Universal has released an English-language trailer for its direct-to-video Woody Woodpecker live-action/cg hybrid film, arriving on dvd and digital on February 6, 2018.
We’ve written about the project numerous times: it was designed for the Brazilian theatrical market and opened there in October as Pica-Pau: O Filme, where it earned around $6.7 million, outgrossing the Brazilian grosses of other higher-budget U.S. family fare like Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Lego Batman Movie, and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Produced by Universal Animation Studios and Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal’s home entertainment division, Woody Woodpecker was directed by Alex Zamm, whose last theatrical feature in the United States was the 1998 Carrot Top film Chairman of the Board. (His 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 — Woody Woodpecker 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). Credits for the cg Woody belong to the Bulgarian cg/vfx shop Cinemotion.