Yogi Bear is a character who first appeared on The Huckleberry Hound Show. He eventually gained more popularity than Huckleberry Hound, and in January 1961, he was given his own show, The Yogi Bear Show.
The plot of most of Yogi's cartoons centered on his antics in the fictional Jellystone Park, a takeoff on the famous Yellowstone National Park. Yogi, accompanied by his constant companion Boo Boo, would often try to steal picnic baskets from campers in the park, much to the displeasure of Park Ranger Smith. Yogi's girlfriend, Cindy Bear, sometimes appeared and usually disapproved of Yogi's antics.
His "birthday" is September 9.
Yogi Bear cartoons were first shown as a segment of The Huckleberry Hound Show in October 1958, but Yogi became so popular, he was given his own show in 1960.
In 1988, a new series of Yogi cartoons premiered in syndication using the original format of short stories set in Jellystone Park. The rest of the week's Yogi Bear block featured reruns of Yogi's earlier cartoons.
In 2009, Warner Bros. (which now owns the rights to all H-B properties) announced that a live-action/CGI animated Yogi Bear film was in the works and the teaser trailer of Where the Wild Things Are DVD.
Origin of his name
During character development, several names such as Bumpkin Bear, Yucca Bear and Huckleberry Bear were considered, but didn't quite click with either Hanna or Barbera--until the name of New York Yankees star (Lawrence) "Yogi" Berra came up; in time, such would be adopted.
"It ain't over till it's over."--Yogi Berra
(Worth noting: The August 16, 1964 episode of the Yogi Bear comic strip, as was distributed by the McNaught Syndicate, does play upon the Yogi Bear/Yogi Berra interconnexion as part of a tie-in storyline to the feature-length film Hey There, It's Yogi Bear).
- In the early 1960's, there was a franchised chain of Yogi Bear's Honey-Fried Chicken restaurants.
- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resorts are a nationally-franchised campground chain.
- Yogi Bear's Quakey-Shakey Van tours Southern California schools to simulate a full-scale earthquake as part of earthquake-readiness drills; such is based on Japanese earthquake-simulator vans.
- The studio's bowling team in the early 1960's was known as "the Yogi Bears," even to the extent of Yogi's facial visage figuring prominently on team jackets.
- The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958-1960)
- Kellogg's commercials (1958-1962)
- The Yogi Bear Show (1960-1961)
- Yogi Bear & Friends, a syndicated animated series that aired between 1967 and 1968
- Public Service Announcement on smoking (1968)
- Yogi's Gang (1970-1971)
- Laff-A-Lympics, where he captained the Yogi Yahooeys team from 1977 to 1979
- Yogi's Space Race (1978)
- Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978-1979)
- Public Service Announcement on leading a healthy lifestyle (1981)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985–1986)
- The New Yogi Bear Show (1988-1989), a 30-minute weekday animated series which aired in first-run syndication
- Wake, Rattle & Roll (1990–1991) (Fender Bender 500 segment)
- Yo Yogi! (1991)
- Public Service Announcement for the American Melanoma Foundation (1992)
- Cartoon Network promos and advertisements (1990's)
Films and specials
- Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, a 1963 animated feature released by Columbia Pictures
- Yogi's Ark Lark, a 1972 made-for TV movie for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
- Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue, 1978 live-action television special
- Casper's First Christmas, a 1979 TV special which had Casper the Friendly Ghost and Hairy Scary meeting Yogi and his gang
- Yogi's First Christmas, a 1980 made-for-TV movie for syndication
- Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, a 1982 television special starring Yogi and friends
- Yogi Bear Earthquake Preparedness, a short educational cartoon made in 1984 to teach young children preparations for earthquakes.
- Yogi's Great Escape, a 1987 made-for-TV movie for syndication
- Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose, a 1987 made-for-TV movie for syndication
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988)
- Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears, a 1988 made-for-TV movie for syndication
- Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration, a 1989 television special paying tribute to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- D.A.R.E. Bear Yogi, a 1989 educational short made for Elementary schools
- Yogi the Easter Bear, a 1994 TV special for first-run syndication
- Arabian Nights, a 1994 TV special for TBS (Aladdin segment)
- Boo Boo Runs Wild, A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith, back-to-back 1999 TV specials for Cartoon Network created by John Kricfalusi and his company Spumco
- Boo Boo and the Man - A 2000 short created by John Kricfalusi
- Yogi Bear, a live-action/animated film released in 3-D on December 17, 2010, starring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi.
- The Quick Draw McGraw Show - Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy segment "Pop's Nature Pup" (1960)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Death By Chocolate" (2002)
- The Powerpuff Girls - "Shotgun Wedding" (2003)
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy - "Here Thar Be Dwarves" (2004)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Guitar Control" (2004)
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy - "Irwin Gets a Clue" (2005)
- Daws Butler - from The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958) through Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988)
- Greg Burson - from The New Yogi Bear Show (1988) through Yogi the Easter Bear (1995); A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith (1999)
- Jeff Bergman - Cartoon Network promos and advertisements (1990's)
- Stephen Worth - Boo Boo Runs Wild (1999), Boo Boo and the Man (2000)
- Maurice LaMarche - Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Death By Chocolate" (2002)
- David Fouquette - The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy - "Here Thar Be Dwarves" (2004)
- Dan Aykroyd - Yogi Bear (2010)
Names in other languages