Yogi's Treasure Hunt
|Yogi's Treasure Hunt|
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||September 6, 1985—March 25, 1988|
|Run time:||19 minutes|
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
John K. Ludin
Gordon Hunt (voice director)
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Yogi's Treasure Hunt is an American adventure/comedy animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, airing in syndication on stations that took part in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block. It ran from 1985 to 1988, airing 27 episodes that spanned three seasons. It was the fifth Yogi Bear series after The Yogi Bear Show, which ran from 1960 to 1961.
On behalf of the President of the United States, Top Cat sends Yogi and a crew on special missions to retrieve rare and invaluable items around the world, before Dick Dastardly and Muttley can claim them for themselves.
Throughout the series, various guest stars would recurrently make appearances, such as Hokey Wolf, Mr. Jinks, Yakky Doodle, Cindy Bear, Baba Looey, Undercover Elephant and Wally Gator.
It was originally called Funtastic Treasure Hunt. Mark Evanier was the first writer hired, and even voluntarily had a pay cut to work on it because of his love of the characters and voice actor Daws Butler, but left when he ended up butting heads with Joseph Barbera, who had decided to become more involved and disagreed with all that Evanier had been doing, which eventually made him quit the studio altogether, although he remained on good terms with Barbera. One episode Evanier wrote was called "The Neil Diamond." Evanier was replaced with Tom Ruegger.
Circa 1987, Ruegger, John Ludin, Scott Jeralds, and Alfred Gimeno developed the series bible for a potential spin-off called The Trio of Triumph, starring the Trio of Triumph, made up of Huckle Hero, Ram-Boo-Boo, and El Kabong.
The theme song was performed by Sha Na Na's Jon Bauman. The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.
Theme Song Lyrics
Yogi: Hey, kids, it's Yogi's Treasure Hunt!
Fun fun fun fun-tastic!
Now you're gonna get a riddle.
Gonna get a clue.
Wanna know where the treasure is?
The answer's up to you!
Looking for adventure?
Looking for some fun?
The gang is ready, so get on board
We're gonna take a trip!
Looking for a treasure in the strangest places!
Riddles and mysteries funtastic!
Gonna get a riddle, gonna get a clue.
Put it all together, it's up to you
Fun-tastic treasure hunt!
It's fun fun fun fuuun-tastic!
Dates are in order of release:
- United States: September 6, 1985 in syndication
- United Kingdom and Ireland: April 25, 1987 on BBC One
- Daws Butler as Yogi Bear, Augie Doggie, Blabber Mouse, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss Lion and Super Snooper
- Don Messick as Boo Boo Bear, Ranger Smith and Muttley
- Arnold Stang as Top Cat
- Paul Winchell as Dick Dastardly
- John Stephenson as Doggie Daddy
- ^ Mark Evanier (June 20, 2022). "From the E-Mailbag...". News From ME. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
- ^ Ruegger, Tom (January 23, 2011). "The Cartoon Shows That Never Were #2: "The Trio of Triumph" Bible". Cartoonatics. Retrieved October 16, 2021.