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Yogi Bear
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Even the average bear would be smart enough to pass this movie.
Genre: Live-action/animated film
Directed By: Eric Brevig
Produced By: Donald De Line
Karen Rosenfelt
Written By: Brad Copeland
Joshua Sternin
Jeffrey Ventimilia
Based On: The Yogi Bear Show
by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Starring: Dan Aykroyd
Justin Timberlake
T.J. Miller
Tom Cavanagh
Anna Faris
Andrew Daly
Nate Corddry
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Peter James
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 11, 2010 (Westwood)
December 17, 2010 (United States)
Runtime: 81 Minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $80 million
Box Office: $203.5 million
Sequel: Yogi Bear 2 (cancelled)

Yogi Bear is a 2010 American live-action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Eric Brevig and written for the screen by Brad Copeland, Joshua Sternin, and Jeffrey Ventimilia. Based on the 1961 animated television series The Yogi Bear Show and the character of the same name created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It stars Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Nate Corddry, and Andrew Daly, as well as the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake. Produced by Donald De Line's De Line Pictures and Sunswept Entertainment. The movie premiered at Westwood on December 11, 2010, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 17, 2010 by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Yogi Bear and his sidekick, Boo-Boo, are Jellystone Park's most notorious troublemakers, hatching countless schemes to separate park visitors from their vittles. Standing in the way of picnic perfection is their long-suffering nemesis, Ranger Smith. But when Mayor Brown announces his plans to sell Jellystone Park to loggers, Yogi, Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith must put their differences aside and join forces to save their beloved campground from closing forever.

Why It Doesn't Deserve A Picnic Basket

  1. The main problem with the movie is that the screenplay is 'aggressively mediocre' and has hardly any connection to the cartoon at all. In fact, it feels like it has an extremely weak and predictable story that's been used in numerous of better films.
  2. The movie has some illogical and nonsensical scenes, making its tone super predictable and awkward from top to bottom. Examples include:
    • A pointless romantic subplot involving Ranger Smith and Rachel Johnson that explains why Cindy Bear was left out and Ranger Smith was promoted to be the main protagonist instead of Yogi himself.
    • The main plot involving Yogi and Boo-Boo having to stop the mayor from closing Jellystone Park, yet Yogi screws everything up for everyone around him.
    • Yogi wants to start a picnic in the middle of the forest but then decides to cancel it for no real reason. Why did he cancel it?
    • Other scenes of people that are embarrassing to watch, such as the scenes with Mayor Brown.
  3. Poor acting from much of the cast, except for Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo (see GQ #1).
  4. Much of the movie's humor consists of pointless fart and burp jokes and forgettable juvenile humor, making it go way off in many ways.
    • Speaking of toilet humor, there's a scene featuring gross out humor, where Yogi catches a slug and eats it. After he eats it, Yogi blows the slug out of his nose.
  5. The characters are bland and uninteresting.
  6. Somewhat poor grasp of the source material: Some of the characters don't behave like their original counterparts or designs.
  7. Certain supporting characters from the show don't appear for some reason. For example, Yogi's love interest Cindy Bear doesn't appear nor is mentioned in the film, which makes the entire film a rather unmitigated disappointment.
  8. Yogi's antics sometimes get way too extreme and are not subtle like in the original series.
  9. The idea of putting political themes in a kid's film is very unnecessary and isn't even in the original series.
  10. There is a scene where Yogi and Boo-Boo dance to the song "Baby Got Back", a song that doesn't belong in a film based on a family-friendly show.
  11. Some of the writing can be very cheesy at times.
  12. Mayor Brown, the film's main antagonist, is so bland and forgettable that his motivation makes no sense.
  13. Many unnecessary and forced pop-culture references, including a reference to the theme of the original Superman film series and a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey in the scene Yogi fantasizes about a donut in space while Also Sprach Zarathustra plays.
    • The latter reference is also pretty much just filler because it doesn't serve anything to the story and it was only there so that the directors and writers can force in a random pop culture reference, but even then, the context of the clip makes no sense whatsoever, what's the connection between donuts and space and why would Yogi be floating in space towards a giant one?
  14. Weak direction skill of Eric Brevig, the same director behind Journey to the Center of the Earth.
  15. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera both died years before this film was even thought of.
  16. Misleading title: Despite being called Yogi Bear, the first half of the movie focuses a lot on Ranger Smith and Rachel Johnson as mentioned above.
  17. Laughably bad misuse of the Wilhelm Scream when Yogi gets hit in the eye with a pinecone.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake's voice performances as Yogi and Boo-Boo are great, especially with Justin Timberlake's role as Boo-Boo, as his voice for the character manages to sound exactly like the voice for Boo-Boo in the original Hanna Barbara cartoons.
  2. The soundtrack is well composed by John Debney.
  3. It was nice to have Yogi and Boo-Boo to be brought back after sixteen years (not counting the specials made between this and Yo Yogi!).
  4. There are still a few funny moments here and there.
  5. Decent Over the Hedge-esque CGI effects and visuals, mainly on Yogi and Boo-Boo themselves, who look almost like their iconic counterparts, and overall the animation is not all that bad.
  6. At least it's very faithful to the original cartoon, unlike most live-action adaptations of Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
  7. The ending is pretty good and touching.
  8. Thankfully, the song "Baby Got Back" was only played for a short period.
  9. The credits animation looks similar to that of the original source material.


Yogi Bear received extremely negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, with many criticizing the writing and plot, while praising the faithfulness to its source material, CGI effects, and Aykroyd and Timberlake's vocal performances. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 13% with an average rating of 3.6 out of 10. The site consensus states: "Yogi Bear's 3D effects and all-star voice cast are cold comfort for its aggressively mediocre screenplay." On Metacritic, the film has weighted a score of 35 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews," as well as an average score of 4.6/10 on IMDb. Common Sense Media critic Sandie Angulo Chen called the film a "dumber-than-average family comedy that won't even impress kids."

Box office

Yogi Bear debuted at the America and Canadian box office at #2 behind TRON: Legacy, with an under-performing $16,411,322 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. The film grossed $103.3 million in the United States and Canada and a worldwide total of $203.5 million against an $80 million budget.

Awards and nominations

Yogi Bear won two awards. It won one ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for the Top Box Office Award and one Environmental Media Awards for Feature film. For the Teen Choice Awards, it was nominated for Choice Animated Movie: Voice for Justin Timberlake.


The Main Trailer

Reviews, Extreme Rants, and the First Viewing


  • T.J. Miller had a near-fatal brain disease during filming and had to require surgery.
  • Brendan Fraser, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and Will Arnett were all considered for the role of Ranger Smith.
  • Yogi Bear (in cartoon form) does have a cameo appearance in the trailer of Space Jam: A New Legacy along with other Hanna-Barbera characters.
  • This movie was so poorly received that there was no Yogi Bear content made for 11 years, until Jellystone came to HBO Max in 2021.
  • TJ Miller and Anna Faris would later participate in another project together 7 years later, doing voicework for The Emoji Movie, as Gene and Jailbreak respectively.

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