- Year created: 1958
- Is he annoying: Kind of
- Is he popular now: No, thank goodness
- Similar to: Pepe Le Pew
The Yogi Bear cartoon is a funny animal cartoon character, created by Hanna-Barbera Productions, 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 created by Hanna-Barbera, and was eventually more popular than Huckleberry Hound. 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. Hokey Wolf replaced his segment on The Huckleberry Hound Show. A musical animated feature film, Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!, was produced 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. This reduced the number of drawings needed for a seven-minute cartoon from around 14,000 to around 2,000.
Yogi Bear Cartoon Inspiration
Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, the Yogi Bear cartoon’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. Besides often speaking in rhyme, Yogi Bear had a number of catchphrases, including his pet name for picnic baskets (“pic-a-nic baskets”) and his favorite self-promotion (“I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!”), 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. The Yogi Bear cartoon would also often use puns in his speech, and have a habit of pronouncing large words with a long vocal flourish.
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