The teaser trailer for the live-action adaptation of Yogi Bear has gone online. When we reported on the project last November, I was negative about it. This teaser trailer makes me feel completely justified in that negativity. There’s crummy animation, slapstick jokes, and nothing approaching the charm of the original cartoon. Just because you quote the show, doesn’t mean you’re honoring it. Of course, as I said then, I’m sure the soundbites will be about how everyone involved with the movie loved the show and want to bring it to a new generation.
Directed by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D) and stars Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, and T.J. Miller as well as the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as Yogi and Boo Boo, respectively. Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer as well as the the poster that we put up yesterday. Yogi Bear opens in 3D on December 17th.
Click over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD.
Here’s the official synopsis for Yogi Bear:
Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides 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 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 their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.