There will be a new ten-part series around the cartoon woodpecker Woody Woodpecker. Director Alex Zamm collaborates with Universal for this, Variety reports. It concerns episodes of five minutes.

“We knew it was a unique opportunity to do more with this classic character”

The series can be seen from December on the YouTube channels that were set up around Woody Woodpecker a year ago. The channels are in English, Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to new episodes, a short documentary will be released under the title Bird Gone Wild: The Woody Woodpecker Story. The documentary offers the viewer a look behind the scenes of the new series and also dives into the history of the popular cartoon figure.

“When we launched Woody Woodpecker on YouTube last year, it was a real success, especially the Portuguese version for Brazil was a hit, we knew it was a unique opportunity to do more with this classic character”, says Rob Bell distributor of NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

The Brazilian YouTube channel has more than two million subscribers, the Spanish has 700,000 subscribers. Woody Woodpecker was invented in 1940 by Ben Hardaway, including the creator of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. In 1948 the popular cartoon Woody Woodpecker started. The woodpecker became world famous because of the smile, which could be heard once in every episode. Harry Babbitt, who spoke the voice, died in 2004 at the age of 90.