The New Woody the Woodpecker Show

 
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Just as cartoonishly violent as classic, plus stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Positive themes of friendship and loyalty are very thin; characters trick each other into appearing foolish or doing things they don't want to do.

Positive role models

Title character Woody seems to live only for fun, and his greatest source of fun is generally annoying other characters. Anyone who opposes Woody is set up as pompous and/or evil, even though Woody himself is not nice. The cast is almost entirely male, and female characters are often stereotypically "girly." Buzz Buzzard is portrayed stereotypically, like an Italian thug.

Violence & scariness

Loads of cartoon violence. Though there is no blood or gore, Woody and other characters are thrown off buildings, trampled, hurled across the room, and so on. The characters are healed from their injuries in the next scene.

Sexy stuff

Woody has a girlfriend named Winnie Woodpecker, and the show may make mild references to flirting and dating.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Based on a character created by famed animator Walter Lanz, Woody is merchandised through goods like figurines, plates, and T-shirts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional winks about drinking. In one episode, a pirate sighs "There's nothing like a good glass of ale" and then says to the camera, "That's ginger ale, kiddies."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The New Woody Woodpecker Show, though produced from 1999-2002, is a throwback to older cartoons like Looney Toons, except not as clever. The classical music, adult references, and sophisticated artwork is gone, replaced by broad jokes and primary colors. But the cartoonish violence, in which Woody can be hurled across a room and slide flattened to the floor, remains. Woody's injuries are magically healed by the time we see him again, and there are no consequences for violence. Guns do sometimes appear on the show with "bad guys" like pirates brandishing them and shooting into the air. Female characters are often stereotypical: grumpy housewives or sexy young ladies. The male characters aren't much better, being mostly daffy goofballs like Woody or saps he tricks. The character of Buzz Buzzard is particularly troubling, painted as a thug with an Italian accent. Segments featuring penguin Chilly Willy are often less violent, but just as dependent on its characters trying to trick each other as a means to an end.

What's the story?

Like similar cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck created in the 1940s, Woody Woodpecker has always been a classic "screwball." He's daffy, he's wacky, he doesn't care about reality or other characters as long as he gets what he wants (usually tasty food and a nice, long rest). But in THE NEW WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW, Woody (Billy West) is less all-out daffy than in the past, and more calculating. Most episodes revolve around a character trying to keep Woody from getting something: Buzz Buzzard (Mark Hamill) tries to keep Woody from enjoying a sandwich, say. Woody uses all manner of tricks to deceive Buzz, ultimately getting what he wants by the end of the segment. On some segments, Woody's friends, like Chilly Willy or girlfriend Winnie Woodpecker, take over and have their own outrageous adventures.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The New Woody Woodpecker Show is a throwback, in the worst sense of the word. Just as violent as Looney Tunes (though not as violent as Tom and Jerry), The New Woody Woodpecker Show lacks the cleverness of classic cartoons, with its sophisticated references to (then-current) movies and stars, its beautiful classical music, its plots ripped from fairy tales and literature.

What you get instead are broad, dumb plots about Woody trying to trick a bunch of pirates into feeding him for free, or babysitting a group of unruly kids. Kids who haven't seen these same plots on equally dumb sitcoms may be diverted, but parents most definitely won't. And the violence, gender, and ethnic stereotyping are intrusive enough that parents won't want kids to watch either.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the violence in cartoons like The New Woody Woodpecker Show are dangerous for kids to watch. Do violent cartoons desensitize kids to violence? Do they give kids the idea that violence is fun, funny, and not really that dangerous, since any injuries are healed within minutes?

  • How can you tell that Buzz Buzzard is a "bad" character? How is his appearance different than Woody's? What about his accent and the words he uses? Why are bad characters in cartoons so frequently black or dark?

  • Have you seen Woody Woodpecker cartoons from the '40s and '50s? How are these different? How are they the same? Is Woody as a character the same as he was in the earlier cartoons?

TV details

Cast:Billy West, E. G. Daily, Mark Hamill
Network:Fox
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent Written byJanluke January 29, 2014
 

Just awesome childhood cartoon!

Just because the show is based on a TIMELESS cartoon character, The New Woody Woodpecker Show is a REAL MASTERPIECE, deserving of this term!! The episodes are very great on the funny side and can attract the pubblic of all ages in the best way!! The drawings are REALLY IMPECCABLE, they're so perfect, and the animation too! It's not as compelling as the classic series, but it's surely a historical show in all ways. The characters are still great! What else? A great example for every child which want to enjoy a good fun.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bychurchWDDTCPG July 28, 2014
 

Just fine but the two mission stars means that it's a little sucky

i think the show could use a remake here's a example: Note: i do NOT own this All credit goes to the original plot writers and that i'm writing the plots ahead of time but this script will get a idea for a remake and don't steal my ideas as it's classified wally:Hey, bad woodpecker since I can’t ram you off you either get off my corner or it’s war crazy woodpecker! (Woody leaves the corner and plots the biggest backstab by grabbing a onion launcher from the armory and hops on a fire hydrant with a large wrench) Woody:hey Wally that's my corner! (Woody opens the fire hydrant and opens fire using the onion launcher at Wally then Woody remotely fire an onion mortar at Wally, Wally begins to cry) Wally:(crying) Wally (while crying): why me? Woody:and plus! (Woody pecks up Wally's winer cart after the onions clear up and than on Wally's head) Woody:Respect a feared Macpecker of the Macpecker clan! (Woody than hulmates Wally by throwing a lemon pie at Wally causing Wally to be very powerless against Woody & begins to cry) Woody:now Wally, off my corner! Wally:(sobbing)you ba-ba-ba-bad woodpecker! Wally:(while crying)You swelled up my swedish meatball (crying) I’ll take my cart and go! (Wally takes his cart and walks away from Woody) (Wally turns around and faces Woody) Wally:Cross my path again and I'll bring swedish winer war justice to you and to make sure we are even i’m gonna move halfway across the city, bad woodpecker! keep the corner, bad woodpecker! but don't cross my path! (Wally walks away from Woody) Woody:bad woodpecker? Eh. Wally won't that I have a Macpecker constant good luck blessing Ha ha ha HA ha, ha ha ha HA ha, ha ha ha HA ha, hehehehehehehe!

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