Yogi Bear is always in the ranger's hair.
At a picnic table you will find him there
Stuffing down more goodies than the average bear.
He will sleep till noon but before it's dark,
He'll have every pic-a-nic basket that's in Jellystone Park.
Yogi has it better than a millionaire
That's because he's smarter than the average bear.
Yogi made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show. He became very popular, and in 1961 was given his own show, which also included the segments Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. There was even a musical animated feature film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, in 1964. Over the years he appeared in many other spin-off series as well, including Yogi's Gang (1973), Yogi's Space Race (1978), Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978), Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985),The New Yogi Bear Show (1988), the "Fender Bender 500" segment on Wake, Rattle and Roll (1990), and Yo Yogi (1991).
Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi's personality and mannerisms were based on a popular celebrity of the time. Art Carney's character on The Honeymooners was said to be Yogi's inspiration. Yogi's name is a nod to the famed baseball star Yogi Berra.
The plot of most of Yogi's cartoons centered around his antics in the fictional Jellystone Park, a takeoff on the famous Yellowstone National Park. (There had been a 1941 Bugs Bunny cartoon, Wabbit Twouble, that used the more obvious name "Jellostone" Park, a play on both the national park and the trademark of the popular gelatin dessert.) Yogi, accompanied by his reluctant best friend Boo-Boo, would often try to steal 'pic-a-nic' baskets from campers in the park, much to the chagrin of Park Ranger Smith. A girlfriend bear, Cindy, turned up sometimes, and normally disapproved of Yogi's antics.
Stretching literary license significantly, the relationship of Yogi and Boo-Boo could be compared to that of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, in the context of the whimsical, adventurous leader and the practical sidekick. Hanna and Barbera would repeat this formula many times, notably in the later series Quick Draw McGraw.
Yogi Bear is well-known for a variety of different catchphrases, including his pet name for picnic baskets ("pic-a-nic baskets") and his favorite self-promotion ("I'm smarter than the average bear!"), although he often overestimates his own cleverness. He also liked to say, "Hey there, Booboo!" as his preferred greeting to his humbler sidekick.
Yogi cartoons are mentioned as a favorite of Howard Stern's in his book Miss America. Stern describes being duped by his sister Ellen concerning the alternate day schedule watching "his fu*king Bear Cartoons" vs. romantic movies.
Yogi has a Martian rock named after him. Yogi Rock was discovered in 1997. In the initial photos the rock had the appearance of a little bear facing away. The 1992 movie Stay Tuned featured a commercial for a fictional kids' non-alcoholic beer called "Yogi Beer".
A spoof of Yogi Bear appeared in The Simpsons episode, "When You Dish Upon a Star." Homer Simpson has a dream where he and Bart are Yogi and Boo Boo, while Ned Flanders poses as Ranger Smith, who is savagely mauled by "Homi" when he tries to stop him after stealing a picnic basket. As he prepares to maul "Bart-Bart" as well for criticizing what he had done to "Ranger Ned", Homer awakens from his dream. He describes the dream as such: "I was having the most wonderful dream. I had a hat and a tie with no pants on."
In 2001, Saturday Night Live's TV Funhouse did a parody of Yogi entitled The Anatominals Show with a second installment shown in 2002.
John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy, created and directed two Spumco-styled Yogi cartoons in 1999: 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 special. Boo Boo Runs Wild features a fight between Yogi and Ranger Smith, which was heavily edited for broadcast for both violence and suggestive situations. A third Yogi cartoon from Spumco was planned and even storyboarded, but was not finished. In 2003, Spumco created another Boo-Boo cartoon, Boo-Boo and the Man, which was made with Macromedia Flash and released on Cartoon Network's website.
Yogi and Boo Boo appeared on Adult Swim's Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law in 2002 in the episode "Death By Chocolate", where Boo Boo was accused of being a Unabomber-like character.
Yogi and Boo Boo also made a cameo in an episode of Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
Yogi appeared in the Family Guy episode "Hell Comes to Quahog" in one of the show's flashbacks. In it, he is assassinated by Peter with a hunting knife in front of Boo-Boo, as a favor to a "park ranger". Yogi and Boo-Boo were briefly considered (and licensed) to become the animatronic entertainment at ShowBiz Pizza restaurants (the result of souring relations between ShowBiz and the company who owned ShowBiz's existing animatronic show, The Rock-afire Explosion). Other than a very short run at three test locations, this never materialized.
In addition, Yogi Bear lends his name to a chain of recreational vehicle and camping parks, "Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts", with the first opening in 1969 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and as of 2006, had over 70 locations in the United States and Canada. There is also one remaining restaurant from the chain bearing Yogi's name, "Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken", in Hartsville, South Carolina. In both cases, Hanna-Barbera licensed the name and likenesses to the respective companies.
In The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, the character Sanjay utters one of Yogi's catchpharases, "I am smarter than the average bear!".
Yogi Bear is currently aired by Cartoon Network's sister channel, Boomerang, worldwide. and it is still unknown when it's going to be on Cartoon Network TOO in the UK.
There was also a Hanna-Barbera Personal Favorites video where 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.
A 4-DVD box set of the complete series was released November 15, 2005.
Yogi Bear in other languages
Brazilian Portuguese: Zé Colméia (something like "Honeycomb Joe")
Catalan: L'Ós Yogui
Danish: Yogi Bjørn
Dutch: Yogi Beer
Finnish: Jogi-karhu (sometimes also Yogi-karhu)
French: Yogi l'ours
Galician: O Oso Iogui
German: Yogi Bär
Hungarian: Maci Laci ("maci" is a diminutive for "medve", which is "bear"; "Laci" is a diminutive for the common first name "László", chosen for its rhyme.)
Italian: L'Orso Yoghi
Polish: Mis Jogi (sometimes also Mis Yogi)
Romanian: Ursul Yogi
Spanish: El Oso Yogui
Swedish: Yogi Björn
Taiwan: "Yujia Xiong"
Czech: Méda Béda
Korean: Yoki Bae-er
Slovak: Medved Jogi
Slovenian: Jogi medvedek or Medved Jogi (usually called just Jogi)
Turkish: Ayi Yogi
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