A family movie not as bad as it sounds, Yogi Bear brings back the nostalgic cartoon bear (along with his pal, Boo Boo) to a modernized scene for new kids to fathom. Though Hollywood-ized with themes recycled from before (including the main character, himself), easygoing viewers may take a liking to it.
Taking place almost entirely at Jellystone Park, Yogi is a lovable yet troublesome bear, smarter than the ‚average‚? who likes to steal picnic baskets and invent cool machines (he‚(TM)s multitalented). When the head park ranger (Tom Cavanagh) finds out the park is about to be taken over, Yogi tries to make things better‚¶but of course, it backfires and his friends are left broke, with no park. Luckily, with Yogi‚(TM)s wise mind working properly and some help from friends, there is no doubt the situation can be saved. Now all they need is a plan.
Though considered a typical kids flick, this one scores points with attractive outdoor scenery, impressive digital effects (as Yogi and a couple other characters are entirely computerized) and a cute story. In addition, a fun cast of humans (including Anna Faris and T.J. Miller) lights up the screen and some punchy jokes raise some laughs. Some real thrills may also come out of a scene with crazy water rapids!
Released at Christmas time, this one suffered competition with Chronicles of Narnia, Gulliver‚(TM)s Travels and Harry Potter. It may not compare to those, but still is pleasant enough to satisfy most audiences (even some parents may be amused). Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake also make fun voice talents of the two animated stars. Fans of the vintage cartoon series may be disappointed, yet an update is always in order. The 3D aspect also brings it up a few notches. Get ready for another update, The Smurfs in a few short months.