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‘Woody Woodpecker’ Returns as Hybrid Home Video Release

Iconic Walter Lantz toon stars in an all-new family comedy due Feb. 6 on DVD, Digital and On Demand.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Feb. 6 ‘Woody Woodpecker,’ a hybrid live-action and animated feature based on Walter Lantz’s classic character.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. -- Chaos ensues in the all-new family comedy, Woody Woodpecker, coming Feb. 6 to DVD, Digital and On Demand from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film blends live action and CGI animation to tell the crazy and humorous story of an all-out turf war between the mischievous prankster and a big-city lawyer who wants to build his dream home in Woody’s backyard.

Directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2, The Little Rascals Save the Day), Woody Woodpecker stars Timothy Omundson (Psych), Thaila Ayala (Rio Heat), Graham Verchere (Fargo) Jordana Largy (Monster Trucks) and Eric Bauza (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water), as the voice of Woody.

The Woody Woodpecker DVD and digital features deleted scenes and an exclusive inside look at the making of the film as well as the evolution of Woody’s iconic cartoon character.

Woody Woodpecker is a legendary icon created by Walter Lantz in 1940. Woody Woodpecker & Friends have entertained kids for more than 75 years! Woody Woodpecker cartoons appeared in theaters until they debuted on television in 1957. Woody’s popularity resulted in new shows airing across several decades. “The Woody Woodpecker Show” has been broadcast in over 155 territories and 105 languages worldwide.  

Bonus features on the DVD and Digital releases include:

•       Guess Who? The Evolution of Woody -- Woody Woodpecker is one of the world’s most iconic animated characters. In this featurette, we explore how Woody’s look and personality have changed since his introduction in 1940.  

•       The Making of Woody Woodpecker -- Filmmakers and cast discuss why this version of the Woody character is so appealing and how his brand of physical humor translates across audiences.  

•       Working with Woody -- Filmmakers, cast and crew reveal the specific challenges of filming a movie whose main character is CGI.  

Source: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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