Directed By: Eric Brevig
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh, and Anna Faris
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated PG for Some mild rude humor
Yogi Bear might be smarter than the average bear but his movie is no more than average…period. What we get with the big-screen adaptation of the loveable picnic basket-snatching lug and his best pal Boo Boo is just more of the same old same old. It’s Holiday time-wasting fare that we’ve all become used to around this time of the year. You’ve had Christmas Eve at your relatives. You’ve went to Midnight Mass or whatever. You’ve opened presents with the kids Christmas morning. You’ve had Christmas lunch with the other relatives. You’re sitting at home with nothing left to do. So what to do, what to do? Hey, let’s take the kids to the movies. Therefore, now you’re standing in line with 4 to 6 tickets to see…THIS.
“Yogi Bear” starts off with the realization that “Jellystone Park has been losing business. Greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors — and, even worse, Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is ‘smarter than the average bear’ as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever. “
“Yogi Bear” isn’t a terrible movie. It’s just not a good movie or a bad movie. It’s devoid of any type of description one way or the other. You pay your money. You get your glasses. You go into the theater. You put on your glasses. You watch for an hour and a half (or drop off in a strange haze off and on). Then get up and go back home. You might giggle every once in a while as I did but that’s about all you’ll get out of the experience. The story is what you’d expect – bad guy wants to destroy forest and park for a payday. Everybody scrambles to save the environment and animals…blah…blah…blah. Here comes Yogi to screw everything up and then accidentally help Ranger Smith fix everything…blah…blah…blah.
Here’s another perfect example of actors being in a film and the viewers not even being able to tell that’s it them voicing the characters. You can’t tell for one second that Dan Ackroyd or Justin Timberlake are voicing Yogi or Boo Boo. What a waste of casting and money for the studio. I guess it’s worth it for them to be able to put their names on the posters to pull in a crowd. Tom Cavanaugh as Ranger Smith basically just stood around cooing idiotically over Ana Faris and then playing straight man to a bear in a tie and hat. Anna Faris was obviously put in the film to be eye candy for any males dragged to the film by their wives, significant others, or kids. She has nothing to do here except get drooled over by Cavanaugh and try to act like a nature documentarian.
The special effects in “Yogi Bear”don’t even stand out as good or bad. They’re adequate. They get the job done. Yogi and Boo Boo don’t look any better or worse than any of the other supposedly real but kind of animated animals we’ve seen over the past three years or so. Yogi…Boo Boo…Scooby-Doo…Alvin…Simon…Theodore…what’s the difference really? Suprisingly, the 3D was actually far better executed in this than any other films I’ve seen lately using the “technology” (I use that term loosely). The cameraman seemed like he actually put some thought into angles he could shoot from that would make things come out of the screen better and give the picture more depth.
With all this being said for my and the other parents’ sake, my four year-old laughed at “Yogi Bear” and couldn’t wait to get home and tell his mommy all the funny parts. Apparently, the studios still know how to entertain the kids. They’ve just forgotten a lot of times how to entertain the kids…AND the parents at the same time.
Source: Yahoo! Movies