On One Smart Bear

Sing along with his best known theme song. For those that don’t know the words, here ya go.

Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear,
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 picnic basket that’s in Jellystone Park.

Yogi has it better than a millionaire
That’s because he’s smarter than the average bear.


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Many may not know that the above wasn’t original theme song … but this one is

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Yogi Bear is #36 on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters of All-Time (Personally, he should be higher)

Created by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Ed Benedict

First voiced by Daws Butler

Yogi Bear featured in 10 shows, 13 films and specials, 10 video games, 88 comic books, and, comic strip (1961-19880 created by Gene Hazelton

He made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show

Three years later (January 1961), The Yogi Bear Show debuts, which included segments Snagglepuss, Fibber Fox, Yakky Doodle and Chopper

Lives in Jellystone Park

Characters include Boo-Boo Bear (best friend), Ranger Smith (rival/friend), and Cindy Bear (girlfriend)

First appearance in his own show: watch Yogi Bear’s Big Break

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Yogi’s personality and mannerisms were based on Art Carney’s Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners

A musical animated feature film, Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!, produced in 1964.

Yogi by the Ivy Three (1960), sung in a voice mimicking Yogi Bear, and reached reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 (must have been a slow music period)

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Speech
Often speaks in rhyme

Often uses puns in his speech

Has a habit of pronouncing large words with a long vocal flourish

Yogisms

  • pic-a-nic baskets
  • Pic-a-nic baskets may be delicious on the lips, but they’re a lifetime on the hips.
  • I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!
  • Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!
  • Hey there, Boo Boo!
  • I’m so smart that it hurts.
  • What do we do, Boo-Boo?
  • A genius never questions his instincts, Boo-Boo. When you have a mind like mine, you can’t blink or you’ll put a kink in your think!
  • I’m hungrier than the average bear. I wish I could find a bush that tasted like birthday cake!

Yogi Bear: [On the Ranger’s phone] Hello? Hello? Is this the White House?
Ranger Smith: Yogi!
Yogi Bear: Hey, the President knows my name.

Ranger Smith: [showing a “Do Not Feed The Bears” sign to Yogi] Read this sign.
Yogi Bear: [deliberately reading incorrectly] Uh, “No Smoking In The Forest”?

Here are two tributes to Yogi Bear

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Meanwhile, it’s time for me to take a break. See you in a few … and hopefully not too long. Be safe, be well, do good work, and hope to see you soon.

On a Ricochet Rabbit

Served as the sheriff of Hoop n Holler

The slow-moving Droop-a-Long Coyote served as his deputy – and his bullets moved slower as they leave a drooping gun

Catch phrase: “Ping-ping-PING! Ricochet Rabbit!” as he bounces off surfaces in the vicinity …. (thus not bing-bing-bing)

Droop-a-Long couldn’t ricochet as well, thus would end up crashing through a window

Ricochet used trick bullets on the bad guys

Created by Hanna-Barbera

Originally aired January 14, 1964 – December 4, 1965, thus 23 episodes in 2 seasons

Debuted on The Magilla Gorilla Show, but only appeared for 10 segments before being replaced by Beezly and Sneezly

Reappeared on Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon for 13 segments

Ricochet voiced by classic voice actor Don Messick

Droop-a-Long voiced by another classic, Mel Blanc, who was impersonating Festus on Gunsmoke

Music theme by Hoyt Curtain

Also appeared in Yogi’s Ark Lark and Yogi’s Treasure Hunt

Enjoy the episode

On a Hound

The Original Opening

Huckleberry is usually associated with a type of blueberry. Well, at least this weekend’s classic cartoon honoree is blue – but a blue dog – Huckleberry Hound

Mild-mannered blue dog speaking with a southern draw who worked different job and loves singing Oh My Darling, Clementine

69 original episodes between October 2, 1958 – April 24, 1962

Hanna-Barbera’s second animated series (Ruff and Ready was the first)

First animated series nominated for an Emmy Award (1961)

Antagonist include Crazy Coyote, Powerful Pierre, and Dinky Dalton

Other characters in the Huckleberry Hound Show include Pixie, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Hokey Wolf, and Ding-a-Ling

Voiced by Daws Butler

Show title in other languages includes Dom Pixote, Pes Filipes, Hakki-koira, Foxi Maxi, Akilli Bidik, and Braccobaldo Bau

Also appeared in Yogi’s Gang, Laff-A-Lmpics, and other post-classic shows

Mentioned in songs by George Clinton (Atomic Dog) and Janis Joplin (Easy Rider)

Classic Gag

Later Opening

A Tribute

On Secret Squirrel

Given I focused this past week on Zannyro’s adventures with ninja squirrel, Secret Squirrel is the obviously honoree for your Saturday Morning Cartoon Classic. I know, he is no-where near infamy as Rocky J Squirrel, thus he fits the week. I also believe that the characters in Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Hour signifies the beginning of the end of the Golden Age of Cartoons.

Created by Hanna-Barbera

Debuted on September 12, 1965 in The World of Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel prime-time special on NBC

Originally part of the Atom Ant/Secret Secret Hour

Broadcast until 1968

Served as a satire on James Bond and other popular spy characters of the time

Voiced by Mel Blanc

“Agent Triple Zero reporting for duty sir.”

26 original episodes

Assisted by Morocco Mole (who has a Peter Lorre type voice)

Yellow Pinkie is the most common enemy, but others include Masked Granny and Dr.  Dangit

Today, “secret squirrel” is slang for military projects, undercover police, and U.S. agents (CIA, FBI, ATF)

On Top Cat

The Series

  • Hanna-Barbera creation
  • Series run: September 27, 1961 to April 18, 1962 on ABC
  • 30 episodes
  • The second cartoon series to occupy a weekday, prime-time time slot
  • Inspired from the situation-comedy show You’ll Never Get Rich (later the Phil Silvers Show)

Top Cat

  • T.C. to his close friends
  • A definite smooth-talking scam artist
  • Spends most of his money to get out of trouble
  • Leader of the Manhattan Alley Cats
  • Lives in Hoagie’s Alley

The Gang

  • Fancy-Fancy (brown fur—white scarf), laid-back personality, popular with the ladies
  • Spook (green fur—black tie) the mellow one, beatnik type, plays pool
  • Benny the Ball (blue fur—white sport coat) short and chubby, devoted friend and TC’s top assistant
  • Brain (orange fur—purple shirt), doopy-eyed and not smart, unable to keep a secret, stutters
  • Choo-Choo (pink fur—white turtleneck shirt), also called Chooch, enthusiastic, a fire-house cat, lacks courage to talk to girls

Other Characters

  • Officer Dibble (NYPD), first name Charles, Hoagie’s Alley on his beat, reports to Sergeant Murphy, TC has access to his phone line and commonly refers to him by variations of Dibble as Dabble, Drubble, Dripple and so on.
  • Griswald, bulldog, cat antagonizer, but is gullible