Yogi's Space Race

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Yogi's Space Race
Yogis Space Race.JPG
Star Wars-inspired title card for Yogi's Space Race
Genre Animation
Comedy
Adventure
Directed by Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Voices of Daws Butler
Joe Besser
Mel Blanc
Pat Parris
Marilyn Schreffler
Frank Welker
Narrated by Gary Owens
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 9 – December 2, 1978
Chronology
Preceded by Yogi's Gang (1973-1975)
Followed by Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978-1979)

Yogi's Space Race is a 90-minute Saturday morning cartoon program block and the third incarnation of Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear. It ran from September 9 to December 2, 1978 for NBC. The show also appeared on BBC in the United Kingdom. It contained the following four TV series:

  • Yogi's Space Race: intergalactic racing competitions with Yogi Bear, Jabberjaw, Huckleberry Hound and several new characters.
  • Galaxy Goof-Ups: Yogi Bear, Scare Bear, Huckleberry Hound and Quack-Up as four intergalactic police officers and their leader, Captain Snerdley.
  • The Buford Files: Buford is a lazy bloodhound who solves mysteries in Fenokee County with two teenagers, Cindy Mae and Woody.
  • The Galloping Ghost: Nugget Nose is a ghost miner who is a guardian to Wendy and Rita, two teenage cowgirls who work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch.

When Galaxy Goof-Ups was given its own half-hour timeslot on November 4, 1978, Yogi's Space Race was reduced to 60 minutes; in early 1979, the "Space Race" segment and Buford and the Galloping Ghost were also spun off in their own half-hour series until September 1979.

The series was later aired in reruns on the USA Cartoon Express, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.

Overview[edit]

Yogi's Space Race featured Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jabberjaw and several new characters as competitors in a reworking of Wacky Races. Cameo guests included Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Quick Draw McGraw and Jana of the Jungle.

Supporting segments were Galaxy Goof-Ups, The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost. The latter two were repackaged the following year as Buford and the Galloping Ghost.

When Galaxy Goof-Ups was given its own half-hour timeslot on November 4, 1978, Yogi's Space Race was reduced to 60 minutes. In early 1979, the Space Race segment and Buford and the Galloping Ghost were also spin off in their own half-hour series until September 1979.

Characters[edit]

  • Yogi Bear and Scare Bear: While Yogi remains unchanged save for the change in setting, his regular sidekick Boo Boo does not appear. Instead, his companion/partner is Scare Bear, a small fuzzy bear who is afraid of almost everything. Yogi and Scare are a racing team on "Space Race" and members of the "Galaxy Goof-Ups".
  • Huckleberry Hound and Quack-Up: Quack-Up is the crazy and clumsy pilot of the team while Huck just rests at the top of their ship. They are also members of the "Galaxy Goof-Ups".
  • Jabberjaw and Buford: Jabberjaw is still on his search for respect from his original series. His partner is Buford, from The Buford Files, where he's the lazy pet dog of two kids, Cindy Mae and Woody who solve mysteries in Fenokee County. Their race ship contains a track on which Buford runs to increase speed, which is seldom used since it's hard to keep him awake. Jabberjaw was once seen running on it during the episode "The Saturn 500".
  • Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita: The only racing team in the race that's a trio instead of a duo. They all are characters from The Galloping Ghost, where Wendy and Rita work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch and Nugget Nose is a gold-obsessed ghost who's jealous about the girls. His nose looks like a nugget (hence the name).
  • Captain Good/Phantom Phink and Clean Kat/Sinister Sludge: To the eyes of the other characters, Captain Good is the personification of good sportsmanship and fights for everything right, while he's actually Phantom Phink, a space racer who uses all possible sorts of cheating like Dick Dastardly, except that he actually wins some races, crossing the finish line either as Captain Good or as Phantom Phink. The duo can transform themselves, and their car, at the touch of a button. Captain Good looks like a handsome white-clad and blond-tressed muscleman while Phink is a skinny costumed creep with a big nose and bristly black beard. Although Good/Phink never tricks people into believing they are seeing both of them at the same time and Phink never shows up for the start of any race, nobody suspects they're one and the same, not even the narrator. Good/Phink usually tries to get help from people who live in the planets where the races take place, no matter which identity he must use. Clean Kat/Sinister Sludge is Captain Good's/Phantom Phink's pet cat/dog. Clean Kat is a white and snobbish cat while Sinister Sludge is a sleazy brown dog who's usually told by Phink to shut up. Whenever Good/Phink morphs, Kat/Sludge morphs together (although he is capable of doing it separated from his master, such as in the Saturn 500, when Phink says dogs aren't allowed on Mars and he morphs, causing Phink to says cats aren't either and in the Mizar Marathon when Good said that cats aren't allowed in a castle, to which he morphs and Good says that goes for dogs too).
  • The Narrator: This unseen character (voiced over by Gary Owens) is the narrator of the Space Race and presenter of the Space Race Biography. He sometimes talks to the characters of the series.
  • El Fabuloso: The Space Race's official computer which often speaks in Spanish. It analyzes the races to catch any cheat practiced and often disqualifies Phantom Phink for cheating. Phink usually utilizes his alter-ego to proceed on the race because of that. In Franzia, after Good/Phink tricks the local version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to stop the other racers, El Fabuloso finally discovers they're one and the same, but no one believes it and the narrator assumes El Fabuloso has a malfunction. To keep his secret identity, Phink has to convert into Captain Good to save the Space Racers.

Biography[edit]

The series often introduces the biography of some Space Racers or their ancestors. Phantom Phink was once described as a "descendant" of Dr. Jekyll, who was described looking like Captain Good while Mr. Hyde looks like Phink, giving us an idea of Good's/Phink's original look that contradicts the idea believed by many fans that Clean Kat/Sinister Sludge is originally a dog since this is his shape as Phantom Phink's pet and Sludge is the one to have a biography.

DVD release[edit]

There is yet to be a complete series DVD release of the show from Warner Archive.

Episodes[edit]

Thirteen episodes were broadcast in 1978. The winners of each race got a prize which ended up unfortunate, such as having to do the dishes after their meal at the Ritz.

Title Airdate
1 "The Saturn 500" 1978·Sep·09
2 "The Neptune 9000" 1978·Sep·16
3 "The Pongo Tongo Classic" 1978·Sep·23
4 "Nebuloc-The Prehistoric Planet" 1978·Sep·30
5 "The Spartikan Spectacular" 1978·Oct·07
6 "The Mizar Marathon" 1978·Oct·14
7 "The Lost Planet of Atlantis" 1978·Oct·21
8 "Race Through Oz" 1978·Oct·28
9 "Race Through Wet Galoshes" 1978·Nov·04
10 "The Borealis Triangle" 1978·Nov·11
11 "Race to the Center of the Universe" 1978·Nov·18
12 "Race Through the Planet of the Monsters" 1978·Nov·25
13 "Franzia" 1978·Dec·02

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Special Guest Stars[edit]

Production credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • "Jabberjaw" Created by: Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
  • Producer: Art Scott
  • Directors: Ray Patterson, Carl Urbano, Charles A. Nichols
  • Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
  • Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
  • Story Editors: Andy Heyward, Ray Parker, Jim Ryan
  • Story: Herb Armstrong, George Atkins, Haskell Barkin, John Bates, Jack Bonestell, Doug Booth, Larz Bourne, Chuck Couch, Tom Dagenais, Mark Fink, Robert Fisher, Gary Greenfield, George Greer, Andy Heyward, Len Janson, Mark Jones, Glenn Leopold, Ray Parker, Sam Roeca, Jim Ryan, Susan "Misty" Stewart
  • Story Direction and Storyboard Direction: Tom Barron, Ed Benedict, John Bruno, Ron Campbell, Bob Dranko, Carl Fallberg, Jan Green, Cullen Houghtaling, Don Jurwich, Michael O'Connor, Don Sheppard, George Singer, Paul Sommer, Howard Swift, John Walker, Kay Wright, Tom Yakutis
  • Recording Directors: Alex Lovy, Art Scott
  • Voices: Roger Behr, Joe Besser, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Tony Caruso, Ted Cassidy, Henry Corden, B.J. Cling, Joan Gerber, Marcy Goldman, Virginia Gregg, Bob Hastings, Ralph James, Casey Kasem, Dave Landsburg, Jim MacGeorge, Ginny McSwain, Don Messick, Gary Owens, Pat Parris, Hal Peary, Robert Peltz, Ronnie Schell, Marilyn Schreffler, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Alexis Tramanti, Janet Waldo, B.J. Ward, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Title Design: Bill Perez
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Creative Design Supervisor: Bob Singer
  • Character Design: Willie Ito, Bob Singer, Donna Zeller
  • Layout Supervision: John Ahern, Bill Hutten, Tony Love, Warren Marshall
  • Layout: Mike Arens, Dale Barnhart, Lyle Beddes, Garnett Bugby, Barry Bunce, Fred Crippin, Todd Curtis, Cory Dangerfield, Hak Ficq, Owen Fitzgerald, Bob Foster, Rene Garcia, George Goode, Simon Gittins, Dave Hanan, C.L. Hartman, Jack Huber, Alex Ignatiev, Ray Jacobs, Homer Jonas, Boyd Kirkland, Bill Lignante, Sylvia Mattinson, Jim Mueller, Floyd Norman, Gerrard Pointak, Debra Pugh, Tony Rivera, Linda Rowley, Keith Sargent, Tony Sgroi, Al Wilson, Doyle Shaw, Kay Smith, Thomas Tholen, Greg Thurber, Al Wilson, Grant Wilson
  • Song Sequences: Director: Ken Mundie
  • Animator: Marija M. Dail
  • Unit Director: Volus Jones
  • Animation Supervision: Bill Keil, Jay Sarbry, Mark Glamack
  • Animation: Carlos Alfonso, Bob Alvarez, Frank Andrina, Cosmo Anzilotti, Tom Barnes, Isabel Belio, David Brain, Bob Carr, Bill Carney, Amaro Carretero, Rudy Cataldi, Alberto Conejo, Daniel De La Vega, Ed De Mattia, Julio Diez, Valentin Domenech, Judy Drake, Lillian Evans, Thomas Farish, Otto Feuer, Hugh Fraser, Manuel Garcia Galiana, Fernando Gonzalez, Charlette Grable, Jack Hadley, Bob Hathcock, Bill Hutten, Angel Izquierdo, Walt Kubiak, Ed Love, Tony Love, Dan Mills, Roberto Marcano, Matias Marcos, Ezequiel Martin, Luis Martinez, Lee Mishkin, Pedro Mohedano, Manuel Sanchez Molano, Ken Muse, Constantin Mustatea, Floyd Norman, Eduardo Olivares, Pepita Pardell, Don Patterson, Juan Pina, Tom Ray, Morey Reden, Vicente Rodriguez, Mariano Rueda, Jim Simmon, Ken Southworth, Leo Sullivan, Dick Thompson, Jose Luis Torres, Richard Trueblood, Carlo Vinci, Norton Virgien, Russ Von Neida, Allen Wilzbach
  • Background Supervision: Al Gmuer
  • Background: Deborah Akers, Fernando Arce, Dario Campanile, Dennis Durrell, Bob Gentle, Ann Guenther, Marsha Hanes, James Hickey, Paro Hozumi, Richard Khim, Bill Lorencz, Fernando Montealegre, Andy Phillipson, Phil Philipson, Bill Proctor, Michael Reinman, Jeff Riche, Craig Robertson, Robert Schaefer, Sera Segal-Alsberg, Gary Selvaggio, Marilyn Shimokochi, Stephen Thompson, Peter Van Elk, Dennis Venizelos, Gloria Wood
  • Checking and Scene Planning: Cindy Smith, Rollie Greenwood, Evelyn Sherwoood
  • Xerography: Star Wirth, Yolanda Vallas
  • Ink and Paint Supervision: Billie Kerns, Sharon Bryant
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Technical Supervision: Frank Paiker
  • Camera: Robert Cohen, John Cunningham, George Epperson, Tom Epperson, Chuck Flekal, Raul Garcia, Curt Hall, Ron Jackson, Danny Larsen, Joe Ponticello, Jerry Smith, Larry Smith, Terry Smith, Norman Stainsback, Rick Taylor, Roy Wade, Brandy Whittington, Jerry Whittington
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editors: Sam Horta, Warner Leighton, Terry Moore, Robert Talboy, Chip Yaras
  • Effects Editors: Richard Allen, Mark Green, Scott Hecker, Denise Horta, Terry Moore, Robert R. Rutledge, Kerry Williams
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Production Supervision: Peter Aries
  • Production Manager: Jayne Barbera
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • RCA Sound Recording
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
© 1978 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

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