Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ("Despicable Me") originally planned for a CG animated "Woody Woodpecker" feature, looking to 'modernize' the character with a screenplay by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.
But Illumination, flush with cash from their "Despicable Me" franchise, dropped the "Woody" movie, allowing Universal to continue working with a veteran animator who will revive the 'original' Woody for the big screen:
"It's official folks," said "Eek! The Cat" creator Bill Kopp.
"Universal Pictures has hired me to put the 'Woody' back in the 'Woodpecker'! Hooray!! There will be 3 stories woven together into a feature length cartoon - plus a 6-7 minute short that we will put into theaters..."
Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.
The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in »
- Michael Stevens
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