Yogi Bear (2010)

“It’s because I’m smarter than the average bear. ” – Yogi Bear

Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Apr 2011 and 11 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In order to try and save a national park, a documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone and meets up with Yogi Bear and his sidekick BooBoo.

My Take on it – Fun live action version of the famous cartoon series that doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

The story is told in a very comical way which works much better as a cartoon than as a live action with special effects.

That being said, the effects are great because they allow both of these bears to seem real in a story populated by humans.

The cast is ok with Anna Faris, Tom Cavanaugh and TJ Miller, but none of them are able to make things more enjoyable.

The voice cast tho is superb with Dan Aykroyd speaking as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as BooBoo.

The antics that these two characters perform as fun to watch even if the mix of live action and animation can sometimes be a bit jarring to watch.

The film also tries to deal with conversationalist issues, but due to the very ‘light’ tone of things they don’t come across in a more powerful way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many students of Daws Butler (the original voice of Yogi Bear) sent Dan Aykroyd tapes of Butler explaining how to do Yogi’s voice. Aykroyd refused to listen to any of the tapes, preferring to do his own take on the classic character. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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