Yogi always was "smarter than the average bear." But parents and grandparents dragging tykes along to the 3-D big-screen Yogi Bear probably will remember him as funnier than the average bear, too. Or funnier than this.
A computer-animated Yogi and Boo Boo inhabit a real-world Jellystone Park, with the unfunny Tom Cavanagh (Ed) as Ranger Smith and nothing-funny-to-play Anna Faris (Scary Movie) as the ranger's love interest.
The 3-D in this film from director Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth) is used to hurl soft drinks, water skis and the contents of various pic-a-nic baskets into viewers' laps. Brilliant.
And Yogi and Boo Boo? They're passably voiced by Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, who were given virtually no amusing lines in the multi-writer script.
Kid-friendly sight gags and slapstick must carry the day — Yogi water-skiing, Yogi and Boo Boo flying a basket-snatching glider, Yogi building assorted other basket-catapulting devices. There's not a laugh in the lot.
Faris (House Bunny) hints at a promising direction that this might have taken. She's a nature-nut documentary filmmaker who speaks "brown bear." Instead of hanging with her, we follow the evil mayor, who somehow has gotten the deed to Jellystone National Park and plans to close the money-losing park and clear-cut the place.
Yogi et al. must save the day.
The best you can say about this Yogi Bear is that he's harmless. No animal was harmed in the making of this picture except the one Hanna-Barbera made a bundle on almost 50 years ago.