'Yogi Bear' alternate ending creator: 'It seemed ripe for parody'

yogi-bear-endingThe Yogi Bear “alternate ending” video that took the Internet by storm yesterday is the handiwork of New York-based animator Edmund Earle, whose 3-D modeling and animation work can be seen on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and elsewhere. But when he saw the trailer for Yogi Bear, his attention turned to pic-a-nics. And … brutality. We caught up with Earle to ask him about Boo Boo, shotguns, and his rise to viral video fame.

“This started in September, when they released the trailer, and it seemed ripe for parody,” Earle says. “It’s a sad trend to revamp these old shows in pretty horrifying CG films, and my brand of humor is always to put something ridiculous and stupid into a dark and serious situation. I’m a big fan of [The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford] … and it seemed like a good mix, the goofiness of Yogi Bear mixed with about the darkest thing you can get.”

Earle began working on the short film late at night, but says that because he’s an experienced animator, he “knows a lot of shortcuts.” “I’ve animated humans before, but we all have a specific idea of how humans look and behave. With animals, you have more leeway — they can look generic. It was an easy cross over.”

The video has already pulled in over 670,000 views, some of which came from the legal department at Warner Bros. (Entertainment Weekly and Warner Bros. are owned by the same parent company.) “[Warner] contacted me, and they were very supportive,” Earle says. They did ask, though, that he add a disclaimer to his video to make it clear that the studio had nothing to do with its creation. (Earle complied, but declined to make the video accessible only to those over 18.)

Earle says he’s “amazed” by the response his work has garnered, especially since the video only went up yesterday, but he hasn’t made any firm plans about his next project. Except, of course, seeing Yogi Bear when it comes out. “After living the Yogi Bear experience for the past two months, it’s sort of become part of me,” he laughs.


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  • TGS

    That’s just messed up! Love it!

    • IRENE CLAYTON-WHITLOW

      This is so stupid. How can they get any recognition for this. You people who love it are sick.

      • Kevin

        I might be sick but at least I have a sense of humor, unlike you.

      • Kevin

        Hey Irene, you old bag, go back to watching America’s Funniest Home Videos and stay off the internet.

      • Justin

        Oh Shut up Irene, you cheetoh eating heifer.

      • Steve

        Or, perhaps Irene, you are the stupid one and this is brilliant. I’m going with that one.

    • Get your Sources right EW

      This video originated on Reddit.com

  • Thom

    Last night on Conan there was some blatant editing during TJ Miller’s interview then they began talking about the “real” Yogi Bear.

    Made me wonder if they showed/talked about this video and Warner Bros made them cut it out.

    Fun video, BTW.

  • econruth

    I didn’t mean to laugh at the ending, but I just couldn’t help myself. Yikes!

    • Tracy Murray

      Hey, I was personally disturbed by it ( not majorly though ) , but to each his / her own .

  • Reena

    Agreed with @TGS…the look in Boo Boos eyes is priceless!

    • Nathan

      I love how conflicted he is, I smell an Oscar nod for supporting actor coming BooBoo’s way.

  • Josh

    So funny!!!! Haha, terrific job by this guy.

    Anyone else shocked that Warner Brothers is owned by the same people who EW. I could have sworn they were owned by Twilight and Glee :-p.

    • Anna

      lol, so true.

  • Anna

    it the really movie end like this i would so go see it.

  • Ben

    Hopefully more people will now see Assassination of Jesse James now. That movie is perfection.

    • West

      I have to believe that the people claiming this is horrible have never seen that movie. Maybe if he’d titled his short The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo Boo they would have realized it was parody instead of just “kid’s movie plus violence” type comedy and wouldn’t have reacted like a bunch of fun-hating old biddies.

  • Kevin

    The animation of the eyes is perfect, very lifelike. That’s the key to realistic animation. Everything is in the eyes.

    • darclyte

      How sad is it that the CGI of Yogi and BooBoo in this short is better than the CGI of them in the upcoming film?

  • zbeast

    great animation keep up the good work. I love the eye’s action and the fact that you made use of the Jesse James assassination sequence without doing a shot for shot copy. that shows some mean skills.

  • Manfred

    Hey Edmund,
    You could do an animation of you on top of your mother. It should a better way of wasting your talent.

    • Stevex

      Bartender, a little less ‘bitter’ in Manfred’s next drink, if you please.

  • MKS

    That was pretty freaking brilliant. It’s not so much of a humorous parody of what looks to be a bad movie, but instead, we get a surprisingly touching sad tale.

  • Justin

    That pretty funny. haha. Now when i take my younger siblings to see it Friday I’ll be laughing because I know what REALLY happens!

  • Will

    Oh my god, thats so wrong yet I cant stop laughing

  • Mcfly

    That was “dumber than the average bear”. I like dark humor but this just seemed messed up.

  • Kleg

    Dude sounds like a G-D Hipster.

    • Dude must be a hipster

      Why did you capitalize “hipster”, you hipster.

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