Watch This: The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo Boo
While many are hating on or making pamphlets warning against Eric Brevig's forthcoming live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's beloved cartoon Yogi Bear, one person decided to have some fun with the characters. Animator Edmund Earle was so inspired by the first trailer for the family film, that he decided to spend some late nights in the past few months crafting an alternate ending for the film. Taking a cue from Andrew Dominik's period western film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the fate of the picnic-stealing bear is not for childrens' eyes, but it's still darkly hilarious.
Here's Edmund Earle's alternate ending for Warner Bros. adaptation of Yogi Bear:
Earle is careful to point out that he is not affiliated with Warner Bros. in any way and that he does not used any of the film's actual footage. However, I can't imagine Warner Bros. or Hanna-Barbera are happy with this grisly take on the characters. Of course, any publicity is good publicity, and with high profile Twitter users like Paul Scheer and Nathan Fillion sending it around, maybe they'll let it slide. For reference, you can also check out the real scene from Andrew Dominik's film right here. While it's not a shot-for-shot remake, the tone and the eerie drama resonating from animated bears is quite an experience in itself. What do you think?