A town in Australia uses a Yogi Bear statue to measure flood waters. Here’s the story from the Sydney Morning Herald:
Wangaratta residents have smiles on their faces, after their trusted floodwater measure, Yogi Bear, declared an end to the crisis.
For decades, Yogi, a playground fixture at Apex Park in the centre of town by the banks of the Ovens River, has told residents how bad the floods are.
If water reaches his eyes, it’s considered a moderate flood and anything over that is considered major.
On Sunday Yogi went right under the swirling brown floodwaters and stayed there for three anxious days as residents waited to see whether creeks and rivers would swamp homes around the town.
But as the waters finally subsided on Wednesday morning, Yogi emerged, complete with snorkel and goggles.
“When Wangaratta awoke and saw Yogi surface this morning, he’d emerged with snorkel and goggles,” Wangaratta Chronicle editor Jeff Zeuschner told AAP.
“I don’t know who the prankster is but it’s good fun and hopefully people will get a bit of a chuckle out of it.”
Mr Zeuschner said Yogi’s comic re-emergence would be welcome after some anxious days for people who have been watching the flood levels to see whether they would need to evacuate.
Yogi has long been a trusted measure of the depth of the floods and to see him peek back out from under the waters was a sign the worst was over.
“Certainly there’s a sigh of relief,” Mr Zeuschner said.
And Yogi, who was saved and carefully replaced after a park renovation some years ago to ensure he could continue advising the town on flood matters, has once again played a vital role.
“He’s done the city proud.”
Eric Brevig, director for the new Yogi Bear movie being released this December, was recently interviewed by MTV. Brevig talks about filming in New Zealand, choosing Justin Timberlake to play Boo Boo, why it was important to make Yogi Bear in 3-D, and what music may be in the movie.
Recently we caught up with “Journey to the Center of the Earth” director Eric Brevig, who had just returned from months of shooting in New Zealand where he’d re-created Hanna-Barbera’s beloved Jellystone Park. He had a pick-a-nick basket’s worth of goodies to spill on Yogi and Boo Boo’s movie debut in 3-D, casting Justin Timberlake as everybody’s favorite sidekick and why Yogi is still smarter than the average bear.
MTV: How did the shoot go?
Eric Brevig: It went really well. My plan for the movie was to get very funny, comic actors like Anna Faris, Andy Daly and — you’ve probably heard of Dan Aykroyd, right? — he’s the voice of Yogi. And then I wanted to make a movie that’s a comedy in which some of the characters are bears, as opposed to a kid’s film.
MTV: How did you shoot the film? Was there a lot of tennis balls and sticks involved?
Brevig: Well, yeah, but it wasn’t quite that removed from a normal live-action film. I had two actors — one of whom was six-foot-four and the other one was four-foot-two — and they stood in for Yogi and Boo-Boo from the blocking to the rehearsal and the filming … after a while, you’d forget that some of the characters are going to be replaced by CG bears later on.
Everyone at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campgrounds is excited that Warner Bros. will be releasing a Yogi Bear movie this December. Now a new generation of kids will get to know our beloved bear!
The storyline of the movie is that a politician wants to save money by shutting down Jellystone Park. Yogi, Boo Boo and others join together to try and save it.
Dan Aykroyd will be the voice of Yogi and Justin Timberlake will voice Boo Boo. Anna Faris will play a nature documentarian and Tom Cavanagh will be Ranger Smith. The 3-D movie will combine live action and animation (like the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.)
We’ll keep you up to date with Yogi Movie information as we get it from WB!