Tuesday, December 19, 2023

"Smarted Than The Average Bear"....Who said that on Saturday Morning Cartoons? 1958-1962


Yogi Bear is a beloved animated character who first appeared in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "The Huckleberry Hound Show" in 1958. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Yogi

quickly became one of the most iconic and enduring characters in animation history. Here's a detailed history of Yogi Bear:

Early Years:

  1. Creation and Debut (1958): Yogi Bear made his first appearance on The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958 as a supporting character. He was initially designed as a sidekick to Huckleberry Hound but quickly gained popularity due to his witty personality and charm.

The Yogi Bear Show (1961-1962):

  1. Spin-Off Series: Yogi's popularity led to the creation of his own show, "The Yogi Bear Show," which premiered in 1961. The show featured Yogi's adventures in Jellystone Park, where he constantly outsmarted the park ranger and pilfered picnic baskets.

Yogi's Catchphrases:

  1. "Smarter than the Average Bear": Yogi's famous catchphrase, "I'm smarter than the average bear," became synonymous with his character. It highlighted his clever and scheming nature.

Other Characters:

  1. Boo Boo Bear: Yogi's sidekick and best friend, Boo Boo, was introduced as a loyal companion who often tried to keep Yogi out of trouble. Boo Boo's catchphrase was, "Yogi, do you really think that's a good idea?"

  2. Ranger Smith: The long-suffering park ranger, whose job was to keep Yogi in check and maintain order in Jellystone Park.

Cultural Impact:

  1. Merchandising and Spin-Offs: Yogi Bear's success extended beyond television with the release of comic books, merchandise, and even feature films. He became a cultural icon, with his image appearing on a variety of products.

  2. Yogi Bear in Comics: Yogi appeared in various comic book series, extending his adventures beyond the animated screen.

Feature Films and Revivals:

  1. "Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!" (1964): Yogi Bear starred in his first feature film, which combined live-action and animation.

  2. Later Revivals: Yogi Bear continued to be featured in various revivals and adaptations over the years, including a new animated series and a 2010 live-action/CGI film titled "Yogi Bear."


  1. Enduring Popularity: Yogi Bear's character has stood the test of time, remaining popular with audiences of all ages. His legacy is marked by his wit, charm, and the timeless appeal of his animated adventures.

Despite the passing of his creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Yogi Bear remains a beloved character in the hearts of fans, symbolizing the golden age of American animation.

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