Yogi Bear

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Yogi Bear
The Yogi Bear Show character
Yogi Bear Yogi Bear.png
First appearance"Yogi Bear's Big Break" (1958)
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Ed Benedict
Voiced byDaws Butler (1958–1988)
Gilbert Mack (Quick Draw McGraw and Huckleberry Hound LP (1959))[1]
Jack Mercer (Movie Wheels Present Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear (1960))[2]
Frank Milano (Songs of Yogi Bear and his Pals LP (1961), A Hap-Hap-Happy Christmas from Yogi Bear (1961), Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! LP (1964))[1][3][4][5]
James Darren (singing voice in Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!)
Bill Lee (singing voice in Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!)
Allan Melvin (Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Tell Stories Of Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk LP (1965))[6][5]
Chuck McCann (Wake Up, America! LP (1965))[7]
Mel Blanc (1983; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (animated segments))[8]
Hal Smith (1984; Strong Kids, Safe Kids)[9]
Greg Burson (1988–2003)
Jeff Bergman (1990s commercials, Lullabye-Bye Bear, When Bears Attack, Quicken Loans commercial, Jellystone!, 2015-present)
Billy West (1990s commercials)
Keith Scott (Hanna-Barbera Gala Celebrity Nite)[10]
Stephen Worth (Boo Boo Runs Wild, Boo Boo and the Man)
Maurice LaMarche (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law)
Dave Fouquette (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
Dan Milano (Robot Chicken)[11]
Scott Innes (At Picnic-Honey Lesson)
Dan Aykroyd (film, Yogi Bear: The Video Game)
Kevin Shinick (Mad)[12]
Seth Green (Robot Chicken)[11]
In-universe information
SpeciesBrown bear
GenderMale
Significant otherCindy Bear (girlfriend)
RelativesBoo-Boo Bear (best friend)
Ranger Smith (rival/friend)
Frog-Mouthed Turtle (friend)
Ranger Jones (friend)
Rachel Johnson (friend)
Snagglepuss (friend)

Yogi Bear is an anthropomorphic funny animal who has appeared in numerous comic books, animated television shows and films. He made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show.

Yogi Bear was the first breakout character in animated television; he was created by Hanna-Barbera and was eventually more popular than Huckleberry Hound.[13] In January 1961, he was given his own show, The Yogi Bear Show, sponsored by Kellogg's, which included the segments Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle.[14] Hokey Wolf replaced his segment on The Huckleberry Hound Show.[15] A musical animated feature film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, was released in 1964.

Yogi was one of several Hanna-Barbera characters to have a collar. This allowed animators to keep his body static, redrawing only his head in each frame when he spoke—one of the methods used by Hanna-Barbera to cut costs by reducing the number of drawings needed for a seven-minute cartoon from around 14,000 to around 2,000.[16]

Personality[edit]

Yogi sign advising young National Park visitors not to feed the bears (1961)

Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi's personality and mannerisms were based on a popular celebrity of the time. Art Carney's Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners was said to be Yogi's inspiration;[17][18] his voice mannerisms broadly mimic Carney as Norton.[19] Carney, in turn, received influence from the Borscht Belt and comedians of vaudeville.[18]

Yogi's name was similar to that of contemporary baseball star Yogi Berra, who was known for his amusing quotes, such as "half the lies they tell about me aren't true." Berra sued Hanna-Barbera for defamation, but their management claimed that the similarity of the names was just a coincidence. Berra withdrew his suit, but the defense was considered implausible.[20] At the time Yogi Bear first hit TV screens, Yogi Berra was a household name.[21]

The plot of most of Yogi's cartoons centered on his antics in the fictional Jellystone Park, a variant of the real Yellowstone National Park. Yogi, accompanied by his constant companion Boo-Boo Bear, would often try to steal picnic baskets from campers in the park, much to the displeasure of Park Ranger Smith.[22] Yogi's girlfriend, Cindy Bear, sometimes appeared and usually disapproved of Yogi's antics.

Catchphrases[edit]

Besides often speaking in rhyme, Yogi Bear had a number of catchphrases, including his famous chant of excitement and greeting ("Hey, Hey, Hey"), his pet name for picnic baskets ("pic-a-nic baskets"), and his favorite self-promotion ("I'm smarter than the av-er-age bear!"),[23] although he often overestimates his own cleverness. Another characteristic of Yogi was his deep and silly voice. He often greets the ranger with a cordial, "Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!" and "Hey there, Boo Boo!" as his preferred greeting to his sidekick, Boo Boo. Yogi would also often use puns in his speech and had a habit of pronouncing large words with a long vocal flourish.

Voice actors[edit]

Daws Butler originated the character's voice.

From the time of the character's debut until 1988, Yogi was voiced by voice actor Daws Butler. Butler died in 1988; his last performance as Yogi was in the television film Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears.

In 1983, a Yogi Bear balloon made its first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, becoming the final balloon that year. That same year, he appeared on a float named A Hanna-Barbera Christmas alongside many other Hanna-Barbera characters, as they cleaned up the streets of Broadway. The performance was bookended with animated segments featuring Yogi and Boo-Boo, voiced by Mel Blanc and Butler, respectively.[24][8]

After Butler's death, Greg Burson stepped in to perform the role; Butler had taught Burson personally how to voice Yogi as well as his other characters. Worsening alcoholism and a legal incident led to Burson's firing in 2004 and eventually his death in 2008.[25]

Jeff Bergman and Billy West also performed the character throughout the 1990s and early 2000s for various Cartoon Network commercials and bumpers.

Australian voice actor, animation historian and impressionist Keith Scott provided Yogi's voice in the live show Hanna-Barbera Gala Celebrity Night at the Wonderland Sydney amusement park in Australia, where Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters including Huckleberry Hound, Scooby-Doo, George Jetson, Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble make guest appearances.[10]

In the Yogi Bear film, the character is voiced by actor Dan Aykroyd.

In the animated stop motion sketch comedy show Robot Chicken created by Seth Green, Dan Milano voiced Yogi Bear.[26]

Scott Innes performed the voice of Yogi, along with Boo Boo, in At Picnic, Forest, and Honey Lesson.

Media[edit]

Television series[edit]

Series number Title Broadcast run Original channel Total # episodes Total # seasons
1 The Huckleberry Hound Show 1958–1960 Syndication 35 episodes 2
2 The Yogi Bear Show 1961–1962 33 episodes
3 Yogi Bear & Friends[a] 1967–1968 96 episodes
4 Yogi's Gang 1973–1975 ABC 15 episodes 1
5 Yogi's Space Race[b] 1978–1979 NBC 13 episodes
6 Galaxy Goof-Ups[c]
7 Yogi's Treasure Hunt 1985–1988 Syndication 27 episodes 3
8 The New Yogi Bear Show[d] 1988–1989 45 episodes 1
9 Yo Yogi! 1991–1992 NBC 20 episodes
10 Jellystone![27] 2020 HBO Max
Notes:
  1. ^ A syndicated animated series that aired between 1967 and 1968.
  2. ^ This show had Yogi Bear paired up with Scare Bear opposite of Huckleberry Hound being paired up with Quack-Up the Duck.
  3. ^ This show had Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Scare Bear, and Quack-Up working as bumbling intergalactic police officers.
  4. ^ A 30-minute weekday animated series which aired in first-run syndication.

Other appearances[edit]

Animated Films and specials[edit]

Educational films[edit]

Video games[edit]

Albums[edit]

Live action/animated feature film[edit]

A live-action/computer-animated film titled Yogi Bear was released by Warner Bros. in December 2010. The movie featured Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi Bear. The film, adapting the television series, follows the adventures of Yogi Bear and his pal Boo-Boo in Jellystone Park, as they avoid Ranger Smith who is trying to stop Yogi from stealing picnic baskets.

Songs[edit]

"Yogi" by The Ivy Three (1960), sung in a voice mimicking Yogi Bear. The song reached no. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100

Spümcø Ranger Smith and Boo Boo shorts[edit]

In 1999, animator John Kricfalusi's Spümcø company created and directed two Yogi cartoons, A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith and Boo Boo Runs Wild. Both shorts aired that year on the Cartoon Network as part of a Yogi Bear marathon. "Boo Boo Runs Wild" features a fight between Yogi and Ranger Smith, which was edited heavily for broadcast for both violence and torture situations.

In 2002, Spümcø created another Boo Boo cartoon, Boo Boo and the Man, which was made with Macromedia Flash and released on Cartoon Network's website.

A music video (known as a "Cartoon Groovie") for Yogi Bear used to air on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. It showcases clips of Yogi and Boo Boo stealing picnic baskets and annoying Ranger Smith.

Broadcasts[edit]

Yogi Bear aired on Cartoon Network from 1992 to 2004 and its sister channel, Boomerang until 2014. Additionally to save competition, Nickelodeon re-aired The Yogi Bear Show, Yogi's Gang, and Galaxy Goof-Ups under the umbrella title "Nickelodeon's Most Wanted: Yogi Bear" throughout the early 1990s. In the UK it aired on Cartoon Network from 1993 to 2001, CN TOO from 2006 to 2010 and Boomerang from 2000 to 2002.

In the Hanna-Barbera Personal Favorites video, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera picked their favorite Yogi Bear episodes, including the very first one, "Yogi Bear's Big Break", and Yogi meeting some storybook friends: The Three Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Little Red Riding Hood.

Comics[edit]

Over the years, several publishers have released Yogi Bear comic books.

  • Dell Comics first published Yogi Bear comics starting in 1959 as part of their Four Color Comics line. The Four Color issue numbers were #1067 Yogi Bear (December 1, 1959), #1104 Yogi Bear Goes to College (June 1, 1960), #1162 Yogi Bear Joins the Marines (April 1, 1961), #1271 Yogi Bear's Birthday Party (November 1, 1961), #1310 Huck and Yogi Winter Sports (1962) (also featuring Huckleberry Hound) and #1349 Yogi Bear Visits the U.N. (January 1, 1962).[29] In March 1961, Dell also published a 116-page one-shot entitled Huck and Yogi Jamboree (also featuring Huckleberry Hound).[30] Starting in September 1961, Dell began publishing a regular comic under the title Yogi Bear which ran for 6 issues, the last Dell issue being July 1962.[31]
  • Gold Key Comics took over publishing the Yogi Bear title in October 1962, continuing the issue numbering from the last Dell issue. Gold Key published 33 issues from 1962–70.[31]
  • Charlton Comics next did a title for 35 issues from 1970–77.[31]
  • Marvel Comics did a title for 9 issues in 1977.[31]
  • Harvey Comics then did several titles for a total of 10 issues in 1992–94.[31]
  • Archie Comics regularly featured Yogi Bear stories in the anthology comics Hanna-Barbera All-Stars and Hanna-Barbera Presents. After the cancellation of both titles, Archie Comics put out one issue of a Yogi Bear comic in 1997.[31]
  • DC Comics semi-regularly featured Yogi in Cartoon Network Presents.
  • DC Comics Scooby-Doo! Team-Up (Bear-ly Scared)
  • DC Comics Deathstroke/Yogi Bear Special #1

The Yogi Bear comic strip began February 5, 1961.[32] Created by Gene Hazelton and distributed by the McNaught Syndicate, it ran from 1961 to 1988.

Hanna-Barbera has also produced giveaway instructional Yogi Bear comics on first aid (Creative First Aid: Yogi's Bear Facts (1986)) and earthquake preparedness (Yogi, the Be-Prepared Bear: Earthquake Preparedness for Children (1984) and Yogi's Bear Facts: Earthquake Preparedness (1988)). These were issued in connection with Yogi Bear being used as the mascot for Earthquake Preparedness Month in California, an annual campaign that ran each April for over 10 years and also utilized Yogi in earthquake preparedness posters, advertisements, a cartoon, and other promotions including a special "Quakey Shakey Van" exhibit.[33][34]

Home release[edit]

On November 15, 2005, Warner Home Video released the complete series on DVD.

DVD name Ep # Release date Additional information
The Yogi Bear Show – The Complete Series 33 November 15, 2005
  • Collectible animation cel
  • Original episode with bridges and bumpers
  • Never-before-seen animation sketches come to life
  • Yogi gets global: One episode in a variety of languages
  • Featurette on the art of Hanna-Barbera sound

Licensing[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Felix, Huck, Yogi & Jack Mercer on Movie Wheel Records". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Frank Milano - Songs Of Yogi Bear And His Pals (1961, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Frank Milano - Have A Hap-Hap-Happy Christmas From Yogi Bear (1961, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Hanna-Barbera's First Movie Soundtrack". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Yogi Bear And Boo Boo - Tell Stories Of Little Red Riding Hood And Jack And The Beanstalk (1965, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Chuck McCann, Yogi Bear And His Friends - Wake Up America! (1965, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1983". YouTube. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "Strong Kids, Safe Kids". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Hanna-Barbera Gala Celebrity Nite". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Voice(s) of Yogi Bear in Robot Chicken". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Voice of Yogi Bear in Mad". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Mallory, Michael. Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1998. ISBN 0-88363-108-3. p. 44.
  14. ^ Sennett, Ted. The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. New York: Viking Penguin, 1989. ISBN 0-670-82978-1. pp. 63–64.
  15. ^ Sennett, p. 52.
  16. ^ "Hanna Barbera's golden age of animation", BBC, December 19, 2006
  17. ^ Sennett, p. 60.
  18. ^ a b Anthony Breznican. "Yogi Bear gets a digital makeover." USA Today, August 24, 2010. "Yogi, as voiced by Daws Butler in the early 1960s, was a takeoff on Art Carney's Ed Norton from The Honeymooners -- itself a character heavily influenced by the Borscht Belt and vaudeville comics."
  19. ^ Sennett, p. 59.
  20. ^ Laura Lee (2000), The Name's Familiar II, Pelican Publishing, p. 93, ISBN 9781455609178
  21. ^ Bradle, Laura. "The Relationship Between Yogi Berra and Yogi Bear, Explained", Slate (September 23, 2015).
  22. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 60. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  23. ^ Mallory, p. 44.
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  25. ^ Evanier, Mark (August 1, 2008). "Greg Burson, R.I.P." NewsFromMe.com. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  26. ^ "Dan Milano - Voice Actor Profile at Voice Chasers". Voicechasers.com. September 10, 1972. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  27. ^ "'Looney Tunes' Update, Hanna-Barbera Series Set at HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter.
  28. ^ "A website about unreleased video games". Lost Levels. September 22, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  29. ^ Thompson, Maggie, "Four Color Comics (2nd Series)" (complete list of issues), atomicavenue.com. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  30. ^ "Huck and Yogi Jamboree", vintagecollectibles.net. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  31. ^ a b c d e f Thompson, Maggie; Frankenhoff, Brent; Bickford, Peter (November 5, 2009). 2010 Comic Book Checklist & Price Guide. p. 835. ISBN 9781440203862.
  32. ^ "1961 Timeline: February 5. Animation sensation Yogi Bear is the star of a new comic strip overseen by Gene Hazelton." American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 by John Wells, TwoMorrows Publishing, 2012, page 42.
  33. ^ Barbera, Joseph (1994). My Life in "Toons": From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century. Atlanta, GA: Turner Publishing. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-57036-042-8.
  34. ^ California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) News Center, "Yogi Knows About Preparedness." caloesnewsroom.wordpress.com, uploaded October 16, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  35. ^ "Find A Park | Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts". Campjellystone.com. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  36. ^ "Receive a Free Campground Directory of All Family Campgrounds & Cabin Rental Locations | Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts".
  37. ^ Raskin, Hanna (June 28, 2017). "How the Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Chain Got Pecked Down to One". The Post and Courier. Retrieved September 21, 2018.

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