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Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear brings his meal-mooching ways to movies in this live-action/CG-animated adventure starring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Jellystone Park’s famed troublemaker Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake as the voice of Yogi’s faithful pal Boo Boo. Jellystone has been losing business, so conniving Mayor Brown has decided to shut it down and sell the land. Faced with the loss of his home, Yogi must prove he really is “smarter than the average bear” as he and Boo Boo join forces with Ranger Smith to find a way to save the park from closing forever. Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, TJ Miller and Andrew Daly co-star in this wonderful new incarnation of Hanna-Barbera’s classic cartoon.
A blend of live action and computer animation, Yogi Bear is a lighthearted comedy featuring everyone's favorite smarter-than-average bear, Yogi (Dan Aykroyd), and his pal Boo-Boo (Justin Timberlake). Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) and his assistant Ranger Jones (T.J. Miller) are charged with keeping everything running smoothly in Jellystone Park, which basically translates into keeping Yogi's obsession with stealing people's picnic baskets under control and stocking the pamphlet stand. But when Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) decides to close the park and rezone the land to allow widespread logging, Ranger Smith must find a way to make the park quickly turn a profit to stop the process and save the park from destruction. Documentary filmmaker Rachel (Anna Faris) happens to be in the park on a quest to film the unusual talking bear Yogi, so she and Ranger Smith team up and create a big centennial celebration that has the potential to save the park. Unfortunately, a crazy stunt by Yogi derails the celebration and destroys any chance of the park making a profit. The question is, was there sabotage involved and is there any other way to save the park? This film is packed full of crazy inventions, silly gags, high adventure, and slapstick comedy, and, while it's really just fanciful entertainment, it does leave viewers with the message that you can't fail if you never stop trying. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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Yogi Bear is one of those films, and it just might be the exception. Sure, it's a comitee-made film by executives who just want a quick buck by spending little, but there's no denying that at least part of the production and filming team intended to actually entertain their audience.
The film, based on the eponymous old Hanna-Barbera cartoon, follows the adventures of the eponymous antropomorphized bear, who spends his life in Jellystone Park with his friend the, um, height-challenged Boo Boo, stealing pic-a-nic baskets from unsuspecting visitors and generally making Park Ranger Smith's life a pandemonium, even as he tries to woo Rachel, a naturist who's studying the park. As the story progresses, the unnamed city's Mayor Brown has bankrupted the city and decides to sell the park to make a quick buck and help his campaign for Governor. So Yogi and Ranger Smith are forced to put aside their differences and work together in order to save the park, which you'll recognize as the plot you instantly thought of the moment a Yogi Bear movie was announced.
Yes, the plot is generic to the core, as these movies go, but this one has the bright idea of sidetracking the main plot in order to focus on the details, where it shines. Unlike, say, The Smurfs, this movie doesn't feel the need to unnecessarily change the locale to the big city, instead focusing most of its time in the park, so you'll be treated to beautiful visuals. Unlike Garfield, this film doesn't change the characters' personalities to fit cliches, so they have to work the plot in their favor and not the other way around. And, unlike other films of this style, this doesn't turn into a potty-humor-fest, despite having ample opportunity to do so (I'm still amazed that no one farts here, even the 2014 TMNT film did that). Also, the resolution doesn't rely on Deus Ex Machinas or "forgetting" previous problems. The film actually does a good job of correctly establishing everything.
Another important thing is that this film has genuinely funny moments. Sure, there's a lot of slapstick around, but for the most part is not forced or annoying, or simplistic (no crotch kicks, for instance). This is actually a very good adaptation of the original show. Granted, such a thing isn't HARD to do, but notice how pretty much every other film in this style completely fails at this simple task by unnecessarily introducing changes that do more harm than good.
This film manages to be funny without insulting the audience, and it does so in part because of the writing, and in part because of the cast. Dan Aykroyd plays Yogi and Justin Timberlake plays Boo Boo. Timberlake does a pretty impressive job, but Aykroyd sounds less like Yogi and more like, well, Dan Aykroyd doing a Yogi impression. You get used to it in the course of the film, but it's a bit off-putting at first. That being said, they both manage to give emotion to their characters. Ranger Smith is played by Tom Cavanagh (aka Dr. Harrison Wells in The Flash TV show), and he's definitely the best part of the film. Props to the filmmaking team for giving a big role to a character that actually had a big role in the source material and not just make "original" characters take the spotlight. His love interest Rachel is played by Anna Faris, who's her usual charming cutie. Mayor Brown is played by Andrew Daly (you know, that guy who looks like a somewhat squashed Christopher Reeve), and Ranger Smith's second in command, Ranger Jones, is played by TJ Miller, which, like every other character played by TJ Miller... is TJ Miller.
So yeah, the film is hardly original, but it's fun. It's not life-changing, but it's harmless. It's corny, but not insulting. So I recommend it.
Word of advice, though. If you're getting the Blu-Ray, find the two-disc version. I got the one-disc version, not realizing there were two, and the extras are a joke. There's two "Jellystone Park Jewels", which are short videos made as if they were instructional videos for park visitors. They're short but amusing (though I feel there should be more of these). The other extra is "Yogi Bear Mashup", which merges the cast talking about the characters while scenes of the film and show are compared, and you can see where they got their inspiration for many scenes. It's cute to see actors describing the characters in one short sentence each, and you have to realize if they had more time they wouldn't have anything else to do because, let's face it, those were pretty one-note characters. Again, short but fun. There's nothing actually wrong with these extras, but you will have seen everything in less than 10 minutes, maybe even 5. The two-disc version is the way to go, as it has many more extras, at least according to the box picture.
The story of the movie is straight out of a cartoon, but that's part of the fun. If you are looking for a Live Action version of the Yogi Bear cartoon, you're gonna be very happy with this movie. If you're not intro Yogi-Bear's goofball antics and silly dialogue, then this probably wont be your cup of tea. This is a great family movie to enjoy in 3D!
I'd love to see more ROAD RUNNER 3D cartoons. Even a movie would be great!
So to sum up... three stars for the yogi bear movie, 5 stars for the movie 3D effects, and 5 stars for the 3D ROAD RUNNER cartoon bonus feature.
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I just bought this in 3D I have about 60 3D films so far and there all great, this being 1 of them. 3D is clear and popping out. But when yogi is on the wire the wheel is pixelated and when humans move they r pixelate. All my films I have never had any ghosting or pixalting issues. Do ur copy's of yogi do the same? Or have I a dud? :s plz help if I have I'll send it back. Thanks guys