Friday, September 12, 2008

Bear of Mystery...

Questions continue to surround that elusive classic character YOGI BEAR. Who drew his Sunday comics? Who did the artwork for his movie-tie in comic book? And now a nagging question from yours truly...

"Is there a 'lost' original episode?"

I remember owning a short on a VHS tape (which we watched until it broke) in which Yogi determines to tick off Ranger Smith by attempting to stay awake all winter. To keep from falling asleep, he takes up various winter sports including ice skating and skiing, with diminishing success. It's a simple, economical and beautifully done short, but I couldn't locate it on either of the DVD sets released a few years back. Am I just not navigating the menus right or did this classic cartoon actually fall thru the cracks...? 

MYSTERY SOLVED: (see comments) thanks thad and joe.

8 comments:

Thad said...

Not a fan really, but I know the Yogi's are incomplete because the remaining ones would have been part of a Huckleberry Hound Vol. 2, which will never happen.

Joe Torcivia said...

The cartoon in question is Yogi Bear – “Lullabye Bye Bear”. It is not on DVD because it would have been part of THE HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SHOW: SEASON TWO… which is something I fear we’ll never get.

My particular favorite Yogi “Rah-Rah Bear”, where Yogi plays football for the Chicago Bears vs. my New York Giants, would also have been on that volume – alas!

Will Finn said...

Well at least that settles that. Thanks gents.

My favorites are the simplest, earliest ones and "Lullabye Bear" has all the hallmarks of these. Ironically most of the ones on THE YOGI show have an overworked quality that often misses the mark. I'd love to see them do a "Season Two" of HUCK--maybe in the downloadable future these will turn up. We're still better off than in the VHS days when only a handful were made available and seemed to have been picked completely at random.

For the record, I'd have to still go with PIE PIRATES as favorite. Mike Lah's layouts and animation (which at that point were the same job) are first rate.

Joe Torcivia said...

Will, I completely agree with you on Yogi. The earlier ones were the best. As Yogi’s cartoons became more refined, certainly by the time of “The Yogi Bear Show”, they became far less funny.

“Pie Pirates”, “Yogi Bear’s Big Break”, and “Big Bad Bully” were funny, in large part, because they LOOKED funny. The following year, “Lullabye Bye Bear” and “Rah-Rah Bear” didn’t “look funny”, but they were WRITTEN funny. The majority of the later ones on the “Yogi Bear Show” DVD, while good in other ways, were not overly funny.

No matter, I still would like all pre-1965 H-B cartoons on DVD. I’m going to die disappointed…

Will Finn said...

Amen Joe. Thanks for supplying the title and the link to your site too. I am (obviously) not very up-to-date on DVD releases and you more than fill the gap!

I did just watch LULABYE-BYE on YouTube, which is as good as I remember it, if not better. (Yogi in fact winds up skiing backward thru the cabin, which is funnier than my drawing). The poses and attitudes are extremely well done IMO and some of the drawings are positively screwy (and appropriately so considering the voice track). Yogi and Boo-Boo also have funny goose-stepping walks that even YouTube can't ruin. Too bad that's the only way we can see it for now.

I will look for the football one you mentioned too. Thanks again.

fire said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwzKLe_YQ0g

Bob said...

Amazing Yogi Bear illust!

B!

Pokey said...

Legalities of music rights are what are keeping it from happening. It will, but not just yet..The music came from two sources: John Seely's Capitol Production Music Library [the one used by others, including where the credit for Seely comes from, six WB cartoons in fall 1958, though there were parts of other WB productions using this score, and Art Clokey's Davey and Goliath, and the Capitol name is credited in post-1991 "Ren and Stimpy"], and Jack Shaindlin's Lang-Worth-Langlois FilmMusic library. [Capitol had David Rose, Seely and Loose, George Hormel, Phil Green, Spencer Moore, Emil Cadkin, Harry Bluestone, Jack Cookerly, and others] and Shaindlin was the credited main music writer. Also at many times was Raoul Kruashaar's Omar Library, for that spooky "wah wah wah WAH" cue [you can hear it near the end of the Huckleberry Hound title "Wiki Waki Huck", 1959].

There have been a lot of these restored, and now carried by Carlin and Cinemusic, but it would bode a LOT more easier for a Quick Draw set [HAH! Like THAT's gonna happen, RIGHT?] since it had a LOT of Green and Cadkin-Bluestone cues in it.
Pokey