Yogi Bear review

Smarter than the average bear, but he hasn't weathered the move to the big screen well...

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The ’60s cartoon bear goes big screen, attempting to save his beloved Jellystone Park from being sold to loggers.

Any potential retro-charm is quickly rubbed out by creepy CGI, a tired reality-TV conceit and failure to grasp that Yogi’s appeal lies in his delivery and quick wit, not eye-stabbing 3D gimmicks or life-like depictions of picnic-basket heists.

Still, it’s surprisingly free of bears-pooping-in-the-woods gags, while the vocal turns (Dan Aykroyd’s Yogi, Justin Timberlake’s dead-on Boo Boo) are at least lively.

But that’s no reason to actually see it, unless you’re five.

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Ken McIntyre is a freelance writer who has spent years covering music and film. You'll find Ken in the pages of Total Film and here on GamesRadar, using his experience and expertise to dive into the history of cinema and review the latest films. You'll also find him writing features and columns for other Future Plc brands, such as Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazine.