One of the last 3D-premiers in 2010 is the animation film “Yogi Bear”. It can be treated like a movie screen reworking of The Yogi Bear TV show, but generally it is a fresh fascinating stand-alone story involving well-known characters from that show. By the time this review is compiled (January 16), its international gross has reached $85,715,000 (which is only slightly greater that the production budget).
And so, the picture starts its narrative from introducing the bear who can speak. Actually all bears within the story are speaking like if a normal bear could speak, and positively nobody is wondering how this came true. In brief, the main point of the storyline is that one should not harm his or her environment… which Yogi, the main bear character, fails to observe. The fact is that Yogi is an unmatched troublemaker in any location he occurs to be; and wherever he is, he puts the order and calmness of surrounding world in danger. As at the time of narrative Yogi lives at protected woodland, this nature reserve is really in trouble!
Apart from main characters – namely, bears – the story introduces woodland’s hunter, who possesses solely good qualities; hunter’s never-do-well assistant; and a “cinema lady”, who’s called upon for bringing romantic storyline, however acting like a wild animal. Other characters, especially the negative ones, periodically meet her and then forcibly take a guess on whom exactly is she mocking now.
One more character standing alone from the main location of the story is the corrupted official, oh-so-typical for today’s reality, yet a little exaggerated. He is the mayor of location where the events take place. Aside from that, his only purpose in the film is to shine and emit prosperity, as well as to play on the side of evil and bureaucracy. Official demonstrates his everlasting will to buy-cheap-sell-high, and the same principle he applies to his electors. Mayor’s associates are also typical bootlickers, and actually all this cartoonish bureaucratic system under a loupe proves to accentuate all the downsides of real official system.
Surprisingly, the majority of jokes are targeted at the grown-up auditory. Not that the kids will not find them merry and lighthearted, actually they will because of funny dialogs, and on top of that the picture has plenty of falls, pranks, “face-to-cake” scenes – so anticipated by the youth.
A considerable part of the film belongs to romance. Of course, no one is even close to getting married, but kisses happen here and there. However, they don’t happen until hat barrier is surmounted.
Voice talents behind the picture are true complements to this living action. Daniel Aykroyd (the vocal sound of Yogi) together with Justin Timberlake (the vocal sound of Boo-Boo, Yogi’s nearest friend) are plausible voice actors, who fill their characters with even more charisma and distinction.
As for 3D scenery in “Yogi Bear”, the atmosphere and volume of the film is deep, even if the dimension from screen to viewer is mostly filled with flying baskets, rubbish, popcorn, water and even… Well, let’s leave something for your surprise.
If we sum it all up, “Yogi Bear” is a decent uplifting animation, which is fun not only for kids, but for adults, too. Perhaps some parts of screenplay could be a little more nontrivial, but still there are not so many pictures with talking bears in them.
Yogi Bear trailer