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The CGI Yogi

I wasn’t going to post about this. I was sent these images of CGI Yogi and Boo Boo a few days ago and decided they were so horrible that they couldn’t possibly be the finals. Now they seem to be all over the internet (you can see larger versions on The Movie Insider.com) and many readers have sent them in to me, wanting my opinion.

My opinion? As much as I hate the idea of this CGI Yogi Bear movie, I can’t believe these are the actual images of the characters that will be animated in the film. These designs are simply awful. What about you? What do you think?

  • Tim Hodge

    Coulda saved a lot of money by simply using the costumes from Six Flags.

  • Tim Curtis

    I think these are snapshots from one of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campgrounds……

  • humming

    Hey, it COULD be worse! They could’ve gone completely naturalistic, like putting a hat and tie on a real bear! And these could just be early stills made for publicity- the models could change in minor areas.

    But yeah, it still doesn’t match with the bgs, and it’s still a bad concept!

  • diego

    awful stuff Jerry, awful stuff,
    they’re not going to learn, are they?

  • creepy

    the designs aren’t as terrible as the voice choice of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE!!!

  • FP

    Except for the crappy hair, they look just like the cartoon characters. Yogi’s hair feels almost hand-painted, or processed with an “art” filter.


  • Bill Andres


  • NC

    I think the truth of the matter is Yogi Bear along with Alvin and the Chipmunks do not belong in our world. So to try to make them exist in a live action world is just asinine.

  • Tedzey

    Ed Benedict is rolling in his grave… T_T

  • Is it any worse than this?:


    You decide.

    Anyways, I can’t help but laugh at those images of Yogi and Boo-Boo.

  • If there is a Jesus, he better come back soon before this gets out of hand.

  • Grayson Ponti

    They need to stop making these horrific hand drawn remade in CGI crap. As much as I don’t like Hannah-Barbara limited animation this film will make that look state-of-the-art

  • JP

    Maybe this will spark an interest in all things H-B for the masses.

    I’d sure like to get a complete Huckleberry Hound DVD set someday!

  • Gobo

    If I saw that Yogi walking towards me, I’d run screaming.

  • Mac

    I saw these and thought it was part of a hoax, this was confirmed in my head when I read that Justin Timberlake is doing the voice of Boo-Boo. But now I learn that at least that second piece of information is true? Wha?

  • Paul N

    Neither of them look good, but I think Boo-Boo’s closer to looking like the original than Yogi.

  • BJ Wanlund

    Hey, these are way, way, way better than those godawful designs for Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and the Chipettes!! Plus, I was expecting them to be much, much worse than these designs are. That actually looks like something I might go see, really.


  • Deaniac

    Honestly? It doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would.
    It’s better than CGI Scooby Doo (2002), that’s for sure.

  • optimist

    They just look like walkarounds to me. Just suits. Meh.

  • What’s wrong with the world?

  • Rooniman

    Those designs are an apocalyse waiting to happen, and Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo? WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!?!?!?!

  • Sam

    The thing that ruined these for me most is those Pixar eyes… Big oogly, overly detailed iris eyes. But aside from that, it might work if it’s done all with CG cartoon characters, no live action thing with this please.

  • Angry Anim


    But I didn’t think that they started animation yet…

    Seems like a hoax.

  • dann Beeson


  • TR

    I can almost guarantee you these are not final images. Yogi looks like a Look Dev test or something along those lines. I’m sure the artists slaving away on this are horrified to see these as the first look at what they are trying to produce with an incredibly tight schedule and low budget.

  • Just look at Boo-Boo’s dead eyes … perhaps Rodney Alcala should do his voice instead?

  • matt

    Well it’s April 1st where I am anyway…

  • Stephen Barron

    Remember what Mr. Jalopy says…

    “Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate.”

    …especially when you’re a grown man who still watches cartoons.

    Which I am.

  • Scarabim

    Heavens to Murgatroyd!!!! Exit lunch, stage left!

  • Scarabim

    Okay, I’ve recovered a bit…

    The thing is, Yogi’s original design did not resemble a real bear at all. AT ALL. He’s a very poor choice of Hanna-Barbera characters to render in CGI (although there are worse choices, as will be noted below). Scooby Doo looks a lot more like a real Great Dane than Yogi ever did a bear. Same with Garfield – he looked surprisingly like a real cat when processed in CGI. As a result, the uncanny valley never appeared in the Garfield and Scooby films. But Yogi? You might as well try to to a CGI version of Quick Draw McGraw and pass that off as convincing when he’s made to mix with real humans onscreen. We’re talking uncanny CANYON here.

  • RealityCheck

    And yet if these pics were being billed as plush dolls from the fifties you’d be heralding them amazing products of a bygone era. Getting tired…

  • Lurcheep

    Reminds me of those really bad mocap Mickey Mouse ripoff designs…


  • pjd

    ….going to be crap what else. oh wait. fetted crap.

  • I think I’d actually prefer a hat and tie on a real bear. At least that way I could laugh at it.

  • And I thought Hollywood couldnt get any worst, this goes to show that they are officially screwed. And leaving people with REAL talent on making movies out of the industry. We already had one Yogi bear movie, We had one Jetsons movie, and we already have one Tom and Jerry movie. Out of all these…Tom and Jerry was the worst one to happen, it was like Disney animators who worked for Disney came to work on it without looking at the cartoons TAJ were based off of.

    And if John K saw it he would probably say something like “This is what would happen if Tom and Jerry were created by Walt Disney”. Its bad enough Hanna-Barbara are spinning in their graves when Hollywood is ruining every classic character that they created. With people who dont even know how to do the series that they were based off…If Hollywood wants big bags of money, They need to bring back adult animation. And 2D animation for that matter…People like me are getting sick to death of movies like these.

  • Keith

    Gotta be an April 1st gag… only it’d be too obvious to unveil ON April 1st. So instead it’ll just be revealed as a joke sometime tomorrow or the day after… they just want a lot of hooplah over it between now & then.

  • uncle wayne

    thank you, Tim (Hodge!) I’ve just got thru doing an Uncle Toonoose spit-take!!

  • Nick A

    Early April fools?

  • Kristjan

    Hope they are awful enough for Warner to continue. Hanna-Barbera stuff

  • Christopher Cook

    Why would a CGI Yogi Bear be greenlit anyway seeing as how the DVD set of the original TV series sold so poorly? SpongeBob is more recognized by audiences born 1990 and on than Yogi is. I’d love to know what they’re spiking the water with at W-B.

  • mantchoo

    Scarabim, I don’t think you fully understand the meaning of “uncanny valley.”

  • Hollywood hates us. :(

  • NC

    I think Nick A might be on to something with this. We may have all been taken for a spin. Remember a few years ago when IGN “leaked” out a supposed trailer for Legend of Zelda just before April Fool’s Day and then on April 1st revealed it was a hoax?

    Don’t be surprised if tomorrow we hear that this was some sort of prank. I mean there is no way on God’s green earth something THAT ugly will make it to the screen.

    Execs maybe stupid but they aren’t blind.

  • Release the Kraken!

  • John K agrees with all of us. And makes good points as usual.


  • Keith Paynter

    Geez, the Viewmasters were more on-model than this abomination (and I’m sure will be considered far better than the ever-likely 3D verson)…


    Mr. Ranger isn’t gonna like this, Yogi…

  • Donald C.

    I’m burning.

  • Surprising BooBoo doesn’t look that bad, Yogi on the other hand looks like a zombie.

    I don’t mind making the characters CG, but couldn’t they at least make them look Cartoony (movies like “Horton” and “Cloudy” proved that CGI can make cartoony looking characters).

  • What kills this for me, aside from seeing Yogi Bear in mo-cap, is Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear. I can’t see how he can make his voice sound in any way like Daws Butler’s. I know he’d like to be an A-list draw again, but him doing a Ed Norton impersonation? No.

  • Never has a post been more worthy of the ‘bad ideas’ tag.

  • Katie

    Hey at least it CGI VFX work that’s being done in the US. For those VFX workers that are struggling to find jobs, working on something like this wouldn’t be unwelcome during a time where there isn’t much going on.

  • I never thought about it being a hoax. could very well be. we’ll find out tomorrow – for some reason – i think not though

    i am honestly surprised. I expected a creapy real bear/cartoon bear hybrid with a pork pie hat on. These look like yogi and booboo. We have to hold judgement on how they fit in the world i guess until we see a trailer but I am sort of suprised.

    i was thinking about how when they make these movies (alvin…garfield….scooby…..) they will often have the main characters GG and exageratted but the OTHER animals (ie the other cats in garfield..) will just be regular filmed animals. maybe they should make every bear in jellystone CG and talking, at least to give it some consistensy. i hope they dont do the same kind of gross out humor that they do in Alvin..(each others poop in mouths) that was shameful…

    ….i dunno, surprised and waiting……

    oh and Zach smith, there is a Jesus….

  • They look like suits than entirely CG creations.

  • Dylan King

    Hollywood loves to kill all things that are dear to me.

  • Kazzer

    If this was a Dreamworks flick you were criticizing, you’d be knee deep in haters by now.

  • red pill junkie

    “Here! take the picnic basket. Just GO AWAY!!!!!”

  • Guy

    Such amazing artistry.

    RealityCheck: Oh, what the hell. Do you HAVE to come up with one of these ridiculous comments?

  • Warhead

    Ahhhhh, my eyes! It burns!

    Seriously, it looks like Zemeckis finally got his hands on Yogi!

  • Fat Head

    They look bad because they ARE very early production models, work in progress. You will know what they look like when they are advertised. So it is a bit premature to judge.

  • Boo-boo looks like he wants to eat me.

  • Daniel Lee

    truthfully i think they aren’t bad… the whole idea of making a CG Yogi and Boo Boo on the other hand… sigh… why must they do that? keep with the classics… don’t ruin them…

  • Roberto Severino

    I’m still hoping that this is a joke. Hollywood screws up again. :(

  • purin

    On the one hand they’re so bad they could only be pranks. On the other hand, they’re so bad they could only be real and the product of millions of dollars of investment.

    They look like they were designed to be more simple, and then someone demanded “More fur! CG is supposed to be super realistic!”

    … which would be a fair thing to suppose for either possibility.

  • Chris J.

    As much crap as I give Cartoon Brew about being a bit elitist at times – boy, when you’re right, you’re right. That’s abhorrent. Awful, awful design.

  • Tekena

    The best part is that it’s going to be made like Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks!


  • Chris Sobieniak

    “Ed Benedict is rolling in his grave… T_T”

    Certainly…. I still wish this was all a big prank anyway. The one thing that turns it off for me are those eyes. Those creepy, DEAD eyes that too many CGI movies have to emulate because nobody likes going with simple dotted pupils anymore. I’m not going to go further with the voice casting or even just the designs themselves, the eyes are too much!

  • Pedro Nakama

    It looks really bad. Any word on which VFX company is doing the work?

  • Kid

    My EYES! MY EYES!!!

  • top cat james

    Not crazy about the logo, either. Looks like a hunter mounted Yogi’s muzzle on the wall.

  • Nick

    hey while we’re at it lets get Nicholas Cage to play Ranger Smith.

  • I thought the idea was to get people INTO the theaters?

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Both Yogi & Boo-Boo look pretty terrible. Can’t they just do live-action/CG versions of Inch High Private Eye or The Cattanooga Cats instead?

  • Yogi is gonna give me nightmares.
    Booboo on the other-hand, really isn’t as bad as I expected.

  • Chris

    HEHEHEHEHE……It’s going to be a blockbuster ……HEHEHEHEHEHEHE
    I can see it now….


  • Randy

    April fool! I hope.

  • Matt Sullivan

    looks like Yogi and Boo-Boo in 3D.

    Meh. I always hated their 2D designs anyway.

  • dave

    I want to see a foghorn cgi movie. Maybe john goodman can do the voice !

  • Deuan Mavrov

    Yogi almost looks like a real suit…

  • Looks…

    …like a Banana Bunch reject.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Every time I see something like this, I get the urge to sit myself down and finally write the Mr. Peabody script I’ve been promising myself to do.

  • Steve Gattuso

    If this had come out one day later, I’d have considered it a joke. As it is, it’s still a joke, albeit a very, very, very bad one.

  • cm

    They look like cheap costumes.

    But seriously, what was everybody expecting?

  • RobEB

    Yogi looks like a cigar store Indian that grew moldy. I think this must be a hoax. These shots look like scans from a faulty printer.

  • This makes no sense to me- taking 2D characters designed in a very flat, graphical style and attempting to make them look “real”. What’s the point? Seriously, why make this movie? As a cartoon, maybe it could work (although Yogi has always worked best in short segments) but filming it in live action just forces you to compromise all the good qualities of the original. Make up your own bear character!

    Dan Aykroyd as Yogi only makes sense insofar as they sort of look the same. And to give Boo-Boo the voice of a human man, who happens to be a huge pop star, is the most embarrassing display of corporate pandering to an irrelevant demographic I’ve seen in a while.

  • Makinita

    seriously this makes me want to PUKE !!!!
    Thank u

  • Ben

    I’m actually surprised at how closely they stuck with the original designs. Not that these look great, but I imagined much worse. Especially after the trend of bastardizing the character art in so many CGI flicks. Scooby Doo, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Garfield, etc. I really was expecting them to go more photorealistic on Yogi & Boo-Boo. So, it’s kind of a nice surprise that they are at least trying to stay true to the HB designs. They don’t translate too well in CGI though. All I can hope is that they look better in motion, or that the designs have been further improved.

    Can’t say I’m all that excited by the voice artists, but oh well…

  • Zartok-35

    What do I think? They don’t look too nice at all!

  • What the! They look like cheap licensed Halloween costumes!

  • Nope, nope, nope, nope……oh um…nope. Sorry, no thanks.

  • Joel

    The pictures got blanked out on MovieInsider. From the site:

    “Warner Bros. requested that The Movie Insider remove the early rendering of Yogi Bear because the art is not final. The movie recently finished shooting in New Zealand and is in post-production. We will update photos when Warner Bros releases the official versions.”

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Finally! Don’t have to see those creepy eyes anymore (besides having saved said pics).

  • John

    I wonder if they got different actors to play Ranger Smith in every other scene.

  • pheslaki

    Best 4-1 post I’ve seen all day.

  • Bob Porrazzo

    Those images are a major boo-boo…PUN INTENDED! Bill, Joe and Daws, are turning in their graves!

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  • William

    you dont release unfinished renderings to advertise CGI film… sheesh! this is so funny