Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 by Hunter Stephenson
Giving heightened meaning to the name Boo Boo, the previously announced Yogi Bear movie—another CG/live-action why-brid—has landed a director, a 3D director at that. Eric Brevig, who was responsible for Brendan Fraser’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D and specializes in visual effects, has replaced Ash Brannon, the co-director of Toy Story 2 and HDIC on Surf’s Up. The “modern update” of the Hanna-Barbera character/thief will be scribed by writing team Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin (That ’70s Show, Duckman). The project is being compared—favorably—to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the widely-successful family movie better known as an inevitable highlight in David Cross’s suicide note.
Much of the charm in watching Yogi Bear was due to his antics being as predictable and witty as Jason Voorhees’s. With a smaller facsimile, Boo Boo, at his waist, Yogi stole countless picnic baskets from human campers in the fictional Jellystone Park, to the frustration of the anal-retentive, overworked-father-like Ranger Smith. Set within the stoney confines of Hanna-Barbera’s econo-animation, a viewer could investigate the marshmellows in a bowl of cereal for a few minutes, look back up, and still be on the same page. Something about being forced to pay attention to Yogi Bear running from real humans, and probably having to endure a 3D break dance/farting sesh, is torturous to me. You?