stafford recorded new dialog for the game, but it was not completed.[41]

Maruhon has released a series of pachinko games in Japan.

See also

References

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