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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 11 E 12

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Since the release of its trailer, people have gone nuts with hating this film. Well, Nostalgia Critic takes a look and sees if it's worth all the hate.

Release date: April 3, 2018

Review of: Woody Woodpecker


  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Critic claims that Woody's CGI redesign along with his sociopathic behaviour is so creepy that he repeatedly jokes that the movie is set in Universal's Dark Universe.
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  • Call-Back: When he notices the 90's cliche of evil oil tycoons, he quips "You duck killing bastards!", calling back to his early review of Saved by the Bell.
  • Cliché Storm: Critic does not hesitate to call to attention the conga line of movie cliches that the film is made up of, also pointing out that Woody's style of dialogue and Lance's scheme are things that were considered cliche since the 90's.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: After hearing some of Woody's banal dialogue, Critic sarcastically praises the film for having its pop culture jokes only being 20 years out of date as opposed to 70 years.
  • A Rare Sentence: Critic finds Lance to be such an unlikable character that he quips, "You know how many times I get to say, 'I miss the walrus'?", referring to Woody's old foe Wally Walrus.
  • Running Gag: The jokes about the film being set in Universal's Dark Universe.
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  • Running Gagged: By the end, Critic notices the Dark Universe jokes are already getting old and says he'll stop using them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Critic jokes that Woody in this movie is what Tom Cruise turned into at the end of The Mummy (2017).
    • He also asks why Woody's Motion Blur trail looks like Firecracker Popsicles.
    • Critic notes that Lance's new house looks like a mashup of an ice cube tray and the boat from The Wolf of Wall Street. He later remarks that the house is too blue for even the Bear in the Big Blue House.
    • When Woody is pouring wet cement on someone, Critic sarcastically claims he hasn't laughed so hard at someone drowning in cement since seeing a similar thing in Dick Tracy.
    • At the end, he disparagingly refers to the whole film as being like a "Nickelodeon movie of the month", and that yet it somehow makes him pray to see SpongeBob.
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  • Subverted Catchphrase: Critic signs off with a variant of his catchphrase.
    "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it, despite how much I don't want to!"
  • Toilet Humor: Critic also takes umbrage with the abundance of uninspired grossout gags.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Critic mocks the film's flaccid attempts at using trendy humor, such as the use of a #HashtagForLaughs gag at one point.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The Critic asks if this film was meant for kids right before the commercial break.

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