Woody Woodpecker heading to the Big Screen

Movieby Joey Paur


The classic animated cartoon character Woody Woodpecker has started his journey to the big screen. The film is set to be developed at Universal Pictures with the CGI animation studio Illumination Entertainment who made the films Despicable Me and next year’s Dr. Suess’ The Lorax, which looks like a solidly good film. This would be the first time Woody Woodpacker will get a feature film adaptation. John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (Blades of Glory) are currently in talks to develop the story.

The animated character was co-created by cartoonist Walter Lantz and voiced by Mel Blanc, who did the voice of Bugs Bunny. Woody Woodpecker first appeared in a short in the 1940's but he really hit his stride in during World War II, and carried into the 1950's.

I used to watch reruns of the animated series when I was a kid, but I'm not sure how it will translate to the big screen. I just cant help but think of movies like Alvin & The Chipmunks, Smurfs, Yogi Bear and other movies like those that have completely sucked ass. It will really be interesting to see how this movie turns out. What are your thoughts on Woody Woodpecker getting a big screen adaptation?

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