Reviewed byDark_Lord_MarkVote: 9/10
Woody Woodpecker was a beloved cartoon for many. It was a mainstay of weekday cartoons for many New Yorkers and Americans in the 90's.
Woody is essentially a bird with human emotions and speak. He lives in a forest that is in danger from an outside threat. Can Woody and his friend(s) come together to save his world?
Having little to no information to go on, I took the time to see this movie. I went in blind; no reviews, not even a trailer I saw. What could go wrong?
Well everything and that is a GOOD thing. The movie clearly has a smaller budget and some amateur actors, but the main attraction, Woody, breaks the wall; the 4th wall.
This movie was essentially, what if Deadpool was a young teen bird in the 90's...what rules and conventions would he break?
Woody Woodpecker breaks the fourth Wall on many occasions, in an attempt to add humor and commentary to scenes and it works mostly. He is rude and crude with mischievous tendencies like all young boys tend to be. Loving parents who have sons should watch this movie with their kids and teens.
Is the movie a Masterpiece? No! Is it fun and entertaining? Yes
Critics will trash it due to the MACHO nature and not being pro Liberal or feminism...but if you are a man or teenager or even a child, you will love this! SOY BOYS NEED NOT APPLY! Movie has heart and humor.
I would rate it an 8.5. Fun, fast moving, meaningful; a throwback to the 90's children's movies where kids have fun at the expense of the adults who in the end, learn a valuable lesson of life and love.
Reviewed byloveourneighborsVote: 8/10
As someone who grew up loving Woody, I was thrilled to find something I could enjoy with my 1st grader. My son knew of Woody Woodpecker, but didn't get into it so much - until this movie. He loves Woody's antics. I can't get enough of the film location. Just gorgeous! Overall I think the movie stayed true to the character we grew up with. A good movie for family night.
Reviewed bydiadicmindVote: 7/10
This movie seemed like a lower budget film, but it has a environmentally conscious theme. Some of the movie felt borrowed from other movies, as if the writers were having a slow day. Regardless of the lack of luster, Woody the Woodpecker was certainly good enough to capture the imagination of children. If anything the movie makers should have gone full digital for this cartoon reboot, Woody would look fantastic in a fully rendered scene coupled with characters that match the artistic style; imagine if the Captain Underpants movie was done in real life, I don't think Nick Kroll would make a very good Professor Poopypants without some major editing.
Woody the Woodpecker may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is nice to see a cartoon character step up to bullying and unsafe environmental practices. There are a lot of negative reviews, and that is unfortunate for such a beloved time honored character. Woody is among the many forgotten relics of entertainment, seeing this movie gives hope for more adventures in the future.
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