Which character was “smarter than the average bear”?
– Boo Boo
– Teddy Ruxpin
– Yogi Bear
Answer: Yogi Bear was the first breakout cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera, and was given his own show, The Yogi Bear Show in 1961. Yogi Bear had a number of catchphrases, including the phrase, “I’m smarter than the average bear!” Art Carney’s Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners was said to be Yogi’s inspiration; his voice mannerisms broadly mimic Carney as Norton. Yogi’s name was similar to that of contemporary baseball star Yogi Berra, who was known for his amusing quotes. Berra sued Hanna-Barbera for defamation, but Hanna-Barbera claimed that the similarity of the names was just a coincidence.
Yogi Bear is a cartoon character who has appeared in numerous comic books, animated television shows and films. He made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show.
First appearance: Yogi Bear’s Big Break (1958)
Species: Brown bear
Creators: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Ed Benedict
Movies: Yogi Bear, Yogi the Easter Bear, Yogi’s Ark Lark, MORE