What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this broad comedy based on the Yogi Bear cartoons is age-appropriate for most elementary schoolers. There are some cartoonish, slapstick disasters (people falling, pies hitting Yogi in the face, people evacuating a campsite after fireworks start flying everywhere, etc.), and some insults (such as "stupid" and "loser"), but other than that, things are pretty tame. One couple does flirt and eventually shares a brief kiss, but there's no overt sexuality. The consumerism is also surprisingly mild, with only a few cars as product placements. Amid the silly humor, kids may learn how valuable state and national parks are and why it's fun to explore the outdoors with your family. Note: The 3-D version of the movie makes some parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but it doesn't have the "scary" factor that other 3-D flicks do.
- Families can talk about the movie's environmentally friendly message. What point is it making about parks? Do you agree?
- Compare this movie to others based on cartoons. Which other cartoons do you think should be adapted for the big screen?
- Was Ranger Jones actually ready to be named head ranger? What happens when you're allowed to do something you're not mature enough to do yet?