Yogi Bear is a 2010 live-action/CGI animated motion picture event adaption of the cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera's The Yogi Bear Show. The film stars Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi Bear, Justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo-Boo Bear, and Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith. The film co-stars Anna Faris, T. J. Miller, Andrew Daly, and Nate Corddry. It was directed by Eric Brevig.
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Cindy Bear did not appear on the film
Preceding the film, a 3D short called Rabid Rider featuring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner was be shown.
A sequel to the film is yet to be released.
Yogi and Boo Boo are two brown bears who have a penchant for stealing picnic baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park, while park rangers Smith and Jones are preventing them to do so. Meanwhile, Mayor R. Brown realizes that Franklin City is facing bankruptcy due to profligate spending on his part. To solve it and fund his election campaign to be the next governor, the mayor decides to select Jellystone as a logging site, and Jellystone is prepared to be shut down.
To save the park, Ranger Smith holds a Centennial festival where he hopes to make a profit selling Season Passes. To sabotage the effort, Mayor Brown plays on Ranger Jones' desire to be head ranger and promises him the position if the funds are not raised. Yogi and Boo Boo had promised Smith to stay out of sight during the festival, but Jones convinces them otherwise. They try to please the crowd with a waterskiing performance, but Yogi inadvertently sets his cape on fire, causing the fireworks Smith set up to be knocked over and ignited prematurely, launching them into the crowd, who flee in a panic. After Jellystone is shut down, Ranger Smith is forced to stay in Evergreen Park, a small urban enclave choked with litter and pollution, but not after he tells Yogi that Yogi is not as smart as he thinks he is. Now seeing that their home is in danger of being destroyed, Yogi and Boo Boo travel to Evergreen Park and tell Smith about this, where he places the clues that Mayor Brown had given him, that Brown and his chief of staff are planning to cut down Jellystone and its trees to make money. They return to Jellystone, and along with Rachel plan to stop the sale of the park. They learn that Boo Boo's pet turtle is a rare and endangered species, which means that, by law, the Park cannot be destroyed if the turtle is residing there. Ranger Jones then turns over Mayor Brown and teams up with Smith, Rachel, and the bears, after learning that he has been manipulated. Mayor Brown then learns about this and has his guards steal the turtle and confronts the group, stating that power is more convincing than the law.
After Mayor Brown leaves for his conference, Rachel reveals that she had installed a camera in Boo Boo's bow tie, which recorded Mayor Brown's confession. The turtle manages to escape from Brown's Chief of Staff by using his frog-like tongue to pull itself through the car window and out into the park. Yogi and Boo Boo keep the guards distracted so Ranger Smith can upload the confession in the Jumbotron. When the confession is played, the crowd riots, and Brown attempts to tell them that the turtle does not exist, but the turtle manages to get into the conference. The people then learn about the park having an endangered species. Police officers arrest Mayor Brown and his guards for his crime; his chief of staff attempts to escape, but is pinned down by Rachel and he's arrested as well. The park then becomes a great success. Jones loses his position as head ranger and Smith takes it back. But Jones still works there, handing out flyers about how Jellystone Park has a rare and endangered turtle, while Rachel and Ranger Smith admit their feelings for each other. However after they kiss, they start chasing after Yogi and Boo Boo, who are back to stealing picnic baskets once again.
When visitors stop visiting Jellystone Park, Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) decides to shut it down and sell the land. That would mean everyone would lose the joy of the outdoors, and worst of all, Yogi (voiced by Dan Aykroyd) and Boo-Boo (voiced by Justin Timberlake) would be thrown out of the only home they've ever known. So Yogi and Boo Boo must team up with their arch-enemy Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to save Jellystone Park.
Mayor Brown confesses that he does not care about the enviroment, but it is filmed by Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) and Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) shows it to everybody attending Mayor Brown's (evil) press conference. Ranger Smith thanks Yogi for saving Jellystone, and Ranger Jones says "Welcome to Jellystone, home of Turtle and Yogi Bear. Here's a season pass. I'm Ranger...Jones".
- Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear (voice)
- Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo Bear (voice)
- Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith
- Anna Farris as Rachel
- T.J. Miller as Ranger Jones
- Andrew Daly as Mayor Brown
- Nate Corddry as the Chief of Staff
- Narrator as Josh Robert Thompson
May 26, 2011
Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel to their 2010 release, Yogi Bear. According to Variety, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, two of the writers behind the original film, have signed on to provide the first draft.
Yogi Bear, released in 3D and based on the popular Hanna Barbera cartoon character, was directed by Eric Brevig and starred Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris and Andy Daly. Brad Copeland was the other credited writer, but there's no word yet on whether any of the other talent will be returning.
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- Many students of Daws Butler (the original voice of Yogi Bear) sent Dan Aykroydtapes of Butler explaining how to do Yogi's voice. Aykroyd refused to listen to any of the tapes, preferring to do his own take on the classic character.
WILHELM SCREAM: When a pinecone falls out of a tree and hits Yogi in the eye. This is the first live-action adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon to be made without the assistance of William Hanna or Joseph Barbera, who passed away in 2001 and 2006 respectively. When Justin Timberlake was younger and learning to sing, he imitated various cartoon characters, and so came in with a prepared Boo-Boo voice. The film was primarily shot in New Zealand, as it was winter in the northern hemisphere and to wait for summer would delay the shooting schedule longer by six months longer than if in southern hemisphere.