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Yogi Bear

An upcoming 3-D live-action/CGI film adaptation of the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, The Yogi Bear Show, due for release on December 17, 2010.

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Put the kid in front of the television and let their brain rot.

  • May 1, 2011
Half a star out of ****

There's a fine difference between a child's mind and a child's imagination, although the people who pieced together this ugly trash-fest of a movie seem to only have the first one. Here's a film that, alas, does not destroy my childhood; because I don't want to be a clich├ęd fanboy by saying so. But even so, there's something endearing about watching a cartoon, starring a cocky bear and his little side-kick trying to steal "pick-a-nick baskets" from campers and park visitors. I enjoyed watching the little cartoon. And it's been made into a movie, and to the surprise of no-one, I detested every moment of the ride.

Did the filmmaker who "crafted" this movie even GO to film school? I mean, that's not required: Werner Herzog himself believes that aspiring young filmmakers should see the world rather than attend a film class. This may be true for some, and I'm sure that even the filmmakers working here couldn't acknowledge it, because this is not the work of a professional filmmaker, and it sure as hell isn't the work of someone who is intellectually capable of absorbing the world.

The story goes like this: Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Bear are two, you guessed it, bears. They live in Jelly Stone Park, where they annoy the park ranger and his bumbling side-kick (who wants to be just like the head ranger). Yogi is "smarter than the average bear", so we see, when he steals picnic baskets, food, and the like. Yogi treats theft like a business.

So the park faces a threat: a completely cocky and annoying mayor who wants to shut the place down. This means that the head ranger will attempt to save money, whilst also trying to find a reason why they should NOT shut down Jelly Stone. This is kind of how the show went along when it came to story-telling; but there was charm and REAL humor embedded into those cartoon frames. Here, there ain't shit.

This film was made for kids, and it knows that. That's great. That's wonderful. It will make money, and guess what, it already has made PLENTY. However, I have a strong distaste towards films which exist merely for profit, and an even stronger distaste for films that insult my intelligence as well as the word "filmmaker" itself. Who makes films like these anymore? Are they "hip"? Are they "cool"? Are they fun to watch? Because guess what people: "Yogi Bear" is not fun to watch. It's boring and ugly; and I stress the word "ugly". I try to use it only when describing something completely messy, yet here we are.

There is not one laugh in this film; not one moment where it felt pleasurable, fun, or pleasant. It's a boring, excessively stupid film that will only appeal to stupid people. I like films that are made for kids, but can also appeal to adults. This one cannot. No sane adult will laugh at it, because it is the very definition of "money grabbing crap". I try not to rate a lot of films so lowly, but this film deserves whatever it has coming for it. This film deserves the very rare "anti-recommendation" that I am giving it, because there are many bad and horrible films that come out each year, but only a couple are as horrid as this one. It's unwatchable; just really, really pathetic. "Yogi Bear", the T.V. series, had good voice acting and charming humor. "Yogi Bear", the 2010 film, has Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as its bears, and boy, do their voices feel forced and pathetic. This film should not have been made, and there are better ways to waste time. And that's coming from a guy who wastes a lot of his time; but seldom on stuff like this.

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May 02, 2011
"I detested every moment of the ride", wow, had no idea it was that bad.
May 01, 2011
Heh. Love that headline. LOL!!
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Yogi Bear is an upcoming 3-D live-action/CGI film adaptation of the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, The Yogi Bear Show, due for release on December 17, 2010. It will be distributed by Warner Bros.  with Hanna-Barbera Productions. It will be the first movie development of a Hanna-Barbera property produced without the assistance of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, who died in 2001 and 2006 respectively.
Eric Brevig is the director, and Donald De Line, Karen Rosenfelt and Tim Coddington are the producers, with Lee Berger, Jim Dyer, Andrew Hass and Jon Berg as the executive producers. Dan Aykroyd stars in the film as Yogi Bear. Principal photography began in November, 2009. Preceding the film will be a new 3D short with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner titled "Rabid Rider".
Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors—and, even worse, Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they've ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with Ranger Smith and a documentary filmmaker named Rachel to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.
On October 2, 2008, it was confirmed that a live-action/CGI Yogi Bear movie was in the works. It is currently in ...
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Director: Eric Brevig
Genre: Family
Release Date: Dec. 17, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Brad Copeland, Joshua Sternin
Studio: Warner Brothers
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