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Yogi CG


Yogi is going CG. Don’t worry, they’re not planning to make it nearly as appealing as the last time Yogi was three-dimensional.

(Thanks, David OReilly)

  • Marc Baker

    Once again, Hollywood steps all over animated icon that it deems ‘worthy’ of live action/cgi butchering.

  • You should have picked a better image. Yogi’s looking really stiff in that one.

  • I owned all of these View-Master reels as a kid, the Hanna-Barbera & Peanuts were exceptionally beautiful because of the incredible 3D artistry.

    Speaking of Peanuts, today is the strip’s 58th anniversary.

  • This is Revolting!!

    Yogi may not be my favorite Hanna Barbera character, but Hollywood should know better than to continue this horrid trend of updating hand-drawn icons with boring CG and cultural updates. Alvin and the Chipmunks was a bad, disgusting movie. Did the Scooby Doo, or Garfield movies make enough money to make up for the bad reviews they received? Somebody either do write something inventive anc creative, or leave these characters alone!!

  • Jeez, I only hope they learn the lessons from Garfield and The Chipmunks; maybe they shouldn’t try to combine live action with CG this time?

  • ghoest

    Would you rather have a 2d animated series resurrected and further bastardized/modernized? I doubt it. While I’d like to see new animation franchises created instead of turning creative energy toward films like this, they still have their place and provide work for alot of people and earn back their money for the studios (most of the time). So in that sense I think it’s not that bad. At least Alvin & Garfield looked decent and I heard Alvin was actually really popular with kids, I know if I was a kid I’d be into it.

  • Charlie

    Maybe they’ll surprise us and make Yogi incredibly realistic, for the sheer hilarity of it.

  • As a 54 year old (and was dreading the film), I found the film very likeable….and quite an homage to the real McCoy! The Scooby movie[s] are tremendously well done, too., i find What the hell! As long as Ranger Smith is cast the proper token (main) human!

  • matt

    Just to play devil’s advocate against the usual “it’s ALREADY terrible” tide…

    I guess at least we may be getting as good as you could hope for on this, with Brannon directing (more Pixar Brannon that Surf’s Up Brannon hopefully). None of the comments so far take him into account at all. Great story/board artist, and co-director on Toy Story 2, which maybe a FEW of you liked.

    You’re all very quick to jump on the bandwagon, even while saying it was done successfully already! I know there’s a difference between the two (this & Viewmaster 3d/dimensional characters), but you get my point, as the big difference here seems to be that the STORYtelling has a chance at being good. The look of Alvin or Garfield wasn’t what defined how bad those films were, it was all the other stuff.

    Ironically, how many of you actually have seen much YOGI BEAR or HB in general (apart from Flintstones) LATELY without the rose-coloured glasses tinted by novelty in one lens and nostalgia in the other? Great designs, great opening jingles. Generally (aside from some fantastic colour styling and background design) BAD animation and AWFUL recycled, clichéd and patronising stories and gags. If you’re going to criticise, be consistent and criticise the 2d stuff as well.

    And the argument can be made that Scooby-doo movies were no worse than the average cookie-cutter 2d episode and were therefore actually quite faithful. As in the kernel of the great characters and designs were ALWAYS wasted and dishonoured in their execution. And then outrageous cons like the Josie & the Pussycats and so on where even the same characters were just cloned and given a cheap disguise! HB, apart from the early Tom & Jerry & Flintstones (and yes even those characters were rips), weren’t generally a paragon of 2d virtue in reality. And the characters weren’t icons in the holistic sense, mainly awesome designs whose execution wasn’t on the same level. Of course that’s just as subjective as everyone else’s opposite opinions, but equally defensible.

    Oh and yes Emmet, Alvin and Garfield made ridiculous amounts of money, just ludicrous. The great irony there was that it was for the same reason as 2nd-rate Disney stuff always made money – filling that kids’ holiday viewing gap. Made bucketloads despite itself.

    I’m hopeful that if the look was transferred to 3d successfully once, with luck it can be again. And even if the project was started by the turkeys with no understanding of animated characters, at least Brannon does more than they and the directors on those others. Not everything can be Rocky and Bullwinkle or Scooby-Doo. Surely? ;)

    We shall see I guess…

    Interesting how the Viewmaster stuff still alters the feel of Yogi’s mass, mainly in the face because of the 2-d cheat inherent in the original design. I bet there was a ‘proto-Amid’ who hated the alterations for the viewmaster stuff too and how it altered the feel, arguing that having the 2d cel look on flat planes in 3d space would have preserved the essence much better and given the best of both.

  • Jimchig

    If today’s kids like it, that’s fine with me.

    I don’t recall adult’s viewpoints skewing my interest in 60’s toons. I liked what I liked, good and bad.

    I also loved the 3-D Viewmaster stuff. I even had the Politically-Incorrect Lil Black Sambo disc, which was visually very nice. Long gone, of course, along with anything else I had of value.

  • Marcus

    Speaking of updating and bastardizing, didn’t they already do that a couple of years ago–A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith? Awful.

    Sadly, the “lessons learned” from Garfield and Chipmunks is that they made a TON of dough.

    And I LOVE the Viewmasters of Peanuts and Yogi.

  • matt

    Oh and I’d be up for A Kricfalusi Yogi feature. It would be disturbing, but for a very different reason. ;)

  • I’m interested in anything Ashley’s working on. To quote Marilyn Monroe: those who know him better, know better.

  • I loved Surf’s Up… maybe with Ash Brannon directing we’ll have something halfway decent looking as far as the animated characters go.

    But if the writing is crappy… there’s only so much you can do with good visuals and a crappy script.

  • Ryan

    I enjoyed the first Scooby-Doo more than I ever enjoyed any of the old cartoons… Go Yogi!

  • Gerard de Souza

    Oh goody! I look forward to the padding out of 80 minutes with Yogi’s origins, sentimentality, how he got his hat and tie, just what is Yogi and Boo-Boo’s relationship and how Ranger Smith has a scrooge-like conversion. I think Yogi should be played by John Goodman, Boo-Boo by Rick Moranis and Jason Lee as Ranger SMith. All the spin-off merchandise should look like the new version.

    Ya wanna bet I’ve nailed it?

    I do not usually jump on the bashing bandwagon until I have seen something but I’ve been burned so many times seeing these inflated unwarranted adaptations.
    Name one that was better than the original concept; not just Ok, not “I liked it.”, not a guilty road accident pleasure. One!

  • wufners

    Sadly, I believe Hollywood has learned its lesson.

    Despite awful reviews (25% freshness on rottentomatoes, 5.7 in imdb) Alvin and the Chipmunks pulled in $217 million at the boxoffice.

    Garfield made $75 million (on a $50 million budget.)

    Scooby Doo made $153 million. Even it’s sequel conned it’s way to $84 million. And that was with Freddy Prince Jr. being involved.

    Throw in DVD and merchandising revenues and the message is clear–these movies make money. Don’t worry about quality, throw the word “butt” or have someone belch in the trailer and watch the money fall into your lap. (Rocky and Bullwinkle does serve as a warning, but the lesson learned there was probably “See? We have to modernize these characters with pop culture references and fart jokes.”)

    * * *

    By the way–my mother-in-law is part of the problem. A few years back she was excited to tell me about this really cute cartoon she had just seen. It was called Garfield, had I ever heard of it? She was positive I would like it (she hasn’t taken the time to get to know me particularly well.)

    Then last year, for my son’s 3rd birthday, she couldn’t stop talking about how excited she was to give him his gift and how much he and I would love it. That gift–The Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. Fortunately, it was only a downloaded and burnt copy. After they left, it was quickly and tragically lost (I must have left it in the garbage can. Oops.)

  • Jorge Garrido

    Yogi Bear did NOT have bad animation, it had LIMITED animation.

  • matt

    Wufners, Alvin and the Chipmunks made 359, not 217 million.

    Garfield made 199 million. Scooby Doo 275 mil.

    All I’m saying is even if you’ve forgotten there’s a world outside of America, (getting it back on-topic) that the suits definitely haven’t when they greenlight this stuff. BTW that’s not any kind of justification. Those flicks were garbage.

    Having said that, Garfield and Scooby Doo have ALSO been garbage for a long time…

    And yeah the design of cg Scooby – the horror! The EYES!

    Gerard, Jack Lemmon woulda been the perfect live-action Ranger Smith I reckon…

  • wufners

    Nah, I haven’t forgotten. The first site I went to only listed US domestic box office. I wasn’t about to give these movies the benefit of the extra research, so I went with it.

    Besides . . . isn’t it more complimentary to non-US markets to not show how much money they gave to these particular movies? :P

    But you are right about movie execs not forgetting them.

  • Joe Torcivia

    The best thing that could come of this is that it creates enough interest in Yogi (…or WB BELIEVES IT WILL create enough interest in Yogi) that Volume Two of The Huckleberry Hound Show is finally released on DVD!

    …I can dream, can’t I!

  • Upon learning that Ash Brannon is in the director’s chair, I went from revulsion to being utterly intrigued. TOY STORY 2 and SURF’S UP are both wonderful films and Ash provided a major part of their excellence. Let’s hope that Warner Bros. don’t micromanage Ash’s choices.

    C’mon, give the bear (and Ash) a chance! After junk like YOGI’S ARK, LAFF-O-LYMPICS, YOGI’S SPACE RACE, YOGI AND THE SPACE BEARS, YOGI AND THE MAGICAL FLIGHT OF THE SPRUCE GOOSE and YOGI’S TREASURE HUNT (disclosure: I worked on the latter series), we’ve already witnessed the nadir of the noncomformist bear’s cartoon-type career!

  • Oops! I forgot the most abominable Yogi cartoon series of all time: NBC’s YECHH, YOGI, er, YO, YOGI!

  • Yabba Dabadu

    The Flintstones movie and its sequel inspired a total of four Turkish-produced sequels here in Turkey City.

    Flintstones on an Island, Fred Flintstones is a Police, My, My, My, My, My Fred Flintstones, and A Flintstones Party! were all successes, but each bore little resemblance to the cartoon inspiration. Now, with foreign investments, the same producers are teaming with the same actors and director to make a live action Jetsonns movie, with a record Turkish film budget of nearly $100,000! Much of this money is to be spent on special effects and much more on the future and getting it just right.

    Look for it in Turkey for the New Years Day!

  • I hope their add body function jokes to modernize Yogi for today’s audience.

    Nothing makes an old cartoon character contemporary than bathroom humor– I’m still chuckling over Porky proclaiming he wet himself in Space Jam (hee hee hee)

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I second Gerard’s comment!

  • Pedro Nakama

    Which Yogi are they going to do? Yogi first started off as a thief. Then in the 70’s he turned into an environmentalist. I’m guessing with all of the global warming going on they’ll make him an environmentalist. Al Gore could make a cameo appearance as a tree.

  • acetate

    I guess it’s official now, Hollywood is totally out of NEW ideas.

  • Michael

    OK, I may be run off the ranch for saying this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Hanna-Barbera is terribly. Just awful. I can only assume that the baby-boomer fascination with them is due to some kind of filtering process of memories. Or perhaps since that was the only thing on, they just kind of got used to it. I mean, really. HB had one well designed show (Jetsons), one well-written show (Johnny Quest), and one genuinely funny show (Flintstones, which was really just the Honeymooners:The Animated Series). Everything else by them was awful. I thought so when I was a kid, and I think so know. I remember watching Nickelodeon back in the 80’s and early 90’s and dreading seeing the Hanna-Barbera logo.

    Honestly, I just view HB as another weird baby-boomer phenomenon. Like tie-dye, disco, and Frank Stallone, it’s something we should really be glad is dead and gone and not trying to resurrect.

  • matt

    Still no-one makes a pun about this project going to be a big boo-bo* – oops! :)

  • This is going to be awful!

  • John A

    Cast Steve Colbert as Ranger Smith and you might have something.

  • Hey, I just want some artists to have a job.

    I did have the pleasure of working with Ash on “Toy Story2” at Pixar. Not a bad gig, if you ask me.

  • Bretagne

    So, if they take color footage of Jack Lemmon from “Good Neighbor Sam” composited onto mocap body stuff, they can contrast it with black and white film of the same actor whenever Ranger Smith turns ugly and starts to drink, from “The Days of Wine and Roses”. This cheesy mashup will make a performance. Or at least two. George Miller could take this concept, and license five hundred pop songs, and make a feature for three hundred billion dollars. Yes, Hollywood has turned into a nuclear supermarket.

  • Jason

    This is gonna tank IMO. First place: Yogi is ollllldddd. Far older than Scooby-Doo, Garfield and the Chipmunks. He’s also less funny and less likeable. Who’s gonna care if he’s all spiffed up and rendered in CGI? Your grandpa? This is the dumbest attempt yet by Hollywood to bring back dessicated TV corpses and splat them onto the big screen rather than coming up with fresh new characters and ideas. What’s next? A CGI Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo?

  • Gerard de Souza

    “OK, I may be run off the ranch for saying this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Hanna-Barbera is terribly. Just awful. I can only assume that the baby-boomer fascination with them is due to some kind of filtering process of memories.”

    I’m usually quite honest with myself when I revisit old cartoons. The HB Cartoons between ’59 to about ’64 are funnier and better than I remember. There are la majority of H-B cartoons that don’t hold up for me but I loved as a kid. Looking at Magilla Gorilla now, I can see it getting formulaic. And when Scooby Doo Where Are You premiered, even as an eight year I was aware it was the beginning of the end quality wise. But when I think of Yogi Bear, I am thinking of Yogi from Huckleberry Hound and his own show.

    As someone said, those early HB cartoons were not badly animated but limited animation. They had to be for TV. Much of the disparaging comments of TV animation came from contemporary theatrical animation who may’ve felt threatened by the medium and its imposed economy. That sentimentality is often repeated as fact without really going back and looking at the body of work. Then again, we’ve lived through previous generations putting down new media like CG or Flash; the previous animators feeling somewhat threatened holding early crude examples or badly animated examples to put down a whole medium.

    But I digress…
    If one is going to say a Yogi CG movie will make mega bucks…no argument here….
    I just wished they’d take the money and do a modest 26 new episodes in the old premise.

  • Joe

    “Yogi is ollllldddd. Far older than Scooby-Doo, Garfield and the Chipmunks.”

    He’s also funnier than either of them.

    Also, you seem to forget that Yogi was in syndication well into the 90s (before it got pigeonholed into Boomerang). He’s also got a worldwide rocognition and appeal that will definitely earn big $$$. Much more than the Chipmunks, which limited to American pop culture.

    The big question here, though, is who’s going to do the voice? It could make or break the picture, since the original series’ appeal was very strongly tied to Daws Butler’s voicework.

  • Mesterius

    Nooo. I haven’t seen very much of the original Yogi, but THIS… is terrible!

  • PorkyMills

    In all honesty, I don’t have many fond memories of Yogi Bear as I do for other Hanna-Barbera cartoons. This has the potential to be good, but I am fully certain this won’t (nothing good ever came from That 70’s Show).

  • JG

    The 3d cgi bandwaggon is so overencumbered it’s not moving anymore… Or started moving backwards.

  • Jason

    ***“Yogi is ollllldddd. Far older than Scooby-Doo, Garfield and the Chipmunks.”
    He’s also funnier than either of them.***

    Oh, please. I must disagree. I’ve seen those corny old things on Boomerang. Feh! The only thing Yogi has going for him is nostalgia, and nostalgia didn’t help Speed Racer. On another note, it’s interesting to me when people try to distinguish between bad animation and limited animation, when both easily fit into the same category: CHEAP animation. And in H-B’s case, it’s the appropriate category, because Yogi’s animation doesn’t look like crap in an attempt to make an artistic statement, it looks like crap because Hanna and Barbera had a limited budget. Hey, maybe that’s an even MORE appropriate term for their work: limited BUDGET animation! (rimshot)

  • My guess is Steve Carell as Ranger Smith in this one.

    One question though, why not just make the movie fully animated? It could be a really cool way to work on translating those flat HB backgrounds into some cool flat planes to give it an interesting pop up book look, with 3D renditions of the original models running around in them.