Timberlake, Schutter Weigh In on New Yogi Movie

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July 6, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Editor's Note: Two men with divergent backgrounds but a common interest share their thoughts on the December release of the new movie, "Yogi Bear." First is a posting on the website of Justin Timberlake, one of the movie's stars, followed by comments from Rob Schutter Jr., COO of Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor of the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resorts, during a recent interview with Woodall's Campground Management.  LSI sees the movie as potentially reviving the name identify of Yogi Bear and, thus, the value of the Yogi Bear Camp-Resort franchise.

Former Nsync star Justin Timberlake has been living in the skin of a bear, not any bear, but Boo Boo, Yogi’s inseparable companion, the cartoon character from the 60’s. This is a film that combines animation with the participation of real people and whose release is contemplated for later this year.

“It’s a very nice experience, it’s a cartoon I saw as a child with my parents and siblings, it’s a classic. Giving voice to one of the characters is really cool,” said Timberlake.

The movie, titled “Yogi Bear” is under the leadership of director Eric Brevig, the same one who did "Journey to the Center of the Earth", and that was responsible for the visual effects in the films "The Day after Tomorrow," "Tornado" and "The Island ." Also starring in the film is Dan Aykrod who voices Yogi and Tom Cavanagh as the ranger Smith.

Back to Jellystone Park

The plot begins when Jellystone Park is still not a profitable business. The greedy mayor decides to sell it to other people. This not only means that the families won’t have a site for recreation but the animals will be removed from the place as well.

This situation will cause that Yogi , and his partner Boo Boo join forces with their eternal enemy, Officer Smith, to find a solution.

“The series have been seen by my grandparents, my partents, my brothers, three generations, so being able to be in the film is wonderful,” said Timberlake.

Meanwhile, Schutter said, "It's like reintroducing Yogi to a new generation of potential campers. Yogi will finally be hitting individuals who are children (or grandchildren) of the Baby Boomers when Yogi was popular as can be. That's what they a re playing off of. They want the Baby Boomers to go see the show and take the children along with them."

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