Yogi Bear

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Dumber-than-average family comedy won't even impress kids.
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 42 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 52 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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!
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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 14, 2013

Good movie for kids

We watched this movie and thought it was really good. My younger daughter got scared at the part where Yogi's cape catches on fire but she was only 5. So I... Continue reading
Kid, 6 years old April 14, 2011

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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