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 and was redeemed a box office bomb. On February 6, 2018, it was given a English version, became a straight-to-video movie released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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
- Woody is depicted as a sadistic creature who annoys/tortures the family.
- Horrendous and out of place computer 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 does Woody fly, but floats in the air without flapping his wings!
- The actors do not even look at Woody, making ridiculous improvisations looking at the horizon or the mountains on the stage.
- Woody's personality has changed radically. He is completely crazy and cheery as if it were a combination of his first version with SpongeBob SquarePants.
- None of the series' jokes appear in the movie. On the contrary, it often relies on toilet humor and other childish comedy.
- Thaila Ayala shrinks in this movie for some reason.
- Woody's voice in the second trailer and in the film is awful. It's like Eric Bauza tried to sound like Mel Blanc or Grace Stafford BY RECORDING HIS VOICE WITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE OLD EQUIPMENT! Woody's voice in the teaser was infinitely better.
- An annoying and cliché storyline that has been used better in millions of better movies than this one.
- It 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 Even the characters try to be "modernly", using electronic gadgets, outdated slang and bad marks, as well as references to pop culture.
- The movie has a horrible and poorly 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.
- Bizarre, nonsensical and disgusting humor. For example, Woody poops on a man's chocolate ice cream and the man eats it. "Yuck! Even I think that's disgusting!"
- Poor grasp of the source material.
- Some pretty good jokes.
- It was Universal Studios' very first live-action/animated hybrid film, created exclusively for home video.
- At the end of the credits, we actually get to see the cartoon that inspired this film.
- The ending credits song “Troublemaker” is great.