Familiar landscape but different wildlife
The South Waikato will be shown to an international audience when the film Yogi Bear 3D is released later this year.
It is not only beautiful landscape that will be on screen because a significant number of South Waikato people were selected for roles as extras in the film. Parts of Yogi Bear 3D were shot at Whakamaru late last year and other scenes were filmed on the Waikato River at Atiamuri.
The film stars Dan Akroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as his sidekick Boo Boo.
The film will be released in America on December 17 and in several other markets by year’s end.
New Zealand audiences will have to wait until January 13 to see the film.
The trailer for the film can be seen at http://www.flicks.co.nz/ movie/yogi-bear.
HEY BOO BOO: While characters Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are computer generated there was live action for the film recorded at Whakamaru.