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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 11 E 3

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Release date: January 29, 2018

Film: Yogi Bear

Tagline: The hit cartoon makes it to the big screen, and we're so glad?

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  • Actor Allusion: Five In-Universe cases:
    • When Ranger Jones attempts to mobilize all of Jellystone's rangers in preparation for Mayor Brown's arrival, only for Ranger Smith to remind him that they're the only ones in the park, the Critic dubs a line of Inner Monologue into the latter, wishing Jones's actor T.J. Miller gets mocked for this role come the next Deadpool film (where Miller plays Weasel).
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    • When Yogi tries to justify to Ranger Smith his habit of stealing picnic baskets, the Critic again dubs a line of Inner Monologue over the latter ruing having skipped a season of The Flash (2014) (where his actor Tom Cavanagh plays Harrison Wells) in favor of this film.
    • Seeing Ranger Smith helplessly watching Yogi and Booboo ruin his date with Rachel, the Critic wishes he was actually Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash (also played by Cavanagh, having killed the real Wells and stole his identity) so he can kill Yogi, while showing a clip of Thawne killing Cisco Ramon (with Yogi's head superimposed over his).
    • When Ranger Jones is convinced by Mayor Brown to betray Ranger Smith, the Critic refers to the former as the Big Hero 6 stoner (as Fred).
    • At the very end of the film, as Rachel (Anna Faris) joins Ranger Smith in chasing after Yogi and Booboo, the Critic adds lines of Inner Monologue over her claiming she'd rather do five Scary Movie sequels than this.
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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Critic states that Rachel's reason for why she hangs out with animals is the "movie's one funny line".
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: At the end of the film, as Yogi and Booboo steal three picnic tables with the family dog still atop one of them, the Critic dubs into Yogi that they're also going to eat the dog.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Critic is confused over film's 2001: A Space Odyssey Shout-Out when Yogi express thrill over stealing donuts. This is immediately followed by a parody, showing Tamara claiming she wants ice cream, which then transitions into a The Empire Strikes Back shout-out featuring the infamous "Luke, I Am Your Father" scene.
  • Bond One-Liner: Critic turns "How smart are you now?" into this by making it look like Ranger Smith was holding a gun offscreen, shooting Yogi.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Seeing Malcolm and Tamara apparently fall into Sanity Slippage, the Critic ends the first half of the review wondering what the episode is doing to everyone.
  • Brick Joke: Early in the review the Critic notes the boom mic hanging over Rachel that was accidentally caught on film. Later, when Ranger Smith ends up leaving a microphone open while acting like a dork to Rachel, the Critic feigns relief that at least the boom mic wasn't also caught on tape.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: Hearing the narration by Josh Robert Thompson sounding a lot like Morgan Freeman's, Malcolm calls his agent claiming someone stole his Freeman voice, much to the Critic's concern over his sanity, especially since it soon reveals that Malcolm is just harassing some random guy and refuses to stop doing so.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Seeing the dull humor of the film, the Critic claims he's having some newfound respect for Yo Yogi! (a retooling of the quintessentially '60s cartoon for The '90s that bombed so hard no new Yogi Bear material came out until this film).
  • He Really Can Act: invoked In contrast to Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear, the Critic thinks Justin Timberlake does a remarkably good impersonation of Booboo, even calling him "the Daniel Day-Lewis of Booboos".
  • Inner Monologue: Seeing Tom Cavanagh's unenthusiastic performance as Ranger Smith, the Critic dubs into him his inner thoughts of disgust over being cast in this film.
  • It Amused Me: Malcolm's excuse for shooting at the Critic at the opening sketch.
  • Logo Joke: The Critic pokes fun of the Warner Bros. logo being designed to look like wood, in an attempt to hammer in the film's setting in a forest.
  • Malicious Misnaming: The Inner Monologue the Critic puts into Ranger Smith has the latter comparing Yogi Bear to a "Bigfoot Jar Jar Binks", a "six-foot Winnie the Shit", and Ed Norton covered in Paddington's public hair.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: The Critic assures the audience that such a thing as Yo Yogi! existed.
  • Not Quite Dead: After the Critic is "killed" by Malcolm at the end of the opening sketch then turned to a bear rug, he wakes up from his daze after Malcolm throws the Blu-ray box of Yogi Bear at him, urging him to review it. When the Critic asks Malcolm why he shot him, the latter said he's just in the mood before shooting at him again.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: The Critic claims to have a weirdly soft spot for Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith, if only because his unenthusiastic acting seems to betray how he wants to get out of this film.
  • Running Gag: The Critic dubbing in lines of Inner Monologue over Ranger Smith expressing his annoyance over the entire film.
  • Sarcasm Mode: The Critic snarks that Yogi Bear was so timeless he remembers a time when people rioted over the cancellation of Yo Yogi!.
  • Saving the Orphanage: The Critic is not too enthusiastic over the plot of the film being Yogi and Smith having to save Jellystone from being shut down to open the land for logging.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The opening sketch, where Malcolm "kills" the Critic after making him look at a Blu-ray box of Yogi Bear, then turns him into a bear rug, is a direct nod to the "Booboo Kills Yogi" fan-made parody ending to said film, itself a shout-out to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
    • When Yogi explains how his mind works to Booboo, the Critic compares it to Aykroyd's BUILD Series interview about having seen UFOs.
    • Rachel trying to greet Yogi and Booboo by imitating a bear's snarl has a shocked Critic thinking she's drunken off Pazuzu's beer.
    • After Smith tells off Yogi and Booboo for ruining his date with Rachel, seeing that the deep-blue hue of the nighttime forest, the Critic dubs into him lines that he's retreating into the forest garnished by slaughtered Smurfs.
    • The Critic compares Mayor Brown's chief-of-staff to a hybrid of Shia LaBeouf and Mr. Bean.
    • When Yogi's water-skiing antics accidentally sets alight the fireworks Ranger Smith and Rachel prepared for Jellystone's centennial party, sending them hurtling towards the audience, the Critic adds a clip of Admiral Boom launching fireworks from a cannon.
    • When Yogi expresses regret accidentally ruining Smith's attempts to keep Jellystone open, the Critic dubs into him lines asking Booboo to get his gun, presumably to kill himself and add himself to Nicolas Cage's wardrobe (while showing a clip of Cage's bear-suit scene from The Wicker Man (2006)).
    • After Yogi and Booboo steal a picnic basket containing the latter's endangered pet turtle, the Critic imitates Mayor Brown screaming "This is not over, bears!"
  • So Okay, It's Average: The Critic's final opinion on the film.
  • Stock Scream: The Critic ridicules how the Wilhelm Scream over Yogi getting hit in the face with a pine cone doesn't match his appearance.
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  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Malcolm and Tamara seem to get dumber just by the movie playing.
  • Two Decades Behind: They criticize the movie for being released in 2010 but seeming like a cliched 90's film.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Critic is dismayed that Rachel is nothing more than the token female, made all the more painful by the fact that she is portrayed by Anna Faris, one of Doug's favorite actresses.
  • What an Idiot!: The Critic wonders why Yogi Bear had to resort to outlandish contraptions to steal picnic baskets when he can simply maul the owners to death.

"Urinate on her to mark her as your territory."

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