When we look back at history, Scooby Doo and Alvin and the Chipmunks will be blamed for creating a whole new genre of horrible family films. Warner Bros is developing a live-action/animated hybrid big screen adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear. Surf’s Up co-writer/director Ash Brannon has signed on to direct the project, which will be scripted by Tooth Fairy/Surviving Christmas scribes Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia. Like Chipmunks, the entire film will be shot live-action, with exception of Yogi, Boo-boo and the other creature characters will be computer animated.
The character made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character on The Huckleberry Hound Show. In 1961, he was given his own television show, The Yogi Bear Show, which followed the adventures of Yogi in Jellystone Park. Yogi used a catch phrase “I’m smarter than the average bear!”, and would often steal picnic baskets from campers, which would anger Park Ranger Smith. The character also wears a hat, and sports a collar and tie. Interesting bit of trivia: According to the BBC, this was a common trick that Hanna-Barbera use to use that would allow them to to redraw just the head and keep the body static, which reduced the number of drawings needed for a seven-minute cartoon from 14,000 to around 2,000.