Let's face it - little kids are gonna love Yogi Bear. Why? Because it's a movie in which a cartoon bear wears a hat and tie, speaks in a goofy voice, is continually smacked in the face with pies and flying picnic baskets, and will likely have committed close to 1,000 over-the-top pratfalls by the time the end credits start to roll.
Seven minutes of footage from Yogi Bear has been released and you're likely here to watch it because you need to know if you can survive 82 minutes of this. In 3D. In an actual movie theater that's populated primarily by individuals under the age of 10 and their committed parents.
The last Yogi Bear trailer failed to offer any information concerning the actual plot of the movie, which revolves around the attempts of the titular bear (voiced by Dan Aykroyd), his tiny pal Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake), Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh), and documentary filmmaker Rachel Johnson (Anna Faris) to save their beloved Yellowstone National Park from the greedy Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly). Much slapstick and comic mischief ensue, naturally.
Everyone knows that kids are the target demographic for this movie. They're the ones who will crack up when Yogi flies out at the screen, snacking on chips in slow-motion; every time he falls off a building; gets lit on fire while water-skying; smacks his butt on a log fence; or the many other ways the CGI creature undoubtedly has to comically endure pain in the pic. But is there anything that the elder crowd will find charming, amusing, or possibly even funny?
Find out the answer by watching the Yogi Bear clips (courtesy of Collider) below:
We won't deny that the computer animation, green screen F/X, and the 3D gimmicks (like the one with the turtle) in Yogi Bear look painfully cheap - or that Cavanagh and Faris appear embarrassed/bored, even when they're not chatting with their CGI co-stars. Kids aren't going to care about the lazy screenwriting or the utterly predictably storyline. They want to see Yogi get smacked multiple times by a variety of objects and, let's be honest - adults will probably be cheering when that happens too.
Perhaps it's best for grown-ups who have to take their kids to see Yogi Bear (or the intoxicated teenagers who decide to check the movie out) to prepare as they would for an exam at the dentist: grit your teeth, set your jaw, and just hope you're not in too much pain afterwards.
Yogi Bear hits 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. this Friday, December 17th.