It looks like some famous faces may be on their way to Jellystone Park. Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, and Justin Timberlake are in talks to star in the upcoming Yogi Bear feature film.
Yogi was originally voiced by the legendary Daws Butler. Following his death in 1988, many of Butler’s characters were taken over by Greg Burson, one of Butler’s students. Yogi’s pal, Boo-Boo, was performed by Don Messick until his retirement in the 1990s and has since been played by Tom Kenny and John Kricfalusi.
When the upcoming live-action Yogi movie was discussed last year, Ash Brannon (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) was slated to direct. The story was being written by Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, former executive producers of That ’70s Show.
Things have changed behind the scenes. The picture is now being directed by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth). Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs, My Name is Earl) is working on the script which is based on the earlier draft by Sternin and Ventimilia.
The movie’s story is expected to revolve around Yogi and his pal Boo-Boo outsmarting Ranger Smith in their pursuit of picnic basket goodies. The animated characters will exist in the real world and will be generated via CGI, in a similar fashion to the Alvin and the Chipmunks feature.
If all goes as planned, Faris will play a nature documentarian who follows the bears’ antics. Aykroyd is expected to voice Yogi while Timberlake may provide the voice of faithful Boo-Boo.
Shooting on the Yogi Bear movie is expected to get underway next month in New Zealand.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing this movie? Do you like the idea of movie stars performing animated characters instead of the traditional voices?