Summary: Let’s be honest here. The fact that this is really a charming and harmless kid film is a relief for me. This movie had turkey written all over it. Attempts to revive nostalgic characters have often fallen hard. It seems our memories of what might have been funny can’t compete with the toilet humor and over-the-top impulses of today’s filmmakers and their short-attention-span audience. There is a really bad segment where Yogi dances to I Like Big Butts.
Conclusion: While it must help that I entered with the lowest of expectations, I firmly believe that Yogi Bear is better than most critics have stated. It is still kind of a middling film, but it's entertaining, true to the cartoon, and not especially crass or transparently commercial. While this isn't high quality family cinema or the stuff of promising sequels, it doesn't deserve to be instantly dismissed as a desperate idea shrewdly executed with trendy technology.
Excerpt: Don’t even bother if you’ve heard this one before: A greedy politician/stock villain wants to take over a nature preserve/character’s home for financial gain, and it’s up to a rag tag group of do-gooders to put a stop to it. That’s Yogi Bear , and is it ever painful. Warner Bros. spent a staggering $80 million on this thing, and slapped it with that god awful, hackneyed script that’s been done so many times, it’s amazing anyone would green light it.
Conclusion: Yogi Bear may lack in creativity, but it succeeds in creating those warm and fuzzy feelings, that sense of satisfaction and safety that one can derive from a movie as comfortably formula as this. Most important, it's just downright funny when it tries to be, and the 3D visuals look great; that doesn't make it a great film, per se, but it makes it good enough to be labeled as a success considering what it sets out to achieve.
Conclusion: Oh boy, I don't really know about 'Yogi Bear.' On one end, I wish the producers had used the fan made alternate ending and spared adults the possibility of a sequel. On the other hand, it's easy to see how a film like this can appeal to children, and in all honesty, this is a film with some lessons kids can actually learn. So parents and older siblings looking to show some young ones a good time, bite the bullet and pop in 'Yogi Bear.
Excerpt: There’s something inherently brilliant about the concept of Yogi Bear. He’s a bumbling, moronic, thousand pound, suit and tie-wearing beast that’s onto something. Rather than use his paws to catch fish or expend energy foraging in the woods, he’s decided to simply plunder the pic-a-nic baskets of unsuspecting visitors to Jellystone National Park. As a lazy man who still prefers to keep it classy, I can get behind these shenanigans.
Excerpt: There are two things viewers need to know about Yogi Bear: He’s fixated on stealing “pic-a-nic” baskets from families visiting Jellystone Park, and he’s “smarter than the average bear.” Adapted from the long-lived Hanna-Barbera cartoon—a testament to the vast reservoirs of blood a creative team can draw from a stone—the live-action Yogi Bear wastes no time demonstrating both of those precepts.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, live-action adaptations of classic cartoons don't seem to be going anywhere. Rather than resurrect animated series like Alvin and the Chipmunks , Scooby Doo , The Smurfs or Yogi Bear by way of fully animated feature films, Hollywood is dead set on subjecting audiences to dull, dim-witted CG/live-action misfires; stilted hybrids that limit the actors, CG, story, humor, adventure, appeal...