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Yogi Bear is a bizarre live-action/animation television cartoon reboot (1 star)

'Smart-juice was clearly scarce on the set of Eric Brevig’s witless, flat production'

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Yogi Bear is a bizarre live-action/animation television cartoon reboot

(U) 80min

‘What bears do in the woods …’ would be a perfect description of this bizarre live-action/animation television cartoon reboot along the lines of Scooby Doo and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Yogi Bear’s adventure takes place in Jellystone Park, a place where a talking bear in a hat, tie and collar can wander around pontificating on his concerns about environmental issues and corporate culture.

As voiced by Dan Aykroyd, Yogi Bear is also a fun-loving forest denizen, although his breezy yet lugubrious demeanour disguises an obsession with the tasty contents of the ‘pic-a-nic-baskets’ brought by unwary campers. When Jellystone is threatened by corrupt politico Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly), Yogi sets about saving the park with the help of a documentary filmmaker, played by Anna Faris in a role where Werner Herzog might well have excelled. Also roped in is Yogi’s insipid pal BooBoo, voiced by Justin Timberlake, effortlessly dissipating his The Social Network cred.

Shortly before dancing to a rap song featuring the line ‘I like big butts’, Yogi announces ‘I’ve got a melon full of smart-juice’, but smart-juice was clearly scarce on the set of director Eric Brevig’s witless, flat production. Good films for children are hard to get right, but Yogi Bear makes it look almost impossible. Showing in 2D and 3D.

General release from Fri 11 Feb.

Yogi Bear

  • 1 star
  • 2010
  • US/New Zealand
  • U
  • Directed by: Eric Brevig
  • Written by: Brad Copeland, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia
  • Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T J Miller

Yogi Bear (Aykroyd) sets about saving Jellystone Park from corrupt politico Mayor Brown (Daly) with the help of a documentary maker (Faris) and pal BooBoo (Timberlake). Good films for children are hard to get right but Yogi Bear makes it look almost impossible.

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