Movies In My Collection #177: In Defense Of… Yogi Bear

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Last week, I spoke in the defense of the first Alvin & The Chipmunks movie, this week, I speak in the defense of another live-action adaptation of an animated movie, Yogi Bear:

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Yogi Bear is a 2010 American family comedy film directed by Eric Brevig, produced by Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt, written by Brad Copeland, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia with music by John Debney and based on the animated television series The Yogi Bear Show and the character created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

The film stars Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T. J. Miller, Nate Corddry and Andrew Daly with narration by Josh Robert Thompson. The movie tells the story of Yogi Bear as he tries to save his park from being logged. Principal photography began in November 2009. It was preceded by the cartoon short Rabid Rider, starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.

The film received generally negative reviews from critics, and earned $201.6 million on a $80 million budget. The film premiered at Westwood on December 11, 2010, and was theatrically released on December 17, 2010 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Yogi Bear won the Top Box Office Films at the ASCAP Awards and the Feature Film at the EMA Awards in 2011, and received a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Animated Movie: Voice. The theme song from the classic animated series was never played in the movie.

Most adaptations of classic cartoons usually steer away from sticking closely to the cartoons like Garfield, Alvin & The Chipmunks, and The Smurfs but thankfully, 2010’s Yogi Bear, while not a great movie, was watchable because it stuck closely to the concept of the cartoon more than most adaptations do.

The voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake surprisingly do a good job of keeping with the spirit of the original voices of Daws Butler and Don Messick really well, especially Timberlake as Boo Boo.

Not a bad movie and can be enjoyed considering its’ brief run time of just under 80 minutes but honestly, you have to give credit to the filmmakers for at least staying true to the cartoon.

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