It turns out that Warner Bros. was “smarter than the average bear” when they produced the Yogi Bear movie. Though many panned it, the film was a success and the studio is moving forward with plans for a sequel.
Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Yogi Bear premiered last December to a $16.4 million opening. That’s not a great start but the picture ended up averaging more than $100 million before it left U.S. theaters. It also grossed another $100 million internationally and you just know they must have sold a lot of DVDs.
According to Variety, Warner’s has signed the Yogi Bear writing team of Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia to pen the script. Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt will produce once again with Andrew Haas as executive producer.
Dan Aykroyd voiced the title character in the first movie with Justin Timberlake as his faithful sidekick Boo-Boo. Tom Cavanaugh played Ranger Smith with Anna Faris, Andrew Daly, and T.J. Miller in other live-action roles. Eric Brevig directed the picture.
There’s no word yet if the cast or director will return or when the sequel is expected to be released.
What do you think? Did you like the first Yogi Bear movie? Will you or your kids watch the sequel?