Yogi Bear 3D
Jellystone Park is celebrating its 100 anniversary, however it may be for the last time, because attendance is down and Mayor Brown wants to close the park and sell the land. If the park is closed, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will lose their home. They join forces with Ranger Smith to save Jellystone from closing forever. Yogi must really prove in this endeavor that he is “smarter than the average bear”.
Yogi Bear revisits Jellystone Park and has Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi. It has Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo, and the forest ranger is played by the endearing Tom Cavanagh. The story in this a cartoonish politician has decided that the only way to make the balance budget so he can go from being mayor to being governor is to sell logging rights to Jellystone. If this sounds like it may have some vague political satire to it, you’ve misunderstood me completely. The thing that I like about this movie, basically the animation at the end is the old-fashioned kind of animation, which is really fun to watch. This is just sort of an impressive way of somehow taking cartoon figures and melding them with real life characters and make it where it’s seamless. The first time that we’ve ever seen any of this was in Jessica Rabbit, and the skill level has certainly come a long way, but I’m not sure to anybody’s real advantage. The only thing I really liked about this is the fact it’s in 3D, which seems to be de rigueur these days, is a worm coming out of somebody’s nose as snot towards the audience. The kids loved it and it’s probably the only thing that I felt the 3D was really good for. I mean, it’s an okay movie but there’s better animation, does this compare to Despicable Me? No, Despicable Me is funny and hilarious and fresh. This is just kind of a retread. There’s some brief moments but all too brief. At best, a star and a half.