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"Woody Woodpecker" On The Big Screen

Sneak Peek footage from Universal's upcoming big screen CGI "Woody Woodpecker" movie, opening in 2017:

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid groundwork for "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, including "Andy Panda", distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show", which featured Lantz cartoons (including director Tex Avery's manic "Chilly Willy" shorts).

The
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"Woody Woodpecker" Wraps

Production has now wrapped in Vancouver on writer/director Alex Zamm's CG-live-action film "Woody Woodpecker", based on the famous Walter Lantz cartoon character, starring Timothy OmundsonThaila AyalaGraham Verchere and Toby Walters:

'Woody Woodpecker' was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ Warner Bros. in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio...

...alongside 'Andy Panda', distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show
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"Woody Woodpecker" To The Big Screen

According to animator Bill Kopp, Universal Pictures is still developing "Woody Woodpecker" for a big screen, 3D, CG feature:

"It's been put on hold. It's not dead," said Kopp about the "Woody Woodpecker" feature. "It's just not breathing at the moment. 

"The script is in its second draft and is Really funny..."

"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 laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ Warner Bros. in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, alongside 'Andy Panda', distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years,
See full article at SneakPeek »

"Woody Woodpecker" Flying Closer To The Big Screen

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Universal Pictures continues to develop, with veteran animator Bill Kopp, the original "Woody Woodpecker" for a big screen, 3D, CGI feature:

"It's official folks," said  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 laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ Warner Bros. in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, alongside 'Andy Panda', distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who
See full article at SneakPeek »

"Woody Woodpecker" Flying Closer To The Big Screen

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
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"Woody Woodpecker" Flying Closer To The Big Screen ?

Will Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ever make their big screen CG "Woody Woodpecker" theatrical movie, that they have been promising for years ?  

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid groundwork for "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, including "Andy Panda", distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show", which featured Lantz cartoons (including director
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Woody Woodpecker Returns to the Big Screen!

Guess who?! Ha ha ha hah hah! Ha ha ha hah hah! Hahahahah!” Looks like another iconic cartoon character from Hollywood’s Golden Age is finally returning to the silver screen! He joins the ranks of Mickey Mouse in the theatrical short subject “Get a Horse’ that will be paired with Disney’s Frozen, the Loony Tunes Warner Brothers gang recently seen in the “I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat” short preceeding Happy Feet 2, and Popeye the Sailor Man (technically a comic strip star) in his very own CGI feature from director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) in production at Sony Pictures. Why it’s that fine feathered frantic fury, Woody Woodpecker! Animation reporter and historian Jerry Beck reported over at the website Indiewire that animator Bill Kopp (TV’s “Eek the Cat” and “Dan Vs.” amongst many credits) has been signed to bring that red-headed rascal back to theatres
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"Woody Woodpecker" Flying Closer To The Big Screen

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ("Despicable Me") continue to develop a big screen CGI "Woody Woodpecker" theatrical movie, from a screenplay by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky ("Blades Of Glory").

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid groundwork for "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, including "Andy Panda", distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show
See full article at SneakPeek »

"Woody Woodpecker" Flying To The Big Screen

  • SneakPeek
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will produce a big screen CGI "Woody Woodpecker" movie, from a screenplay developed by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky ("Blades Of Glory").

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid groundwork for "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, including "Andy Panda", distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show", which featured
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Woody Woodpecker Escapes Straightjacket, Heads To Big Screen

Oh yes, they're making a Woody Woodpecker movie.

Whether he was giggling maniacally (courtesy of Bugs Bunny voicer Mel Blanc) or bouncing off the walls with lunatic abandon, Woody was probably the most painfully unmedicated cartoon character of the World War II era.

Heat Vision broke the news that "Blades of Glory" writers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are in talks with Universal to pen a new feature vehicle for the red-headed screwball bird. Woody has the same DNA as other icons like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck because he was developed by the same man, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who went on to replace Blanc in the vocal department.

As the character was streamlined over the ensuing years he became cuter, less demented and rascally, even managing to snag a girlfriend named Winnie Woodpecker in the 1950s, thus spawning a million dirty jokes. Other alliterative antagonists to Woody included Wally Walrus and Buzz Buzzard.
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