Yogi Bear

Published July 15, 2011

Yogi Bear

Film info

  • Title Yogi Bear
  • Director Eric Brevig
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 20m
  • Genres Comedy, Family, Animation, Adventure
  • Tagline Please do not feed the bears

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.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:09 Picernic.
3:52 “I’m so smart it hurts.”
4:09 If I saw a bear with a tie on, I’d give him my picnic basket.
5:40 Pie in the face!
8:18 I know how he feels about the city going broke. I’ve been losing at SimCity recently.
10:54 The BooBooCam is not a good name for a camera.
12:58 He called it a rollycoaster. I like it.
14:54 Meanest mayor ever.
16:26 Yogi has a vending machine in his cave!
19:03 I just realised the rangers are called Smith and Jones.
24:34 Fireworks… in a park… with trees?
26:34 “Nobody pays dues anymore.”
29:26 He has about as much patience as me.
30:33 That is an awful lot of people piling into the park. I wonder if there’s a limit.
33:45 Fireworks in the middle of the lake. That makes more sense.
37:44 Funny how it got dark just as the fireworks started.
41:49 He’s head ranger now, but isn’t the park closed anyway?
45:44 “Hungrier than the average bear.”
48:42 The train stopped anyway! Too funny.
50:44 Even Yogi knows light mayo is not as good as regular.
55:34 I am going to start saying “that backfired.”
1:01:09 I love that Yogi remembered to include a suggestion box.
1:04:44 It’s a flippin’ massive park!
1:05:24 “Starts with T, ends with urtle.”
1:06:55 I would like one of those turtles as a pet, please.
1:11:46 She might find the ranger charming and attractive, but it’s a silly hat.
1:12:12 See! The hat!
1:12:52 She broke the fourth wall! Not sure about that.


After the pretty intense couple of hours that was Drive Angry, we needed something bright and colourful and mindless to clear the pallate. I’m a big fan of Yogi Bear, my old URL was an homage to his Smarter Than catchphrase, but I went into the film thinking it would be really quite childish.

It was silly, and it was funny, and it was just what we needed to cheer right back up again. It wasn’t as childish as I thought it would be, although clearly aimed at the little ones. There were a couple of moments that were too blatantly designed for 3D audiences, and they stuck out like a sore thumb for us mere 2D mortals.

It boggled my mind that Justin Timberlake did the voice of Boo Boo, but the more I hear it, the more it does sound a bit like him.

It was good, amusing, and I’d recommend it, but it wasn’t perfect. I don’t quite want to give it a 4 out of 5, so I’ll settle for a high 3.

Oh, and this was my favourite bit:

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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