The Yogi Bear Show
Created by
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes33 (105 segments) (list of episodes)
Running time22 minutes (7 minutes per segment)
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 30, 1961 (1961-01-30) –
January 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)

The Yogi Bear Show is an American comedy animated television series and the first entry of the Yogi Bear franchise produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that centers on the misadventures of forest-dwelling Yogi Bear in Jellystone Park. The show debuted in syndication on January 30, 1961, and ran for 33 episodes until January 6, 1962.[1] Two other segments for the show were Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle.[2] The show had a two-year production run.[3]


Yogi Bear

Main article: Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Art Carney) and Boo-Boo Bear (voiced by Don Messick) reside in Jellystone Park, and often try to steal picnic baskets while evading Ranger Smith (also voiced by Don Messick). Yogi also has a relationship with his girlfriend Cindy Bear (voiced by Julie Bennett).


Main article: Snagglepuss

Snagglepuss the Mountain Lion (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Bert Lahr) tries to make his life hospitable while occasionally evading a hunter named Major Minor (voiced by Don Messick).

Yakky Doodle

Main article: Yakky Doodle

Yakky Doodle (voiced by Jimmy Weldon in the style of Donald Duck) is a duck that lives with his best friend Chopper the Bulldog (voiced by Vance Colvig impersonating Wallace Beery). Chopper usually protected Yakky from being eaten by Fibber Fox (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Shelley Berman) or Alfy Gator (voiced by Butler impersonating Alfred Hitchcock).


Main article: List of The Yogi Bear Show episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14816January 30, 1961 (1961-01-30)May 15, 1961 (1961-05-15)
24917September 16, 1961 (1961-09-16)January 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)


One out of a few different “Yogi Bear” presents cards

The Yogi Bear Show premiered on January 30, 1961, on some major city markets, although the show was not broadcast on the same day of the week, or the same time, in every city's affiliation in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Like The Huckleberry Hound Show, some major city markets picked up the program from independent stations such as WPIX in New York City, KTTV in Los Angeles, KTVU in San Francisco, WGN-TV in Chicago, and KTVT in Dallas. In Canada, the show was split into two networks, with most episodes aired on the CTV Television Network with a few CBC Television networks picking up a few episodes in syndication. In Australia, the show aired on the Nine Network. In the United Kingdom, the show had its premiere on Christmas Day 1962 on ITV in all across England.


Only a few locally produced children's shows reran segments of The Yogi Bear Show into the 1970s and into the 1980s. Chicago's WGN-TV rarely picked up segments from The Yogi Bear Show among others on Ray Rayner and his Friends until its cancellation in 1980; and in the United Kingdom, BBC One rarely picked up segments of the show during its "Children's BBC" block in the 1980s.

The Yogi Bear Show along with mixed Yogi Bear segments from The Huckleberry Hound Show returned to television on cable-only Nickelodeon, airing from 1990 until 1993, when it then moved to the then-one-year-old Cartoon Network, along with its sister station Boomerang in 2000. The show aired on Cartoon Network until 2004 because of Boomerang airing the show during the time. From November 26 until November 30, 2020, Yogi Bear segments from both Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear shows returned to Boomerang for a four-day Thanksgiving weekend. Along with Huckleberry Hound being aired on the same four days, both Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle segments were not aired during the period; instead, they were replaced by another Yogi Bear segment to fill the block in separate times.


Voice cast

Main voices

Additional voices

Spin-offs, movies, and specials

Following the show's cancellation in 1962, many spin-off incarnations, feature-length movies, and specials first appeared.

Additionally, reruns of the original series were aired on the USA Network from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s as part of their USA Cartoon Express animation block, while Nickelodeon also aired these same episodes, plus Yogi's Gang, Yogi's Space Race, and the latter's spinoff series, Galaxy Goof-Ups, during the early 1990s under the umbrella title Nickelodeon's Most Wanted: Yogi Bear.

Home media

On November 15, 2005, Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released the complete series on region 1 DVD. The R1 H-B Golden Collection Complete Series DVD set features the edited-for-syndication versions instead of the original, uncut network broadcast masters due to cost issues. A Region 2 DVD was released on January 31, 2011. A Region 4 DVD was released on September 6, 2011.

The earlier Yogi Bear cartoons from the first season of The Huckleberry Hound Show can be found on The Huckleberry Hound Show - Volume 1.

Title Ep # Release date Notes
The Yogi Bear Show - The Complete Series 33 November 15, 2005
  • Collectible animation cel
  • Original episode with bridges and bumpers
  • Never-before-seen animation sketches come to life
  • Yogi Gets Global: One episode in a variety of languages
  • Featurette on the art of Hanna-Barbera sound

See also


  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 929–933. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. New York: Viking Penguin. pp. 63–64. ISBN 0-670-82978-1.
  3. ^ Browne, Pat (2001). The Guide to United States Popular Culture (Illustrated ed.). Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 944. ISBN 978-0-87972-821-2. Retrieved August 16, 2009.