In 2017, Universal launched a number of YouTube channels dedicated to the beloved cartoon character Woody Woodpecker featuring content from the classic original cartoons and its 1999 revival The New Woody Woodpecker Show, and now comes word that a brand new series is set to arrive this December.
The new cartoons – the first in 16 years – are set to arrive on the ortuguese, Spanish and English YouTube Channels in December, and consist of ten-episodes of five minutes apiece. They will also be joined by Bird Gone Wild: The Woody Woodpecker Story, a 13-minute documentary exploring the origins of the character.
Check out a trailer for the new series here…
“Woody Woodpecker is my favorite impish trickster,” said Alex Zamm, director of the new cartoons. “It was an incredible honor to take a legacy character like this and create a whole new series of cartoons for him to star in. And it was also great to be able to include many of Walter Lantz’s other beloved characters. It felt like we were getting the band back together!”
“When we launched Woody Woodpecker on YouTube in 2017, the channels immediately resonated and the dedicated Portuguese channel for Brazil was a breakout hit; we knew there was a unique opportunity to do more with this favorite, classic character,” added Rob Bell, EVP of International New Media, NBCUniversal Global Distribution. “With the Brazilian channel organically attracting over two million subscribers and the Spanish channel over 700,00 subscribers coupled with extremely high engagement and watch time – it was clear there was an appetite to build upon the strength of the existing IP and a strategic opportunity for us to create original content.”