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'Yogi Bear' movie: Smarter than the average cartoon adaptation?

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EW’s Nicole Sperling broke the news last night that The House Bunny‘s Anna Faris was in negotiations to join a live action/CG-animated big-screen adaptation of the TV cartoon Yogi Bear. Also in talks? Dan Aykroyd to play the voice of Yogi and perhaps most tantalizing, Justin Timberlake to lend his pipes to Yogi’s bud Boo-Boo. The details of the plot that emerged would have Faris playing a nature documentarian who follows the bear pair for her latest project. Now, I’m not sure how much the world actually needs a high-tech version of Yogi Bear. And the Hanna-Barbera oeuvre has been the target of some pretty godawful adaptations in the past (Josie and the Pussycats, why hath thou forsaken me?). But I can’t say I’m not curious after this casting news. If nothing else, they are going for broke in the talent department. What do you think — yea or nay?

And here’s a puzzler for you: With this project and the upcoming Smurfs movie joining Flintstones and Scooby-Doo big-screen adaptations, which worthy Hanna-Barbera cartoons haven’t been made into a movie yet? (Who’s just itching to see Snorks: The Movie? Just admit it already.)

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