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America's favorite feathered friend, with severe ADHD, looks to be flying into theaters soon. Universal's animation house Illumination is working on a modernized Woody Woodpecker feature in the hopes that it may even spark a franchise. The character first appeared in short films in the early 40s and earned his own televised cartoons in the late 50s. The character was originally voiced by the late, great Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny and countless other lovable characters). John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who recently gave us 'Blades of Glory,' are likely to be the writers for this new film. Universal bought the rights to the character in 1985.
I was such a big fan of Woody Woodpecker as a kid it wasn't even funny, but I haven't so much as thought about the character in years. I am sure I am not alone on this. But the fact that Woody Woodpecker doesn't have the instant recognition as characters like Bugs Bunny or The Flintstones could actually work in this project's favor. It isn't exactly going to be considered treading on holy ground if a few changes are made to the character to make him relevant to modern audiences. My only concern here is that we might get another 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' disaster wherein, "making the character relevant" means "adding a bunch of poop jokes and writing a thoroughly obnoxious script." I think we'll get a better idea of what we're in for after we see 'The Lorax,' also being produced by Illumination.
Is anyone out there interested in a Woody Woodpecker movie?