Movie review: Yogi Bear

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

About 50 years since their debut - and 30 years since they were culturally relevant - Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are finally making their leap to the big screen in "Yogi Bear," Hollywood's latest attempt to cash in on your nostalgia.

Even if they've never seen him before, the eight-and-younger crowd will probably enjoy Yogi's zany antics, most of which involve attempts to steal picnic baskets. But in a year that also included "Toy Story 3" and "Despicable Me," even kids are likely to be underwhelmed by this total misfire.

Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake do respectable jobs voicing Yogi and Boo Boo, nearly nailing the sound of the original characters. The human characters, though, don't do as well.

Yogi's nemesis, Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh), is completely lifeless, and his deputy Ranger Jones (T.J. Miller) is an over-the-top ham.

Faring only slightly better because of one silly gag with a car window are the corrupt mayor (Andrew Daly) and his chief of staff (Nate Corddry), who want to raise some capital by selling the logging rights to Jellystone Park.

Worst of all is an appearance by the talented Anna Faris as Smith's love interest. She's appeared in some schlock before, but this might just be the worst.

Yogi Bear

Opens Friday

1 star out of 4