At first I thought “Yogi Bear” was going to be an animated movie, but as it turns out, it’s a live-action movie where the two main bears are CG. You know, kind of like Jar Jar Binks in those “Star Wars” prequels, only less convincing. If you’re one of those people who read the books when you were a kid, I would encourage you to turn the other way and never look back and forget this ever happened. For the rest of you — witness the “Yogi Bear” teaser trailer. I would like to tell you that the filmmakers actually put some effort into this thing, but that would be a big, bald-face lie.
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.
Starring Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, TJ Miller, Justin Timberlake, and directed by Eric Brevig.
Terrorizing kids in 3D everywhere December 17, 2010.