Wednesday, 14 January 2015
63 Yogi Bear
First watched : Uncertain
As far as I can make out Hanna - Barbera's Yogi first came to our screens on 31 March 1971 although he first appeared on The Huckleberry Hound Show in the US in 1958, getting his breakout show in 1961. Yogi Bear was inspired by a real-life problem, the threat to visitors posed by real-life bears in U.S. National Parks, exacerbated by tourist feeding of the animals. However Yogi , his pal Boo Boo and love interest Cindy were all sympathetic, never resorting to violence when raiding picnics and their chief adversary Head Ranger Smith was presented as a humourless killjoy. Yogi's character was based on Art Carney in The Honeymooners , an American sitcom of the fifties.
Yogi has never really gone away with the inevitable live action / CGI film in 2010 which was almost-as-inevitably panned.