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 exactly one episode has seen a DVD release), and that's not counting tie-in materials such as the comics.
  • Dork Age: Pretty much all of the cartoons from 1955 onward, where the animation and art direction not only took a nosedive, but the humor of the cartoons degenerated into boring, witless filler, not helping that Woody got turned into a bland as wheat protagonist. Some even argue the decline began even earlier, 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, but even the early fifties cartoons are held in higher esteem than what came from the mid to late 50s and on.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: That creepy Badger from the new episodes.
  • Executive Meddling: The newer show had a lot of ridiculous censorship on par with the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon (naturally, since both aired on Fox Kids); 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, especially in Brazil, to the point where all of his cartoons are still aired there to this day! Brazilian TV Record even has become infamous for having the toons frequently in their programming, as the sole feature of their children's block, and particularly before the night news (it got worse as the Woody Woodpecker reruns aired after - and at times instead of - their 2012 Olympic Games coverage). He's even getting a live action/CGI hybrid film that is currently only planned for release in Brazil!
  • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: People have noticed that Kellyanne Conway's infamous Gucci coat has a similar color scheme to Woody's feathers, whigh has led to numerous joke pics about "Who wore it better?"
  • 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 Frustradas 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.
  • The Woobie: Mr. Woodpecker, Woody's father, considering "Born to Peck" establishes that his wife left him to raise a Jerkass son all alone.
  • Wham Episode: "Born To Peck" sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the series due to its surprisingly depressing content.
    • Just to develop, Woody starts as an old Woodpecker who can't peck anymore and he starts remembering everything. When he arrived as an egg, his mom left him and his father. Then, he was born and was a total dick to his dad. Then, he starts aging until he tries suicide. Tear Jerker doesn't even starts to describe it.