25 September 2019 | jeremycrimsonfox
Proof That Not Every Cartoon Needs To Be Turned Into A Kid
In the late 80's and early 90's, Hannah-Barbara was making cartoons, still, but one of the main cartoons from them at the time was taking classic cartoon characters they invented and re-imagining them as kids, starting with The Flintstone Kids and continuing with A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. Yo Yogi! is the fourth one of the series, the third being Tom and Jerry Kids, which debut a year before this, and it has gone on to become proof that not every cartoon character should be turned into a kid.
So, basically, the show has Yogi turned into a teen who works in Jellystone Mall's Lost and Found Department with friends Boo-Boo, Cindy, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound, who have also been turned into kids. Every episode, they have to deal with a mystery that is causing problems in the mall, but little Dickie Dastardly and Muttley are there to get in the way.
Yeah, the show basically turns Yogi and friends into a near-copy of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, only it does everything the latter show knew not to do: rely too much on gimmicks. The shows tries to attract kids by being "radical and hip", with episodes even referencing what was hip back then (one episode had Magilla Gorilla as Magilla Ice, which was meant to be a parody of Vanilla Ice, and even using slang that teens in the 90's use. While it sounds good, the cartoon uses it too much to the point where it stops being fresh and becomes annoying. Another gimmick is the use of 3D. Back then, Kellogg's, the cereal company, sponsored this show, so they gave out 3D glasses in one of their cereals for use. For this, when Yogi spins his hat, the series cuts to 3D. This makes the cartoon more of a product placement.
This show was basically a failure, only lasting 13 episodes before it was cancelled, and it often cited as one of the reasons why NBC would stop Saturday Morning cartoons in favor of TNBC. Avoid this show at all costs.