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It's easy to slam a movie like "Yogi Bear"- just talk about how
simplistic the script written by no less than three writers; or how
childish the antics are of the titular character and his cautious
sidekick, Boo-Boo; or even how repetitive pic-a-nic basket stealing
gets. Yes, they are all fair observations of this live-action
adaptation of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, but I wouldn't go so far
as to criticise the movie for these very traits.
If you've seen the Saturday morning cartoons, you'll find that this film actually stays extremely faithful to its source. In them, Yogi goes around doing perhaps one thing and one thing only- that's right, stealing pic-a-nic baskets and thinking to himself how he's "smarter than the average bear"- together with Boo-Boo, occasionally running into Jellystone National Park's head ranger Smith who yells at him for disturbing the peace.
We used to laugh at Yogi's foolish schemes (or at least I remember I did), so why is it so difficult to laugh at the same things all over again? Sure many of us who have enjoyed those cartoons may have grown up, but that's not a fault of the film, especially when those in the audience who were of the age when we were watching the cartoons were obviously having a great time.
Around the regular pic-a-nic stealing, writers Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin and Brad Copeland have spun an eco-friendly story of the unscrupulous town mayor (Andrew Daly) who aims to sell off Jellystone to the loggers to cover the city's deficit. Needless to say, it will be up to Ranger Smith, his love interest the nature documentarian Rachel (Anna Faris), and of course Yogi and Boo-Boo to save the day. Yes it's simple but the plot is just serviceable enough to be the glue this live-action treatment needs.
Ultimately, the stars of the show were always Yogi and Boo-Boo, and in this regard, both the voice actors and the animators have done a wonderful job. Dan Aykroyd does his best Daws Butler impersonation for Yogi Bear, most impressive for nailing his character's distinctive speech patterns. Just as outstanding is Justin Timberlake, clearly relishing the opportunity to disappear into the role of Boo-Boo, complete with the trademark nasal delivery. It's especially interesting to think how Timberlake sounds so uncannily like the classic Don Messick.
Director Eric Brevig (of 2008's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth") keeps the gags flying fast and furious, so even if some of the supposed verbal punchlines fall flat, there is always something visually appealing to hold your attention. An Oscar-nominated effects specialist, Brevig makes great use of the stereoscopy to deliver all sorts of visual gimmicks- whether something flying in your face or hurling you along- but it adds nicely to the fun.
And that's one word that sums up what it's all meant to be about- "fun", good clean harmless fun like how the cartoons were 40 years ago, and a trip down memory lane for those who have seen the originals. There'll be many tempted to ride the wave of criticism surrounding this movie, but if you know what you're in for, then "Yogi Bear" should just be the perfect family entertainment this holiday season.
First of all if you are going to see this film you probably already
know what you are getting yourself into. This is a really really really
dumb movie featuring Yogi Bear and Boo Boo voiced by Dan Aykroyd and
Justin Timberlake respectively. There is no substance at all what so
ever in this movie, therefore, sit back, relax, become a kid again and
enjoy the antics of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. The movie begins with the
picnic basket nabbing antics of the renowned cartoon character Yogi
Bear and his partner in crime Boo Boo at Jellystone Park. They are
constantly messing with Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) who they call Mr.
Ranger and scaring campers away. Documentary filmmaker Rachel (Anna
Faris) arrives in order to shoot a project by attaching a camera to Boo
Boo's bow-tie. All is normal until Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) decides to
sell Jellystone Park to loggers in order to save the town from
bankruptcy and help him with his campaign for governor. However, Yogi
and Boo Boo have something to say about this and team up with Ranger
Smith and Rachel in order to stop Mayor Brown plot and save the park.
The movie itself isn't very good nor is it supposed to be very good and the fact that the creators recognized this while making the film makes the film a lot of fun. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are the best part of the film and are laugh out loud hilarious. They aim for the ridiculous and do the craziest things that are very entertaining. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake were perfect choices for the parts of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. They help the film avoid any sappy emotional drama and just have some childhood fun. The film is also very short and therefore it does not overstay it's welcome. The film just tells the story and makes you laugh without really worrying about anything.
The film isn't worth paying fourteen dollars to see in 3D and is very forgettable because it lacks any originality what so ever. Also, all of the actors really do not add anything to the film except a small cliché romantic relationship between Ranger Smith and Rachel. The bad guys are very annoying as they usually are these kinds of movies. Also there really isn't a plot or at least a plot that you really care about. The writing is terrible, but yet again you aren't seeing the film for that.
This is a great kids movie that isn't scary at all and could probably even be rated G. I actually do recommend seeing the film, but you should probably wait to see it in the cheaper movie theaters or wait for DVD unless you want a really safe movie to take a kid to. (Save your money and do not see it in 3D)
Why would anyone who watches a movie like this expect there to be some sort of plot. The review I saw for this is dumb. Obviously , the critic has never seen the cartoon version of Yogi Bear or he would know that it is supposed to be random. It's a silly pair of characters. That is what makes this movie so good. Yogi and Boo Boo have always been silly characters. I mean if you expected this to be like a regular movie, then you need to get into another line of work. That's like anyone that saw the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie and thought it was supposed to be serious or something. The movie was goofy because, if you ever watched the cartoon, it was goofy too. That is what made it so damn funny. Come on. Get with the program.
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This movie was fun to watch from beginning to end. I haven't seen any of the cartoons yet, so I couldn't compare it. This would be a perfect summer movie, and clean fun for the whole family. Yogi and Boo Boo are adorable and hilarious together. They live in Jellystone Park and often cause trouble for Ranger Smith when they try and steal pic-a-nic baskets. When the evil Mayor Brown orders Jellystone to shut down, it's up to Yogi and Boo Boo to stop him. Along the way, Ranger Smith falls for a woman named Rachel who happens to be a documentary filmmaker. Don't listen to the critics, or the haters. I highly recommend YOGI BEAR!!!
I am wondering why so many people come with criticism on this movie. First of all, this is a kids movie, based in a cartoon created in 1958. I watched that so many times, I am 24 years old and I still love watch it. I love the clear and simple jokes and how all the story goes around, well, I rather see Yogy Bear (movie or cartoon) than have to see aliens becoming children, robots, creatures that I never heard about. Because this is what keeps our kids on TV now days, when its not the video game. So, please, people that come to criticize, please, go find a movie where you find something interesting for yourselves. But don't come here with your awful words for something that makes so many kids laugh through decades. Its not fair, its not nice. Yogy bear will be in my memory forever and I am pleased that the movie made the best that could do.
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This movie fulfilled all the expectations I had. I grew up watching
dubbed Yogi Bear cartoons and I am kind of a fan of that kind of humor.
Simplistic yet profound in some way, and always with a very positive
attitude. That is exactly what this movie delivers. Plain old simple
jokes for everybody, kids and parents.
If, like myself, you're a fan of Yogi Bear you won't be disappointed. Indeed this was the best carton to big screen adaptation I've seen. If you didn't use to watch the cartoon, then I don't know what your expectations might be, but I noticed most of the people are expecting what this movie is not.
The movie is very laid back. Photography and scenes are also very fresh and so is the cast performance. The cast fits the characters very well and gets the job done, there's no intense dramatic dialogs, but keep in mind that this is kid movie. The interaction between Yogi (and his faithful friend Booboo) and Ranger Smith is the cornerstone of Yogi Bear. The are friends and enemies at the same time. This passes a very positive message to the kids and the movie does it in a very faithful way, just like it was done in the cartoons. The other most characteristic aspect Yogi is his obsession for human food. Again, that is well featured in the movie.
A disturbing yet positive thing about this movie is the realism of the Town Mayor character's personality. It's supposed to be a caricature, but is a very accurate one.
Finally, computer generated characters and living ones work very well on this movie. Unlike most of the movies that resource to this mix, the cartoon characters blend well with the rest of the scene.
Great entertainment for all the family with some classic Yogi jokes.
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When reviewing a family movie, I look at it a few different ways:
first, is it appropriate for my three kids; second, is it entertaining
to me and my kids; and third, is there a decent storyline. I didn't see
Yogi Bear in theaters and I am glad I didn't spend money, for a family
of five, on tickets and concession items that go with taking my family
to a big screen showing. However, I think this is one of the more
appropriate and enjoyable family movies that I have seen in years. Yogi
made me laugh and it was just long enough to keep my kids attention for
the entire movie. The story line is basic and not to deep, which helps
to keep the kids' attention. As a dad, I appreciate not having to
explain everything to them and am able to enjoy the movie myself. I
thought Dan Aykroyd's voice work on Yogi was over acted and made to
sound like the cartoon I grew up on, but after a few scenes you get
used to it. Justin Timberlake, as you would expect him to be, was funny
voicing Boo Boo. Tom Cavanagh, as the abused Ranger Smith, was a clean
cut likable character similar to the character he portrayed on the T.V.
show ED, on which he starred. Anna Faris's part although limited, fit
in the movie's overall context. T.J Miller, Nathan Corddry and Andrew
Daly were entertaining fodder to Yogi's antics.
I watched this movie with my kids and I can't remember a part where at least one of them was not laughing. To me, that's all you can ask for in a family movie; no swearing, no violence, just good old fashioned Yogi Bear Fun. This is a movie that I will be buying for the collection.
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I don't really understand the negative reviews for this film. It was exactly what you would expect a new film about Yogi Bear to be. If you've ever watched Yogi Bear you know what you're going to get. Nothing profound or complicated, just simple childish fun. Good acting, great cgi, and loads of funny moments. What more do you want for goodness sake. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake are excellent as Yogi and Boo Boo, Anna Faris is just lovely as always, and Andrew Daly was super creepy as the Mayor. Saw it in 2D not 3D so can't comment on that. To summarise, it's Yogi Bear, not anything profound, or deep, or stirring, just simple easy escapism. Forget about being an adult for an hour and have some fun.
This movie is good. I liked the setting, kid friendly acting and it was
very appropriate to bring a child to go watch and reasonably
entertaining for an adult. I found yogi to be a good facsimile and
though I will always prefer 2d animation I thought it was well done.
The plot is simple and easy enough to follow. The 2 faced nature of the politician is a good life lesson not to trust anyone who smiles too much. Andrew Daly as Mayor Brown was particularly well done and I found him quite funny and evil.
I felt Tom Cavanagh did fine as ranger smith and felt he was what you would expect. Someone who forgives easily and just wants to concentrate on the park and not the money.
I liked it, My 3 Year old daughter liked it and we had a good time watching it. I would have no problem recommending it to other families.
I really love this movie. It has a ton of action scenes and is
hilarious! The best part of the movie is when the gang goes down the
river rapids which is really cool to see in 3D. It feels like you are
going to get splashed with the water.
My favorite characters in the film are Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Ranger Smith. I like them because they have a part in saving Yellowstone Park. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are the funniest characters in the movie. One part in the movie has Yogi Bear water skiing and Boo Boo is guiding the boat. Yogi Bear catches his cape on fire, falls in the water, and sets off the entire fireworks display! There are also some bad people in this movie. Mayor Brown and his chief of staff are always trying to sabotage Ranger Smith's efforts to save Yellowstone. They even try to make Ranger Jones turn against Ranger Smith. The actor that plays Ranger Jones is T.J. Miller, who played Tuffnut in "How to Train Your Dragon", which is one of my favorite movies.
In the movie Yellowstone Park is celebrating its 100 year anniversary however it may be its last because attendance to the park is down and Mayor Brown wants to close the park and use it for something that will make him more money. Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith, and Rachel team up to save the park. Yogi Bear really proves that he is "smarter than the average bear." I would recommend this film for ages seven and up. Parents will really like this movie because Yogi Bear was a TV show that was on when they were growing up. Go out and see it when it premieres in theaters on December 17th. For an extra treat see it in 3D; you will really feel like you are a part of the movie.
Reviewed by Anthony Aranda, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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