‘Yogi Bear’ Trailer #3: A Movie Strictly for the Kids

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Yogi Bear Movie Images Yogi Bear Trailer #3: A Movie Strictly for the Kids

A lot of people have been complaining about this new Yogi Bear movie, which merges live-action with CGI characters in order to bring the popular Hann-Barbera cartoon to life in the very same vein as Scooby-Doo or The Chipmunks have already.

Of course, those same people always assert that their beloved childhood cartoons should be spared from Hollywood’s exploitative touch, so they will probably spiral further down into despair when they see this latest Yogi Bear trailer.

Now, the second Yogi Bear trailer was pretty thin on story (read: there wasn’t one), instead opting to throw a series of hijinks and gags at us in the hope that we would be amused. And, if I was a six-year-old boy again, I might’ve been.

This new trailer is basically a re-hash that also fails to introduce any real “story” for the film, and again relies upon hijinks, gags, CGI characters voiced by big-name stars (Dan Aykroyd as Yogi, Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo) and the all-powerful promise of 3D. I feel especially bad for Tom Cavanagh (Scrubs) and Anna Farris (Scary Movie), who play the two live-action humans who suffer Yogi’s crazy picnic basket-swiping schemes.

However, despite everything in this film that fails to impress me, I’m pretty sure the kids will get a kick out of Yogi Bear. Watch the new trailer below:

As you can see, from the “humor,” to the “dialog” to the phoned-in “acting” by the human players, Yogi Bear looks to be strictly for the juice box crowd, while simultaneously serving as a nice payday for the actors involved. After all, that Chipmunks franchise has been a gold mine so far!

Yogi Bear will be in theaters on December 17th.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. why?why?WHY????

  2. Why are you guys acting like whining brats? We all have to accept things in life the way they are. The movie might not be as bad as you think and when it comes out why don’t you all go see it for yourself.

    • These are the parts of the movie the studio decided would BEST get people into seats.

      This trailer indicates severe awfulness. I do not see this as being one of those cases where the trailer fools you into getting a better picture than advertised.

      • IT IS A KIDS MOVIE!!!!

        After we have that put to the side, I think this is very reflective on how Yogi Bear used to be. Kids will find this enjoyable. It looks pretty entertaining.

        • Let me share a list of a few films which were both entertaining for children while not treating them and their parents like imbeciles:

          “The Incredibles” and pretty much all other Pixar films.

          “Kung Fu Panda”
          “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
          “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
          “Beauty and the Beast”

          and going back further in history…

          “The Princess Bride”
          “Mary Poppins”
          “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

          Granted that the source material for Yogi Bear was never at that level, but the average Yogi Bear cartoon lasted a few minutes and not for anywhere near the length of a feature-length film.

          Then there’s the fact that the quality of the source material really isn’t a crutch for explaining away the faults of the feature adaptation. Most people don’t know it, but the book the Godfather was based on really isn’t all that good. On the other hand, a highly recognized book like “Bonfire of the Vanities” got turned into an abysmal film.

          You can take low-grade source material and turn it into gold, and vice-versa. It’s a weak excuse to fall back on the original to cover up the weaknesses of the adaptation.

          And then there’s things like the “Let’s Kick it” dance clip in the trailer which was one of the things I noticed that never were in the original, yet feel like it was put there strictly because an executive told the director that they had to have a dance sequence because that’s what ‘these kinds of films’ have to have in them now.

          • So… Some three year old is smarter than the average bear?

            • They don’t make theatrical releases specifically targeted for three year olds. They tend to be busy watching teletubbies and aren’t yet old enough to grasp narrative structure. And if you are making your film for three year olds, the parents are going to want to hunt you down for having them sit through the experience with them (and for being goaded into buying the dvd to placate those three year olds, which they will watch over and over and over again).

              However, ages 5, 8, 10 et al? They’re capable of enjoying any one of those films I just mentioned above and their parents will walk out wanting to thank the directors involved.

              There is absolutely no need to lower standards under the pretense that “it’s for kids”. It’s the parents who are paying for those tickets, and typically, the ones who have to be there with them.

              Saying “It’s a kid’s movie” is like admitting that kids are too dumb to appreciate the basics of understanding plot, so why pay attention to it? It’s laziness, and often enough, it’s wrong. Kids are smart enough to get simple, well-thought out plots. All the above films contain all the visual elements required to keep kids attentions while not underestimating their cognative abilities when it comes to crafting plot either.

  3. This isn’t really a surprise. They were never trying to target the original audience who liked the show. They are trying to get a new group interested in Yogi Bear. And your right, the little kids will love this.

  4. Saw this while watching megamind.

    I liked the kung fu panda teaser it was funny!

  5. The CGI looks good, and the designs appear as faithful as one can be from 2d hand drawn to cgi, but those aren’t reason enough to warrant the price of a ticket if, as the trailer indicates, the script and acting is utter crapola.

    This is, sadly, about all I ever expected from this project from the moment I heard about it.

    • Give it a rest people – it’s friggin Yogi Bear! The trailer was at least as funny as several episodes of the cartoon (and honestly, the CG is really pretty great).

      • An episode of the cartoon lasted a few minutes.

        A feature length film is at least an hour and a half. You can’t stretch that stuff out to that length without adding something to justify it. Nothing in the preview indicates they’ve done that.


  7. I don’t get all the fuss. I mean, can anyone name a plot or story from an original yogi bear cartoon? He stole picnic baskets and annoyed the ranger. Do you you want it modernized where he urinates on someone or endless masturbation jokes?

    You can’t have it both ways. I’d say this one is at least more faithful to the source material.

    • Hehehe… Exactly.

    • A cartoon that lasts all of a few minutes doesn’t need a plot to sustain itself.

      A feature length film that lasts typically about 90 minutes on the low-end average, needs a plot to sustain itself because most people will be ready to poke their eyeballs out if all you give them is repeated, episodic slapstick for that long.

      What is mildly diverting for 5 minutes, becomes like Chinese water torture when extended for duration.

      “Louie-Louie” is a fun song, but imagine playing it at opera-length and you begin to get the idea.

    • ” Do you you want it modernized where he urinates on someone or endless masturbation jokes? You can’t have it both ways. I’d say this one is at least more faithful to the source material.”

      It doesn’t have to be modified to be ‘modernized’, but it does have to be modified to adapt to the different medium, for the reasons mentioned above. In that sense, you can indeed ‘have it both ways’. You can change the idea so it fits in long-format film while retaining the essence of the source material.

      It just doesn’t feel like they did that from the trailer. It looks as episodic and scattershot as the cartoon, and that they DID try to ‘modernize’ it with the addition of the ‘kick it’ segment.

  8. I´m from Germany and Yogi Bear isn´t really big here. But this is the biggest BS since Batman And Robin… Why don´t they let cartoons be cartoons?!!

    • It´s like making a live action Bugs Bunny movie…

    • He’s not really big here anymore either, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from scraping that barrel just a little deeper for ideas.

      There wasn’t a groundswell of demand for this, it’s just another idea that has a marginal cultural identity to it which is expected to be its own reason for an audience to show up.

  9. I think my childhood was ruined.

    Yogi Bear will always be a cartoon. :<