Voice Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, TJ Miller, Andrew Daly
Director: Eric Brevig
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big screen in 'Yogi Bear,' a live-action/CG animated adventure in 3D, set for worldwide release starting December 2010.
This new adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's classic cartoon will star Academy Award® nominee Dan Aykroyd (Driving Miss Daisy) as the voice of Jellystone Park's most famous troublemaker, Yogi Bear. Two-time Emmy Award winner (Saturday Night Live) and six-time Grammy Award winner Justin Timberlake, previously starring as Artie in Shrek the Third, will star as the voice of Boo Boo, Yogi's faithful pal and co-conspirator in his tireless schemes to separate Jellystone Park patrons from their lunches.
The film's live-action cast also includes Anna Faris (Observe and Report) as nature documentary filmmaker Rachel Johnson, and Tom Cavanagh (NBC's Ed, How to Eat Fried Worms) as Yogi's amiable nemesis Ranger Smith. TJ Miller (Cloverfield) stars as Smith's diligent deputy, Ranger Jones, and Andrew Daly (The Informant!) as the conniving Mayor Brown.
Jellystone Park has been losing business, so Mayor Brown has decided 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 and his pal Boo Boo 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 Ranger Smith to find a way to save the park from closing forever.
One of television's most beloved cartoon characters, Yogi Bear began as a feature of the Hanna-Barbera series The Huckleberry Hound Show, before headlining his own show in 1961. Yogi's television success led to a nationally syndicated comic strip and, in 1964, he became the first Hanna-Barbera cartoon character to make his movie screen debut in Hey There, It's Yogi Bear. Yogi Bear has since appeared as several series and one-hour specials.
A Sunswept Entertainment/De Line Pictures Production, in association with Rhythm & Hues, Yogi Bear will be directed by Oscar®-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, Total Recall) and produced by Donald De Line (Body of Lies, Fool's Gold) and Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight, New Moon). The screenplay is by longtime writing and producing partners Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin (That 70s Show, Tooth Fairy) and Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs), based on the characters created in the Hanna-Barbera television series. Serving as executive producers are James Dyer (Fool's Gold), Andrew Haas (Observe and Report) and Lee Berger (Night at the Museum).
Key technical crew includes director of photography Peter James (27 Dresses), production designer David R. Sandefur (Journey to the Center of the Earth), editor Kent Beyda (Jonah Hex), costume designer Liz McGregor (assistant designer, Fool's Gold) and visual effects supervisor Betsy Paterson (The Incredible Hulk).
Yogi Bear was filmed on location in New Zealand, in the Auckland area and around the Whakamaru Reserve on the North Island's Central Plateau between Rotorua and Taupo. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Release Date: 13th January, 2011
Yogi Bear is a lot of fun, opening a whole new generation to the mischief that is Yogi Bear.... Smarter than the average bear. "I'm so smart it hurts!"