3D ‘Yogi Bear’ Movie On The Way

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:23 am,

yogi bear 3D Yogi Bear Movie On The WayThe strip-mining of our childhoods continues with the classic cartoon character Yogi Bear getting a big-screen adaptation. Not counting the animated flick from the mid ’60s called Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear, this will see the character make his debut in a live-action film.

Now those dropped mouths and widened eyes can go back to normal as when I say live-action I mean in the same way as Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield were live-action – so Yogi (and other characters from the show) will be animated and the world around will be real.

And unsurprisingly, this cartoon-to-movie adaptation will join the over-brimming bandwagon and be developed as a 3D project. Journey to the Centre of the Earth director Eric Brevig is set to direct the Yogi Bear movie, which is unsurprising since Journey (also a 3D movie) made Warner and Walden $230 million last summer.

Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia who both were executive producers on That’s 70′s Show, are writing the screenplay together for the film, which “will offer a new take on the half-century-old title character and his sidekick Boo Boo, who get into a series of misadventures in Jellystone Park.”

I can’t say I remember the Yogi Bear cartoon show all that clearly – I know I definitely watched it when I was younger (didn’t we all?) but I can’t recall specifics. However using what I can remember about it I honestly think it’s not the worst idea in the world to translate it to the big-screen.

However…

I think combining live-action with CG in the vein of Alvin and the Chipmunks is a flat out bad idea – I say just make it completely animated and do it in the style of Bolt and Kung Fu Panda. Sure, have it in 3D but I don’t see the direction they’re going with it working all that well with the popular technology.

Even though it may not be the worst idea in the world, I also can readily admit there is high potential for a real stinker here – after all following in the footsteps of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield doesn’t exactly inspire positivity.

So is a half live-action, half CGI (and 3D) Yogi Bear movie a good idea? Or should they leave this character on the small and completely animated screen altogether?

The Yogi Bear movie is hoped for a 2011 release.

Sources: Cinematical and The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. “The Yogi Bear movie is hoped for a 2011 release.”

    BY WHOM???

  2. Didn’t Yogi Bear just go around stealing stuff? I bet that’ll get changed for the big-screen adaption.

    Rev

  3. Proof that drug use is still alive and well in Hollywood.

  4. @ David Hasselbach,

    Check out the Cinematical source page:-)

  5. Love Yogi Bear so I’ll be there (with 8-yr old daughter in tow) to either heap tons of acceptance or loads of anger and frustration upon it.

    BTW – I liked Alvin & the Chipmunks … thought it was fun.
    Liked the Scooby-Doo movies as well … for what they were. The guy who played Shaggy was spot-on.

  6. I think this is a wonderful idea. I am 52 and love Yogi and Boo Boo (and all the other characters too). BTW, I also loved Alvin & the Chipmunks, Scooby, and Garfield. Bring it on. Maybe I will have a grandchild by then! Either way, I am going.

  7. @ Bill Blume

    100% agreed upon

  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatrically-released_films_based_on_Hanna-Barbera_animations

    look what happen to fred and scooby.
    they all got rotten by critics.
    but success drawing people to watch.
    Those people want suck our money.

  9. I think it should be done in 2D,and the artists should go back to the 1950's styles and colors used back then.”Modern” studios doing remakes of the Golden days of animation (1940,s 1950's) just dosnt work for me.

    • well they do make 2d films of classic cartoons, its called Direct to DVD :D……and the humor cannot begin to compare to the Classics. Watch Tom and Jerry Tales or whichever new sccoby 2d movie they kep relasin.

  10. I think that they should leave this character on the small and completely animated screen altogether because mixing real life with the character ruins the originality and magic of the childhood show we all know and love. Putting cartoons inside a real life isn't what people want. I used to love Alvin and the Chipmunks as a child but hated the featured film in the theatres and so did all of my friends. PLEASE make it an original, wonderful film of Yogi the bear and his great sidekick Booboo!

  11. I think that they should leave this character on the small and completely animated screen altogether because mixing real life with the character ruins the originality and magic of the childhood show we all know and love. Putting cartoons inside a real life isn't what people want. I used to love Alvin and the Chipmunks as a child but hated the featured film in the theatres and so did all of my friends. PLEASE make it an original, wonderful film of Yogi the bear and his great sidekick Booboo!