Yogi Bear – The Worst?

Tuesday, 23rd December, 1986

4.10pm: Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (BBC One)

“This Christmas special has Yogi, Boo Boo and all their friends causing chaos in the big city, but also bringing happiness to a lonely little rich girl and her father.”

I bet we can have them for at least one of those descriptions on the trade descriptions act.

The plot? Some of the less memorable Hanna-Barbera characters (Snagglehound, Hokey Wossname, Quick Draw Ian etc.) have come to Jellystone Park to spend Christmas with Yogi and Boo-Boo – only trouble is they’ve nicked off to the ‘Big City’ to visit them. The script by cartoon legend Mark Evanier is fun enough (one toy reads “Super-Duper Ray Demolisher – be the first kid on your block to level Detroit!”) but Yogi is such a hard character to find anything original to do with that the bear buddies end up evading men with nets whilst trying to cheer up a little girl whose father has GODDAMN BUSINESS to do.

Naturally this means Yogi dressing as Santa and becoming a suspected kidnapper before all the Hanna-Barbera lot meet up and bump into Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble whose appearance in the modern world is questioned (“a little far from Bedrock – like about three million years…”) but never answered.  Eventually lessons are learned, Christmases are merried and Yogi evades capture by the man for another day.

With all the characters – including a horse, a dog, some mice, a gorilla and whatever Snagglepuss is meant to be – all sharing space here, quite why some animals are free to walk around and have jobs whilst the bears are forbidden to leave the park is never addressed. 

More coming very soon….

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