Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoons--Yogi Bear's Big Break

I haven't done a Yogi Bear cartoon in a while, so here is the first Yogi Bear cartoon, Yogi Bear's Big Break. Yogi premiered on Hanna Barbera's The Huckleberry Hound Show, October 2, 1958. In Yogi Bear's Big Break, Yogi is tired of being patronized by the tourists who are constantly saying "Look at the bears! Look at the bears! Lookatthebears!" Yogi wants to escape Jellystone Park, which is under the watchful eyes of the park ranger. So Yogi devises a number of escape plans, explaining how his plans will work to his pal Boo Boo. Naturally, all of Yogi's escape plans fail. And naturally, the park ranger catches Yogi trying to escape, ordering him back into the park. It is rather ironic how Yogi started off as a supporting character under Hanna Barbera's first star Huckleberry Hound, but has quickly broken out to be the major star--no, the icon--for Hanna Barbera's impressive collection of film animation. So here is Yogi Bear in his Big Break. From YouTube:

Yogi doesn't start stealing pic-a-nic baskets until February 5, 1959 in Bear on a Picnic.

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