Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!
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Everybody's favorite bear stars in his own full-length animated feature. When Yogi comes out of hibernation in Jellystone Park, he demonstrates the qualities that make him so rare a bear: He successfully pits his wits against those of those devious circus magnates, the Chisling Brothers; daringly raids Jellystone's picnic areas disguised as the "Brown Phantom"; and romances his ever lovin' gal friend, Cindy Bear, in this animated adventure that travels the world from Jellystone to Venice.]]>
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Both the animation and backgrounds are much more elaborate than the Yogi Bear TV cartoons. Daws Butler and Don Messick are in full voice, Butler as the voice of Yogi, Messick as Boo-Boo and Ranger Smith. The songs and score, by David Gates and jazz musician Marty Paich, are the last gasp of traditional pre-rock 32-bar popular music. Younger listeners may blanch; these 54-year old ears enjoyed the h*** out of it.
Cindy Bear's oh-so-demure yet marriage-hungry girly-girl wouldn't play well in theaters now, but hey, this was 1964. Don't analyze. Just enjoy, and carry yourself back to a time when cargo planes had propellers, cars had fins, and women wore skirts to go camping in national parks. One thing hasn't changed: as an old lady in an elevator harumphs toward movie's end, "New York's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."
The story, as could be expected, is rather simple. Cindy Bear gets sent to the St. Louis Zoo, and Yogi and Boo-Boo take off on an excursion to bring her back. The songs are all rather sweet (with the exception of the excrutiating "parade" song by the duo). And there were actually at least two "laugh-out-loud" moments that I remember. (Poor Boo-Boo gets the worst of it in Cindy's Italian daydream).
The animation isn't the normal Hanna-Barbera minimalization technique, but rather provides full body movement. That isn't to say that it compares to "Lady and the Tramp" or "Alice in Wonderland", but it is a step up. Warner has also provided a rather nice transfer of this 50-year-old movie.
If you're looking for a nice children's movie that adults, too, can enjoy, I highly recommend this film. (It is so pleasant to watch a children's movie from an era before the studios created the prerequisite that all such films must contain at least one bathroom joke.)
My one tiny complaint is the theme song; it sounds very similar to "Here Comes Santa Claus", which also sounds very similar to "Ain't We Got Fun?". Even if you're not a little kid anymore, you'll probably want to watch this marvelous film more than once!
This movie is fun. The songs are the best part of the movie. Well, let me take that back. One supporting character steals the show -- Mugger, who later showed up in several H&B cartoon series renamed Muttley. (Snicker, snicker.) The worst part of the video is the front cover.
This is a great movie to show your children and grandchildren about what cartoons were like in your days (I was six when this picture hit the theaters). And there are things that I picked up on I missed as a kid. If, like me, you have neither kids nor grandkids, then sit back and enjoy a trip down nostalgia lane on your own.
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My grandkids have not really Seen much of yogi so I got this as something different typo watch than educational shows all the time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Movie seemed ok at first, but had to send back because half way through it quit playing.Published 6 months ago by Connie Galarneau
This was a gift order and was sent directly to the recipient. He loves it. It arrived in a timely manner, as projected and in good shape.Published 8 months ago by JDB
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