Yogi Bear (segments)
- This article is about the segments. For other uses, see Yogi Bear.
On-screen title card for The Yogi Bear Show.
|Original release:||September 29, 1958—February 22, 1960; September 26, 1960—October 1, 1961; September 12—November 11, 1988
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
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|Second title card|
Title card for The Huckleberry Hound Show.
|Third title card|
Title card for The New Yogi Bear Show.
Yogi Bear is a series of animated segments as part of The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Yogi Bear Show and The New Yogi Bear Show, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Airing in syndication, it originally, it ran from 1958 to 1961, airing 35 segments before being replaced by the Hokey Wolf shorts for the third season in 1961, then airing 33 segments on The Yogi Bear Show from 1960 to 1961. In 1988, 45 segments were aired for the final incarnation, The New Yogi Bear Show. In total there were 113 segments that spanned five seasons across three decades.
Proclaiming himself to be "smarter than the average bear," Yogi Bear is Jellystone Park's sneaky resident of the woods. He goes out with his friend and constant companion Boo Boo in numerous schemes within the area, namely using his wits in an attempt to steal picnic baskets (or "pic-a-nic baskets," as Yogi calls them). The two bears are usually chased down by Ranger Smith, a stern authority figure strained by Yogi's antics.
Yogi Bear's characterization was a spoof of Art Carney, who was mainly notable for his role as Ed Norton in the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. His personality largely came from similar traits to Carney's character, as the two share an identical hat, carefree attitude, and vocal inflection.
Before he was given the title of "Yogi", the bear originally went by the names of "Huckleberry", "Yucca", and "Yo-Yo." The name "Huckleberry" was later given to the character of Huckleberry Hound, after "Yogi" was decided.
Yogi Bear's name also share similarities, although unofficially, to that of Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra. Berra sued Hanna-Barbera for defamation over Yogi's name sounding too similar, but withdrew it when Hanna-Barbera stated that it was a coincidence. According to Joseph Barbera, he claimed that the name did not have a intended reference, but asserted that "the sound of the name was awash in our collective unconscious at a time when Yogi Berra was a very popular figure." Berra, however, addressed the similarities of the name in a 1963 interview, stating "Television is big enough for both me and Yogi Bear. I was going to sue the Yogi Bear program for using my name, until somebody reminded me Yogi isn’t my real name — it’s Lawrence."
The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Yogi Bear Show
|Episode||Number||Original air date|
|"Biggest Show Off on Earth"||3x08||Week of January 23, 1961|
|"Cub Scout Boo Boo"||3x10||Week of February 6, 1961|
|"Home-Sweet Jellystone"||3x11||Week of February 1961|
|"Love-Bugged Bear"||3x12||Week of February 13, 1961|
|"Bearface Disguise"||3x13||Week of October 31, 1960|
|"Slap Happy Birthday"||3x14||Week of February 1961|
|"A Bear Living"||3x15||1961|
|"Disguise and Gals"||3x16||1961|
|"Touch and Go-Go-Go"||4x01||1961|
|"Acrobatty Yogi"||4x02||Week of April 17, 1961|
|"Ring-a-Ding Picnic Basket"||4x03||Week of April 24, 1961|
|"Iron Hand Jones"||4x04||1961-62 season|
|"Yogi's Pest Guest"||4x05||1961-62 season|
|"Missile Bound Yogi"||4x06||1961-62 season|
|"Loco Locomotive"||4x07||1961-62 season|
|"Missile-Bound Bear"||4x08||1961-62 season|
|"A Wooin' Bruin"||4x09||1962|
|"Yogi in the City"||4x10||1961-62 season|
|"Queen Bee for a Day"||4x11||1961-62 season|
|"Batty Bear"||4x12||1961-62 season|
|"Droop-a-Long Yogi"||4x13||1961-62 season|
|"Threadbare Bear"||4x14||February 5, 1962|
|"Ice Box Raider"||4x15||1961|
|"Bear Foot Soldiers"||4x16||1961-62 season|
|"Yogi's Birthday Party"||4x17||October 1, 1961|
The New Yogi Bear Show
|Title||Number||Original air date|
|Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Death by Chocolate"||1||July 14, 2002|
Many of the spin-off TV series and movies are based on what was created for The Yogi Bear Show. The success of The Yogi Bear Show propelled Yogi onto the big screen in his only animated theatrical film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear, released in 1964, becoming the first Hanna-Barbera movie to be distributed by Columbia Pictures.
The popularity of Yogi Bear has also extended to its influence on National Park Service, with the character's appeal boosting visitation in most United States parks. In 1961, at the request of children inquiring about Yogi, authorities in Yellowstone National Park put out signs and flyers of the character in regards to bear safety, including cut-outs of him holding a sign warning visitors to not feed the bears. Despite these efforts, data on annual bear-related injuries in Yellowstone skyrocketed as a indirect result of Yogi's public image; Numbers rose to 69 injuries in 1960, as opposed to a drop from 37 in 1959. As one park service administrator had put it, the humorous roadside signs and flyers, such as those featuring Yogi, had "instill[ed] a sense of levity rather than one of seriousness in the visitor." In response to the criticism, Yellowstone authorities discontinued the use of Yogi Bear in their anti-bear feeding campaign.
The Spümcø tributes
Former Hanna-Barbera animator John Kricfalusi, better known as John K., started up his own animation studio Spümcø in 1989, which created the referred The Ren & Stimpy Show for Nickelodeon in 1991. In 1999, Cartoon Network gave him his chance to show his "love" for old Hanna-Barbera cartoons by creating two shorts called "A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith" and "Boo Boo Runs Wild."
In popular culture
- In the Animaniacs segment "Back in Style," the Warner Siblings were loaned off to other cartoon studios, including one run by Phil and Shmoe (parodies of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera). One of the cartoon characters that the Warners met is a spoof of Yogi Bear, named Who Who Hooey, where they mocked his cartoon's superficial dialogue and flat backgrounds. The Warner siblings interfere in the lunchbox stealing escapades of Calhourn Capybara and his impressionable young sidekick, Lew Lew, parodies of Yogi and Boo Boo. Interestingly, though, it's not one of the cartoons listed as a ratings failure.
- In the Saturday Night Live episode "Rob Lowe/Eminem," in a skit about a fictional Crime TV program called Pros & Cons, the participants talk about the ethics of Mystery Inc. taking the law into their own hands (which includes Scooby and Shaggy themselves), with the next episode's topic planning to "examine the concept of victims' rights in the theft of pic-a-nic baskets."
- In the Lucifer episode "Yabba Dabba Do Me," young Jimmy Baines watches the episode "Queen for a Day."
Ren and Stimpy Show
- "The Big Shot!:" Stimpy becomes the co-star of Muddy Mudskipper, where they reenact one of the many chase sequences between Yogi and Ranger Smith, respectively. Muddy tells Stimpy to get his hand out of the picnic basket, while Stimpy just spouts random quotes originally said by George Jetson, Elmer Fudd, and Mr. Jinks.
- "Ren's Retirement:" The worm who eats both Ren and Stimpy in the end wears an outfit similar to early Hanna-Barbera funny animal characters, namely Yogi, while his voice and mannerisms are clearly a parody of Fred Flintstone.
In other languages
|Spanish||El Oso Yogui|
- Sennett, Ted (October 30, 1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera, page 60. Viking Studio Books. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
- Sennett, page 59.
- Dowing, Tim (23 September 2015). The blurred boundaries between Yogi Berra and Yogi Bear]. The Guardian (2015).
- Gardner, Eriq (September 23, 2015).Yogi Berra Suing Over Yogi Bear? Take It With a Grin of Salt. The Hollywood Reporter (2015).
- Rumm, John (2008); McClure, Nancy (January 7, 2017). Yellowstone and Jellystone: Yogi Bear at 50, Buffalo Bill Centre of The West (2017). Retrieved January 21, 2023.