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Posted on Jul 17, 2013 by in Blog | 2 comments

The Yogi Bear Show

The Yogi Bear Show Title Card

Yogi Bear was the first of Hanna Barbera’s characters to be based on a television personality pre-dating Barney Rubble as Art Carney.

Hanna Barbera produced half hour television shows consisting of three cartoons in one show. The first was Huckleberry Hound, who shared his show with Pixie and Dixie and Yogi Bear.

Yogi, with his winning personality, stole the show which ended up in his popularity surpassing that of Huck, so H&B gave him his own show which was sponsored by Kellogs and which premiered in January of 1961. His spot on the Huckleberry Hound Show was given to Hokey Wolf. Keeping true to the three cartoon half hour shows The Yogi Bear Show was intertwined with Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle.

Obviously Yogi’s name was taken from the baseball star Yogi Berra. The setting for Yogi’s cartoons was Jellystone Park, an obviously mock of Yellowstone National Park. Yogi had a sidekick named Boo Boo Bear whom he always coerced into helping him steal pic-a-nic baskets, much to the chagrin of Ranger Smith. Ever the wise guy Yogi would greet Ranger Smith with a seemingly cordial, “Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!” Usually Yogi got away with his thefts leading him to say that he is “Smarter than the Average Bear”. A phrase so well loved that it was also his theme song.

 

Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear,
Yogi Bear is always in the ranger’s hair.
At a picnic table you will find him there
Stuffing down more goodies than the average bear.
He will sleep till noon but before it’s dark,
He’ll have every picnic basket that’s in Jellystone Park.
Yogi has it better than a millionaire
That’s because he’s smarter than the average bear.

Yogi was so popular that he starred in Hanna Barbera’s first full length feature “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!”

In 1999 Yogi had a brief stint with Spümcø and John Kricfalusi making two cartoons “A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith” and “Boo Boo Runs Wild”. Spümcø returned in 2003 for one more cartoon made with Flash entitled “Boo Boo the Man”.


Yogi Bear on the Huckleberry Hound Show
Yogi Bear’s Big Break” (Pilot)
Slumber Party Smarty
Pie-Pirates
Big Bad Bully
Foxy Hound-Dog
The Brave Little Brave
Tally Ho Ho Ho
High Fly Guy
Baffled Bear
Big Brave Bear
The Stout Trout
The Buzzin’ Bear
The Runaway Bear
Be My Guest Pest
Duck in Luck
Bear on a Picnic
Prize Fight Fright
Brainy Bear
Robin Hood Yogi
Daffy Daddy
Scooter Looter
Hide and Go Peek
Show Biz Bear
Lullabye-Bye Bear
Bare Face Bear
Papa Yogi
Stranger Ranger
Rah Rah Bear
Bear for Punishment
Nowhere Bear
Wound-Up Bear
Bewitched Bear
Hoodwinked Bear
Snow White Bear
Space Bear
The Yogi Bear Show
Oinks and Boinks
Booby Trapped Bear
Gleesome Threesome
A Bear Pair
Spy Guy
Do or Diet
Bears and Bees
Biggest Show-Off on Earth
Genial Genie
Cub Scout Boo Boo
Home Sweet Jellystone
Love-Bugged Bear
Bearface Disguise
Slap Happy Birthday
A Bear Living
Disguise and Gals
Touch and Go-Go-Go
Acrobatty Yogi
Ring-a-Ding Picnic Basket
Iron Hand Jones
Yogi’s Pest Guest
Missile Bound Yogi
Loco Locomotive
Missile-Bound Bear
A Wooin’ Bruin
Yogi in the City
Queen Bee for a Day
Batty Bear
Droop-a-Long Yogi
Threadbare Bear
Ice Box Raider
Bear Foot Soldiers
Yogi’s Birthday Party: Parts 1, 2, and 3
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2 Comments

  1. Love my “BooBoo Bear”!

    • Mr. Ranger’s not going to like this Yogi…

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