A Bit of a Boo Boo
It should be celebration time at Jellystone Park as it is the centenary year. Unfortunately due to falling number Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) wants to shut the park down and sell off the land. Not only does this mean that Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) will be out of a job but Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will be out of a home. So Yogi, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and photographer Rachel (Anna Faris) join forces to save the park and for once Yogi to prove he is "smarter than the average bear".
Taking in to consideration that this "Yogi Bear" is made for a current young generation I will say that I guess it should work. There is a simple storyline, comical human characters and of course Yogi Bear and Boo Boo stealing picnic baskets. As such, as entertainment for young children "Yogi Bear" is closer to being at "Chipmunk" movie than say a "Marmaduke".
But as someone who grew up on the original "Yogi Bear" cartoon I have to say that this was hard work. From Dan Aykroyd trying to deliver the voice but not quite getting it to watching these CGI versions shake their booties to "I Like Big Butts" it just wasn't the Yogi and Boo Boo from my childhood. Ironically the simplicity of the storyline as well as the comical romance of Ranger Smith and Rachel was just right for me but the characterisation, jokes and voice work didn't do it for me.
What this all boils down to is that "Yogi Bear" might work for a young audience who didn't grow up on the old animated series it isn't so good for those who can still hear the voices of Daws Butler and Don Messick when they were Yogi and Boo Boo.