Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Greg Burson, Don Messick, Rob Paulsen, Charles Adler, Gregg Berger
Director: Robert Alvarez
Series: a Yogi Bear Movie
Release Date: 3 April 1994
Length: 46 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“Hide those pic-a-nic baskets! Yogi and his diminutive buddy, Boo-Boo, must save the Easter Bunny, who’s been kidnapped by a bunch of ruffians out to ruin the holiday. But will they manage to free the bunny before Mister Ranger ships them off to a Siberian Circus? Hey, Yogi is smarter than the average bear! This Hanna-Barbera cartoon won the Film Advisory Board Award. Also included is the animated short “Yakky Duck in Easter Duck.”” — Netflix.com
I like Yogi Bear and I can remember really getting a kick out of his cartoons when I was a kid. This is a pretty traditional Yogi Bear cartoon at first and then Yogi leaves the Jellystone Park and it got a bit weird for me. I loved the first part as Yogi schemes and plans to get to the Easter candy that Ranger Smith has stored for the big Easter party celebration coming up. Ranger Smith is chasing Yogi all over the place and threatening to send Yogi to a Siberian circus and all sorts of comedy ensues. When Yogi finally does succeed in eating all of the candy, he realizes that he has ruined the Easter holiday for all of the boys and girls who were planning on celebrating at the park. So, in order to save the holiday (and avoid moving to Siberia), he leaves Jellystone Park to find the real Easter Bunny and get him to bring Easter to all the kids. This is where I stopped enjoying the special quite as much. It was still funny and cute, but I am used to Yogi going after picnic baskets, not trying to save holiday creatures from weird villains who want to take over holidays and sell plastic eggs!
Anyway, the storyline was a bit off for me, but this is still an enjoyable little Easter feature. There are not a lot of Easter specials out there and I think that children of all ages will enjoy this one. There is no mention of the holiday having any religious connections and is solely about the fluffy trappings of Easter – candy, eggs, the Easter Bunny, etc. I wish that this cartoon was shown around the holiday, but I have never seen it on TV before and it has been out for quite a while. It is a bit difficult to justify a rental for such a short “film,” but I think that this one is worth it to have a bit of fun with Yogi on Easter. I think you can also find it online pretty easily.
This movie contains some cartoon violence, but is pretty mild. No one really gets hurt even though there are bombs, fights, falls and other typical cartoon action sequences. With bright colors and a pretty simple storyline, this cartoon is appropriate for viewers of all ages.