In the late 1950s, Yogi Bear made his way onto television screens. The animated bear, created by Hanna-Barbera, was swiftly welcomed into the hearts of viewers and he became a huge star.
But what do you know about Yogi Bear?
Well, if your knowledge of Yogi is somewhat lacking, and yet you’d love to learn more about this not so average bear, you have come to the right place. Below you will discover over 20 questions and answers relating to Yogi, to provide you with everything you could ever need to know… and more.
When did Yogi Bear first appear on television?
Yogi Bear made his television debut on September 29th, 1958. He appeared as one of the supporting characters on the cartoon series, The Huckleberry Hound Show.
For the first two seasons of the show, Yogi had his own seven-minute segment (one segment per episode). His initial appearance was via the story, ‘Yogi Bear’s Big Break’ – a title which kick-started his career and therefore proved to be prophetic.
What was the name of Yogi Bear’s first TV show?
Following his breakout success on The Huckleberry Hound Show, Yogi Bear was given his own television series, the appropriately named, The Yogi Bear Show. Similar to The Huckleberry Hound Show, Yogi fronted the series, which he shared with supporting characters, Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle (with each receiving their own segments on the show).
When did The Yogi Bear Show air?
The Yogi Bear Show aired for two seasons between January 1961 and January 1962.
How many episodes of The Yogi Bear Show were produced?
The show ran for a total of 33 episodes, with almost all of the episodes split into three individual segments. The first segment was always taken by Yogi, with Snagglepuss’s segment second, and Yakky Doodle’s third.
The only episode which differed from this format was the series finale, which dropped the concept of segments and focused on just one Yogi-centric story. The episode, ‘Yogi’s Birthday Party’, centred on Yogi’s preparation for a guest spot on a television show.
Although ‘Yogi’s Birthday Party’ is devoted to Yogi, a number of well-known Hanna-Barbera characters appear in the episode, including Huckleberry Hound, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, Quick Draw McGraw, and Pixie and Dixie, amongst others.
Who voiced Yogi Bear on The Yogi Bear Show?
Yogi was voiced by Daws Butler on The Yogi Bear Show. Butler first took on the role for The Huckleberry Hound Show, then continued it through various other Yogi projects until his death in 1988.
Who composed the music for The Yogi Bear Show?
Hoyt Curtin composed the music for The Yogi Bear Show. Curtin worked on most of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including The Jetsons, Top Cat, The Flintstones, and Jonny Quest.
Who were the main characters on The Yogi Bear Show?
The main characters on The Yogi Bear Show included Yogi’s best pal, Boo-Boo; Yogi’s girlfriend, Cindy; and Yogi’s nemesis, Ranger Smith. All of these characters had previously appeared on The Huckleberry Hound Show.
Who voiced Boo-Boo on The Yogi Bear Show?
Boo-Boo was voiced by Don Messick – the same actor who voiced Scooby-Doo on Hanna-Barbera’s, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. In addition to Boo-Boo, Messick also voiced Ranger Smith.
Did Ranger Smith have a first name?
The character’s full name is Ranger John Francis Smith – although he commonly goes by the name of Ranger Smith.
What was the name of the park where Yogi lived?
Yogi Bear lived in Jellystone Park. The name is a nod to the real-life, 3,500-sq-mile Yellowstone National Park, which covers parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho in the US.
What were Yogi Bear’s catchphrases?
Yogi had a few well-known catchphrases, which he could often be heard saying. One was “Hey, hey, hey”, while another was “Hey there, Boo Boo”.
Other phrases included “I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!” and “Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!”. Yogi also had a habit of pronouncing picnic baskets as ‘pic-a-nic baskets’.
Was Yogi Bear named after someone famous?
It is often suggested that Yogi Bear is named after the late professional baseball player, Lawrence Peter ‘Yogi’ Berra. Berra himself believed this to be the case and sued Hanna-Barbera.
Hanna-Barbera claimed the name was merely a coincidence and Berra dropped the case.
Apart from The Yogi Bear Show, what other Hanna-Barbera cartoons did Yogi appear in?
Due to the popularity of the character, Yogi Bear appeared in many cartoons – which is why you may be very familiar with the character, even if you didn’t watch The Huckleberry Hound Show or The Yogi Bear Show.
Shows include Yogi’s Gang, Laff-A-Lympics, Yogi’s Space Race, Galaxy Goof-Ups, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, The New Yogi Bear Show, Fender Bender 500, and Yo Yogi!.
Hang on a minute – didn’t Yogi Bear appear on Wacky Races?
Yogi Bear was not one of the characters who appeared on Wacky Races, however (as noted above), he did appear on Fender Bender 500 – a ‘90s update of Wacky Races. Yogi and his pal, Boo-Boo entered the race in their vehicle the Jellystone Jammer.
Other characters who appeared on Fender Bender 500 included Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, Pixie and Dixie, Winsome Witch, Wally Gator & Magilla Gorilla, Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey, Huckleberry Hound & Snagglepuss, Top Cat & Choo-Choo, and Dick Dastardly & Muttley.
Did Yogi have something to do with a show about a young Scooby-Doo?
The show about a young Scooby-Doo is the late ‘80s/early ‘90s cartoon series, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The series has nothing to do with Yogi Bear, but Yogi did cameo in the episode, ‘The Story Stick’.
Hey, wasn’t there a Casper cartoon series which featured Yogi?
Casper the Friendly Ghost and Yogi Bear have shared the screen together, but it wasn’t for a TV series. Yogi appeared as a guest star in the animated television special, Casper’s First Christmas.
The special aired on NBC in 1979, then was later released on VHS. Yogi appeared on the front cover of the VHS box, alongside Casper, Huckleberry Hound, and Santa Claus.
Has Yogi Bear appeared in any movies?
As well as an extensive career in TV shows, Yogi Bear has also had a pretty exhaustive film career, having appeared in various movies, as well as some television specials.
Notable movies include Hey, There, It’s Yogi Bear (1964), Yogi’s Ark Lark (1972), Yogi’s First Christmas (1980), Yogi’s Great Escape (1987), Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose (1987), Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988), The Good, the Bad, and the Huckleberry Hound (1988) and Yogi Bear (2010).
Specials include Hanna-Barbera’s All-Star Comedy Ice Revue (1978), Casper’s First Christmas (1979), Yogi Bear’s All Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982), Hanna-Barbera’s 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (1989), Yogi the Easter Bear (1994), and Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights (1994).
Did one of the Yogi movies star Justin Timberlake?
The movie that starred Justin Timberlake was 2010’s Yogi Bear. The pop star/actor voiced Boo-Boo in the live-action/computer animated movie, while Dan Aykroyd voiced Yogi.
Apart from movies and TV shows, where else has Yogi appeared?
In addition to movies and television shows, Yogi has appeared in multiple video games, including Yogi Bear’s Gold Rush, Yogi Bear: Great Balloon Blast, and Yogi’s Big Clean Up. The character has also featured in various comics from publishers including Dell, Gold Key, Charlton, Harvey, Archie, DC and Marvel.
Just how popular is Yogi Bear?
Of the many, many cartoon characters created by Hanna-Barbera, Yogi Bear remains one of the most beloved. Not only has he featured in multiple shows, movies, comics, and games, he lent his name to a camping park in the 1960s (Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts), fronted a series of educational films in the 1970s & 1980s (Yogi Bear: Play it Safe, Learn About Citizenship with Yogi Bear etc), and regularly appeared on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the 1990s, 2000s, and even into the 2010s.
How popular is Yogi Bear? Very popular.
And finally, are any of the Yogi Bear cartoons available on home video?
A number of Yogi Bear cartoons and movies are available on home video to buy on DVD/Blu-ray or to stream through a digital platform. This includes The Yogi Bear Show.
The UK version is Region 2, while the US version is Region 1. If you plan on picking up a copy, be sure to check the Region settings on your DVD player first.
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