Yogi BearDecember 17, 2010
A documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear, his sidekick Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 4.3/10 (7,896 voted)
Critic's Score: 35/100
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris
Jellystone Park is celebrating its 100 anniversary, however it may be for the last time, because attendance is down and Mayor Brown wants to close the park and sell the land. If the park is closed, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will lose their home. They join forces with Ranger Smith to save Jellystone from closing forever. Yogi must really prove in this endeavor that he is "smarter than the average bear".
Writers: Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin
Chief of Staff
Josh Robert Thompson
Elderly Purse Lady
Life's a pic-a-nic.
Release Date: 17 December 2010
Filming Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $16,411,322
(19 December 2010)
(3 April 2011)
Did You Know?
This is the first live-action adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon to be made without the assistance of William Hanna or Joseph Barbera, who passed away in 2001 and 2006 respectively.
In the 3-D version of the movie the footage from the "Boo Boo Cam" should not have been in 3-D.
Boo Boo, you've tried to stop my brilliant ideas with common sense a thousand times. Has it ever worked?
Then… let's go-go-go!
Not smarter or dumber than the average family movie, Yogi Bear is perfectly good, clean and harmless fun that the whole family can enjoy
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
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.