Yogi Bear Reviews
Director: Eric Brevig
Summary: When the greedy mayor (Andrew Daly) decides to close Jellystone Park to cash in by selling the land, Yogi Bear (voiced by Dan Aykroyd) and his sidekick Boo-Boo (voiced by Justin Timberlake) must team with their adversary, Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh), to save their home. Meanwhile, filmmaker Rachel (Anna Faris) follows Yogi and captures his antics.
My Thoughts: "Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake deserve props for the voices. They did a great job. But the film itself was a little on the boring side bringing very few laughs. My niece's and nephew completely disagree with me, as they should considering they are the audience for which this film was intended to be made for. But us grown ups who loved this cartoon as a child will in the end, prefer the cartoon over the film."
With that being said, even my sticky-fingered theater brethren didn't laugh once during this live action version of Yogi Bear. And why is live action again? Why does Anna Faris continue on doing this to herself?
The movie opens with a panoramic view of Jellystone park. There are mountains, water, families picknicing. Then we see Yogi Bear (voiced by Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (voiced by Justin Timberlake) as Yogi is preparing to use a contraption to steal a family's picnic basket. The contraption involves a pulley to which Boo Boo attaches Yogi, who then soars down hill and snatches the picnic basket, but it breaks and there's food everywhere, although he manages to eat a chip which he dips in dip in midair.
Ranger Jones (T.J. MIller) then reports to Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh), who is the head ranger, that a bear distrubance had been reported. Ranger Smith blows off his subordinate, tells him to go stack some maps. In his office, a documentary producer named Rachel (Anna Faris), requests permission to make a documentary about Yogi bear. Smith pretends not to know whom she is talking about, but Yogi then tries to steal Smith's lunchbox.
Meanwhile, the city in which the park is located is bankrupt. The Mayor (Andrew Daly) speaks with his servile toady, his chief of staff (Nathan Corddry) regarding his idea to sell the park. The go tell Ranger Smith that if the park doesn't get profitable by the end of the week, it will be rezoned agricultural and sold to loggers.
Rachel puts a camera in Boo Boo's bow tie.
Smith and Rachel develop a little romantic thing and come up with an idea to have a fireworks thing to celebrate the park's 100th anniversary. The mayor tells Ranger Jones that if he messes up the celebration, he'll get promoted to head ranger. When he finds out that it took Ranger Smith 12 years to make head ranger, he tells yogi to show off for the park goers.
Suddenly, the park is flooded with visitors on the day of the celebration. And Boo Boo pulls Yogi on water skis from a row boat with a small horsepower engine. Yogi, showing off, loses control and crashes into the fireworks stand in the water which causes all the fireworks to go off, some headed towards the viewers.
Having failed to sell enough season passes from the celebration, the park is sold and the Mayor plans to hold a press conference in the park to celebrate saving the city's budget. Yogi and boo boo have to resort to acting like actual average bears and forage for food, which does not go well.
Rachel and Ranger Smith realize that Yogi's pet turtle was an endangered "frog mouth turtle."
Ranger Jones has a change of heart and helps Ranger Smith, Yogi, Boo Boo, and Rachel as they try to save the day by calling the media's attention to the turtle. After a chase scene, they catch the Mayor on Boo Boo's camera saying damaging things and shove the clip into the mayor's video that he is showing at the press conference.
The park is saved and it lives on happily ever after.
For months we've been bashing on every article and every update on the newest take on our favorite picnic-basket-napper. Why, though? The trailer for "Yogi Bear" is one of the worst trailers of the year, for sure, and it does a terrific job on keeping audiences away. Adults who used to watch "Yogi Bear" won't even return for the good ol' memories of watching Yogi and Boo-Boo. Well, as the movie-buff I am, I just couldn't sit back wondering how bad this movie would turn-out. I am proud to say that I am happy with my choice of seeing "Yogi Bear". The movie isn't close to be perfect at all, I had plenty of issues with it, but, in the end I was just glad to have another adventure with my forest friends from Jellystone Park.
Raise your hand if you thought Dan Aykroyd was the worst pick for the voice of Yogi Bear. Okay, now put your hands down. I was one to be against the choice of Aykroyd being the the head of our bear, but, as the movie went on I started getting used to Aykroyd being Yogi. Lets just he wasn't terrible, though I still wish someone else did it. There are plenty of actors who could've done better than Dan Aykroyd. As for Justin Timberlake, who I was one-hundred percent against as Boo-Boo, shocked me completely. After seeing the movie I can't imagine a better fit for Boo-Boo for this movie. Timberlake and Aykroyd even recorded next to each other, which helps the chemistry and puts more "acting" into the jobs of Yogi and Boo-Boo.
With Jellystone Park loosing more money each year, the evil, corny-cartoonish Mayor (running for Governor) Brown decides to sell the land and destroy it. With one week to raise the money, Ranger Smith and new friend Rachel, a doc*mentary film-maker, throw an event for Jellystone's 100th Anniversary (funny how that worked out) and hopefully raise cash. But, can Yogi ruin it for Jellystone? Can he help save the park?
We've seen stories of animals trying to save their homeland hundreds of times. "Yogi Bear" is far from being original and its not supposed to be. In fact, I wasn't even expecting the plot I got walking in. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure because it certainly doesn't last too long.
Tom Cavanagh, who you may have seen in "Scrubs", stars as Ranger Smith. Cavanagh gives a pretty decent, goofy performance but I feel as if he didn't try hard enough to act as if Yogi and Boo-Boo were actually there with him during his scenes. He seemed to look off in the distance when he was looking at Yogi in conversations. It was a bit awkward, but, with this movie, the performance was alright. Anna Faris, who has seemed to of shifted to children humor, plays Ranger Smith's quirky love interest Rachel, who I already mentioned was a doc*mentary film-maker for wild-life. Faris' performance was only alright, too. I think she did much better than Cavanagh did but you seriously can't expect good acting from this anyways. As for Andrew Daly, playing the dimwitted Mayor Brown gave me that Steve Martin vibe from "Looney Toons: Back in Action". He was very energetic, and actually pretty funny in somes scenes. I'd definitely give him the Best Performance Award on this one, though, thats really not giving much.
God, was the 3D for "Yogi Bear" an absolute train-wreak. If only there was a 2D showing playing somewhere. "Yogi Bear" just wasn't a movie mean't for 3D. The setting of the film has green and brown all over and daylight scenes will just distract the hell out of your eyes whenever another color appears. It was quite bothering. "Real D 3D" isn't a favorite of mine to begin with, anyways. If you can find this in 2D, save yourself from going blind because its hard to see sometimes in 3D. The CGI on Yogi and Boo-Boo was laughable to me when I saw the first trailer a month or two ago. I mean, the animation is terrible, people. The worm coming out of Yogi's nose is god awful and watching the people stand with Yogi in this just looks so off. For some reason, with "Scooby Doo" and "Alvin and the Chimpmucks" the animation seemed much better, though it was the same.
"Journey to the Center of the Earth" director, Eric Brevig stands behind the camera on this. Its not a surprise the visual effects on "Yogi Bear" are so bad because the CGI used in "Journey..." is horrific. Anyways, the direction on the movie isn't so bad. The shots on the lake and the look of the forest was a wonder to look at so I'll give Eric Brevig some props.
"Wild Hogs" writer Brad Copeland teams up with "Tooth Fairy" tag-teamers Jeffrey Ventimilia, and Joshua Sternin are the ones behind the words and actions on "Yogi Bear". It took three men to come up with the script for this movie and the story and dialog was this weak? Its a shame, really. Kind of like "How many blondes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" Three writers could have came up with something a little bit better than what they did.
My Last Words:
Though "Yogi Bear" is much better than I was expecting it to be, and it was a fun ride in the end, the movie is still very flawed. The animation is pretty bad, but, you get used to it. Going into "Yogi Bear" I wasn't expecting a story at all but was glad that I got something. The kids will enjoy Yogi's stupidity and silly schemes on getting pic-a-nic baskets. I say give the film a shot, but, wait on the DVD first...
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Just by the commercials, trailer, & the fact that it´s based on one of the worst classic cartoons of the 80s[?] is all you need to know & I need to say that it´s gonna be a complete waste of money, & time of a movie. ¨I´m so smart it hurts!¨ No Yogi! This movie is so painfully stupid it hurts! ¨I´m smarter than the average bear!¨ Well, this movie isn´t smarter than the average pre-schooler.
This movie has terrible acting, unfunny jokes, & a crappy set of actors (despite Dan & Justin). I love Anna Faris, but she made herself look like a complete fool by accepting to be in this horrible movie.
I would have given this film a 0%, but I gave it 5% for having done a pretty good job with the CGI, & another 5% for Dan & Justin doing an excellent job capturing Yogi´s & Boo-boo´s voices.
Acting wise, both Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake do a great job as Yogi and Boo-Boo. Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris were ok. Andrew Daly and TJ Miller were miscast.
There's a fine difference between a child's mind and a child's imagination, although the people who pieced together this ugly trash-fest of a movie seem to only have the first one. Here's a film that, alas, does not destroy my childhood; because I don't want to be a clichéd fanboy by saying so. But even so, there's something endearing about watching a cartoon, starring a cocky bear and his little side-kick trying to steal "pick-a-nick baskets" from campers and park visitors. I enjoyed watching the little cartoon. And it's been made into a movie, and to the surprise of no-one, I detested every moment of the ride.
Did the filmmaker who "crafted" this movie even GO to film school? I mean, that's not required: Werner Herzog himself believes that aspiring young filmmakers should see the world rather than attend a film class. This may be true for some, and I'm sure that even the filmmakers working here couldn't acknowledge it, because this is not the work of a professional filmmaker, and it sure as hell isn't the work of someone who is intellectually capable of absorbing the world.
The story goes like this: Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Bear are two, you guessed it, bears. They live in Jelly Stone Park, where they annoy the park ranger and his bumbling side-kick (who wants to be just like the head ranger). Yogi is "smarter than the average bear", so we see, when he steals picnic baskets, food, and the like. Yogi treats theft like a business.
So the park faces a threat: a completely cocky and annoying mayor who wants to shut the place down. This means that the head ranger will attempt to save money, whilst also trying to find a reason why they should NOT shut down Jelly Stone. This is kind of how the show went along when it came to story-telling; but there was charm and REAL humor embedded into those cartoon frames. Here, there ain't shit.
This film was made for kids, and it knows that. That's great. That's wonderful. It will make money, and guess what, it already has made PLENTY. However, I have a strong distaste towards films which exist merely for profit, and an even stronger distaste for films that insult my intelligence as well as the word "filmmaker" itself. Who makes films like these anymore? Are they "hip"? Are they "cool"? Are they fun to watch? Because guess what people: "Yogi Bear" is not fun to watch. It's boring and ugly; and I stress the word "ugly". I try to use it only when describing something completely messy, yet here we are.
There is not one laugh in this film; not one moment where it felt pleasurable, fun, or pleasant. It's a boring, excessively stupid film that will only appeal to stupid people. I like films that are made for kids, but can also appeal to adults. This one cannot. No sane adult will laugh at it, because it is the very definition of "money grabbing crap". I try not to rate a lot of films so lowly, but this film deserves whatever it has coming for it. This film deserves the very rare "anti-recommendation" that I am giving it, because there are many bad and horrible films that come out each year, but only a couple are as horrid as this one. It's unwatchable; just really, really pathetic. "Yogi Bear", the T.V. series, had good voice acting and charming humor. "Yogi Bear", the 2010 film, has Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as its bears, and boy, do their voices feel forced and pathetic. This film should not have been made, and there are better ways to waste time. And that's coming from a guy who wastes a lot of his time; but seldom on stuff like this.
In this PG-rated live action update (only the bears are CG-animated), greedy mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) threatens to close down Jellystone Park, forcing Ranger Smith (Cavanagh) and his documentary filmmaker girlfriend Rachel (Faris) to form an uneasy alliance with those picnic basket-thieving bears, Yogi (voice of Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (voice of Justin Timberlake).
Perhaps, our Accelerated Culture has advanced to the point that they can't enjoy simple pratfalls and zingers courtesy of a talking con-bear and his protégé, who's often the voice of reason. It's not s if the talent didn't hit their marks and remember their lines. Surprisingly, Aykroyd and Timberlake do fantastic lip service as their iconic counterparts (audio software may deserve some of the credit, but why split bear hairs?). Cavanagh (who still hasn't gotten his well deserved follow-up to NBC's Ed) also captures a lightning bug in a bottle as Ranger Smith. Still, it's no Pic-A-Nik basket.
Bottom line: Yes, a bear does shit in the woods-here is proof.
Meanwhile, back in Franklin City, Mayor Brown (played by Andrew Daly) is making plans to sell off Jellystone. He needs the money to bring his city out of debt and with a coy evilness, he rationalizes that each resident of Franklin City will make money off the deal. Daly was a fresh enjoyment to watch as the nemesis; delivering his role so both children and adults could pick up on the humor of a fun yet despicable character.
A three-way conflict soon begins with Ranger Smith stuck in the middle. Yogi is disrupting the tourists and the mayor is trying to close Jellystone Park. Then, in steps Rachel (played by Anna Farris) who is filming a nature documentary. On top of that Ranger Jones (played by TJ Miller) is gunning for the job of top ranger (it's funny because there are only two rangers for the entire park). It seems like a multi-level story line but the director, Eric Brevig, presents the smaller stories in a clear-cut linear format where even the youngest viewer can pick up on what is happening.
While tension is building between Mayor Brown and Ranger Smith, the 100th anniversary of Jellystone is upon them. At the celebration, Yogi (who was only trying to help) ruins everything and the park closes. At Ranger Smith's lowest point, he loses not only the park and his job, but also a chance with Rachel too. Knowing that his intelligence is also a hindrance, Yogi tries a life of being an "average bear" but that doesn't suit him. He and Boo Boo soon devise a scheme to rescue the park and to stop Mayor Brown from becoming Governor Brown.
Should you see this movie? Yes, it's simple yet charming. There were a lot of jokes for an older and younger audience. You didn't have to grow up with the cartoon to enjoy this newer version of an old classic, just be a fan of clean humor.