Ki­wis add flavour to Yogi Bear’s pic-a-nic

Dozens of South Waikato res­i­dents will be on the big screen when Yogi Bear opens at cine­mas to­mor­row. Edi­tor Mathew Grocott caught up with one fam­ily who were ex­tras in the film to learn about life on the set of a big­bud­get Hollywood pro­duc­tion

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When Yogi Bear opens in cine­mas to­mor­row the Han­cock fam­ily will not be look­ing at the film’s stars.

In­stead the fam­ily of seven will be look­ing out for sev­eral scenes they ap­peared in as ex­tras.

The Toko­roa fam­ily were among some 400 ex­tras used dur­ing a week of film­ing at Whaka­maru in late 2009.

Many of the ex­tras were from Toko­roa or Man­gakino. In ad­di­tion sev­eral South Waikato busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als were em­ployed to work on the set as contractors, cater­ers, se­cu­rity and driv­ers.

Mum Deirdre Han­cock said the fam­ily, hus­band Kelvin and chil­dren An­thony, Liam, Ros­alee, So­phie and Erike, were look­ing for­ward to see­ing the film.

The Han­cocks took part in film­ing af­ter they heard the film’s mak­ers were look­ing for ex­tras, in par­tic­u­lar fam­i­lies.

Af­ter send­ing their pho­tos and de­tails to the film’s cast­ing di­rec­tor they were all asked to be ex­tras.

‘‘We were ba­si­cally part of the crowd,’’ Mr Han­cock said.

The fam­ily were in­volved in sev­eral scenes in­clud­ing a pic­nic, ski­ing on a lake and they had to re­act to fire­works which would be added by com­puter ef­fects.

In an­other scene they re­acted to Yogi Bear, who would be added later by com­puter.

‘‘You had to pre­tend quite a bit,’’ Mr Han­cock said. The fam­ily all en­joyed be­ing part of the moviemak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence while An­thony had gone on to take part in other pro­duc­tions.

He was ap­proached about be­ing part of The Hob­bit but would not be avail­able when film­ing was sched­uled.

The Yogi Bear film tells the story of a doc­u­men­tary maker who trav­els to Jelly­stone Park and crosses paths with Yogi, his side­kick Boo-Boo and the park’s rangers.

The film fea­tures ac­tors Tom Ca­vanagh and Anna Faris with Yogi and Boo-Boo voiced by Dan Akroyd and Justin Tim­ber­lake.

The film is a spin-off from a car­toon se­ries made by Hanna Bar­bera which de­buted in 1961.

Toko­roa Cin­ema 3 is show­ing a spe­cial screen­ing of Yogi Bear at mid­night tonight.

There are mul­ti­ple screen­ings sched­uled to­mor­row as well as ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

Mrs Han­cock said the fam­ily learnt a lot about movies dur­ing the week’s film­ing.

For sev­eral weeks af­ter film­ing Mrs Han­cock said they had trou­ble watch­ing films as they were pay­ing more at­ten­tion to the ex­tras on screen than the main char­ac­ters.

The fam­ily said dur­ing Yogi Bear shots could be ru­ined if one ex­tra looked in the wrong di­rec­tion and they all had to make sure they dressed the same and had the same ap­pear­ance each day.

Dur­ing the week scenes got more com­plex and dif­fer­ent ex­tras, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Han­cock fam­ily were asked to take on big­ger roles.

Liam had to run quite close to the cam­era for one scene. He said be­cause the film was be­ing shot in 3D he was told to be care­ful not to get too close to the cam­eras or have his arm ex­tended too far to­wards the cam­eras.

Mrs Han­cock said the fam­ily were well looked af­ter by pro­duc­tion staff and they were amazed how much work went on be­hind the scenes.

Photo: A1 PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

CAST­ING CALL: The Han­cock fam­ily (clock­wise from top left) Erike, 8, Liam, 18, Ros­alee, 15, So­phie 12, Deirdre and Kelvin, along with el­dest son An­thony, make their cin­e­matic de­but to­mor­row as ex­tras in

HEY BOO-BOO: Yogi Bear uses a mix of com­puter an­i­ma­tion and live ac­tion, in­clud­ing a week of film­ing at Whaka­maru.

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