They'll all make it to the silver screen eventually: Quick Draw McGraw, Penelope Pitstop, The Jetsons, etc. But given the general reaction to flicks like Garfield (and its sequel), Scooby-Doo (and its sequel) and Alvin and the Chipmunks (and its, ahem, "squeakuel"), I'm wondering ff we shouldn't let classic cartoon characters stay on the small screen. Then again, a Chilly Willy movie would be AWESOME.

Anyway, the latest childhood pal to get a cinematic promotion is good ol' Yogi Bear, he of the picnic basket fetish and the masochistic attitude towards park rangers. (Here's Monika's piece from last year.) The Hollywood Reporter informs us that WB's Yogi Bear will (of course) be half live-action and half CGI (like those other flicks I mentioned), and also that the film will arrive in 3-D. Surely a cartoon bear demands a 3-D movie debut. (OK, so it's not actually his debut.) The newly-hired director is Mr. Eric Brevig, whose debut effort was the summer hit Journey to the Center of the Earth. Given the man's extensive experience with both human beings and digital creations, one would assume he's a perfect fit for the job.

On the writing side ... we have the guys who wrote Survivng Christmas. Apparently the plot will involve Yogi, Boo-Boo, Jellystone Park, and "misadventures." But the key is who they'll get to play Ranger Smith. Already I'm sensing Jim Carrey or Steve Carell. Eh? Am I right?

Someone wake me when they green-light a live-action Hong Kong Phooey flick.
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