Review Woody Woodpecker (2017)

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Woody Woodpecker is an American live-action/computer-animated family comedy film produced by Mike Elliott and directed by Alex Zamm and based on the cartoon character of the same name created by Walter Lantz and Ben Hardaway. The film stars the voices of Eric Bauza as Woody Woodpecker. This film also stars Timothy Omundson as Lance Walters, a divorced attorney with a son and a new girlfriend who wants to build a dream home in a forest in the mountains of Pennsylvania, only to find out he is cutting down a tree in which the eponymous woodpecker lives. The film was released in Brazil on October 5, 2017 [3] It was released in the U.S. on DVD on February 6, 2018.


Cast

  • Eric Bauza as the voice of Woody Woodpecker, a mischievous rare pileated woodpecker.
  • Timothy Omundson as Lance Walters, a Seattle lawyer, Tommy's dad and Linda's ex-husband.
  • Thaila Ayala as Vanessa, Lance's girlfriend.
  • Graham Verchere as Tommy Walters, Lance's son. He befriends Woody whenever he visits him.
  • Jordana Largy as Samantha Bartlett,[5] a park ranger at Pine Grove National Park.
  • Scott McNeil as Nate Grimes, a evil poacher who plans to sell Woody on the black market. He serves as the main antagonist of the film.
  • Adrian Glynn McMorran as Ottis Grimes, a dimwitted poacher who is Nate's partner and younger brother.
  • Chelsea Miller as Jill Ferguson, a musician who becomes Tommy's friend.
  • Emily Holmes as Linda Walters, Tommy's mom and Lance's divorced wife.
  • Jakob Davies as Lyle
Production

In the early 2010s, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment planned a Woody Woodpecker feature film. John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill) were in talks to develop a story,[6] but in July 2013, Illumination canceled the project.[7] In October 2013, Bill Kopp announced that Universal Pictures had hired him to direct an animated feature film with three interwoven stories.[8] On July 13, 2016, Cartoon Brew reported that Universal 1440 Entertainment was filming a live-action/CGI hybrid film based on Woody Woodpecker in Canada. Filming began in June 2016, and ended later in July of that year.

In December 2016, a teaser trailer for the film was leaked by Universal Pictures Brasil with the Brazilian Portuguese dub. A trailer for the original English version premiered in the US on December 13, 2017.

Reception

Box office
As of February 8, 2018, Woody Woodpecker has grossed $10.9 million. It debuted at $1.5 million, finishing second at the Brazilian box office behind Blade Runner 2049. The movie increased by +45.4% in its second weekend, moving to first place to $2.1 million.



 

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Alex Zamm spent 12 years getting Woody Woodpecker back into the spotlight. With a theatrical release in South America and a VOD release in the US, we spoke with Zamm about the Walter Lantz creation.

 
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