Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nostalgia Theater: Yo Yogi! Gets Painfully Hip

Continuing our journey through Hanna-Barbera's periodic attempts at injecting new life into their hoary animated properties by de-aging them, here's Yo Yogi!, which put Yogi Bear down the path that had previously been trod by The Flintsone Kids and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. This one arrived at the tail end of that trend, and as you can tell, it fully embodied the particular late-'80s/early-'90s milieu it emerged from. Here's the intro:

Premiering in fall of '91 on NBC (part of the Peacock's final lineup of animated Saturday morning shows), Yo Yogi! is, to date, the last series centering on Yogi Bear, and reimagined him, Boo-Boo, and other HB characters like Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss as hip, with-it, teens clad in painfully hip late-'80s/early-'90s fashions (hi-top shoes, fluorescent colors, etc.) who spent their spare time solving mysteries. Yeah, I dunno.

Anyway, despite its instantly-dated aesthetic, the show itself wasn't that bad, and actually did pretty well in the ratings. Even with ratings in its favor, Yo Yogi! ended up getting only a single season of thirteen episodes due to the network shifting gears on Saturday mornings the next fall with a spat of live action sitcoms in the Saved by the Bell mould (a.k.a. TNBC). Although it's been seen sporadically since then, no home vid release has happened as of yet. Thanks for nothing, Screech.

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