Yogi's Ark Lark

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Yogi's Ark Lark
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Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Release date: September 16, 1972
Run time: 45 minutes
Starring: Daws Butler
Henry Corden
Walker Edmiston
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
John Stephenson
Jean Vander Pyl
Lennie Weinrib

Producer(s): William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Story by: Bob Ogle
Dick Robbins

Director(s): William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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Yogi's Ark Lark is an American animated television pilot movie, setting up the Yogi's Gang TV series. It aired on September 16, 1972 on ABC. It was written by Bob Ogle and Dick Robbins, and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the co-founders of Hanna-Barbera.

Yogi and his gang build a flying ark to sail off and find "the perfect place" after their own homes were filled up with trash. But at the same time, they have trouble finding one.

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Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Huckleberry Hound Daws Butler
Squiddly Diddly Walker Edmiston
Wally Gator Daws Butler
Paw Rugg Henry Corden
Shag Rugg N/A
Floral Rugg Jean Vander Pyl
Maw Rugg Jean Vander Pyl
Ruff N/A
Reddy N/A
Doggie Daddy John Stephenson
Augie Doggie Daws Butler
Chopper N/A
Yakky Doodle Walker Edmiston
Peter Potamus Daws Butler
So-So Don Messick
Quick Draw McGraw Daws Butler
Baba Looey Daws Butler
Lippy the Lion Daws Butler
Garage man N/A
Top Cat Daws Butler
Benny the Ball John Stephenson
Choo Choo N/A
Spook N/A
Yogi Bear Daws Butler
Boo Boo Bear Don Messick
Lulubelle N/A
Magilla Gorilla Allan Melvin
Hokey Wolf N/A
Ding-a-Ling N/A
Fancy Fancy N/A
Touché Turtle Don Messick
Dum Dum N/A
Brain N/A
Snagglepuss Lion Daws Butler
Ranger Smith
Noah Smitty Lennie Weinrib
Sawtooth N/A
Atom Ant Don Messick
Hardy Har Har John Stephenson
Mildred Jean Vander Pyl
Henry Unavailable
Truck Driver Henry Corden
Joe Allan Melvin
Moby Dick Don Messick
Lambsy Divey Daws Butler
Mildew Wolf
Secret Squirrel N/A
Pixie Daws Butler
Dixie Don Messick









The music was composed by Hoyt Curtn.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 16, 1972 on NBC

Behind the scenes

  • Top Cat was voiced by Daws Butler, as Arnold Stang wasn't available at the time. This was also the main reason Hokey Wolf didn't have any dialogue in the film.


  • At the start of the flashback, when the gang is cheering, Hokey is mistakenly colored like Hardy Har Har.
  • Throughout a majority of the film, although it can be speculated that they are there in-universe, the following characters become absent, only to reappear or disappear randomly:
    • Lulubelle disappears after helping with building the Ark.
    • Sawtooth only appears when he is helping on building the Ark.
    • Hokey and Ding-a-Ling randomly disappear and reappear in the background.
    • Ruff and Reddy randomly disappear and reappear in the background.
    • Lambsy disappears after his first role in the film, only for him to reappear out of nowhere at the end.
    • Wally Gator isn't present during a chunk of the film.
  • When the gang is convinced that they landed on a beach and go out running, Fancy Fancy is mistakenly colored blue.
  • When the gang finds an island on the Sahara Desert, Daws Butler mistakenly used his Peter Potamus impression for Quick Draw when saying "It's prefect!"

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