Well here we go.
The Hollywood Reporter is …reporting… that yet another piece of childhood nostalgia was hunted down by a film studio, cornered, and eventually captured, all so that it may be dragged from the cool confines of our memories and paraded down the street before our present day eyes (for a nominal fee from us, of course). I speak of Illumination Entertainment (Universal owned) bringing Woody Woodpecker onto the big screen.
Now I love me some Woody Woodpecker, but I don’t think its a surprise to anyone when I say I think they should leave well enough alone. Maybe I am coming across as a grumpy old man, and maybe a lot of you actually want to see the beloved Woody Woodpecker character recreated for a modern audience, and maybe (on paper at least) this is indeed an exciting, heartwarming look into our childhoods! Maybe the film will be more than just 90 minutes of “Hey! Remember when Woody used to laugh like THIS [insert laugh 50 times] …Hilarious!!”
…You know what, this is sounding better and better! Yeah, maybe they can pull this off!! And then they can go and do the same for George of the Jungle, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Curious George, Inspector Gadget, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, Speed Racer, Mr. Magoo, Scooby Doo….