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Tom Cavanagh is going on a pic-a-nic with 'Yogi Bear.'

The TV actor ('Ed,' 'Scrubs,' 'Trust Me') has been cast in the role of Ranger Smith in the Warner Bros.' live- action/CG animated film that has begun shooting in New Zealand, according to a report in Variety. Cavanagh joins Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake in a story line that has a nature documentary filmmaker (Faris) traveling to Jellystone Park and encountering the animated characters of Yogi Bear (voiced by Aykroyd) and his faithful sidekick Boo-Boo (voiced by Timberlake). She'll also encounter Ranger Smith, and the pair become romantically involved. Tom Cavanagh is going on a pic-a-nic with 'Yogi Bear.'

The TV actor ('Ed,' 'Scrubs,' 'Trust Me') has been cast in the role of Ranger Smith in the Warner Bros.' live- action/CG animated film that has begun shooting in New Zealand, according to a report in Variety. Cavanagh joins Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake in a story line that has a nature documentary filmmaker (Faris) traveling to Jellystone Park and encountering the animated characters of Yogi Bear (voiced by Aykroyd) and his faithful sidekick Boo-Boo (voiced by Timberlake). She'll also encounter Ranger Smith, and the pair become romantically involved.

Eric Brevig, who last directed the dreary "Journey to the Center of the Earth," is helming the film, which will be released late next year, most likely as a Christmas entry. Brad Copeland, best known for writing the embarrassing 'Wild Hogs,' is handling the script.

Yogi Bear, inspired by Art Carney's Ed Norton character on "The Honeymooners," first appeared in Hanna-Barbera cartoons in 1958 and was brought to the big screen in 1964's animated 'Hey There, It's Yogi Bear.'

Weary of yet another cherished TV character being turned into a computerized parody of itself? While most film critics cringe at the thought of such big-screen CGI animated affairs, the truth of the matter is that these films make a lot of money for the studios. And that sure beats stealing picnic baskets for a living.