The new Yogi Bear movie has triggered a small Yogi renaissance. For fans of the original Yogi Bear, who might not love the idea of a modernized CGI Yogi, this is a great thing. Just in time for the holiday season, WB released this Christmas classic and I was able to watch the DVD on Christmas eve and it made for a great addition to my repertoire. I think if you pick it up, you will agree. It left me yearning for Yogi so much that I also went and picked up Yogi’s Great Escape (which I will also be talking about on the site tomorrow.)
Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo live in Jellystone Park, where they constantly sneak behind the back of Ranger Smith to steal picnic baskets from unsuspecting vacationers. Yogi made his debut in 1958, as part of “The Huckleberry Hound Show.” The character proved so popular, he was given his own show in 1960, also sponsored by Kellogg’s Cereals. In addition to Yogi, the show featured separate cartoons with the new characters Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. Through 1962, 70 Yogi Bear cartoons were produced, all of them featuring Daws Butler as the voice of Yogi, and Don Messick as Boo Boo. In this Christmas Special, Yogi escapes from Jellystone and hides out in a department store – posing as the Store’s Santa. Along the way, he helps a little girl to rediscover her faith in Christmas.
Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper [@] Amazon