Yogi Bear (2010)
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.
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Dumber-than-average family comedy won't even impress kids.
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Yogi Bear ruined the show for me, it was horrible and a complete mess of a film.
- fb1526363679, Friday, December 2, 2011
Yogi Bear is a fun film for all the family, a mixed human with CGI characters in an amusing adventure that is a watchable treat.
- 76Majikat, Saturday, March 12, 2011
This movie may not look like a perfect "pic-a-nic" but I wouldn't "pic-a-notha-flick" just yet.... The Kick-Off 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. ========================================= VOICE ACTING: 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. ========================================== STORY: 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. ========================================== ACTING: 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. ========================================== VISUALS: 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. ========================================== DIRECTION/SCREENPLAY: "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... Thanks for the read!
- Screeny, Tuesday, December 28, 2010