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 Boo’s 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 aren’t beating down Dan Aykroyd’s 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, I’m 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, that’s not saying a hell of a lot.
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.