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. 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 1982 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.
Last fall we reported
that Yogi's First Christmas
- the 1980 holiday special which reunited the voice cast of the original '60s classic animated series The Yogi Bear Show
(Daws Butler, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, etc.) - was brought to DVD as part of the Warner Archive
, a direct-sale MOD (manufacture-on-demand) service that's part of the Warner Bros. WBShop.com online store. This year Warner is releasing the follow-up holiday reunion special, but as a general retail release!
1982's special was titled Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper
, and once again included Butler, Messick and Waldo among the voice cast. But this time they weren't playing just their familiar Yogi Bear Show
roles: the "All-Star" came into play when a LOT more of the Hanna Barbera gang got in on the act! This was five years after Scooby's All-Star Laff-A Lympics
was a regular series for a while, so it wasn't a completely new concept. But it was fun in that Yogi, Boo-Boo and Ranger Smith were joined for these festivities by Fred Flintstone (voiced by Henry Corden, who took over the role when Alan Reed passed away in 1977), Barney Rubble (voiced by Mel Blanc), Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Pixie and Dixie, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, Wally Gator, Blabber Mouse, Yakky Doodle, Magilla Gorilla and more!
sees the release of Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper
at participating retailers. Cost is just $14.97 SRP, for this 24-minute featured special that's presented in full frame video and English stereo sound. Not enough? Okay, Warner Home Video is throwing in a bonus episode of The Yogi Bear Show
, the 1962 episode "Yogi's Birthday Party." That brings the total run time up to 53 minutes. It will be interesting to compare these classic productions to the new 3D Yogi Bear
CGI film that will be in theaters around the same time!