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You Need To See The Trailer For The Live-Action/CG Hybrid Woody Woodpecker Feature

The Woody Woodpecker live-action/cg hybrid is almost here — at least if you live in Brazil.

Universal Pictures will unleash Pica-Pau: O Filme into Brazilian theaters on October 5. The full trailer is below:

We’ve discussed this project at some length before: it’s produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal’s home entertainment division, and directed by Alex Zamm, whose last theatrical feature in the United States was the 1998 Carrot Top film Chairman of the Board. (Zamm’s other credits include direct-to-video titles such as Inspector Gadget 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and Jingle All the Way 2.)

Despite being made for Brazilian audiences — the lead actress is Brazilian Thaila Ayala — Pica-Pau was produced in English, and Woody is voiced by Eric Bauza (Stimpy in Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, Rodolfo/White Pantera in El Tigre, Belly Bag in Uncle Grandpa). The film, which was shot in Canada’s British Columbia province, will receive theatrical releases in other countries besides Brazil, though it will most likely be sent direct-to-video in the U.S.

Credits for the cg Woody would appear to belong to the Bulgarian cg/vfx shop Cinemotion. In a December 2015 post on their Facebook page, Cinemotion announced their involvement in the film, saying they had won the job after bidding against 26 other cg studios for the project.

Pica-Pau: O Filme. Pica-Pau: O Filme.
  • Cameron Ward

    well then, that’s a tad soul crushing and horrifying. the animation on Woody himself looks fine, but I don’t get the sense that he’s fully there. Plus the movie looks generic as heck

  • Longjohn Spearcraft

    I think it really displays how out of touch movie executives can be.

    Im from Brasil, and i do recognise that pica-pau is still big here. But the thing is, the public that cares about the character are the young adults that have the same nostalgia for the cartoon you see in action on movies like transformers and ninja turtles. those are people that, like me, used to watch pica-pau on the sbt channel (the second largest here in Brasil) and this is not a movie for them at all. This looks and feels nothing like the pica-pau people here recognise and care about.
    So is this a movie for younger audiences? because they dont care about pica-pau. you might as well try to sell them Mr. Magoo.
    It truly seems like a movie for noone. But i might be wrong. If ninja turtles is any indication, they might be able to start a uninspired and bland but somewhat reliable franchise.

  • Andres Molina

    This is pretty uninspiring as a whole. First off, there’s a comic book series I loved called LumberJanes, which centers on teenage camp scouts encountering the supernatural and paranormal, and its a comic with elastic premise, zany humor, and vibrant, colorful characters, and its hand-drawn comic book that looks like a cartoon, for a reason. I was both disappointed and soul crushed that this great CARTOON-styled comic is being adapted into a live-action film, because first, the fact that they are taking a vibrant, zany, and overall lively comic and turning it into a grounded, live action adaptation film is pretty uninspiring, especially when you consider that the comic was already animated in the first place, but it also signals that the filmmakers don’t really understand the source material as they are adapting. One thing is turning a comic into a live action film like the Marvel and DC films, because the comics were made to look more like live action, but then theres taking a comic that looks like a cartoon , which too me as the same thing as taking an actual cartoon or animated series and making it live action. And as a result, I really feel the the Lumberjanes film is going to feel overly awkward and out of place and not really there. Why am I mentioning all this? It is because this is how I feel about this film. The fact that Woody Woodpecker is being made in live-action, as I mentioned already, indicates that the filmmakers don’t really care or don’t necessarily understand the source material. And the film itself, its looks a lot like another “save the forest” environmental message film, but with Woody Woodpecker shoehorned in. Ultimately its really sad to take cartoons or comics that practically resemble cartoons, and turn them into live action film that literally ends up being nothing do to with what made them successful in the first, which in a way could be out the belief that no one would see them as animated films, which is why they turn them into live-action to make it more commercial, because they think animation is not appealing or potentially profitable. If thats the case, then why did why were Toy Story and The Lion King the highest grossing films in their respective years.

    • Capital_7

      Don’t worry. It will never get made.

  • Marti386

    “You Need To See The Trailer For The Live-Action/CG Hybrid Woody Woodpecker Feature”

    No, I really don’t.

  • a goddamn dragon

    I just Pica-Puked

  • Lazer-Lion

    They gave Woody Woodpecker freckles? He looks as bad as the Chipmunks and the Smurfs did in their movies.

    • Nope

      So Universal achieved its goal.

      • Matthew

        What, to make him look like a meth-head who hasn’t slept in days?

  • Can someone explain to me how “bidding” works in the effects biz? Is the intent to spend less to produce content of varying quality (and talent)?

  • Mack

    Just a piece of trivia: Alex Zamm and Eric Bauza previously teamed up for that Marvin the Martian live-action/CG movie that never got off the ground. (You might remember the test footage that leaked a while back.)

  • Possible English Taglines: “Knock on Wood”, “Taking His Position in the Pecking Order”.

    Or, my favorite, “Got Wood?, He Does”..

  • GOATmaybe

    Woody hits such a nostalgic nerve for me. Possibly one of the first cartoons I fell in love with. Then I grew up. Seriously I tried to find all the good woodpecker cartoons and I could find maybe 10 good shorts. I’ve had enough of CGI/Live-action hybrids those films have failed almost all the time.

    • Frank Coufal

      I agree. In fact, I’d pay to see an all-animated Garfield or Woody Woodpecker movie, or even an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie all-animated, that is, if they ever get made.

  • ランダム アニメーター

    Despite Woody being a cg character, he somehow manages to look extremely flat against the live action backdrop. There is no visual depth (not to mention the horrible design and animation). ALL HAND-DRAWN characters in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ interact far more convincing with their live action counterparts and environment.
    This is definitely not something you’d expect to see in cinemas, anywhere. It’s very clear that Cinemotion won the bidding war because they were the cheapest, in every respect.

  • I’m brazilian and I’m telling you guys, no one asked for this movie here, even tho people really enjoy the character… I really think that’s a bad idea.

    • I wonder if they’ll stick a waterfall scene in there? (Brazilians would get that reference easily)

  • Steve Plunkett

    The first thing that struck me about this trailer was how jarring the mix of animation and live action was. Woody seemed completely out of place in the live action environment, I think it would look better if the entire thing was CGI. He just didn’t seem to fit into that realistic setting.

    Second, I didn’t understand a word that was said, but I could figure out the entire plot easily. Just another developer wants to destroy the area that the main character lives in, so the main character fights back. Been done before, so nothing original there, and nothing in it made me even smile, let alone laugh. Woody deserves better than this, as do audiences.

    • Regina

      ..I think that even though this theme has been used before.. it is very very relevant! South American rain forests need our attention more than ever and I think Woody is excellent choice to “animate these places”. Too bad that this seems to likely go unnoticed

  • Jack Newman

    Just when I thought these live action/CG movies on old cartoons were dead.

  • GW

    I felt bad for the wife whose hair was singed by Woody when he shorted out the trailer’s electricity. It’s the sort of thing that you can undo in the next scene in a cartoon but in this trailer it just makes Woody come across as a jerk because it will take years for the woman’s hair to grow back.

  • Some Guy

    The second poster is the stuff of nightmares.

    A Woody Woodpecker movie, in my vision, would essentially be a Roger Rabbit-like film with Woody causing all sorts of chaos in a live-action setting. Maybe he confronts an evil CGI clone by some studio executive dolt who thinks he’s doing animation a favor by thinking outside the box but he’s not.

    That’s the Woody Woodpecker we need. A satire and social commentary about how stupid CGI-live-action dribble is these days.

    • Marti386

      “That’s the Woody Woodpecker we need. A satire and social commentary about how stupid CGI-live-action dribble is these days.”

      Unfortunately, that would require a level of self-awareness that Hollywood doesn’t posses. :P

  • Abdullah Zubair

    It just seems too weird for me..
    it would have been better if he was 2D animated and the animation was on-par with the original
    And the plot just looks like someone watched Furry Vengeance and decided to make the animal talk

  • Matt Norcross

    I now think this might be a Universal Kids original movie, and lead up to a 2D animated reboot of The Woody Woodpecker Show.

  • Alec Dever

    What’s weirder than a CGI Woody is the fact it’s currently only gonna be in Brazilian cinemas. Also, looks like it’s trying to be like the Chipmunk movies with the cringe worthy jokes and admittedly nice-looking but still awkward animation.

    Still, it would be interesting if it comes to Australia at some point. What a time to be alive.

  • Muita confusão indeed.

  • Patrick

    I hope this encourages release of Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection Vol. 3+…