Yogi Bear Alternative Ending Creates A 'Squiffy' Fair Use Question

from the not-your-average-parody dept

A bunch of folks have been sending in this viral video of an "alternate ending" to the new Yogi Bear movie. It's what you might call a... much "darker" ending, based on the The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Don't watch this if you don't like bear-on-bear violence.
What struck me, frankly, is the somewhat amazing quality of the work, which was done by a single guy, Edmund Earle, who had the idea for the parody after seeing the trailer for the Yogi Bear film right after having watched The Assssination of.... The Wall Street Journal scored an interview with Earle, where he admits that he's on "squiffy" legal ground, though he's not using any actual footage from the movie but created the work himself, and believes he's done so entirely as a parody. What will be interesting is how Warner Bros. reacts to this. It seems like it should be protected fair use, of course, but Hollywood isn't always known for being supporters of fair use.


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    Lisae Boucher (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 11:55am

    I love it!

    I always expected Yogi to end like that. :-)
    Let's hope Warner has a sense of humor, albeit a little one...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:05pm

    The quality is amazing. Maybe they will take it down but give him a job?

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:06pm

    Takedown notice filed in

    3...2...1.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    The best part...

    ...is that the Yogi rug is still wearing his hat. It was kind of sad until I laughed at that...

     

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    Jason, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:12pm

    So we hate singles now?

     

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    Jason, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:12pm

    So we hate singles now?

     

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    Jason, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:13pm

    Re: So we hate singles now?

    "What struck me, frankly, is the somewhat amazing quality of the work, which was done by a single guy.."

    I mean, I didn't even know you were married until you posted about the old chick's cleavage today, which was weird, but yeah...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:15pm

    Wait...

    Di Yogi have a reward on his head for "pirating" too many pick-a-nick baskets? Does the fact that this video is still up and viewable suggest that this is part of a thinly veiled threat to filesharers?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:19pm

    Mike, you're a week behind on your links. So in the interest of staying on top of things, I offer everyone the 2010 in review. I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0QXB5pw2qE

     

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    johnjac (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:28pm

    Re: The best part...

    My thoughts exactly

     

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    Jason, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:34pm

    Re: Re: So we hate singles now?

    Okay, apparently some unknown quick key combo digitally proximate to the one for paste, ctrl-v, causes the automatic posting of a blank comment.

    I went for a cheap gag, but clearly the force is with you.

     

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    ShellMG, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:38pm

    A real Boo Boo

    I was laughing so hard I hurt myself. Now I need to see if he's done anything similar with Scooby Doo!

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:41pm

    Save it while you can.

     

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    mjb5406 (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 12:49pm

    Doesn't Everyone Know...

    DMCA stands for Don't Mess with Comic(book) Actors.

    Studios are not known for their sense of humor, so I'm betting that this will get the old take-down notice, regardless of whether it's fair use or not. As far as the studios are concerned, it's better to act first, then forget about apologizing later.

     

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    ARE YOU ALL BLIND?, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 1:49pm

    ARE YOU ALL BLIND?

    Okay.. this is obviously a warner bros. release. To think that they aren't behind this is ridiculous. Does anyone have any clue as to how long that would have taken to design and render? There is a bigger plot here that is deeper than most have time to think about and it has to do with more than fair use. Does anyone really think that a few people had some extra time to make this with for a bit of humor?

    It is hilarious, but to believe that this wasn't planned exposure to amp up the promotions for the movie is silly. Peace

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 2:01pm

    Um... I work with Maya, Nothing in here is all that hard to do, Its a live set with CGI overlay, The worst thing would be the modeling of the Yogi and Booboo.

    Render time on a home PC using Mental Ray would be a few weeks on a home PC but thats about it.

     

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    WC, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 3:15pm

    Re: ARE YOU ALL BLIND?

    Haaa, well, insider note I watched him make the whole thing from scratch, but shh! don't tell anyone.

     

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    WC, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 3:18pm

    Re:

    No live set. Just baked in texture/lighting maps.

     

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    WC, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 3:18pm

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    No live set. Just baked in texture/lighting maps.

     

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    JustSomeGuy, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 3:35pm

    Actually, that wasn't too bad. I expected a lot more blood-letting in the Tarantino style. The rug at the end was a nice touch.

     

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    Eugene (profile), Dec 14th, 2010 @ 4:08pm

    Re: ARE YOU ALL BLIND?

    While it's incredibly impressive and animated beautifully, the fur is cheap. Probably done with out-of-the-box stuff, and doesn't really reflect what "Rhythm and Hues" was able to do (Yogi in the official trailer has soft, nicely washed fur; this one has coarse, oily fur).

    Not that they couldn't have intentionally used cheap fur, but that seems like a strange choice for obfuscation.

    Plus it diminishes Edmund Earle's accomplishment here to suggest he's faking responsibility for the interests of some studio.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 5:00pm

    If the whole set is fake then it would take a few months on a single computer. On the other hand you could push it to amazon's computer farm and have it back in a few days.

    Yes, the fir looks out of the box, other parts of the animation could also be done a number of cheep ways (there are tons of pree-made buildings for 3d studio max for example.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 6:00pm

    2 hours for 1 frame in Luxrender in high quality using raytracing + (3 minutes = 72 frames) = 144 hours = 6 days on a Quadcore to render the entire animation.

    Of course Yafray, Indigo and others can be used.

    Also there is this guy on YouTube making 3D models of all old cartoons.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/johnpicha

    Space Ghost
    Herculoids
    Penelope PitStop
    Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels

    Those are just a few he made.

    Somebody should make a P2P renderfarm, we could have much more animations coming out from the amateur side of things :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 6:22pm

    Why are Yogi's eyes moving when he's a rug?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2010 @ 10:27pm

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    Silly its obviously an animatronics rug of course.

     

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    concered person, Dec 15th, 2010 @ 3:17pm

    why would someone do this

    this is a movie that kids will go and watch so why would they do that (I HATE IT)

     

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    big and tall guy, Dec 15th, 2010 @ 3:20pm

    Re: why would someone do this

    that is tottly right

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2010 @ 9:22am

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    Shirley! Shirley! Shirley! Shirley!

     

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