Yogi's First Christmas is an animated Christmas movie produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1980 for first-run syndication.
Ranger Smith brings Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy to Jellystone Lodge for the lodge's annual Christmas carnival. On the way over, Huck and the gang lament the fact that their friends Yogi and Boo Boo aren't able to join them, on account of they're bears and therefore are hibernating. However, Ranger Smith is fine with Yogi not being around, since the carnival had enough problems without him last year. When they arrive at the lodge, the manager, Mr. Dingwell, tells them the lodge is in danger of being shut down, as it has become unpopular as a result of last year's incidents. However, the lodge's owner, Sophie Throckmorton, has said that she won't sell the lodge if things run smoothly during this year's carnival.
The group starts performing "Comin' Up Christmas Time" again, which wakes up Yogi and Boo Boo, whose cave happens to be right under the lodge. Curious about the noise, Yogi and Boo Boo head up to investigate and wind up in the lodge's kitchen. The chef, Otto, makes them waiters and order them to go serve dessert to the guests. While passing out desserts, Yogi runs into the gang and, upon learning that he woke up in time for Christmas, he decides to stay awake so he can experience Christmas for the first time.
However, Smith, upon seeing Yogi and Boo Boo in the lodge, chases after them so he can take them back to the cave. Yogi and Boo Boo try to escape on a snowplow, with Smith and Dingwell pursuing them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Throckmorton is driving up to the lodge with her bratty nephew Snively, when they suddenly get stuck on an icy patch on the road. At that point, Herman the Hermit, a grumpy Christmas-hating hermit who just wants to be left alone, and who was also the cause of the incidents at the previous year's carnival, causes an avalanche that almost overtakes Mrs. Throckmorton's car, but Yogi and Boo Boo, still on the snowplow, push it out of the way. Impressed by their heroics, Mrs. Throckmorton orders Mr. Dingwell to promote them to bellhops, and Ranger Smith vows to keep an eye on Yogi.
Later, as everyone is getting ready for the carnival's ice-skating competition (during which Yogi and Boo Boo inadvertently foil Herman's attempt to melt the ice), Snively tricks Yogi into entering the contest and gives his aunt's ice skates to the bear without telling her beforehand. When Ranger Smith sees Yogi wearing Mrs. Throckmorton's skates, he thinks Yogi stole them and prepares to take him back to his cave. Yogi runs away from him, eventually making his way to the frozen where the figure-skating contest is going on. Although Snively earns high marks, Mrs. Throckmorton covertly wishes Snively would lose in order to tame his poor attitude. At that point, Yogi accidentally ends up on the ice and actually manages to get a perfect score, beating out a sore Snively. Later, in the hot-dog skiing competition, Snively tries to cheat his way to victory over Yogi by unbuckling the bear's skis. But again, Yogi manages to impress the judges and get the highest score without even trying, and Mrs. Throckmorton has Mr. Dingwell promote Yogi to ski instructor.
Later, the group practices their caroling for the Christmas Eve party, but their singing sounds terrible, with Mrs. Throckmorton stating that what they need is another female in the chorus. Boo Boo runs off and wakes Cindy Bear out of her hibernation, requesting her help with the caroling. She initially declines, but when Boo Boo mentions that Yogi's leading the chorus, Cindy, due to her love and concern for Yogi, immediately changes her mind and joins the chorus.
After the caroling practice, Huck, Snagglepuss, Augie and Daddy join Yogi for his first ski lesson, while Mrs. Throckmorton decides to take the ski lift to Yogi's class. However, while she's taking the ski lift, Herman distracts Smith with a smoke bomb and then unplugs the ski lift cable, trapping Mrs. Throckmorton on the lifts. In the meantime, it becomes clear to Huck and company that Yogi actually knows nothing about skiing, so they decide to ski free-style down the hill. In the process, Yogi manages to get himself hanging onto the ski lifts himself, during which he manages to rescue Mrs. Throckmorton. Ranger Smith, upon seeing this heroic act, takes Yogi back to the lodge, quietly admitting that he's now glad he didn't take Yogi back to his cave.
Meanwhile, Boo Boo tells Cindy about the concept of mistletoe and how one must kiss whoever is standing under it. Thrilled at that concept, Cindy tries to get Yogi to kiss her under the mistletoe. Upon realizing what she's up to, Yogi attempts to escape in a bob sled, but is unable to steer it. In the process, though, he ends up rescuing Mrs. Throckmorton and the gang from a yeti (actually a disguised Herman). Having been saved by Yogi twice in the same day, Mrs. Throckmorton orders Mr. Dingwell to promote Yogi to the lodge's chief of security.
During the ice-fishing competition, Doggie Daddy manages to catch a longer fish (actually an eel) than Snively, and when Doggie goes inside the fishing hut to warm up, the brat tries to get revenge by pushing the hut away. Yogi catches him in the act and grabs the fishing hut, causing Snively to slip into one of the ice holes. Blaming the bear for this, Snively tattles on him to his aunt, but even she believes that he needed to be taught a lesson. Furious, Snively runs away and, upon getting lost, finds his way to Herman's cave. Upon learning that they both hate Christmas, Herman and Snively team up to ruin the Christmas Eve party.
When Mrs. Throckmorton finds out that Snively ran away, the gang goes looking for him, with Ranger Smith searching by air while Yogi leads the search party on the ground. During this, Herman and Snively, respectively disguised as Santa Claus and an elf, make their way into the lodge and steal the ornaments that are to be used in the tree-trimming party. They make their getaway by stealing Ranger Smith's helicopter, but Yogi ends up grabbing the bottom rails and brings the copter down. With the villains' plans foiled, Yogi is promoted to hotel manager for the duration of the party, resulting in Mr. Dingwell being demoted to bellhop for the time being.
That night, Huck, Snag, Augie, Daddy, and Cindy help Mrs. Throckmorton trim the tree for the party. Mrs. Throckmorton also sends Yogi and Boo Boo to the city to pick up a group of orphans who have never had a Christmas vacation and invite them to the party. After Yogi and Boo Boo return with the orphans, Mrs. Throckmorton announces that she's not going to sell the lodge after all, but rather turn it into a year-round vacation home for orphans. She also tells Mr. Dingwell that he'll be the manager again next year, but Yogi is going to be the Christmas carnival director from now on.
Yogi then plays the role of Santa for the party and passes out gifts to everyone, including crowning Cindy as Miss Jellystone Park and giving her that mistletoe kiss she wanted. Herman and Snively are also forgiven and invited to the Christmas celebrations, and they have a profound change of heart at such generosity of spirit. Then in the midst of the festivities, Santa Claus plummets down the chimney and thanks Yogi for passing out gifts for all the orphans. He then gives Yogi a picnic basket full of food, but Yogi falls asleep, due to his natural instincts of hibernation. Santa then says that Yogi and Boo Boo can have the basket when they wake up in the spring and leaves. With that, the partiers, including the now-reformed Herman and Snively, return Yogi and Boo Boo to their cave for hibernation.
- Before the tree-trimming party, Mrs. Throckmorton changes from the suit that she wears throughout most of the movie into a formal evening gown; however, in several scenes during the party she is seen to be wearing her suit again.
- Cindy Bear is given a sash with the words "Miss Jellystone" on it, but in some of the subsequent scenes the sash is plain.
The holiday TV movie was first released on VHS via Worldvision Home Video (now called CBS Home Entertainment) in 1983, and later re-released in association with Kids Klassics Home Video in 1986. It was then released on DVD as part of the manufactured-on-demand Warner Archive Collection 17 November 2009.
- Daws Butler as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Augie Doggie and Snagglepuss
- Don Messick as Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and Herman the hermit
- Marilyn Schreffler as Snively
- Hal Smith as Otto the Chef and Santa Claus
- John Stephenson as Doggie Daddy and Mr. Dingwell
- Janet Waldo as Mrs. Throckmorton
- Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Executive Producers for DePatie-Freleng: David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng
- Producers: Lew Marshall, Norman Sedawie
- Associate Producers: Hal Geer, Jean MacCurdy
- Directors: Ray Patterson, Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy
- Co-Director: Gerard Baldwin
- Sequence Directors: David Detiege, Phil Monroe, Gerry Chiniquy
- Story: Willie Gilbert, John Dunn, David Detiege, Friz Freleng, Larry Spiegel, John Barrett
- Story Direction: Lew Marshall, Gary Hoffman
- Storyboard: Charlie Hayward, Bob Richardson
- Recording Director: Alex Lovy
- Voices: Sue Allen, Mel Blanc, John Richard Bolks, Daws Butler, Paul DeKorte, Darlene Lawrence, Edie Lehman, Ida Sue McCune, Don Messick, Michael Redman, Alan Reed, Andrea Robinson, Marilyn Schreffler, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo
- Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
- Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
- Music Composed and Arranged by: Joe Raposo
- Design Consultant: Maurice Noble
- Production Design: Corny Cole, Dick Ung
- Graphic Design: Roy Morita, Barrington Bunce, Robert Dranko
- Character Design: Sandra Young
- Layout: Jaime Diaz, Dave Hanan, Peter Alvarado, Robert Givens, Michael E. Mitchell
- Animation Supervision: Don Patterson, Tom Ray, Rudy Cataldi
- Animation: Don Williams, Art Vitello, Malcolm Draper, John Gibbs, Nelson Shin, Bob Matz, Warren Batchelder, Norm McCabe, Dwayne Labbe, Bob Bransford, Lee Halpern, Bob Richardson, Brenda Banks, Charlie Downs, Marcia Fertig, Virgil Ross, Manuel Perez, Lloyd Vaughan, Ted Bonnicksen, Laverne Harding, Volus Jones, Ed Solomon, Jim Davis, Richard Thompson, John Freeman, Art Leonardi, Ken Walker, Bob Bemiller, Fred Madison, Ruth Kissane
- Assistant Animation: Alfred Abranz, Greg Bailey, Bobby Clennell, Paulette Downs, William K. Exter, Edward Faigin, Jack Farren, Brad Frost, Valerie Gifford, Karenia Kaminski, Terry Lennon, Bill Mims, Jane Nordin, Lester Pegues, Jr., Lloyd Rees, Sonja Ruta, Harry Sabin, Robert Shellhorn, Tom Sito, Susan Sugita, Pauline Trapmore, Allen Wade, Rosemary Welch, Dick Williams, Ronald Wong
- Additional Animation: Glenn Schmitz, Corny Cole
- Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas, Bob Abrams, Ralph Penn, Bob McIntosh, Irv Wyner, Bob Inman, Mary O'Loughlin
- Cel Painter: Michelle Urbano
- Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
- Checking: Dora Yakutis
- Final Checking: Val Vreeland
- Ink and Paint: C&D Ink and Paint Service · Charlotte Armstrong - Artist; Shannon Meyer - Supervisor
- Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Joe Citarella
- Camera: John Burton, Jr., Gary Gunther, Larry Hogan, Raymond E. Lee, Bob Marples, Robert Mills, Kieren Mulgrew, Gary Smith, Donna Wilson, Steven Wilzbach
- Hollywood · Camera Services: Nick Vasu, Inc. · Thomas Baker, Mark Henley
- Videotape Editors: Evamarie Keller, Linda M. Long, John R. Tierney
- Supervising Film Editors: Larry C. Cowan, Robert J. Emerick
- Film Editors: Bob Gillis, Allan Potter, Rick Steward, Roger Donley, Jim Champin
- Full Circle Post · Film Editor: Scott P. Doniger
- Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
- Sound Effects: Dick Maitland, Roy Carch
- Sound Effects Editors: Kerry Williams, Michael Bradley, Jim Graziano, David H. DePatie, Jr., Milton Krear, Ron Fedele, Richard C. Allen, Earl Bennett, Wayne Hughes
- Audio: Blake Norton, Tim Lester
- 2nd Audio: Carla Bandini-Lori
- Post Audio Mixers: Richard Fairbanks, Peter Roos
- Dialogue Editor: Mary Gleason
- Production Mixer: Steve Orr
- Music Editors: Joe Sandusky, Eugene Marks, Joe Siracusa
- Orchestrations by: Joe Raposo, Jim Tyler, Alexander Courage
- Orchestra Conducted by: Joe Raposo, Eric Rogers
- Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
- Associate Music Director: Dave Conner
- Music Score Performed by: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
- Music Recording/Mix: Twentieth Century Fox Scoring Stage
- Music Contractor: Sandy DeCrescent
- Music Preparation: Bob Bornstein, Steven L. Smith, Joe Zimmerman
- Music Copyists: Jack Hansen, Vic Harrington
- Music Librarian: Mark Graham
- Musicians: Tom Boyd: Oboe Soloist, George Doering: Instrumental, Tommy Johnson: Tuba Soloist, James Thatcher: French Horn
- Cassettes and Vinyl Recorder Available from: Varèse Sarabande
- Soundtrack Recording: Media Sound · Fred Christie
- Show Editor: Gil Iverson
- Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Negative Cutter: Marlene New
- Post Production Manager: Joed Eaton
- Production Manager: Steven Hahn
- Production Assistants: Kathleen Helppie-Shipley, K. Ray Iwami
- Executives in Charge of Production: Jayne Barbera and Margaret Loesch
- Executive in Charge of Production for DePatie-Freleng: Lee Gunther
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
- © 1980 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
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