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YOGI’s GREAT ESCAPE (dvd review)

Warner Archive // Released December 7, 2010 // Not Rated

The Pitch
Spring is here and Yogi and Boo Boo wake up from hibernation only to find that some major changes have taken place while they slept the winter away. Jellystone Park is closing down! No more Jellystone Park means no more tourists, and that means no more picnic baskets to pilfer! Yogi, Boo Boo and their new friends, the bear cub triplets, take off in Yogi’s homemade getaway mobile – the Supercar – in search of a new home. All the while Ranger Smith, bounty hunter Trapper and his hound dog Yapper are hot on their tails! Some familiar cartoon faces make an appearance on this cross-country trip filled with fun, friends and famous American landmarks!

The Review
With guest stars Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss and Wally Gator, Yogi’s Great Escape is no classic Hanna Barbera production, but an entertaining distraction nevertheless. The biggest problem with the film is it’s fairly dull.

The animation is typical of Eighties Hanna Barbera, competently executed without the strong character design of the original characters. Thankfully, the voices are top notch, with the late, great Daws Butler leading a cast of such legends as Don Messick, Frank Welker, and Allan Melvin.

Despite it’s slow spots, Yogi’s Great Escape is a must have for any classic Hanna Barbera fan and really, a much better choice for any child interested in seeing the live action Yogi Bear movie.

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