Hide your pic-a-nic baskets and run for cover, people, because Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are back to reek havoc on the forest! This time around disaster strikes in 3D/live action, which indicates sheer elation for children and gut wrenching nausea for parents. Director Eric Brevig teams up with Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Faris for this “Jellystone” adventure that opens in theaters nationwide this Friday.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Brevig
  • Producers: Donald De Line, Karen Rosenfelt,
  • Writers: Brad Copeland, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin
  • Cast: Justin Timberlake, Dan Akyroyd, Anna Faris, Andrew Daly

The Plot:

Jellystone Parl’s notorious troublemakers, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, embark on another troublesome adventure of lunch stealing in the forest. Days of dodging his nemesis, Ranger Smith, and irritating daily campers seems like strictly fun and games – however, the party’s over when Yogi gets wind of some upsetting news: Jellystone Park is being sold! Desperate to save the forest, Yogi and Boo Boo  reluctantly team up with Ranger Smith to devise a plan.

The Good:

  • Yogi/Boo Boo: While Yogi Bear appeals to a fairly limited audience, the characters of Yogi and Boo Boo hold incredibly iconic significance in the history of animation. Timberlake and Aykroyd had quite a responsibility in re-creating/paying tribute to the original “voices.”  Aykroyd rarely fails to please, so noting his fabulously goofy rendition of Yogi is almost unnecessary.  Timberlake, on the other hand, was surprisingly great, given that you don’t exactly pin the pop star turned “actor” as a family-movie kind of chap. You can take the boy out of the Mickey Mouse Club but can’t take the Mickey Mouse Club out of the boy, eh?
  • Live Action/3D Animation: Not that this is remotely original, but the live action coupled with 3D animation made for a perfectly entertaining adventure. Also, a little human to human action made the experience slightly less grueling for those of us over the age of 10.
  • Environmental Message: The film is ultimately encouraging children to embrace nature, which is an excellent thing to promote to a generation so deeply distracted by technology. Bravo!

The Good/Bad:

  • Cheesy: I’ll keep it brief: It’s Yogi Bear. If you aren’t babysitting your neighbor’s kid or being dragged to a family outing, you have no business in the theater.
  • Supporting Roles: “Kiddy” tones, over-exaggerated smiles, and tediously annoying melodramatics are warmly welcomed in this genre – but all of the supporting characters (Faris, Daly, Coddry) took these “luxuries” a notch too far. Some of the deliveries borderline obnoxiousness. Yes, they are children, but they aren’t imbeciles.

Overall:

I, personally, have little patience for animated adventures (!) but I imagine there are plenty of keen supporters of both this genre and Yogi, himself. As long as your expectations don’t exceed the realities of animated children’s films, you’re set.

Rating: 6/10

The film opens nationwide Friday, December 17th!