Friday, October 03, 2008

COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU: YOGI BEAR

Well, guess what. On the heels of such efforts as Alvin and the Chipmunks the folks at Warner Brothers have come up with a sure-fire idea for riches in this tough economy: they are bringing back Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and the gang for a live-action CGI version of the famous cartoon.

To which I go: why?? Hasn't everyone forgotten about Yogi Bear by now? Maybe this is a way to introduce the smarter-than-the-average bear to today's dumber-than-average audiences who don't know their cartoon history.

Anyway, I hope it works. It didn't with Alvin, and it didn't when they tried a similar CGI stunt with a Rocky and Bullwinkle movie. The voices had better be dead-ringers for Daws Butler and Don Messick, too -- or else they're dead.

For those of you who've forgotten all about Yogi: here's a clip of him from his heyday (thanks, YouTube!).



Oh, and I went over to Mark Evanier's website to see what he had to say about this development. I couldn't find much about Yogi Bear, but he did mention this is the 50th anniversary of that other Hanna-Barbera legend, Huckleberry Hound.

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