Yogi Bear 3D

Adventure,Animation,Comedy

3D reworking of Jellystone Park's most famous resident Discuss this article

If you don’t count the credits, the movie clocks in at a merciful 73 minutes. It’s in 3D – a format that, combined with Yogi’s penchant for picnic-snatching, affords untold delights for viewers who like having jelly moulds thrust in their faces. There’s a 2001 parody in which Yogi fantasises about a giant, planet-sized doughnut, which should prompt fond memories of The Simpsons. The screenwriters have supplied romantic dialogue so comically awful (‘I’m like a genus without a phylum,’ Cavanagh’s park ranger says to Faris’s nature documentarian, who swoons) it should give hope to the mateless. And the film is actually fascinating if you forget that there are cartoon bears on screen – the shoddy live-action–animation integration makes that easy – and pretend you’re watching Aykroyd and Timberlake. You’ll never view The Social Network the same way.

The plot is enviro-friendly. ‘We don’t have any more resources to exploit,’ the mayor frets, minutes before turning his eyes to Yogi’s home of Jellystone National Park (the politician’s Journey-scored campaign commercial gets one of the film’s few laughs). Cue mishaps involving a last-minute fundraiser, a jealous junior park ranger and an endangered turtle. It’s enough to rouse ursine crankiness in anyone.

By Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Doha,

Yogi Bear

  • Duration: 80
  • Released: Thu, 10 Feb
  • Classification: G
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Eric Brevig
  • Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Nathan Corddry, Andrew Daly, Dean Knowsley

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