Woody Woodpecker Film in the Works
It’s beginning to look like 2012 will be a great year for classic cartoon franchises, with a lot of big names getting the big screen treatment. The most recent addition to the roster of classic toons to get a film adaptation (as the Mayans have foretold long ago!) is Walter Lantz’ Woody Woodpecker. The upcoming Woody Woodpecker film has a story that will be developed by Blades of Glory screenwriters John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, with the project being helmed by Chris Meldandri and his team at Universal’s Illumination Entertainment. There are no set details about the story yet, but the team is planning to develop a story that will modernize the character for today’s audiences.
The original Woody Woodpecker was created back in 1940 by then storyboard artist Ben “Bugs” Hardway, who is notable for being part of the team that created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck at the Warner Bros. Studio in the 1930s. The original voice for Woody was done by THE Mel Blanc, followed by Ben Hardway himself, who was later succeeded by the wife of producer Walter Lantz, Grace Stafford.
The most recent appearance of Woody Woodpecker is in the Fox Kids series The New Woody Woodpecker Show, which ran from 1999-2002. This version of Woody was voiced by Billy West, whose past credits include Phillip J. Fry on Futurama and The Looney Tunes’ Elmer Fudd.