Saturday, 1 October 2022

Boo Boo's Revenge

Hanna-Barbera cartoons rarely made fun of themselves in the olden days, but it happened in one of those little cartoons between the cartoons on either The Huckleberry Hound Show or The Yogi Bear Show.

“Hey, Boob! Watcha doin’, Boob? I’ll bet you’re drowin’ our lawn, Boob,” says Yogi, walking over to his buddy Boo Boo. (Why a flower is in a pot not being watered, I don’t know).

“Keep up the good work, Boob. You’re a real buddy, Boob!” Boo Boo is less than happy with Yogi’s patter.

Silently, and with his expression unchanging, Boo Boo turns the hose on Yogi.

“Hey! What’s with you, Boob?”

“After all,” Boo Boo says to the TV audience, “How long can a guy stand being called ‘Boob’?”

For you younger readers, “boob” meant “idiot” until another definition was popularised on the 1970s version of The Match Game.

My guess is this was written by Warren Foster. No one else at the studio would have likely struck back at being forced to write dialogue a certain way (e.g., Yogi’s rhyming couplets).

The animator, I suspect, is Don Williams with the backgrounds by Bob Gentle. The beet-red, fading colours come through the courtesy of Eastmancolor and my inability to improve on them. The print is from the collection of Steven Hanson.


  1. Wasn't this bumper on DVD?

    1. Not that I recall, but I haven't watched the DVD in a number of years.

  2. Boo-Boo seems oddly aggressive here...

    1. At the end of "Big Brave Bear", Boo-Boo pops a paper-bag balloon, which scares Yogi to the top of a Douglas fir when he's reading a newspaper about being a hero. And in "Prize Fight Fright", he accidentally knocks out Yogi with one punch to his face. So, I guess Boo-Boo can surprise anyone with his personality sometimes.

  3. Oooh, the Ranger definitely wouldn't like THAT, Yogi.

  4. Love Boo Boo's dull stare...dull stare.....Then.... the attack. Classic " Slow Burn ".

  5. Boo Boo was an endearment at least that’s how I took it…..
    Yogi acting as a big brother was a sweet story.

    Mariana G.