The Yogi Bear Show

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The Yogi Bear Show
Yogi Bear Show.jpg
One out of a few different “Yogi Bear” presents cards.
Created by
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes33 (105 segments) (list of episodes)
Running time22 minutes (7 minutes per segment)
Production company/companiesHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorScreen Gems
Original networkSyndicated
Original releaseJanuary 30, 1961 (1961-01-30) –
January 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)
Followed byYogi Bear & Friends
Related showsThe Huckleberry Hound Show

The Yogi Bear Show is an American comedy animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that centers on the misadventures of forest-dwelling bear Yogi in Jellystone Park. The show debuted in syndication on January 30, 1961, and ran for 33 episodes until January 6, 1962.[1] Two other segments for the show were Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle.[2] The show had a two-year production run.[3]


Yogi Bear[edit]

Yogi Bear (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Art Carney) and Boo-Boo Bear (voiced by Don Messick) reside in Jellystone Park and would often try to steal picnic baskets while evading Ranger Smith (voiced by Don Messick). Yogi also has a relationship with his girlfriend Cindy Bear (voiced by Julie Bennett).


Snagglepuss the Mountain Lion (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Bert Lahr) tries to make his life hospitable while occasionally evading a hunter named Major Minor (voiced by Don Messick).

Yakky Doodle[edit]

Yakky Doodle (voiced by Jimmy Weldon in the style of Donald Duck) is a duck who lives with his best friend Chopper the Bulldog (voiced by Vance Colvig impersonating Wallace Beery). Chopper would usually protect Yakky from being eaten by Fibber Fox (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Shelley Berman) or Alfy Gator (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Alfred Hitchcock).


The Yogi Bear Show premiered on January 30, 1961 on some major city markets. Although, the show was not broadcast on the same day of the week, or the same time, in every city's affiliation in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Like The Huckleberry Hound Show, some major city markets picked up the program from independent stations such as WPIX in New York City, KTTV in Los Angeles, KTVU in San Francisco, WGN-TV in Chicago, and KTVT in Dallas. In Canada, the show was split into two networks, with most episodes were aired on the CTV Television Network with a few CBC Television networks picking up a few episodes in syndication. In Australia, the show aired on the Nine Network. In the United Kingdom, the show didn't had its premiere until Christmas Day 1962 when Associated Television ran the show. Like Canada, the United Kingdom's run on The Yogi Bear Show was also split into two networks. Half of the episodes were split between Associated Television and Westward Television on its run depending on schedule.

The Yogi Bear Show along with mixed Yogi Bear segments from The Huckleberry Hound Show returned to television on cable-only Cartoon Network in 1993; along with its sister station Boomerang in 2000. The show aired on Cartoon Network until 2004 because of Boomerang airing the show during the time. On November 26 until November 30, 2020, Yogi Bear segments from both Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear shows returned to Boomerang for a four-day Thanksgiving weekend period. Along with Huckleberry Hound being aired on the same four-day period, both Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle segments weren't aired during the period; instead it was replaced by another Yogi Bear segment to fill the block in separate times.


Yogi Bear[edit]

Yogi Bear (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Art Carney) and Boo Boo Bear reside in Jellystone Park and often try to steal picnic baskets while evading Ranger Smith (voiced by Don Messick). Yogi also has a relationship with his girlfriend Cindy Bear (voiced by Julie Bennett).

Boo-Boo Bear[edit]

Boo-Boo Bear (voiced by Don Messick) is Yogi's diminutive sidekick who tries, and never succeeds, to warn Yogi that "Mr. Ranger" wouldn't like Yogi to steal picnic baskets. He only wears a purple bowtie.

Ranger Smith[edit]

The head ranger who argues with Yogi stealing picnic baskets. He wears a traditional ranger costume.

Cindy Bear[edit]

Cindy Bear (voiced by Julie Bennett) is the girlfriend of Yogi Bear. She speaks with a pronounced Southern accent and carries a parasol.

Voice cast[edit]

Main voices

Additional voices

Spin-offs, movies and specials[edit]

Following the show's cancellation in 1962, many spin-off incarnations, feature-length movies and specials first appeared.

Additionally, reruns of the original series were aired on the USA Network from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s as part of their USA Cartoon Express animation block, while Nickelodeon also aired these same episodes, plus Yogi's Gang, Yogi's Space Race and the latter's spinoff series, Galaxy Goof-Ups, during the early 1990s under the umbrella title Nickelodeon's Most Wanted: Yogi Bear.

Home media[edit]

On November 15, 2005, Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released the complete series on region 1 DVD. However, the episodes in the R1 H-B Golden Collection Complete Series DVD set were the edited-for-syndication versions, instead of the original, uncut network broadcast masters due to cost issues. A Region 2 DVD was later released on January 31, 2011. A Region 4 DVD was later released on September 6, 2011.

The earlier Yogi Bear cartoons from the first season of The Huckleberry Hound Show can be found on The Huckleberry Hound Show - Volume 1.

Title Ep # Release date Notes
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 929–933. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. New York: Viking Penguin. pp. 63–64. ISBN 0-670-82978-1.
  3. ^ Browne, Pat (2001). The guide to United States popular culture (Illustrated ed.). Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 944. ISBN 978-0-87972-821-2. Retrieved August 16, 2009.

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