The DVD cover.

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.


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 Brittany (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

  1. No character in the series other than Woody appears in the film.
  2. Horrendous and out of place animation that sounds unbelievable for a Universal movie. To begin with, Woody has speech out of sync, when he flies, he seems to stretch strangely like a chewing gum, 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. And besides, not only Woody flies, but floats in the air without flapping his wings!
  3. The actors do not even look at Woody, making ridiculous improvisations looking at the horizon or the mountains on the stage.
  4. Woody's personality has changed radically in this film. Woody is completely crazy and cheery as if it were a combination of his first version with SpongeBob SquarePants.
  5. Timothy Omundson (who plays Lance Walters) had suffered a stroke and was still recovering.
  6. None of the series' jokes appear in the movie. On the contrary, it often relies on toilet humor and other childish comedy.
  7. Thaila Ayala shrinks in this movie for some reason.
  8. It was directed by Alex Zamm, a director who's widely infamous for his work in other god awful straight-to-DVD movies.
  9. The fact that it was made especially for Brazilians according to Universal, and was released in theaters only in Brazil and other Latin American countries where Woody is still popular.
  10. Everything is so amateur that it sounds like it's a telefilm or a movie released on YouTube than a real movie.
  11. Woody's awful voice in the second trailer. The voice in the teaser was infinitely better.
  12. An annoying and cliché storyline that has been used better in millions of better movies than this one.
  13. The movie seems to have been made for little kids and just that. And similar to Dora the Explorer, the film treats children as if they were idiots.
  14. Is completely forgettable due to its predictable, 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.
  15. The movie has a horrible and bad-made lesson about family and the environment. In one scene, Lance is LITERALLY 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 bad influence for children.
  16. Bizarre and nonsensical humor.
  17. The original idea for the movie was a 3D animation made by Illumination Entertainment, but that was cancelled, maybe because they did not want to spend as much on just one country.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some pretty good jokes.
  2. It's good to have Woody back, after more than 70 years.
  3. At the end of the credits, we actually get to see the cartoon that inspired this film.
  4. At least the film did not achieve the desired success, even in Latin America, because it has bad intentions and to be totally forgettable, as said before.

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