Boo Boo Runs Wild
Based onThe Yogi Bear Show
by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Developed byJohn Kricfalusi
Story byJohn Kricfalusi
Directed byJohn Kricfalusi
Voices of
ComposerHenry Porch
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerKevin Kolde
  • John Kricfalusi
  • Miles Horst
  • Stephen Worth
Running time20 minutes
Production companySpümcø
DistributorCartoon Network
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)
Related showsA Day in the Life of Ranger Smith

Boo Boo Runs Wild is a stand-alone animated television special, and a parody of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Yogi Bear Show.[1] It was made by The Ren & Stimpy Show creator John Kricfalusi and his company Spümcø. Boo Boo Runs Wild originally aired on Cartoon Network on September 24, 1999, along with A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith, a similar Yogi Bear-themed stand-alone special.[2] Despite Boo Boo being the arguable star of this short, it is title carded as "A Ranger Smith Cartoon". The short is dedicated to Ed Benedict, the original character designer for The Yogi Bear Show and other Hanna-Barbera properties of the 1950s-1960s.

Since its original debut in 1999, Boo Boo Runs Wild has aired multiple times on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Strangely, whenever aired on Adult Swim, it retains its original TV-Y7 rating and was never rerated to TV-PG. From January 2006 until April 2006 Boo Boo Runs Wild aired every Sunday on Adult Swim. On April 1, 2006, following the normal Neon Genesis Evangelion bump, Adult Swim aired Boo Boo Runs Wild as an April Fool's Day joke, despite all TV listings showing Evangelion in its normal time slot. Adult Swim re-aired Boo Boo Runs Wild on Halloween night, October 31, 2008, as part of an advertised "Halloween Stunt" night, where obscure or randomly seen shows preempted the usual programming for that Friday night. In 2011 Adult Swim re-aired Boo Boo Runs Wild every night from January 10 until January 14, as part of their "DVR Theatre". It aired again on the nights of August 12, 2016,[3] September 5, 2017 and January 6, 2019.


Just when Ranger Smith is making sure everything in Jellystone Park is in order, Boo Boo enters a feral state due to his impatience with all the rules, much to the displeasure of Ranger Smith, who expected Yogi Bear to do this. Boo Boo's actions go from clawing the backsides off trees to savagely devouring honey from a hive, which even convinces Cindy Bear to go feral as well. After Ranger Smith is alerted to this, he is ordered to put Boo Boo down by his chief. Yogi and the Ranger get into a physical altercation over this, finally Yogi ends up beating Ranger. When Boo Boo witnesses this, he tries to stop the fight, but is knocked out by Yogi. This, along with Ranger Smith throwing water on him returns him to normal, much to everyone's' delight and the cartoon ends.

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  1. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (September 23, 1999). "The much-loved character and friends, created by Hanna-Barbera, are back--but with John Kricfalusi's twist". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  2. ^ Sandler, Kevin S. (2013). "Synergy Nirvana: Brand equity, television animation, and Cartoon Network". In Stabile, Carol (ed.). Prime Time Animation: Television Animation and American Culture. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781136481710. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  3. ^ "DVR Theater Line-up". Adult Swim Central. Archived from the original on January 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-11.