Yogi Bear (2010): United States – directed by Eric Brevig
Rated G by the MPAA – contains some mild rude humor, forest fires started by a bear
One might think that a big screen adaptation of Yogi Bear might be ill-fated, and they would not necessarily be wrong. There is not much about the film that excels, but it is mostly inoffensive and has enough slapstick to keep very young audiences entertained.
Tom Cavanagh is Ranger Smith, a nature lover in charge of Jellystone Park. He has lived there much of his life, but the park has never been in this much danger. The mayor (Andrew Daly) of the town (which apparently owns the park; maybe it is not Jellystone National Park?) is in dire straits, having spent the town’s budget on fancy suits and other excesses. With his right hand man (Nathan Corddry) he is intent on finding new sources of revenue. The most obvious is re-zoning Jellystone so he can auction off lumber rights to the highest bidder.