Box art for Yogi Bear (2010)

Yogi Bear (2010)

action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family, comedy


When Mayor Brown decides to shut down Jellystone Park, pic-a-nic-basket-stealing bears Yogi and Boo Boo join forces with Ranger Smith to find a way to save the park from closing forever.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    13%
  • Audience Score
    34%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Dumber-than-average family comedy won't even impress kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this broad comedy based on the Yogi Bear cartoons is age-appropriate for most elementary schoolers. There are some cartoonish, slapstick disasters (people falling, pies hitting Yogi in the face, people evacuating a campsite after fireworks start flying everywhere, etc.), and some insults (such as "stupid" and "loser"), but other than that, things are pretty tame. One couple does flirt and eventually shares a brief kiss, but there's no overt sexuality. The consumerism is also surprisingly mild, with only a few cars as product placements. Amid the silly humor, kids may learn how valuable state and national parks are and why it's fun to explore the outdoors with your family. Note: The 3-D version of the movie makes some parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but it doesn't have the "scary" factor that other 3-D flicks do.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's environmentally friendly message. What point is it making about parks? Do you agree?
  • Compare this movie to others based on cartoons. Which other cartoons do you think should be adapted for the big screen?
  • Was Ranger Jones actually ready to be named head ranger? What happens when you're allowed to do something you're not mature enough to do yet?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    13%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    34%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: There's nothing particularly inventive in the plot or grade-school humor, but the movie skates by on the timeless, undemanding charm of watching a tie-wearing bear try to steal people's lunches.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rotten: Fond memories of Yogi cartoons may get you some way through this big-screen version - but the nostalgia soon wears off.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rotten: Yogi Bear is a big boo-boo.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, December 16, 2010