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Yogi Bear

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  Yogi Bear Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
3.33 /10
Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh
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Directed by: Eric Brevig
Written by: Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin and Brad Copeland

Released: 2010
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 80

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Very undemanding, extremely young children may enjoy Yogi Bear 3D, a live-action comedy thatís a belated spin-of the old TV cartoon.

Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake make a reasonable stab at the voices of the kleptomaniac bear and his submissive sidekick, but a fairer title for the movie might have been Boo-Boo.

The problem is the feeble screenplay, so deficient in gags and creativity that it merely recycles the premise that was such a drag in last yearís Furry Vengeance.

An unprincipled mayor (Andrew Daly) wishes to sell Jellystone Park off to loggers, and only the two loquacious bears and the long-suffering Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) can save the environment, along with a visiting documentary-maker Ė thatís Anna Faris, looking as if she wishes she were somewhere and someone else.

Older children may wonder where all the other environmentalists have got to, and why it doesnít occur to anyone that a couple of talking bears might attract an awful lot of tourists. Adults will notice that itís dumber than the average bear movie, and recall that somehow or other the Hanna-Barbera cartoons got by without jokes about rectal thermometers and flatulence.

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