Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker
  • PG
  • 1h 31m
  • 2017
Rotten13%
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Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in this first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Timothy Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy, and fiancée, Vanessa (Thaila Ayala). To make matters worse, he must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he'll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for big laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone's favorite woodpecker!
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Common Sense Says
Awful live-action/animation has cartoon mayhem, potty humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Woody Woodpecker, a 2017 release, brings back a popular Walter Lantz character from the annals of mid-20th-century cartoon shorts. The noisy, chaos-causing bird has maintained a strong fan base in South America, particularly Brazil. This film was made to capitalize on that audience, as well as to resurrect him for U.S. audiences. Combining live-action human characters with an animated Woody finds the woodpecker's usual cartoon violence wreaking havoc on real people. Still overblown, as cartoons are, and with no injuries, the destruction (falls, crashes, explosions, gunfire, chases) comes with wild abandon. As an example, a motor home blows up with a live human woman inside; she appears afterward as charred and disheveled as a cartoon coyote or cat. Real-life villains menace Woody and his human friends with a shotgun, knife, poison, and caging. When the movie isn't action-packed, it relies on the bird pooping, farting, and burping for laughs. Language includes "hell" and "butt." A developing father-son relationship is given screen time, an attempt to add heart to the otherwise slapstick conventions. While it's OK for kids who are comfortable with real versus movie action, it's substandard fare.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:February 6, 2018
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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