Yogi Bear

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Not recommended under 5, PG to 7 ( Violence; scary scenes)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Yogi Bear
  • a review of Yogi Bear completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 January 2011.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes
Children 5-7 Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenesr
Children 8 and over OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.

Name of movie: Yogi Bear
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: None
Length: 84 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Jellystone Park is under threat as dastardly Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) threatens to close it down and sell it off to developers because the city has run out of money. Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) does all he can to keep the park open with the help of conservationist Rachel (Anna Farris) but to no avail. Yogi (voice of Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (voiced by Justin Timberlake) also try to help but their best intentions miserably backfire. All seems lost until the Boo Boo’s pet turtle comes to the rescue.


Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

The destruction of natural habitats and national parks for commercial gain.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is a lot of slapstick violence and accidental harm in this movie , including:

  • Yogi crashes into trees, falls off a roof, gets a pie in the face
  • Yogi burns his feet on a soldering iron.
  • Yogi bites his arm while trying to free himself.
  • Fireworks go off in all directions, scattering people and blowing up a bandstand.
  • Ranger Jones falls out of his car.
  • Rachel grabs Brown’s offsider by the tie and threatens to strangle him.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • Yogi goes off to forage in the forest like a normal bear, looking thin and haggard. He eats a bug that then crawls out of his nose, is sucked back in and then sneezed away.
  • The turtle gets thrown around like a ball.
  • Yogi and Boo Boo fly in a home-made contraption that disintegrates and they fall into the sea in an inflatable raft. The raft then collects Smith and Rachel and they go over rapids and almost down a huge waterfall but are saved by a tree limb.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Nothing of concern

Thirteen and overinfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Sexual references

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Use of substances

None of concern

Coarse language

There is some name calling such as ‘dumb’ and ‘pighead’.

In a nutshell

Yogi Bear is a comedy that may appeal to children aged 5 – 10. Younger children may find some scenes scary and the story may lack interest for them. There is a lot of slapstick comedy that children are likely to enjoy but may also imitate, so parents may wish to emphasise that in reality these actions would cause injury. The 3D effects do not appear to contribute greatly to this movie.

Values that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include the conservation of wildlife and national parks.