Sure I watched “Yogi Bear” cartoons when I was a kid. Yet, I can’t remember why I loved it so much. What I can remember is that something about it captivated me to watch it every day, along with my other favorites like “Transformers,” “Thundercats,” “He-Man” and many more.
Then, I heard they were making a “Yogi Bear” movie. My initial reaction to this was not good. Later, I found out it was starring Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo and Anna Faris as someone else. All of the sudden, my opinion about the project changed … for the better.
Honestly, this movie doesn’t surprise me, since all the old-day movies and cartoons are being made into films lately. It was just a matter of time until Yogi Bear would return as a computer generated image (CGI) — ala Garfield, Scooby Doo and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Finally, I heard it would be filmed in 3D and I would just like to point out that I am not in the 3D hating bandwagon. So this is always good to news to me since I have enjoyed all the 3D movies that I have seen this year. Although, I can certainly understand the disappointment about non-3D movies being converted to 3D lately.
Here is the plot description for the movie: Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors — and, even worse, Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is “smarter than the average bear” as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanaugh) to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.
I am so glad that Dan Aykroyd is still around gracing us with his talent. He is a comic great and I miss him. Even if it is just his voice, and even if he changes it to sound like Yogi, it’s still a legend behind the legend. Also, having Justin Timberlake in this movie is all kinds of greatness. He is definitely talented, and he is a funny guy. I have enjoyed his SNL performances and felt he won me over with them and I look forward to seeing him as Boo Boo.
Now that our first look at the movie is available via the new trailer (embedded below), we can start roaring about it. The trailer has some cute moments between the characters and this is where I think the movie will be fun for adults. Faris’ character (Rachel) and Ranger Smith, Yogi and Boo Boo, and Ranger Smith and Ranger Jones. Otherwise, this will be a hit amongst the kiddies, who will most likely get bombarded with promotional lure during all their TV shows as the movie approaches.
As a “science experiment,” I watched the trailer with my 5-year-old son. Needless to say, he loved it and was high-fiving me throughout. So, can you predict what will happen Dec. 17 when it is released? Predict away in the comment section to the right.
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