Woody Woodpecker will fly again soon in a series of new animated shorts to be streamed on YouTube.
After the success of Universal launching a YouTube channel dedicated to showing classic Woody Woodpecker cartoons, the streaming service will produce 10 five-minute shorts, and a new documentary Bird Gone Wild: The Woody Woodpecker Story that chronicles the history of the cartoon bird, created in 1940 by Walter Lantz and Ben Hardaway.
The YouTube channel for classic Woody Woodpecker cartoons was launched last year, and has since become a huge hit overseas. A Portuguese-language channel featuring the cartoons has attracted more than 2 million subscribers, while a Spanish-language channel has tallied more than 700,000 subscribers since its launch.
"When we launched Woody Woodpecker on YouTube in 2017, the channels immediately resonated and the dedicated Portuguese channel for Brazil was a breakout hit," Rob Bell, NBCUniversal's executive vice president of international new media, said in a statement. "We knew there was a unique opportunity to do more with this favorite, classic character."
There is no announced release date or cast for the new Woody Woodpecker cartoons but they will be written and directed by Alex Zamm (A Christmas Prince). The Woody Woodpecker documentary is expected to premiere next month on YouTube.