WOODY WOODPECKER REVIEWED
“Woody Woodpecker” continues to fascinate. The series started shortly before World War II as the theatrical short answer to WB’s success with Looney Tunes. Bouncing between Universal and United Artists, Woody creator Walter Lantz did his best to play up the Tex Avery vibe of his character. While the character played as a second-ran in America, little did we know that South America was falling in love with the character. That’s how we got here.
This modern update was shot in Canada and specifically made for the Latin market. If you’ve got a Brazilian friend, then you know about Brazil’s love affair with the character. As much as Seinfeld gets re-runs in America, that’s how often Woody Woodpecker is shown down Rio way. After cleaning up south of the border, Universal has decided to release it in America. What’s the verdict? Well, it plays like an afterthought.
Some have taken issue with the new Woody voice, but Woody is a character that is known for frequent voice acting changes. Hell, original voice actor Mel Blanc had to bail on Woody Woodpecker after two shorts. If you’re not looking for much, then a tale of Woody teaming up with locals to save his home will do it for you. Honestly, I’ll just hunt down the original 1940s shorts that played our Woodpecker friend as a mad felon.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1