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01.24.2011 - For everyone who grew up watching The Yogi Bear Show its sure is a blast seeing its sequel turned into a live-action film. Did I just say sequel?

Yup. Its animated predecessor was Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! A 1964 animated feature film produced by then known Hanna-Barbera Productions. The first theatrical feature produced by Hanna-Barbera, and the first feature-leangth theatrical animated film based on a television program.

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So Yogi Bear is a sequel of sorts... Technically. The live-action film stars Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith, which looked younger compared to his animated counterpart. Dan Aykroyed as the voice of Yogi Bear, and justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo-Boo Bear. This also feature starts Anna Faris, Nate Corddy, Andrew Daly, and T.J. Miller.

The film is under the direction of Eric Brevig, which was originally to be release on June 25, 2010 in the United States. It was moved on December 17, 2010 and it was set to open across the Philippines on January 26, 2011.

Preceding the film another Looney Tunes 3D short was attached with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner titled "Rabid Rider".

Not your Average... Bears.

If you have heard about Yogi Bear shown in other parts of the world. Mostly the US got it first during the Holiday Season. I highly suggest to not base its previous reviews. This film stayed true to its source material as made for the whole family. For the young at heart and who grew up with The Yogi Bear Show, who have seen it on Saturday cartoon its understandable to have mixed thoughts about the film.

The plot was simple enough to be portrayed for a much younger audience. The voice actors namely Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo was really impressive. Not everyone knew until the credits rolled in to reveal who Boo-Boo was. Dan Aykroyed really convinced a lot of people and DID hit some notes on Yogi's personality.

Tom Cavanagh would probably just 25% percent Ranger Smith, and the rest will be his own way of bringing the character to life. The Ranger Smith I know was cranky and always loosing his temper. You should see how the live-action Ranger Smith come to life in this film, which i leave you dear readers to have your own opinions on the character.

The Digital 3D Experience

Not every movie deserved to be made in 3D but Yogi Bear was an exception. In all the animated 3Ds that came before this one was quite fun to watch. Fairly satisfied with the outcome of the effects like the splashing water or how Yogi spits out his drink in front of the screen.

It feels like you want to be part of the screen, but in reality you know its just the effects on digital 3D compared to Beowulf some three years ago. Though I'm not entirely not seeing every movie on 3D.

Just Have Fun For Everyone

Overall... Entirely the plot is simple and the humor hits well with the kids. Its a different kind of Yogi Bear altogehter, but entirely impressed with Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo Bear. He's got voice talent right there aside from being a convincing actor in his previous film.

Yogi Bear was an interesting thrill ride that has also hit itp with the adults, but this movie is something for the kids to take a second look. A new generation of viewers would be liking this film right now.

Jellystone Park's resident bears gets 3.5 out 5 stars for an awesome rush. Definitely if they roll on a sequel they should include Yogi's leading lady -- Cindy Bear!

Yogi Bear opens across the Philippines in 3D on January 26, 2011 and distributed by Warner Bros. Picture Philippines.

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