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“Yogi Bear” goes from teaser poster to teaser trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yesterday it was a teaser poster (as well as an unexpected e-mail from a disgruntled reader). Today, “Yogi Bear” graduates to a full-on teaser trailer, complete with a brief introduction by Dan Aykroyd. Click over to Yahoo! Movies to view it for yourself.

Now that we’ve seen footage, we have to make a few minor corrections to our previous “Yogi Bear” assessment. Anna Faris actually is playing a human character, not just lending her voice, as posted on IMDB.com. And the lead park ranger looks to be Tom Cavanagh of TV’s “Ed,” and not T.J. Miller. But Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake still voice Yogi and Boo Boo, respectively. And as we guessed, the film is heavy on the exaggerated physical comedy (bears tumbling off a roof, pies in the face, Yogi’s ass dragging along a picket fence) that characterized similar family films like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Marmaduke.”

As for that e-mail, it came from credited “Yogi” screenwriter Brad Copeland, who wrote to defend his film as something better than “Garfield” or “Alvin.” That’s totally understandable, and I applaud Copeland for taking a stand and believing in his product. When I requested an official interview for proper quotes about “Yogi,” though, he turned me down. That’s too bad, as I’d love to know what he thinks of this clip.

“Yogi Bear” opens in theaters on Dec. 17. So, are you going to go?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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