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Review: Yogi Bear 3D

No picnic.
By ALICIA POTTER  |  December 14, 2010
1.5 1.5 Stars

 

In this needlessly 3D live-action/CGI adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera staple, the Borscht Belt–style biped (Dan Aykroyd) not only miscalculates his "smarter than the average bear" status but also his appeal beyond 20 minutes. As it is, director Eric Brevig has Yogi dropping a one-liner about his rectum to Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) before the patchy plot even kicks in. Or tries to. In a retread of recent family films featuring forests, Yogi and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake, continuing to surprise) bumble and scheme to help their human friend woo a girl (Anna Faris), thwart a broadly greedy, environment-savaging politician (Andrew Daly, with shades of Sarah Palin), and embrace the value of "being different." None of it is funny or entertaining, save for a turtle long on tongue but short on screen time. Boring, pointless, and instantly forgettable, this return to Jellystone Park is no picnic.

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