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YMMV: Woody Woodpecker
  • Archive Panic: 198 classic theatrical shorts (only 90 of which are on DVD) and 53 modern TV episodes (each of which are split into three segments), and that's not counting tie-in materials such as the comics.
  • Dork Age: Pretty much all of the cartoons from 1955 onward—some might even argue it slowly began right after 1951, when the last Woody cartoon directed by Dick Lundy was made before the Lantz studio was briefly shut down until the next year.
  • Executive Meddling: The newer show had a lot of ridiculous censorship on par with the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon; Woody wasn't even allowed to do his signature move of pecking people on the head!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Woody is very popular in South America, to the point where his cartoons are still aired in some parts of it to this day!
  • Growing the Beard: The early shorts were fun, but sloppy attempts at imitating Looney Tunes. Things started improving when Shamus Culhane came and improved the direction and art of the cartoons, but the series truly reached its peak when Dick Lundy began directing.
  • Genius Bonus / Fridge Brilliance: Woody Woodypecker being the star of the video game Crazy Castle 5 seems bizarre considering Bugs Bunny was the star of the previous four games—but when you're familiar with the history of both characters, and know that the "Proto-Bugs" from shorts like "Porky's Hare Hunt" was quite similar in personality to Woody (even having a non-sped up take on his famous laugh) and that both characters were (initially in Woody's case) voiced by the same actor and that both Woody and the Proto-Bugs had Ben Hardaway on board for them, you could say that things came full circle.
  • Magnum Opus: Easily the best and most well known cartoons ever produced by the Walter Lantz cartoon studio.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Woody's famous rat-a-tat laughter.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Woody Woodpecker Racing for the Game Boy Color is a surprisingly good kart racer game, with plenty of content, good design and challenge.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Férias Frustadas do Pica-Pau for the Sega Genesis is terrible in many ways. The GBA game Woody Woodpecker In Crazy Castle 5 is a really mediocre game as well.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Paul J. Smith picks up a lot of flak for the cruddier efforts produced during the 1960s and 1970s. It's debatable how much (if any) of it's deserved; while it's true that Lantz's budgets were pitiful even compared to what the likes of DePatie-Freleng and Sib Tower 12 were working with at the time, the general consensus tends to be that the cartoons by Lantz's other director in this period, Sid Marcus, were far better than Smith's output. Either Smith was overwhelmed by the combination of budgetary problems and his (allegedly) failing eyesight, or he just plain gave up trying to make anything decent.
  • Seasonal Rot: As mentioned above, the series went into a steep decline after the mid 1950's.
  • Tear Jerker: "Born to Peck", featuring an elderly, possibly dying Woody reminiscing about his childhood, is a really stark contrast to a series otherwise loaded with comedy. And the ending even has him attempt suicide!
  • Values Dissonance: "The Screwdriver" has Woody dressing up as a rather politically incorrect depiction of a "chinaboy" with carriage for a gag.
  • Wham Episode: "Born To Peck" sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the series due to its surprisingly depressing content.

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