Frolicking Disney-like animals are not something you’d usually see in a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, though a number of the studio’s artists had worked for Disney. But that’s partly because of the fiscal restraints of TV animation. In comics, that’s not a problem, so we get cutsey animals in the Yogi Bear Sunday newspaper comics 50 years ago this month.
April 7th has a flying squirrel that wouldn’t be caught dead in a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. Though, to think of it, that could be pretty funny. Ranger Smith is particularly moody in this one.
More refugees from Bambi greet us on April 14th, with a Cupid to match. Cindy evidently doesn’t care who comes on to her. Yogi doesn’t seem all that concerned, either. Hearts aplenty, including in one enveloping the title in the opening panel. I wonder why this story wasn’t saved for Valentine’s Day.
The final drawing on April 21st is a lot of fun with the multiple Yogis. Sorry I can’t get a better version. The terrified look on the Ranger in the previous panel is pretty good, too. What kind of copying machine has a huge entrance like that, anyway? Oh, right. It’s supposed to be a tall tale.
Other than the appearance of the nameless Mrs. Smith, the plot of the April 28th comic reminds me of one of those cartoons-between-the-cartoons on the Yogi show. This is the first time I can recall seeing a split upper-lower panel.
As usual, click on each comic to enlarge it.