Yogi Bear’s pic-a-nic basket stealing days are over

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HE may be smarter than the av-er-age bear, but Yogi Bear obviously isn’t smart enough to see a poor film.

Made famous by the amazing Hanna-Barbara cartoons, Yogi Bear is everyone’s favourite pic-a-nic basket stealing bear who lives with Boo Boo in Jellystone Park.

Brought to ‘life’ through a combination of CGI and live action, this film could well have been brilliant, but fell worryingly short of the mark.

Filmed needlessly in 3D, it follows Yogi, voiced by Dan Aykroyd, Jellystone Park’s notorious troublemaker, and his trusty companion Boo Boo, voiced by Justin Timberlake, who between them think up entertaining schemes to separate park visitors from the picnic baskets.

And this is where the good stuff stops.

Mayor Brown is selling Jellystone park and there’s nothing that Ranger Smith or Yogi can do about it. Or is there?

Yogi must prove he really is smarter than the average bear in order to save Ranger Smith’s job and the park from closing forever. I wonder if they manage it?

It’s hard to ruin the charm that Yogi has, but somehow, mixing him with a poor plotline and some bad acting, seems to have done just that.

I read so many bad reviews of this film I thought it couldn’t possibly be true, how could a film about Yogi Bear be bad?

I had to see it for myself, and now I wished I had kept the happy cartoon Yogi charm instead.

A disappointing effort, that struggled to keep the interests of even the kids in the cinema.

See Gnomeo and Juliet instead!

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