Yogi Bear: Smarter Than Your Average Bear
By | April 22, 2019
Remember Hanna-Barbera’s favorite picnic basket-stealing, park ranger-teasing, campground-dwelling cartoon bear? Did you know that Yogi Bear was supposed to be a side-kick character, but he was so popular that he got his own show? And did you know that his name was inspired by baseball player Yogi Berra, who threatened to sue Hanna-Barbera? Yogi Bear claimed that he was smarter than your average bear, and he has an interesting backstory to boot, with links to baseball, Civil Rights, and Vaudeville. Here is the story of Yogi Bear.
Yogi and Huckleberry Hound
Yogi Bear debuted in 1958. Initially, Hanna-Barbera planned to use the character as a sidekick to their well-loved Huckleberry Hound character on The Huckleberry Hound Show. Audiences loved Yogi Bear and his crazy antics in the fictional Jellystone National Park. In fact, Yogi grew more popular than Huckleberry Hound so he became Hanna-Barbera’s first breakout character to get his own spin-off. The Yogi Bear Show debuted in 1961.