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Yogi Bear - Blu-ray Review


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2 stars

It used to be, as age progressed, as one generation passed onto the next, that certain things— book, film, sport, whatever—lost their lustre. What was an eagerly awaited activity became old hat or not appropriately engaging anymore.

My generation, X they call us, were the last to enjoy the 6 hour Saturday morning ritual of cartoon overdose. You would get up with the Amish, fill your bowl with sugary cereal, and disappear into the animated adventures of countless different companies.

My late grandma, rest her soul, once stated as I entered double digits that soon this would be a thing of the past, that I would outgrow these ‘silly things’. She was right in some ways, but I knew, even back then, that she was very wrong in others.

Cartoons are not just for kids, and that has been proven ever since the Flintstones conquered the world in the 1960s. From the same company, Hanna Barbara, came the tale of a mischievous kleptomaniacal bear and his pal making merry havoc for the park ranger, and, just like The Flintstones, Yogi Bear has finally been given the big screen, big budget treatment—the first, sadly, beyond the passing of its creators.

Long suffering Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanaugh) is at his wits end with Yogi and Boo Boo constantly trying to rip off picnickers and visitors to Jellystone Park. But that is the least of his problems: A greedy corrupt local politician has his sights set on selling the Park off to loggers to hide losses he has made being a shady operator. When Smith tries to meet the politician’s quota to save the park, Yogi gets in the way, and everything goes down the tube. With their home at risk, and Smith AWOL, Yogi and Boo Boo fight the good fight to set everything right and restore things to the way they should be.

The film, the first Hanna Barbara adaptation in 3D, is a sumptuously picturesque looking film, bright and cheerful. The actors chosen to play the eponymous nuisance and cohort—Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake (impressively unrecognisable)—are pitch perfect. The special effects and character designs are impressive and faithful to the cartoon. Sounds good so far, yeah?

Remember my waffle about grandma? She was half right: some things you grow out of. This film is geared to a very young audience, and most adults will have a hard time sitting through. It is over-simplistic, predictable, very lazy storytelling. In this era, with Pixar leading the way, it has become blatantly obvious studios can make a film like this appeal to kids and adults alike. No attempt is made to make this endurable for a grown up, as the writing lazily relies on nostalgia to see one through. Very young children, I have no doubt, will relish in Yogi’s hijinks, but I dearly hope the sequel (that has been announced) chooses to be merciful to the parents that have to tag along.

Yogi and Boo Boo deserve better.


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Yogi Bear - Blu-ray ReviewMPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Director: Eric Brevig
Writer: Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin
Cast: Dan Aykroyd; Justin Timberlake; Anna Faris; Tom Cavanaugh; T.J. Miller
: Family | Animated | Comedy
Please do not feed the bears.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Just sit back and let Mother Nature carry us toward her own."
Warner bros. Pictures
Theatrical Release Date:
August 20, 2010
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 22, 2011

Synopsis: Everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big screen in Yogi Bear. 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 their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.


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Component Grades

Blu-ray Disc
2 stars

4 stars

Blu-ray Experience
3 Stars


Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - March 22, 2011
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.0; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc
Playback: Region-free

Spectacular looking: beautiful bright MPEG-4 AVC transfer. It’s flawless, reference quality stuff; sounds just as good as it looks (shame about the writing). Mediocre extras.



  • None

Special Features:

  • Yogi Bear Mash-Up (HD, 04:00)
  • Spending a Day at Jellystone Park (HD, 34:00)
  • Are you Smarter Than the Average Bear
  • Looney Tunes: Rabid Rider (HD, 03:00)

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