It’s longer than the average cartoon, but ‘Yogi Bear’ in a movie isn’t as much fun as the beloved bear you remember from the Hanna Barbara cartoons. He’s still a hungry, incredibly human-like, pic-a-nic basket stealer, but a little subdued. The 3D version isn’t quite as vibrant and jovial.
Boo-boo on the other hand, is better in 3D, and very aptly voiced by an almost unrecognizable Justin Timberlake. Yogi is up to mischief as usual, as he tries to get his hands on every basket in sight, irking Head Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to no end. However, Yogi’s unique behavior of raises the interest of documentary film-maker Rachel ( Anna Farris), whose time spent with orangutans & cheetahs qualifies her as more of an animal than the bears. Something only the Head Ranger can find appealing.
Compared to the caliber of animations releasing nowadays, appealing to adults and children alike, Yogi Bear seems extremely juvenile. Taking into account the extremely young age- group the movie will attract, the element of corruption in the plot line may not be very effective.
Andrew Day plays pompous and lowly Mayor Brown whose primary concern is to keep his reputation intact so as to garner as many vote as possible when he runs for Governor. Even if it means rezoning the century old Jellystone Park.
So Yogi, who is smarter than the average bear, consistently tries to save the day with his gimmicks and contraptions, like the glider called ‘Baskit Napper’ which makes him fly ‘faster than the speed of a sandwich’. Other than being just cute, there isn’t too much to the movie. Adults beware: possible boredom ahead.
As soon as you walk out, the movie can be forgotten. Far from extraordinary, it lacks polish and appears washed out on the whole. So if you’re missing Yogi you’d rather just tune into the daily cartoon.