SANTA MONICA — Visual effects house Entity FX (www.entityfx.com) provided services — in stereoscopic 3D — for the new Warner Bros. feature, Yogi Bear, which opens in theaters on December 17. The film combines live-action with CG elements, and was directed by Eric Brevig. Yogi and Boo Boo are voiced by Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, respectively.
Entity FX created numerous elements that seamlessly blend with the film’s live action, as well as some that make use of the 3D stereo environment, including a fireworks show that zooms toward the audience. In the scene, Yogi's water-skiing performance prematurely ignites and misdirects the park's fireworks display. Spectators find themselves targeted by the rockets, which fly toward and past camera, exploding on water, trees, structures and picnic blankets.
The scene made use of Entity's in-house particle control system to generate photoreal pyro and smoke that matches practical elements. The scene also required extensive greenscreen compositing, sky replacement and adjustment of the live action to ensure left eye/right eye congruence and depth cue consistency.