Woody Woodpecker (also known as Pica-Pau in Brazil) is a live-action/CGI animated film produced by Universal Animation Studios which premiered on October 5, 2017 in Brazilian cinemas. The film was directed by Alex Zamm, written by Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler. It was theatrically released in Brazil on October 5, 2017 and was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the USA on February 6, 2018 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It spawned an BTSW.
The playful and mischievous Woody is caught up in yet another of his amusing fights by territory, and this time the enemies are the con artist Lance Walters (Timothy Omundson) and his girlfriend Vanessa (Thaila Ayala). They are determined to build their big dream home but, for that, they need to bring down Woody's house, which promises not to be cheap.
Why It Sucks
- Woody is changed from a mischievous, zany, crazy woodpecker into an annoying sadistic creature who annoys and tortures the family.
- Even worse, his voice sounds like it was sped up too much, though strangely also slowed down at the same time.
- Woody may have been a mischievous screwball prankster in the original cartoons (especially in the earlier 1940s cartoons), but not to this extent of being malicious and sadistic, making this out of character for him.
- Horrendous and out-of-place animation that looks unbelievable for a Universal movie, even by 2017 standards. To begin with, Woody has speech out-of-sync. When he flies, he seems to stretch strangely, and feathers often enter inside the character's head. Not to mention the animation that has been reused countless times. In a scene from the movie, when Woody is poking Lance Walters in his bed at night, it looks like a Photoshop clipping too light for the scene, giving a very amateur touch to the animation. In addition, not only does Woody fly, but floats in the air without flapping his wings.
- Bad eye contact between Woody and the live-action characters: The actors do not even look at Woody, making ridiculous improvisations, such as looking at the horizon or the mountains on the stage.
- An annoying and cliché storyline that has been used in better films.
- It is completely forgettable due to its predictable, stupid, cheap and rather cliché story. Even the characters try to be "modernly", using electronic gadgets, outdated slang and bad marks, as well as references to pop culture.
- The movie has a horrid message about family and the environment. In one scene, Lance is bribing Woody for a plate of peanut butter biscuit, doing the same to let the building finish and knock down the forest, which is revolting and senseless, and automatically cancels the lesson about tree felling. Even Woody says he "left them alone because they paid him," which can be a really bad influence for children.
- There is no good comedy or humor in this film, which is unacceptable because Woody Woodpecker is meant to be a comedic franchise.
- Speaking of humor, it also consists of pointless fart jokes and forgettable toilet humor. Woody farts out his signature laugh, poops on a guy's chocolate ice cream and the guy eats it (which, when he does, Woody is disgusted), and poops on Lance's girlfriend. How's any of that funny?
- Woody strips two underage boys to their underwear and threatens to go further. This is supposed to be meant as comedy, but ends up being super pedophilic and highly inappropriate.
- Horrible grasp of the original source material.
- Despite being called Woody Woodpecker, the first half of the movie focuses a lot on Lance and his son.
- The music is insufferable.
- At the end of the credits, we actually get to see the cartoon that inspired this film.
- The cover of Surfin' Bird and Troublemaker is decent.
- Despite the atrocious CGI, Woody's design remains faithful to how it looked in the original cartoons.
- Eric Bauza does a surprisingly good job at voicing Woody despite the pitch-shifting.
The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, and currently holds a 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.