Adventure Movies, by Ajay Singh, 03 March 2011

Director: Eric Brevig

Stars: Dean Knowsley, John Debney, Bow Wow, Karen Rosenfelt, Nathan Corddry, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Andrew Daly, Peter James, Barry Duffield, David Sandefur, Jennessa Rose, T.J. Miller, Donald De Line, Brad Copeland, Christine Taylor, Dan Aykroyd, Joshua Sternin, Tom Kay, Tom Cavanagh, Kent Beyda, Anna Faris, Justin Timberlake

Country: USA | New Zealand

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Language: English

Official Site: Yogi Bear Official Site

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park

The seemingly odd notion of combining the voices of Dan Ackroyd and Justin Timberlake proves to be inspired in this updated version of the story of these famous cartoon bears. Jellystone Park, their home forever it seems is under threat of closure just as it celebrates its centenary. Yogi and Boo Boo have to unite with their old adversary Ranger Smith to make sure that the park stays open and they keep their homes and jobs. That’s about the extent of the plot but then it’s very much for kids.

Stylistically, there are loads of kisses to the past in moments that sometimes look as if they have been directly lifted from the old Hanna Barbera cartoons. Yogi spends his time stealing picnic baskets, being screamed at by the otherwise very restrained Ranger Smith and constantly telling Boo Boo how clever he is. Boo Boo himself is hardly the sharpest little bear which is why Yogi gets away with it. Unfortunately, their lives are about to be shattered as the corrupt mayor wants to sell off the entire park to loggers. Nice little green friendly message in there too. It’s not difficult to work out what happens, after all these kind of films rarely end in a tragic bloodbath. Ranger Smith finally gets a love interest, documentary maker Rachel and the two humans join forces with their ursine charges to take on the menace. It’s all standard stuff but the plot keeps moving and it’s really only there as something to hang the gags on.

You’d expect Dan Ackroyd to run off with the movie but Justin Timberlake is surprisingly good as Boo Boo, clearly enjoying himself in recreating the odd tones of his 60s counterpart. Eric Brevig, previously known as an effects expert has really made use of the 3D format, flinging objects and people past the camera with wild abandon, which helps to keep the movie visually interesting. A lot of the human characters are too stupid to be true but then that was always the case in the cartoons. What subplots there are, usually involving the Mayor or scheming rival to Smith, Ranger Jones are told straightforwardly to avoid alienating younger viewers and it’s nice that for a while, it seems that the heroes have actually lost. It’s a fun film with not much else to it, something to happily while away an afternoon with the kids.

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Yogi Bear, Eric Brevig and Justin Timberlake

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Yogi Bear and Anna Faris

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