I think Hollywood will stop at nothing to destroy happy memories of childhood TV by pounding us with silly CGI and 3D-based versions of our beloved shows…. Why am I saying this? Well, watch this…
Oh god, where did it all go so hideously wrong? I used to watch the loving 2D cartoons of Hanna-Barbara religously as a kid and have good memories of the likes of Yogi Bear, Top Cat and Penelope Pitstop (c’mon, you can’t beat the Hooded Claw as a classic villain!)
But now, after watching this trailer for the upcoming Yogi Bear movie, I just wished I’d smothered Yogi with a jelly pie to put him out his misery in a humane way, preventing him from ever becoming so hideous. As if the reinvention of Top Cat into the completely inferior Boss Cat wasn’t enough, or the Scooby Doo movies weren’t a big enough warning of things to come, now we’re being subjected to this.
Dan Ackroyd’s little talk at the beginning of this clip is nauseating enough – it turns out he voices Yogi and Boo Boo is voiced by, urk, Justin Timberlake! I have to be fair and say that at least you can’t really tell that it’s Justin Timberlake but still… I know this must be in the early stages of post-production but the CGI looks shoddy (at times it seems as though Yogi and Boo Boo are in a different location and time one to the live-action characters), the action is predictable and the acting is, er, non-existent.
Oh, and it’s in 3D, did I mention it was in 3D? So you can experience Yogi in, er, 3D… But by the looks of things, that might be the only thing that really goes right.
Hmm… At least they actually look like Yogi and Boo Boo though…