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Your childhood memories will remain intact
on April 4, 2013
Often visiting your childhood memories can be such a great disappointment. It has been well over 40 years since I last saw this movie, and, having fond memories of it, and of watching Yogi cartoons, I took a chance. I can breath a sigh of relief, because it turned out to be a cute movie, albeit one I probably won't readdress any time in the near future.
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.)