Yogi Bear is a 3D live action/computer animated comedy adventure film directed by Donald DeLine and produced by Karen Rosenfelt. It's a theatrical adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series and it serves as a finale to the original series.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Yogi and Boo Boo are two brown bears who have a penchant for stealing picnic baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park, while park rangers Smith and Jones try to prevent them from doing so. Meanwhile, Rachel, a nature documentary maker, arrives at the park to make a film about Yogi as a rare example of a talking bear. To this end she fits Boo Boo with a bow tie containing a miniature camera, so she can get footage of Yogi in his natural habitat.

Meanwhile, Mayor R. Brown realizes that Franklin City is facing bankruptcy due to profligate spending on his part. To solve it and fund his election campaign to be the next governor, the mayor decides to select Jellystone as a logging site, and Jellystone is prepared to be shut down.

To save the park from being shut down, Ranger Smith holds a Centennial festival where he hopes to make a profit selling Season Passes. To sabotage the effort, Mayor Brown plays on Ranger Jones' desire to be head ranger and promises him the position if the funds are not raised. Yogi had promised Smith to stay out of sight during the festival, but Jones convinces him to go ahead with the helping plan. Yogi tries to please the crowd with a waterskiing performance which goes awry when he inadvertently sets his cape on fire. In the ensuing chaos, the fireworks Smith set up are knocked over and ignited prematurely, launching them into the assembled audience who flee in a panic. After Jellystone is shut down, Ranger Smith is forced to stay in Evergreen Park, a small urban enclave choked with litter and pollution, but not after he tells Yogi that Yogi is not as smart as he thinks he is. Now seeing that their home is in danger of being destroyed, Yogi and Boo Boo travel to Evergreen Park, where Smith places the clues that Mayor Brown had given him, that Brown and his chief of staff, are planning to cut down Jellystone and its trees, to make money. They come back to Jellystone, and along with Rachel plan to stop the sale of the park. They learn that Boo Boo's pet frog-mouthed turtle is a rare and endangered species, which means that the Park cannot be destroyed with the frog-mouthed turtle there. Ranger Jones also teams up with them, after reforming when he learns Mayor Brown's plans for Jellystone. Mayor Brown captures the frog-mouthed turtle with help from his guards and tells his Chief of Staff to take it away, knowing that if it is no longer in the Park there is nothing to stop him cutting down the trees. He confesses his plan to shut down the park to Yogi and the others.

However, after Mayor Brown begins his press conference, Rachel realises that the camera in Boo Boo's bow tie has been filming the whole time and has captured the Mayor's confession. The turtle escapes from Brown's Chief of Staff by using his frog-like tongue to pull itself through the car window and out into the park. With Yogi and Boo-Boo distracting the security guards, Ranger Smith connects Boo Boo's camera to the jumbotron and Brown's confession is played to the assembled members of the press, and Brown and his guards are arrested by police officers. Brown's chief of staff attempts to run off, but Rachel pins him to the ground using what she learned from her time living with snow leopards. Smith resumes his post as head ranger, and he and Rachel admit their romantic feelings about each other. Jones works on the park's entrance booth, handing out leaflets about the rare frog-mouthed turtle to the vastly increased number of visitors, while Yogi and Boo Boo are stealing picnic baskets once again with Ranger Smith and Rachel in pursuit.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear, the picnic basket-stealing talking bear who lives in Jellystone Park.
  • Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo Bear, Yogi's sidekick, and sometimes the voice of reason.
  • Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith, the head ranger of Jellystone Park.
  • Anna Faris as Rachel Johnson, a nature documentary filmmaker, and Ranger Smith's love interest. She is called "Miss Movie Lady" or "Miss Moviemaker Lady" by Yogi and Boo Boo. She has spent time with the animals that she makes a documentary on learning a gorilla's rage and pinning down people like a snow leopard.
  • T. J. Miller as Ranger Jones, a park ranger who is tricked by Mayor Brown into getting Jellystone shut down, making the excuse that Jones will be the head ranger of the park.[1][2][3][4][5][6]
  • Andrew Daly as Mayor R. Brown, the main antagonist of the film. He is the Mayor of Franklin City who wants to shut Jellystone Park down so that he can make money for his city and become governor.
  • Nate Corddry as the Chief of Staff, Mayor Brown's assistant.
  • Frank Welker as Frog-Mouthed Turtle, Boo Boo's pet turtle.
  • Josh Robert Thompson as the narrator.

Cameos[edit | edit source]

Additional Voices[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

On October 2, 2008, it was confirmed that a live-action/CGI Yogi Bear movie was in the works.[7][8] Ash Brannon was originally scheduled to direct the film but was replaced by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D) when it was decided that the film would be produced as a 3-D project. Filming took place in the Lake Whakamaru Reserve, Waikato, New Zealand, as it was winter in the northern hemisphere and to wait for summer would put the production end time to be 6 months longer than if in southern hemisphere.

Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, in the original cartoon, Yogi's personality and mannerisms were based on a popular celebrity of the time. Art Carney's Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners was said to be Yogi's inspiration;[9][10] his voice mannerisms broadly mimic Carney as Norton.[11] Norton, in turn, received influence from Borscht Belt and comedians of vaudeville.[10] Dan Aykroyd, the voice actor of Yogi Bear, stated that he is trying to evoke the influences that shaped the original Yogi Bear's voice. Aykroyd said, "It's about hitting certain notes, going back to those old Lower East Side rhythms, the Catskills, Jersey, Upstate New York. It's the Yiddish language, essentially, being spoken in English. It's the 'setup, delivery, punch' that sitcoms live on today. That's where the origin of American humor is."[10] Aykroyd has stated that he grew up watching Yogi Bear on the long, cold, dark afternoons in his native Ottawa: "As a kid growing up in Ottawa, Canada, where the sky turns dark in the winter at about 3:30, Yogi Bear was my fire, my hearth, when I would come home. I would immediately turn on the TV while I thawed out."[12]

Justin Timberlake came in with a prepared Boo-Boo voice; when he was learning to sing when he was younger, he imitated various cartoon characters. Eric Brevig said that he intended to make a film that did not want parents who remembered watching Yogi Bear cartoons to feel marginalized and displaced by the contemporary rendition of Yogi Bear.[10]

The film's first trailer was released online on July 28, 2010. It was also attached with Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Alpha and Omega.[13] A second trailer premiered with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, and a third trailer premiered with Megamind, Tangled, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. It features a Todd Collins song called "Walk, Walk, Walk." One of the trailers was also attached with UK showings of Tron: Legacy.

The film was originally slated for release on June 25, 2010, but was pushed back to December 17, 2010 to avoid competition with Grown Ups.[7]

Rhythm and Hues provided CGI character animation for Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear and the Turtle in the film. The company had previously worked with Hanna-Barbera on past theatrical productions: The Flintstones (1994), its prequel Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Scooby-Doo (2002), and its sequel Monsters Unleashed (2004).

Reception[edit | edit source]

Critical response[edit | edit source]

Yogi Bear received negative reviews from film critics. Based on 101 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 13% "Rotten" approval rating for critics, with an average score of 3.6/10. The site's consensus stated "Yogi Bear's 3D effects and all-star voice cast are cold comfort for its aggressively mediocre screenplay."[14] The compiled score on Metacritic is 35%. One of few positive reviews came from film critics at Spill.com, who appreciated the film staying true to its original source material, and not trying to "hip it up", comparing the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks. The critics also praised Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake's performances, along the 3D effects. Common Sense Media gave the film one star, saying "Dumber-than-average family comedy won't even impress kids." IGN gave the film two stars, and summed up their review by saying "Of course, Yogi Bear is meant as a kids movie. And one supposes that it works on that level (the little ones at the press screening I attended seemed mildly amused). But we learned long ago that kids movies can operate on more than one level, and that's not something that director Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D) or his screenwriters are interested in. The result is a movie that's dumber than the average bear. Though at least it has a pee joke in it."

Box office[edit | edit source]

Yogi Bear debuted at the American and Canadian box office at #2 behind Tron: Legacy, with an under-performing $16,411,322;[15] compared to Tron Legacy's $44,026,211. The opening weekend was lower than Warner Bros. expected, but executives believed that the film would hold well throughout the holiday season.[16] The film earned $28 million in its first seven days, becoming Warner Bros.' top-grossing start for a family film for that year. In its second weekend, the film fell 53% to $7.8 million, falling to fifth place.

This number was a much harder fall than what Warner Bros. was hoping for, but it blamed the drop on Christmas Eve landing on a Friday plus the big snowstorm in the eastern United States during that period. On Monday, that blame seemed justified, as the film jumped up 11% from Sunday to $3.6 million, which was altogether a 33% jump from its previous Monday. In its third weekend, the film jumped up 66% to $13 million and ranking fourth. The next weekend, it dropped 46% and ranked eighth with $6.8 million. Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, it was able to pick up $7.4 million for the four-day, jumping up 12% from the previous weekend.

The film has picked up $100,246,011 in the U.S. and Canada and also has a worldwide total of $201,584,141. Against an $80 million budget, the film has become a surprise box office hit.

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

2011 Teen Choice Awards

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Many students of Daws Butler (the original voice of Yogi Bear) sent Dan Aykroyd tapes of Butler explaining how to do Yogi's voice. Aykroyd refused to listen to any of the tapes, preferring to do his own take on the classic character.
  • This is the first live-action adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon to be made without the assistance of William Hanna or Joseph Barbera, who passed away in 2001 and 2006 respectively.

When Justin Timberlake was younger and learning to sing, he imitated various cartoon characters, and so came in with a prepared Boo-Boo voice.

  • Yogi, the cartoon character, has an iconic pose often used in comic books, advertising, etc. He is leaning, one arm extended, legs crossed at the ankles. Ranger Smith replicates this pose in the background of one scene.
  • T.J. Miller had a nearly fatal brain disease while shooting this film, and required surgery.
  • Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake recorded most of their dialogue together.
  • The film was primarily shot in New Zealand, as it was winter in the northern hemisphere and to wait for summer would delay the shooting schedule longer by six months longer than if in southern hemisphere.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When a pinecone falls out of a tree and hits Yogi in the eye.

Home media[edit | edit source]

Warner Home Video released the film on Blu-ray/DVD on March 22, 2011 in four versions:

  • DVD (single-disc)
  • Blu-ray (single-disc)
  • Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy
  • Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy

Sequel[edit | edit source]

A part two is in the works, and Jay Chandrasekhar has been chosen to direct.[17][18]

Music[edit | edit source]

Yogi Bear
John Debney
Recorded 2010
Length 56:09
Produced by Donald De Line

Yogi Bear is a soundtrack to the film of the same name, released under Warner Bros. Pictures The music of the film and this album are both credited to be composed and produced by American composer John Debney

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All music is composed by John Debney.

No. Title Length
1. "Lasagna Performed by"   2:48
2. "Rhythm Of Love Performed by Plain White T's"   3:17
3. "Baby Got Back Performed by Sir Mix a Lot"   4:14
4. "The Sound of Sunshine Performed by Michael Franti & Spearhead"   TBA
5. "William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini"   3:14
6. "Nothin' But a Good Time Performed by Poison"   3:43
7. "Runnin' Wild Performed by Airbourne"   TBA
8. "Don't Stop Believin' Performed by Journey"   TBA
9. "My Best Friend Performed by Weezer"   2:48
10. "Rachel's Song Performed by Tom Cavanagh"   (2:22)
11. "Yogi Bear 3-D Jellystone Park"   (01:54)
12. "Main Title - Smith and Jones"   (01:20)
13. "Rigged Picnic Table"   (02:59)
14. "Mayor's Scheme - Yogi - Rachel Intro"   (01:19)
15. "Kindred Spirits"   (01:34)
16. "Boo Boo Cam"   (02:08)
17. "Rezoned"   (01:53)
18. "Baskitnabber 2000"   (01:13)
19. "Hiding the Glider"   (00:50)
20. "Fannypack of Merit Badges"   (00:27)
21. "Sprawling Beauty"   (00:29)
22. "Fireworks"   (01:29)
23. "Jones Enlisted"   (01:19)
24. "Can't Wait"   (00:11)
25. "Handcuffed"   (01:23)
26. "Hope Nothing Goes Wrong"   (00:23)
27. "Jones Tricks Yogi"   (01:10)
28. "Chaos at the Fireworks"   (00:52)
29. "How Smart Are You Now"   (01:29)
30. "Ranger Smith is Gone"   (01:30)
31. "How Could It Be Worse"   (00:59)
32. "Something's Wrong"   (00:19)
33. "Jellystone Under Siege"   (02:08)
34. "Catching the Train"   (01:02)
35. "Getting Bearings"   (01:06)
36. "Yogi Fly By"   (00:29)
37. "Rollar Blade Near Miss"   (00:17)
38. "Fight for the Things You Love"   (01:35)
39. "Smith Rachael Reunion"   (01:23)
40. "Frog Mouth Turtle"   (00:32)
41. "I Have a Plan"   (00:53)
42. "Flight of the Nabber"   (04:43)
43. "The Rapids"   (02:37)
44. "Return of Armadillo - I Want Power"   (01:08)
45. "Keep Your Dignity"   (00:56)
46. "Is He Still Filming"   (00:22)
47. "Caught Red-Handed"   (01:49)
48. "He's Right Next to Me"   (01:31)
49. "Goodbye Jellystone"   (02:17)
50. "Also Sprach Zarathrustra"    
Total length:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Justin Chang, "Yogi Bear," Variety, December 12, 2010. Found at Variety website. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  2. Melinda Miller, "'Yogi Bear' spoils the picnic: Film with potential winds up being mostly unbearable," Buffalo News, December 17, 2010. Found at Buffalo News.com website. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  3. Kirk Honeycutt, "Film Review: 'Yogi Bear' May Send Viewers Into Hibernation," Hollywood Reporter, December 13, 2010. Found at Hollywood Reporter website, accessed January 10, 2011.
  4. Jacob, "TJ Miller Cast as Ranger Jones Thanks to Bizarre Audition," November 22, 2009, Beyond Hollywood website. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  5. Kristy Mangel, "T.J. Miller Cast in 'Yogi Bear'," November 18, 2009, The Apiary website. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  6. Yogi Bear Interview - T.J. Miller, December 4, 2010. Found at TV Guide website. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2008-11-02. [dead link]
  8. The Yogi Bear Show: Yogi and Boo Boo Coming to Movie Theaters. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  9. Sennett, p. 60.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Breznican, Anthony. "Yogi Bear gets a digital makeover", USA Today, August 24, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-12-12. 
  11. Sennett, p. 59.
  12. Chicago Parent, interview with Dan Aykroyd, Dec. 17, 2010
  13. Hartog, Kelly. "Sneak peek: Sixties favourite Yogi Bear returns to screens in 3D... but critics aren't impressed", Daily Mail, July 30, 2010. 
  14. Yogi Bear Movie Reviews. Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved on January 17, 2010.
  15. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=yogibear.htm
  16. ``Tron: Legacy’ uploads at No. 1 with $43.6M debut
  17. http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/95428-jay-chandrasekhar-to-direct-yogi-bear-sequel
  18. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=35364

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