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146. Yogi Bear

Published July 15, 2011

Fast Facts

Title: Yogi Bear Director: Eric Brevig Year: 2010 Run time: 1hr 20

Background Info

After the pretty intense couple of hours that was Drive Angry, we needed something bright and colourful and mindless to clear the pallate. I’m a big fan of Yogi Bear, my old URL was an homage to his Smarter Than catchphrase, but I went into the film thinking it would be really quite childish.

Live Blog

00:01:09 - Picernic. 00:03:52 - “I’m so smart it hurts.”** ** 00:04:09 - If I saw a bear with a tie on, I’d give him my picnic basket. 00:05:40 - Pie in the face! 00:08:18 - I know how he feels about the city going broke. I’ve been losing at SimCity recently. 00:10:54 - The BooBooCam is not a good name for a camera.** ** 00:12:58 - He called it a rollycoaster. I like it.** ** 00:14:54 - Meanest mayor ever. 00:16:26 - Yogi has a vending machine in his cave!** **00:19:03 - I just realised the rangers are called Smith and Jones.** ** 00:24:34 - Fireworks… in a park… with trees?** ** 00:26:34 - “Nobody pays dues anymore.”** ** 00:29:26 - He has about as much patience as me.** **00:30:33 - That is an awful lot of people piling into the park. I wonder if there’s a limit.** ** 00:33:45 - Fireworks in the middle of the lake. That makes more sense. 00:37:44 - Funny how it got dark just as the fireworks started. 00:41:49 - He’s head ranger now, but isn’t the park closed anyway?** ** 00:45:44 - “Hungrier than the average bear.” 00:48:42 - The train stopped anyway! Too funny. 00:50:44 - Even Yogi knows light mayo is not as good as regular.** ****** 00:55:34 - I am going to start saying “that backfired.”** ** 01:01:09 - I love that Yogi remembered to include a suggestion box. 01:04:44 - It’s a flippin’ massive park! 01:05:24 - “Starts with T, ends with urtle.” 01:06:55 - I would like one of those turtles as a pet, please. 01:11:46 - She might find the ranger charming and attractive, but it’s a silly hat. 01:12:12 - See! The hat! 01:12:52 - She broke the fourth wall! Not sure about that.** **

Conclusions

It was silly, and it was funny, and it was just what we needed to cheer right back up again. It wasn’t as childish as I thought it would be, although clearly aimed at the little ones. There were a couple of moments that were too blatantly designed for 3D audiences, and they stuck out like a sore thumb for us mere 2D mortals.

It boggled my mind that Justin Timberlake did the voice of Boo Boo, but the more I hear it, the more it does sound a bit like him.

It was good, amusing, and I’d recommend it, but it wasn’t perfect. I don’t quite want to give it a 4 out of 5, so I’ll settle for a high 3.

Oh, and this was my favourite bit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V2hV7gfVXw

Rating: 3/5

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