A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this musical cartoon from 1980 (re-released for the 2009 holiday rush) is a fun one for kids and adults (unlike more recent kids-only My Little Pony and Mickey Mouse fare). Yogi does have an ardent admirer in the form of Cindy Bear, who takes enthusiastic advantage of mistletoe to give Yogi kisses. She sings songs about snagging Yogi, and even says she is "ready and willing." Yogi's response? "It ain't easy being a dreamboat."
What's the story?
The setting is Christmastime at Jellystone Park, and Ranger Smith is driving Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, and the gang to the Jellystone Lodge for some holiday fun. As they gear up for a big celebration, their music awakens a certain pair of bears who should be hibernating for the winter. Just in time, too, because this lodge is in danger of being sold "for financial reasons." The said owner of the lodge, Mrs. Throckmorton, is going to join the festivities with her nephew Snively for a last bash before she puts the lodge up for sale. Yogi and Boo Boo find themselves being mistaken as waiters, but are soon getting swept into the holiday spirit. Since bears usually hibernate all winter long, Yogi has never seen a Christmas and he makes it his goal to stay awake for the holiday. Can he stay awake? Even more importantly: can he help save the lodge?
Is it any good?
The picnic basket-obsessed bear has charmed audiences with his suave style since 1961, and this full-length movie highlights the most charming facets of Yogi's appeal. He's got an appetite, he's got talent, he's good with the ladies, and he knows how to bust a rhyme. Who else in the cartoon pantheon wakes from a deep winter's sleep to say: "Hey hey hey, I'm going into a coma/ over that tantalizing aroma"? And there are enough interesting side stories to keep even the most restless holiday viewer interested until the end. A very nice alternative to the typical Christmas fare. And it's funny to boot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about crushes. Are Cindy's singing advances toward Yogi just silly fun or not? How does Yogi handle his suitor?
What makes a good holiday special? Which ones are just fun for kids and which ones are fun for the whole family? What are your family's favorites? Do you watch them every year?
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