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Movies: “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear”

June 3, 1964 - Opening today is “Hey There, it’s Yogi Bear,” an animated musical comedy film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. The film stars the voices of Daw Butler, Don Messick, Julie Bennett, Mel Blanc, and J. Pat O’Malley.

Based upon Hanna-Barbera’s syndicated animated television show “The Yogi Bear Show,” the new film is the first theatrical feature produced by Hanna-Barbera and the first feature-length theatrical animated film based on a television program. In keeping with the limited animation of the television series, the film is not fully animated, but it does contain more detailed animation work than the show.

In the story, Ranger Smith, tired of Yogi’s picnic-basket stealing, has him and Boo-Boo shipped off to the San Diego Zoo. Yogi escapes, unbeknownst to his girlfriend Cindy, who goes looking for him and is kidnapped by a circus owner. Yogi and Boo-Boo are forced to sneak out of the park and travel across the country to save Cindy and bring her back home.

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