Live action/CG family comedies for everyone! That’s right, yet another hybrid animated film is moving forward this week, with the announcement of some pretty big names entering discussions for the Warner Brothers adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear. It looks like the studio has found voices for both Yogi and Boo-Boo, plus an actress for their first live action role.
According to Variety, Dan Aykroyd is currently in talks to headline the film as the mischievous bear Yogi, while musician turned actor Justin Timberlake will play his faithful sidekick Boo-Boo. Anna Faris will play a documentary filmmaker who comes to Jellystone Park. Aykroyd in particular seems like a solid choice, although I’m wondering whether or not Timberlake will try to put on a cartoony voice or just be himself (he previously voiced a character in Shrek the Third). The Yogi Bear script was written by the same guys who did Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne Johnson, and will be directed by former visual effects supervisor Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth). Yes, it’s going to be shot in 3-D. I can’t say I’m looking forward to it, but I suppose there’s at least a chance it will be better than The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo movies. Only one question remains: who should play Ranger Smith? Shooting starts next month in New Zealand.