Observing animals can teach us a lot about the natural world. From survival skills to defending themselves from predators, animals can teach humans like us many things.

However, the latest movie Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp on Netflix, makes us learn a lot from a bird we have known for years. Yes, Woody reminds us of something we have forgotten — the belief in teamwork, helping others achieve their potential, and the importance of a family.

The mischievous and energetic Woody Woodpecker is back after entertaining us in the first live-action animation film in 2017. Mind you, there has been no change. Directed by Jon Rosenbaum, the movie begins when Woody’s knack for getting into trouble leaves the forest officer with no choice but to kick him out. Set for redemption, Woody finds a home at Camp Woo Hoo with kids who are unsure of their strengths. Bullied by militarised kids at the rival Camp Hoo Rah, they need someone like Woody to help them win the Wilderness Games.

Things become interesting Buzz Buzzard, another famous character from Woody Woodpecker cartoon shows, enters the story with an ulterior motive, which is to get his hand on a hidden treasure. He uses all the weapons in his arsenal to disrupt the Games, yet Woody outsmarts him every time.

Once Woody learns of the history of the two camps’ rivalry, he decides to coach the kids and make them unbeatable. The only problem is that Woody is not good at following his plans and his target to achieve the medal is on hold, making his only chance of returning to his forest doubtful. Does he manage to return to his home or does Buzz win the battle, you have to watch the movie to find out.

Irrespective of the games’ result, Woody keeps the audience entertained with his clever schemes and humorous escapades. The movie is a must-watch for kids who could learn to convert their weaknesses into strengths.

The 98-minute fun-filled adventure is for the entire family, where everyone could pick up something they were lacking, and teach us a lot about friendship and how to make sacrifices.

The beloved Woodpecker is voiced (again) by award-winning actor Eric Bauza, who has also provided voices for iconic characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, and Marvin the Martian. Buzz is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, whose deep voice makes Trigon in Teen Titansand Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesmovies, more terrible than usual.

Catch Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp on Netflix and enjoy it with your friends, family, or both.

Published in Dawn, Young World, May 11th, 2024

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