Poor Yogi Bear. At 52, he lastly will get his first film function and the movie is prone to ship viewers over the age of 10 into hibernation.
Yogi remains to be smarter than the typical bear, however Yogi Bear is way much less good than a lot of the 12 months’s kid-friendly cartoons. The one worse 2010 animated function additionally got here from Warner Bros, Cats & Canine: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which solely confirms the good irony that Warner, house to the best cartoon charac-ters of all time, has misplaced contact with its personal heritage.
The perennial trickster Yogi and his Jellystone Park pal Boo Boo Bear are among the many extra well-liked characters from the Hanna-Barbera secure, though their antics have all the time appealed extra to children than adults. However because the appreciable success of Toy Story three, Megamind, Despicable Me and Tangled greater than demonstrates, cartoons don’t need to go all comfortable and gooey to win over a household viewers.
The movie actually had a number of the elements proper. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake nail the voices of Yogi and Boo Boo. Aykroyd completely captures the Artwork Carney-like vocal method originated by Yogi’s first voice, the late Daws Butler. And Timberlake loses himself within the extra cautious but simply swayed Boo Boo.
The thought of mixing stay motion and cartoon characters in 3D works simply tremendous, too. The 3D sends popping popcorn and errant fireworks into the viewers and provides pleasure to bruin adventures involving a flying machine and whitewater rafting, all shot amid varied pure wonders in verdant New Zealand.
Sadly, the story is so-o-o-o-o drained.
Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin’s script, rewritten by Brad Copeland, runs in circles on the lookout for jokes and slapstick whereas discovering little.
The perfect gags are conventional ones involving Yogi’s ingenious schemes to steal picnic – a phrase during which he magnificently contrives to search out three syllables – baskets.
The principle downside, evident each within the script and Eric Brevig’s course, is that the people are extra cartoon-ish than Jellystone’s wildlife.
The human story units up two pairs of comedian groups: Yogi’s long-running nemesis Ranger Smith (Cavanagh) and his overly bold deputy Ranger Jones (Miller) and a corrupt mayor (Andrew Daly) and his fawning deputy (Corddry). Neither pairing registers on the comedy scale. The one semi-inspired byplay comes within the mayor’s ineptitude at working his limo’s aspect window.
Then there’s a lame romance between Ranger Smith and a documen-tary filmmaker performed by, of all individuals, the very gifted Anna Faris. What on earth made her comply with this function?
An illogical story has the spend-thrift mayor conniving to promote Jellystone Park to repay the town’s staggering money owed. Which doesn’t clarify how an enormous nationwide park can exist inside a small city or how any mayor can promote a nationwide park.
By no means thoughts. It could be a dumb technique to put Yogi and Ranger Smith’s lifestyle in jeopardy, but when there have been any spark to the jokes or character relationships, few might care.
Maybe, and it’s solely a guess, the movie wanted a veteran animator on the helm. Brevig, a visual-effects man who directed Journey to the Middle of the Earth 3D, got here aboard when Warner Bros determined to make the movie in 3D, however he has no actual background in youngsters’s leisure.
Youngsters love a bit of naughtiness, particularly when a rascal like Yogi is the star. However Yogi Bear performs every part coy and cute when it wants impolite and roguish.