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Yogi Bear

Dumber-than-average family comedy won't even impress kids.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn the importance of state parks.

Positive messages

Positive messages include taking care of state parks and discovering the fun that can be had with your family and friends in the outdoors.

Positive role models

Ranger Smith and Rachel are both environmentally aware advocates for Jellystone Park, and even though they frequently make mistakes, Yogi and Boo Boo always have good intentions (except when they're stealing pies ...). Even Ranger Jones has a change of heart and realizes that the park is more important than his ambition to be head ranger.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish, slapsticky violence includes lots of messy picnic basket-nabbings, pratfalls, and minor crashes that are humorously disastrous but don't seem to really hurt (even though they should).

Sexy stuff

Some flirting between Ranger Smith and Rachel, as well as one kiss at the end. Yogi makes a silly comment about how Ranger Smith should court Rachel by fighting off potential suitors and then urinating on her to "mark her" as his.


Insults like "dumb," "stupid," "loser," "heck," and the like.


Product placements aren't frequent, but a few scenes show a Lincoln Town Car and a Jeep, as well as a Ford pick-up truck.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this broad comedy based on the Yogi Bear cartoons is age-appropriate for most elementary schoolers. There are some cartoonish, slapstick disasters (people falling, pies hitting Yogi in the face, people evacuating a campsite after fireworks start flying everywhere, etc.), and some insults (such as "stupid" and "loser"), but other than that, things are pretty tame. One couple does flirt and eventually shares a brief kiss, but there's no overt sexuality. The consumerism is also surprisingly mild, with only a few cars as product placements. Amid the silly humor, kids may learn how valuable state and national parks are and why it's fun to explore the outdoors with your family. Note: The 3-D version of the movie makes some parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but it doesn't have the "scary" factor that other 3-D flicks do.

What's the story?

Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) runs Jellystone Park, which is known for being home to a talking, picnic basket-stealing, smarter-than-the-average bear named Yogi (voiced by Dan Aykroyd), as well as his diminutive best pal, Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake). Smith and his slightly dimwitted deputy, Ranger Jones (T.J. Miller), are visited by Rachel (Anna Faris), a nature documentarian who wants to capture Yogi and Boo Boo's antics for a film. But the ambitious, unethical Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) decides that in order to successfully run for governor, he must rezone Jellystone for "agricultural purposes" to help turn the near-bankrupt city's budget crisis into a surplus. The only glitch in the mayor's plan is that he can't take control of Jellystone if it's profitable as a park, so Ranger Smith -- with Rachel, Yogi, and Boo Boo's help -- attempts to raise thousands of dollars in one week, before the park is closed to the public forever.

Is it any good?


YOGI BEAR may be known as the smarter-than-the-average bear, but this frankly dumb movie has neither the nostalgia factor necessary for parents to really enjoy it. It also lacks the visuals to justify the 3-D surcharges at movie theaters. Sure, young kids who are just starting to understand comedy will laugh a few times -- especially because the movie stars two talking bears -- but parents will probably wonder why yet another cultural touchstone from their youth has been remade in the broadest, least original way imaginable.

It's a shame; the comic actors are all talented performers, but there's just no point to the story. We've seen this same plot line (save the animal/park/zoo/habitat) a dozen different times. The low point of the uninspired dialogue has to be when Faris, playing eco-friendly filmmaker Rachel, stares directly at the camera and says "I love this park!" Aykroyd will always be a favorite comedian from the '70s and '80s, and he deserves so much more than this cheesy, forgettable save-the-forest flick.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's environmentally friendly message. What point is it making about parks? Do you agree?

  • Compare this movie to others based on cartoons. Which other cartoons do you think should be adapted for the big screen?

  • Was Ranger Jones actually ready to be named head ranger? What happens when you're allowed to do something you're not mature enough to do yet?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 17, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:March 22, 2011
Cast:Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh
Director:Eric Brevig
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Wild animals
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild rude humor

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byAppleNell December 23, 2010

Hey hey, Boo-Boo: It Could Have Been Worse

After being completely traumatized by "Tangled," it was kind of nice to see a movie so banal and uncomplicated that even the most timorous toddler (or overanalytical parent) will survive it with nary a tremor. I set my kid movie nadir at "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," and my acme at movies like "Meet the Robinsons," "Princess and the Frog," "Up," and "Despicable Me." This was modestly above the sybarite canids, and measurably below the top of the heap. Nevertheless, it was gently entertaining, harmless, and features appealing voice talent for the CGI bears and very decent acting by the male and female leads. The villains are cartoonish and inept. The story is thin as Mae West's peignoir, but it's positive. This is not a movie you need to see in 3D, as the combination of live and CGI characters undermines much of the effect's power. In a nutshell: if, like us, you ended up missing the movie you meant to see, don't be afraid to take the younger set to it. Both my kids liked it very much.
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Parent of a 6 and 6 year old Written byEyeball May 9, 2011
We all enjoyed this movie as a family, everyone got a laugh, just like the old days watching Yogi Bear cartoons!
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Parent Written byTXBoysMom April 1, 2011

It is what it is--a funny movie geared for younger kids

I am surprised that this movie got so many negative reviews. I have 3 and 6 y/o boys, and our movie night choices are made with them in mind. I need a movie that my 6 y/o wont reject as babyish, but one that isnt scary or inappropriate for the preschooler. This led us to Yogi Bear. Both my boys thought this movie was great and laughed out loud throughout it. I found it cute and not annoying, which is what I hope for when I get a movie for a kindergartener and preschooler. Yes, the plot is thin to non-existent and the dialogue isnt going to win any Oscars. But its cute with a positive message, there is a bad guy but he isnt at all scary, theres a love interest but it stays goofy rather than sexual, and the only objectionable joke/language was the playing of the Sir Mixalots song with the line -I like big butts- (which of course made the 6 y/o roll on the floor laughing). OK, I could have definitely done without that bit, but all things considered, this movie is lighthearted fun appropriate for younger ages and up. I wish there were more movies like this.