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"Woody Woodpecker"’Woody Woodpecker’ could get a big screen version and Illumination Entertainment is developing it as a feature film project.

The Universal Pictures classic cartoon ‘Woody Woodpecker’ is being developed by Illumination Entertainment to get a movie version on the big screen for the first time in years. Illumination Entertainment is a Universal based animation house known for the animation movies like ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘The Lorax’ set for next year. John Altschuer and Dave Krinsky are reportedly in negotiations to serve as the screen writers for the project.

As per the reports, Illumination and the writers are looking out to create a modernized story of the troublemaker bird. The ‘Woody Woodpecker’ first appeared in the year 1940 in the form of a short movie that was co-created by cartoonist Walter Lantz. Mel Blanc lent his voice for the original character, who also voiced the character of Looney Toon’s Bugs Bunny. Woodpecker, a red and blue bird was first described as an indiscipline and rash character.

However, the character has become a huge hit during the era of World War 2 in the United States. But, the character was flavored during the era of 50s. At that point of time, the studio has even created a character of its love interest and recurring nemesis Ben Buzzard for the woodpecker. A theme song was also introduced in the year 1947 and was nominated for an Oscar for the category of ‘Best Song’, which was the only song from a short movie ever nominated for the category.

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