Hey folks, Valkor here. Growing up, Yogi Bear was one of my favorite characters to watch, in any given scenario. He's mellow, lazy as anything, and the dude loves to eat (reminds me of Ed Norton from the Honeymooners… wait isn't he supposed to be a play on Ed Norton?) Anywho one of my past favorite Yogi films has made it into the Warner Archive Collection – Yogi's Great Escape.
In Yogi's Great Escape, Jellystone Park is fixin to close, due to a lack of funds, and all the animals are to be put into a zoo. Ranger Smith drops the bad news onto Yogi, who had just woken up from hibernation and on top of that had three bear cubs left on his front cave. But rather than being stuck in a zoo, Yogi and his pal Boo-Boo, with cubs in tow make a break for it. And now Ranger Smith along with a tracker and his dog Trapper are hunting the group down across the country.
But Yogi isn't without help of his own as his animal pals step in to assist in Yogi's escape in the form of Wally Gator, Snagglepuss, and Quick Draw McGraw, along with a group of kids who're bigger fans of the Yogster than I am. The chase ends in New York where Yogi receives a phone call from the President of the United States who gives the bear and his pal a pardon, plus Jellystone will remain open.
No extras on the disc, which is OK with me because all I want to do is enjoy the film. And speaking of which…
Yogi's Great Escape, to put it simply, it's a fun movie. Very straightforward, loads of fun, and I loved the cameo appearances, especially Snagglepuss. The dude is just crazy and so damn funny. The film itself was released in 1987 and still holds up even after 20 plus years later.
There's some dragging, the film could have been made a bit tighter.
The Ugly: The Tracker lusting over Yogi in a dress. Yow!
Yogi's Great Escape is available now and if you've taken you're kids to see the live action film (and if they've enjoyed it) then definitely keep the Yogi flow going with this DVD, which is more fun than a picnic basket. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give Yogi's Great Escape a 3.5 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV Approved.