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Yogi Bear
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Apr 14, 2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Eric Brevig

Actors:
Dan Aykroyd
Justin Timberlake
Anna Faris

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two mischievous bears, Yogi and Boo Boo, will do anything to keep their stomachs full as they parade around Jellystone Park but now the government is trying to shut them down due to their revolving incapability to make budget each year, so Yogi and Boo Boo must think of something other than food in hopes of saving the camp.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
One of my favourite parts in ZOMBIELAND is after Bill Murray gets shot and Little Rock asks Do you have any regrets? And Murray responds with GARFIELD, maybe. The irony here is that Hollywood has jumped all over the old school cartoon wagon pushing these films into theatres aimed at a generation of kids that wasnt even alive when these cartoons were popular. INSPECTER GADGET, GARFIELD, MARMADUKE and now YOGI BEAR, are you kidding me? These films are nothing short of a gigantic waste of time that only make money because kids will go see anything animated that looks even remotely cute or funny. Admittedly I never cared for Yogi Bear, I found him and Boo Boo annoying and a bit of a Winnie the Pooh rip-off quite frankly. And although I may have begrudgingly snickered a couple of times throughout the course of this film, I would rather jump on a campfire than sit through it again.

As far as the animation level is concerned, that much is impressive...once you get past the idea of people carrying on conversations with talking bears. Yogi and Boo Boos noses have that glossy wet look which adds to realism and their fur looked pretty convincing as well. Props also go to Justin Timberlake and Dan Aykroyd for pulling off impressive voice talent for the bear duo. From pronunciation to all the old catch phrases, the boys pulled off some real magic there and I feel it needs to be mentioned regardless of how I felt about the film in general.

YOGI BEAR suffers from the same generic plot so many of these kiddie films deal with (the abysmal FURRY VENGEANCE to be the most recent of these tragedies), the big bad government boys are coming to ruin the day and so on and so forth, which has been played out and remains very tired and boring. I feel nothing but sympathy for all the poor souls attached to this project. I know people probably arent beating down Dan Aykroyds door these days but this is just plain awful and Anna Faris is too damn hot for this kind of foolishness. I also enjoy JT as an actor but man, shame on you for going out like this, Im hoping you make up for it in BAD TEACHER later this summer. All in all this is yet another flimsy film aimed at kids and shot in 3D to make an extra buck in theatres. The only difference here is that parents who enjoyed the cartoon as kids may not hate watching this one with their kids as much as the usual children flicks and even then, thats not saying a hell of a lot.
THE EXTRAS
Spend a Day at Jellystone Park: This interactive map lets you journey through Jellystone Parks five main locations each equipped with behind the scenes peeks as well as some funny little Easter egg treats. The real live bear audition was cool as was behind the scenes with Justin Timberlake and Dan Aykroyd as they discuss mastering the voices of the two bears.

Yogi Bear Mash-Up: This three and a half minute montage is a spliced reel that jumps from movie footage to footage from the old school cartoon. Seriously though, do any of the kids watching this flick even know there was a cartoon? I sincerely doubt it.

Are You Smarter Than the Average Bear: This is a mixing and matching puzzle game that has you packing your picnic basket before the timer runs out and Yogi eats all your food.

Looney Tunes Rabid Rider: A short three minute cartoon featuring none other than Wiley Coyote and the Road Runner in a new adventure. Man, does this ever bring back some memories.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers as well as an added DVD COPY and DIGITAL COPY of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Ultimately the sad thing about these sneaky films is that kids will watch just about anything and parents will take them to the theatres or buy the DVD/Blu-ray to keep them entertained and out of their hair for a couple hours. For this reason well no doubt see more of Yogi Bear on the big screen and that makes me die a little bit inside.
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6:44PM on 04/14/2011
I don't get it. Aside from finding the plot cliched and generic, and never liking Yogi to begin with, what was wrong?
I don't get it. Aside from finding the plot cliched and generic, and never liking Yogi to begin with, what was wrong?
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11:13AM on 04/14/2011

My 6 year old loved it!

May not be my Thing, but I enjoyed taking him to the theater to see it. It was also not Nearly as bad as th chipmunks!
May not be my Thing, but I enjoyed taking him to the theater to see it. It was also not Nearly as bad as th chipmunks!
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