Yesterday we posted a brand new poster for Yogi Bear 3D, the upcoming live action / CGI feature film centred on the infamous character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Today, Yahoo! Movies have uploaded an exclusive teaser trailer for said film. The film, directed by Eric Brevig, was initially announced in 2008, with a release date set in advance for December 17, 2010. Yogi Bear 3D features the voices of Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh and Christine Taylor, Andrew Daly and T.J. Miller.
Synopsis: Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown (Daly) decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors — and, even worse, Yogi (Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Timberlake) will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is “smarter than the average bear” as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith (Cavanagh) to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.
In the teaser trailer, our first look at footage, we’re given a glimpse at the direction the film is likely to take, complete with introduction from Dan Aykroyd. It’s definitely intriguing, and a little exciting, to see a much-loved cartoon given the feature film treatment, but I remain sceptical considering how some other TV series’ adaptations have turned out, i.e. Hey Arnold!: The Movie.
That said, Eric Brevig was responsible for Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D which, while it also blended live-action with CGI, ended up taking a lot of people by surprise. So, however sceptical you may be, there’s still a glimmer of hope for Yogi Bear’s transition to the big screen. We shall have to wait and see.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Warner Bros. Pictures will release Yogi Bear 3D in US cinemas on December 17, with a UK release to follow on February 11th.
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