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This is a cute movie, a kid's movie, and a rather good one.
There's nothing particularly inventive in the plot or grade-school humor, but the movie skates by on the timeless, undemanding charm of watching a tie-wearing bear try to steal people's lunches.
On the whole the film is not much fun to watch. A job is a job, though; Yogi Bear did little to make it more than that.
Yogi is still smarter than the average bear, but Yogi Bear is much less smart than most of the year's kid-friendly cartoons.
None of the three screenwriters strained himself with effort. But the relative lack of coarseness and snark may come as a surprising relief, even to 21st-century audiences.
While the outdoor sequences were filmed in New Zealand's Woodhill State Forest - the movie's most stunning 3-D moments - Yogi Bear does feature notable "Canadian content" via two Ottawa-born thespians.
Clearly, Brevig's past as a visual effects maestro had him focusing more on the look of Yogi Bear than on crafting anything resembling a clever narrative.
Here, Dan Aykroyd mimics the original voice, but the three-dimensional CGI isn't loose and lively enough to compensate for the unimaginative story.
Yogi Bear is a big boo-boo.
Cavanagh, the always-engaging former star of "Ed" (with whom I am friendly), and the adorable Faris (whom I don't know -- but feel free to look me up, Anna!) make the non-animated scenes amusing, as the ranger and the documentarian fall in love and fight to save the park. But the script doesn't give them a lot to do.
An uninspired studio product that demands as little from the audience as it did from its writers, directors and actors.

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