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Yogi Bear.

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.

Yogi Bear Title Card

Yogi Bear's original title card back when he was part of the Huckleberry Hound Show

Over the years, Yogi starred in many different programs in increasingly strange locales, from heading an athletic team (in Laff-a-Lympics) to shooting for the stars (in Yogi's Space Race).

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. Dan Akroyd voiced Yogi in the film.

Origin of 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[1] as part of a tie-in storyline to the feature-length film Hey There, It's Yogi Bear).

Brand extension

  • 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.



Films and Specials

Guest Appearances

Casting History

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Bulgarian Мечето Йоги
Bavarian Yogi Bär
German YogiBär
Spanish Oso Yogi
French Yogi l'Ours
Korean 요기_베어
Italian L'orso Yoghi
Hebrew יוגי_דב
Japanese ヨギ・ベア
Portuguese Zé Colmeia




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