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I saw this was being released in 2010 and although I remember Yogi Bear as a child I wasn't particularly over excited about it! However, when I saw that this was showing on Sky I decided that I should probably give it a go! I recorded it a while back and finally got around to watching it this morning. This is a film only review.
Yogi lives in Jellystone Park. It is a large park and he is extremely happy there. He has his own cave which he shares with his best friend Boo-Boo and he is very content.
Yogi's favourite thing is a picnic (or a pick-er-nic as he says!) He is constantly striving to steal the guests picnics as he loves all human food. However, the park ranger is not happy with this as Yogi is driving people away from the park. Yogi finds that the ranger is constantly coming to his cave to accuse him of various things around the park, Yogi acts innocent but 9 times out of 10 he is to blame and the ranger knows it!
One day, a film maker turns up at Jellystone and asks if she can film a documentary there. The ranger agrees as she seems to really love the place so he tells Yogi he must be on his best behaviour. However, as the filming is about the begin the city mayor turns up telling them that he is closing the park as it is not making any money and is actually draining the cities resources. Is there anything Yogi can do or is that the end of Jellystone?
I had fairly high expectations of this film because I had heard it was good however I really really loved it! Within the first couple of minutes I was absolutely hooked (I think it was the way Yogi said pick-er-nic!) Animations aren't my favourite kind of film but this one is sort of half animated - everything is real apart from Yogi and Boo-Boo.
I loved Yogi and Boo-Boo. They were both so sweet and absolutely hilarious! There are so many one liners in the film that made me laugh and there is humour directed at both adults and children. For example, at one point Yogi feels the rangers forehead to see if he has a temperature and when the ranger complains he says its far better than how they take my temperature!
The plot is very good - there is a clear aim in sight and the plot flows really steadily. I did initially think it would be a predictable ending but it wasn't. Although parts of what I thought would happen did, there were twists and turns along the way that I definitely wasn't expecting. This kept my attention and made me want to watch on even more to see what was going to happen.
The animation is really good and Yogi and Boo-Boo move about flawlessly. The actors in the film do a really good job of interacting with the animated characters too, always looking and speaking right at them etc.
The acting in the film is first class. The voice of Yogi is Dan Akyroyd and Boo-Boo is Justin Timberlake. The ranger is played by Tom Cavanagh and the filmmaker is Anna Faris. The voices for Yogi and Boo-Boo are brilliant and I really enjoyed them as characters. The acting from Cavanagh and Faris is fantastic - they are both very strong actors who made their characters down to earth, likeable, realistic and their characters showed a strong love and passion for the park.
The film run time is 81 minutes which is a perfect time I think if you have younger children as they never want to sit about for too long and do tend to get bored quite easily. However, although it is relatively short it is full to the brim with action and humour and the plot is exactly right in my opinion - fitting lots in but not too long.
The film was released in 2010.
It stars Dan Akyroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris.
It runs for 80 minutes.
It is rated a U.
The DVD is available online and in high street shops.
Incase you haven't realised by my review I thought this film was absolutely fabulous! I appreciate that I am supposed to be an adult and this is aimed at children and to be honest I often shy away from these kinds of films because I'm not a big fan of amination. However, I loved the character of Yogi and thought he was brilliant to watch, Boo-Boo was so cute and the film really was a joy to watch. I wholeheartedly recommend it, regardless of whether or not you have children because it provides you with 80 minutes of fun and humour.
Yogi Bear and Boo Boo happily live in Jellystone Park, and the rangers of the park, Ranger Smith and Ranger Jones are happy to let them get on with it. Yogi occasionally causes problems when he constantly tries to steal the picnic baskets of the visitors to the park, and coming up with wacky inventions to try and steal them far easier! However, the mayor is running out of money and decides to sell off Jellystone Park if it doesn't hit its revenue targets. Ranger Smith quickly enlists the help of film-maker and wildlife fanatic Rachel to help him come up with ideas to keep Jellystone open, but with that comes some manic capers, and Yogi causing more problems rather than helping! Will Ranger Smith be able to save Jellystone once and for all, or will the evil mayor get his own way?
During the half term, I always struggle to find things to do with Harry every day, especially when the weather is as bad as it was last month, so I tried to find things indoors... easier said than done! I wanted to take him to the pictures but the cheap kids for the week was aimed at older kids which was a shame. Luckily, my brother sent me his Orange Wednesdays code so I could get Harry and I into another film for much cheaper, and we decided to watch Yogi Bear. He was always laughing at the adverts, so I thought it was perfectly aimed at his age group, and so we excitedly sat down to enjoy, complete with our obligatory popcorn of course!
I never used to really watch the cartoon of Yogi Bear that much that much, but I had seen enough to remember what it was like, and how funny the original cartoons were. Unfortunately, it seems for this film that the main laughs have been in the trailer, and there isn't many others in the rest of the film. It isn't actually that long at just 80 minutes (when compared to the 103 minutes for Toy Story 3 and 98 minutes of Wall-E) yet it seems to struggle to even fill that. Several of the scenes with the adult actors feel quite laboured, not something children would notice but the adults in the audience definitely would. As I said, there was a distinct lack of continued humour, and the humour that there was seemed to come entirely fromt the character of Yogi, the adults were just not funny at all.
Now I really have to mention the adult performances, although they really aren't a lot to write home about. I was shocked to see the state of Anna Faris in the movie, she looks a complete mess, her face is really puffy and she seems entirely detached from emotion throughout the film,merely like she was running through the motions. It even seemed at parts like she was forgetting her script. Compared to her brilliant performance in 'Friends' (the only thing I have seen her in), she was diabolical here. Tom Cavanagh plays Ranger Smith, who gives a bit more passion in his performance than Faris, but for me falls short of the mark again. He seems a little wooden in parts, and has zero chemistry with the supposed love interest of the movie. I also have to mention Andrew Daly as Mayor Brown, forcing his "comedic" lines and somewhat overcooked performance, and T.J. Miller as the nice-but-dim Ranger Jones, he seemed somewhat lost and while his character could have been hilarious, it didn't work because of the lack of passion from the other actors which was a real shame.
Yogi and Boo Boo are both computer animated characters, and while they mostly fit into the film quite seamlessly and well, you can see that the adult actors, particularly Faris, struggle immensely with acting "with" Yogi and Boo Boo. Both bears are well created, they portray good emotion, look funny and move about well on screen. The scenes in their cave were cleverly done, and they certainly delivered on some much needed humour. Dan Aykroyd voices Yogi, and does a good imitation of the original Yogi and pulls it off quite well, whereas Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo was just ridiculous, why they chose him when there are plenty of actors who could have done a far better job I'll never know. Aykroyd certainly carries Timberlake through this film, and I think he is actually the best performance of the whole thing - ironic when it's just his voice we hear. I have to say that while the animation for Yogi and Boo Boo was good, there was a scene of the water rapids of Jellystone Park, and it was appaulling, the green-screening was awful and you could tell a mile off it was fake - certainly not something you expect in this technological day and age!
Overall, I was disappointed with this film, but luckily Harry really enjoyed himself. He wasn't as animated about it as he was when we saw Toy Story 3 and Wall-E and other favourite films of his, but he still enjoyed it and started recalling the funny bits and laughing about them hours later. It isn't a film I would buy him as I think it's one of those you'd watch once and that's enough, but it seemed to entertain its young audience which is what it intended to do. Unfortunately for the adult audience also forced to sit through it, it fell short of the mark on a lot of accounts, especially the poor performances from the adult actors - kids movies require an extra something from its cast and they really didn't deliver in this film. Fans of the original series will not like this remake of a classic cartoon but younger viewers new to Yogi will probably enjoy it on face value.
Directed by Eric Brevig
Written by Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin and Brad Copeland.
Running Time: 80 minutes
Dan Aykroyd ... Yogi Bear (voice)
Justin Timberlake ... Boo Boo (voice)
Anna Faris ... Rachel
Tom Cavanagh ... Ranger Smith
T.J. Miller ... Ranger Jones
Nathan Corddry ... Chief of Staff
Andrew Daly ... Mayor Brown
Thank you for reading.