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CREATED by Hanna-Barbera, Yogi Bear [...].

CREATED by Hanna-Barbera, Yogi Bear gained a cult following in the 1960s, accompanied by sidekick Boo Boo in Jellystone Park.

His perseverance in the face of disaster and oft-repeated catchphrases - "I'm smarter than the average bear!" - ensured that Yogi entertained generations of children.

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood gave it a 21st Century makeover in eye-popping 3D. Live action and the digital effect don't always gel and the plot is stretched.

uk But Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake voice cheerful impersonations of the furry heroes and the underlying environmental message is delivered with a light touch between action set pieces. Yogi Bear (Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Timberlake) live in a cave in the park, masterminding ingenious thefts of food using spring-loaded picnic tables, which the FAMILY YOGI BEAR 3D (1hr 20 mins) Certificate: U Starring: Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris and the voices of Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake. Director: Eric Brevig. Star rating: ranger (Tom Cavanagh) struggles to keep in check.

But there are plans to sell the park and auction logging rights: the only way to save it is to throw a 100th anniversary fundraising party. However, there are attempts to sabotage the event.

The film is an energetic jaunt into the outdoors, plying slapstick and tender romance, involving the ranger, that should appeal to young and old.

There's a sombre note when Yogi abandons his cave and attempts to live in the wild.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2011
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