Saturday, December 25, 2010

Movie Review: Yogi Bear

Yogi and Boo Boo are one of those lovable characters from my childhood and I was so excited when I heard about the movie with Dan Aykryod as the voice of Yogi and Justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo Boo. Anna Faris is also in it as Rachel, a documentary filmmaker, and Tom Cavanagh plays Ranger Smith.

The antics are funny and the story line isn't bad.  Jellystone Park is in danger of closing and being given over to logging.  Yogi, of course, tries to help but initially does more harm than good.  But in the end, everything works out.  It's a simple plot that is easy for kids to follow.  So for the older audiences watching for sentimental values, don't expect to be riveted by the story line.

There are two things I'm disappointed in.  First, there are only 3 animals in this movie: Yogi, Boo Boo, an Boo Boo's turtle pet/friend.  For a park that has been around for 100 years, Jellystone didn't have a lot of animals in it...that we can see.  It is assumed and mentioned that there are animals there, but we don't see them or hear them.

Second, some of the interactions between the humans and Yogi and Boo Boo just look plain fake.  At one point, Rachel fixes Boo Boo's bow tie, but all you see is Anna Faris patting air.

Yogi and Boo Boo on their own are created amazingly.  Perhaps it's because most of the budget went into making them and making the 3D parts, instead of the story line or their interaction with the humans.

Should you watch it now or wait for it to come out in Redbox?  If you're sentimental, go for it (don't wait).  I didn't watch it in 3D, but you could tell which parts of the movie were made with 3D in mind.  I'd also watch it to see Yogi and Boo Boo on big screen, where their details are amazing.  3D might add to those details.  If you weren't a Yogi Bear fan when you were a kid, wait for it to come out in Redbox.  If you have kids, take them to see it.  They'll enjoy it, and there are lessons on doing the right thing, being environmentally friendly, and working together for the greater good.

Oh and of course...

Have a merry and blessed Christmas!

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