Classic Cartoon Character to Get Feature Treatment

Nov 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A classic cartoon character with a long history on TV and film will return to the silver screen in a modern variation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The character is Woody Woodpecker. Writers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the scribes of Will Ferrell’s comedy "Blades of Glory" and executive producers of Fox’s "King of the Hill," have been hired by Illumination Entertainment, Universal’s animation house — which created "Despicable Me" — to develop a story that will modernize Woody and relaunch the Woody Woodpecker franchise.

Woody first appeared on screen in 1940 in an animated short, co-created by Walter Lantz and initially voiced by Mel Blanc. During World War II Woody was wild and rambunctious, but he became tamer and less off-the-wall in the 1950s.

During the 1960s Woody Woodpecker cartoons were widespread on television.

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