The little blue bird from the past is making a comeback!

Heh-heh-heh-HEH-heh! That signature laughter can mean only one thing: One of the most beloved animated characters of all time is coming to DVD for the first time ever, when The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection lands on store shelves on July 24, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. A must have for all animation fans; the original sidesplitting completely uncut theatrical cartoons starring the ultimate dizzy redhead are available in a single collection. The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection features 75 timelessly zany adventures, including eight Academy Award®-nominated short features and over one hour of vintage bonus materials including the documentary "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation," behind-the-scenes footage and a full episode of The Woody Woodpecker Show.

Woody's crazy exploits include encounters with other well-known animated players from the renowned Walter Lantz Studio including Chilly Willy, Andy Panda, Wally Walrus and Buzz Buzzard. As a special bonus, The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection also includes rare cartoons from the golden age of animation, with treasures from the Walter Lantz archive including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Cartune Classic and Swing Symphony cartoons. Over eight hours of this rare bird's daffy doings have been digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, making this collection an essential acquisition for every animation fan and classic film collector.

Woody Woodpecker is a cinematic legend and still a star after 65 years. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has stolen scenes and won laughs in nearly 200 theatrical shorts since his original film appearance in 1940's "Knock Knock." He also made a cameo appearance alongside many other famous animated stars in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and is currently the mascot for the Universal Studios Theme Parks. Pre-order close for The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection is June 19, 2007. The DVD is priced at $39.98.

Synopsis:

Relive all of the hilarious, crazy adventures of Woody Woodpecker, everyone's favorite wacky red-headed bird, in The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection! Created by renowned cartoonist Walter Lantz, these 75 original theatrical cartoons -- all digitally remastered and completely uncut -- showcase some of the wildest antics in animation history. Join Woody along with his friends Chilly Willy, Andy Panda, Wally Walrus and Buzz Buzzard through hours of outrageous adventures. Featuring rare treasures from the Walter Lantz archive including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Cartune Classic and Swing Symphony cartoons, this side-splitting collection will keep fans of all ages laughing out loud time and time again!

Technical Specs:

- Run Time: 9 Hours 15 Minutes (Subject to Change)

- Layers: DVD-9

- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)

- Rating: Not Rated

- Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

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Evan Jacobs