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"Yogi Bear" - {Blu-ray} - (Wayne)
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date:
Special Features:

15 featurettets in HD, HD theatrical trailer, a new "Roadrunner" cartoon

Rating: PG


While it couldn't be called a classic by any stretch of the imagination "Yogi Bear" as a live action film isn't a disaster either falling into the category of a distracting babysitter mom and dad can put on while they have sex in the other room. Based on the classic Hanana-Barbera cartoon classic, "Yogi Bear" has some amusing moments and if that's the best that can be said about it it's still better than half the crap that Hollywood churns out in a desperate attempt to find something that will resonate with audiences. In this case the producers hoped that parents remembered the cartoon well enough to want to take the kids to it and that kids would be intrigued by the humor of the film. ***

The evil mayor (Andrew Daly) threatens to close Yellowstone Park Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo-Boo's (Justin Timberlake) home. Yogi wouldn't be able to deal with it because his one goal in life is to steal as many picnic baskets as possible and no tourists equals no picnic baskets. Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) must find a way to increase the amount of park visitors to prevent the closure of the park and calls on nature documentary maker Rachel (Anna Faris) to help him and Yogi to accomplish their task. ***

The good news is that a couple of potty jokes aside "Yogi Bear" manages to be entertaining without being offensive. ---

Image & Sound:

The Blu-ray looks very nice although detail isn't as sharp as it could be particularly for the CGI Yogi and Boo-Boo. "Yogi Bear" doesn't look bad just...underwhelming given how recent this film was produced. Skin tones are Ok and the presentation occasionally does have that colorful pop one expects from a newer film but the presentation is inconsistent. ***

Audio likewise is a bit disappointing for a variety of reasons although dialogue remains clear throughout the 5.1 mix which is quite active if not quite as robust sounding as I expected. ---

Special Features:

Unfortunately the independently produced "alternate" ending where Boo-Boo shoots Yogi to make him into a throw rug isn't included here. It plays as a VERY dark and funny alternative to the real ending of the film with all of the tongue-in-cheek pathos one would expect. ***

What we do get is quite decent with fifteen featurettes focusing on everything from the CGI creation of Yogi to the voice casting/acting of the film. We also get a new Looney Tunes Road Runner cartoon and the original theatrical trailer in HD. ---

Final Words:

Although it's hardly the disaster it could have been, "Yogi Bear" isn't quite as inspired as it could have been. It's entertaining which is the least one could have asked for a film like this without offending the intelligence.


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