After a heads-up report more than a year ago that our picnic-basket-stealing friend was coming to DVD, Warner Home Video is ready to announce The Yogi Bear Show - The Complete Series. This is a 4-Disc collector's set which features all 35 remastered and restored episodes from the entire original show. This series was the break-out hit that started Hanna and Barbera's television shows on the track to the legends that they are today. Yogi and Boo-Boo Bear would battle Ranger Smith up and down the length of Jellystone Park, while the smarter-than-the-average-bear would try to nab every picnic basket he could lay his hands on from unsuspecting park visitors.
Yogi Bear's own series (15 hours worth of cartoons!) began in 1960, but Yogi's career started two years prior to that as the "sandwich" episodes of The Huckleberry Hound Show. Never fear, though, because if you want those early cartoons you may have them as well, since they are being including in the Huckleberry Hound DVD set. Both will be available from November 15th, for $44.98 SRP. Each comes with extras, and here is the list of extras for Yogi's package:
- Collectible animation cel
- Original episode with bridges and bumpers
- Never-before-seen animation sketches come to life
- Featurette on the art of Hanna-Barbera sound
Sounds like loads of fun! Stay tuned and we'll bring you full-size cover art, along with any updates that come to light. While we wait, let's just chow down on all these picnic baskets that Yogi's brought us, okay?