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Guess who?! Woody Woodpecker being turned into a feature film

11.17.2011

Along with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, one of my absolute favorite coked-out cartoon characters growing up was Woody Woodpecker. But like with most fun things from our childhood, it seems Hollywood is dead set on f*cking it up.

According to THR's Heat Vision, Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-based animation house responsible for DESPICABLE ME and next year's DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX, is developing a feature film around the screwball bird originally created by Ben Hardaway, Walter Lantz, and Alex Lovy, and voiced initially by the incomparable Mel Blanc.

Okay, DESPICABLE ME was good and THE LORAX seems like it might do Dr. Seuss justice (though I'm assuming this means Woody's going to be CG-animated, which personally disinterests me). But then they decide to toy with my emotions, saying that BLADES OF GLORY scribes John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are in talks to write the project, seeking "to create a story that modernizes the character, hopefully launching a franchise in the process." Modernize! Franchise! Oy vey.

Anywho, check out some Woody insanity below. It's awesome, and part of the deranged brilliance that you know will never translate into a modern day film for kids:

Extra Tidbit: A theme song for WOODY WOODPECKER was introduced in 1947 and it got nominated for a Best Song Oscar, the only song from a short film to ever be nominated in the category. LISTEN!

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6:47AM on 11/18/2011
I'm filing this in the 'I don't give a fuck' section of my brian for quick disposal.
I'm filing this in the 'I don't give a fuck' section of my brian for quick disposal.
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9:55PM on 11/17/2011

CG Woody Woodpecker?

Hmmm... i dunno... the old cartoons dont really need modernizing, Woody isnt a deep thinking toon, it's a crazy whacked out screwball 'toon... and i do not think it'll work over a feature length time... works best in small doses.
Hmmm... i dunno... the old cartoons dont really need modernizing, Woody isnt a deep thinking toon, it's a crazy whacked out screwball 'toon... and i do not think it'll work over a feature length time... works best in small doses.
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4:49PM on 11/17/2011

This I'll stand by

Because this will be pretty cool with CGI and stuff just dont' make it gay.
Because this will be pretty cool with CGI and stuff just dont' make it gay.
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3:28PM on 11/17/2011
There's maybe two ways this could be good and seven thousand ways it could suck.
There's maybe two ways this could be good and seven thousand ways it could suck.
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9:02AM on 11/17/2011
Despicable Me saves my interest in this
Despicable Me saves my interest in this
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8:25AM on 11/17/2011
Woody Woodpecker, that's an R-rating just by its title!
Woody Woodpecker, that's an R-rating just by its title!
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7:34AM on 11/17/2011
CG, 3D, overuse of his little jingle, modernization into somewhere in New York, etc. etc.

Sounds like a money maker to me, unfortunately.
CG, 3D, overuse of his little jingle, modernization into somewhere in New York, etc. etc.

Sounds like a money maker to me, unfortunately.
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6:12AM on 11/17/2011
The Smurfs wasn't as bad as I expected so I'll stay neutral for now.
The Smurfs wasn't as bad as I expected so I'll stay neutral for now.
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6:07AM on 11/17/2011

Where's Waldo, and now this?

It sounds like something along the lines of the quality brought to us from ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and THE SMURFS.
It sounds like something along the lines of the quality brought to us from ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and THE SMURFS.
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