Yogi's First Christmas

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Yogi's First Christmas
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Written byWillie Gilbert
Directed byRay Patterson
Voices ofDaws Butler
Don Messick
Janet Waldo
Marilyn Schreffler
Hal Smith
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Lew Marshall
Running time98 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorOperation Prime Time (original)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)
Original networkSyndication
Original release
  • November 21, 1980 (1980-11-21)

Yogi's First Christmas is a 1980 animated television film starring Yogi Bear and produced by Hanna-Barbera which first aired in syndication through Operation Prime Time on November 21, 1980. Throughout the 1980s it was offered to U.S. television stations split up one episode per day for four days as a one-week strip syndicated program, generally showing the week of Christmas.

Two songs from Casper's First Christmas ("Comin' Up Christmas Time" and "Making A Big To-Do") were featured in this movie, in new re-recorded versions. Additionally, Boo Boo's song "Hope" was previously heard in the Christmas specials, A Christmas Story (1972) and A Flintstone Christmas (1977).


Yogi and his little pal, Boo Boo, are usually hibernating during the Christmas season, but this year they are awakened when Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy come to Jellystone Lodge for the holiday. They are joined by Ranger Smith, hotel manager Mr. Dingwell, Otto the chef, and lodge owner Sophie Throckmorton and her spoiled brat of a nephew, Snively. The gang is obsessed with keeping Mrs. Throckmorton happy to keep her from closing down the lodge, which has become unpopular due to activity caused by Herman the Hermit, a grumpy Christmas-hating hermit who just wants to be left alone.

Yogi and Boo Boo are put to work as employees of the lodge. Yogi is first ordered to operate the snowplow, to which he saves Mrs. Throckmorton on the road from an avalanche caused by Herman. Later, Yogi is working as a bellboy, where he is tasked by Ranger Smith to stay on Mrs. Throckmorton's good side. Though Snively tries to embarrass Yogi with his pranks, Yogi comes out on top; in another attempt to degrade Yogi, Snively tricks him into entering a figure skating contest, which Snively is also a participant. Although Snively earns high marks, Mrs. Throckmorton covertly wishes Snively would lose in order to tame his poor attitude. Yogi, the last contestant, manages to impress the judges well enough to earn the highest marks and win. Snively is a sore loser and enraged that Yogi beat him at his own game, but his aunt Sophie says that Yogi won fair and square and losing is a lesson of life. Fed up with Snively's antics, Yogi gets revenge on him during an ice fishing contest, with Mrs. Throckmorton agreeing that he needed to be taught a lesson. Furious, Snively runs away and meets up with Herman, and the two team up to ruin Christmas.

However, Yogi manages to thwart them every time. Cindy Bear also awakens from her hibernation, to help Yogi out (due to her love and concern for him). Eventually, Herman and Snively are forgiven, invited to the Christmas celebrations and they have a profound change of heart at such generosity of spirit. Then in the midst of the festivities, Santa Claus plummets down the chimney bearing a picnic basket full of food for Yogi. Yogi, however, falls asleep, due to his natural instincts of hibernation. Santa then says that Yogi and Boo Boo can have the basket when they wake up in the spring, with that, the partiers return Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy to their caves for the rest of their hibernation.[1]



  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Executive Producers for DePatie-Freleng: David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng
  • Producers: Lew Marshall, Norman Sedawie
  • Associate Producers: Hal Geer, Jean MacCurdy
  • Directors: Ray Patterson, Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy
  • Co-Director: Gerard Baldwin
  • Sequence Directors: David Detiege, Phil Monroe, Gerry Chiniquy
  • Story: Willie Gilbert, John Dunn, David Detiege, Friz Freleng, Larry Spiegel, John Barrett
  • Story Direction: Lew Marshall, Gary Hoffman
  • Storyboard: Charlie Hayward, Bob Richardson
  • Recording Director: Alex Lovy
  • Voices: Sue Allen, Mel Blanc, John Richard Bolks, Daws Butler, Paul DeKorte, Darlene Lawrence, Edie Lehman, Ida Sue McCune, Don Messick, Michael Redman, Alan Reed, Andrea Robinson, Marilyn Schreffler, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Music Composed and Arranged by: Joe Raposo
  • Design Consultant: Maurice Noble
  • Production Design: Corny Cole, Dick Ung
  • Graphic Design: Roy Morita, Barrington Bunce, Robert Dranko
  • Character Design: Sandra Young
  • Layout: Jaime Diaz, Dave Hanan, Peter Alvarado, Robert Givens, Michael E. Mitchell
  • Animation Supervision: Don Patterson, Tom Ray, Rudy Cataldi
  • Animation: Don Williams, Art Vitello, Malcolm Draper, John Gibbs, Nelson Shin, Bob Matz, Warren Batchelder, Norm McCabe, Dwayne Labbe, Bob Bransford, Lee Halpern, Bob Richardson, Brenda Banks, Charlie Downs, Marcia Fertig, Virgil Ross, Manuel Perez, Lloyd Vaughan, Ted Bonnicksen, Laverne Harding, Volus Jones, Ed Solomon, Jim Davis, Richard Thompson, John Freeman, Art Leonardi, Ken Walker, Bob Bemiller, Fred Madison, Ruth Kissane
  • Assistant Animation: Alfred Abranz, Greg Bailey, Bobby Clennell, Paulette Downs, William K. Exter, Edward Faigin, Jack Farren, Brad Frost, Valerie Gifford, Karenia Kaminski, Terry Lennon, Bill Mims, Jane Nordin, Lester Pegues, Jr., Lloyd Rees, Sonja Ruta, Harry Sabin, Robert Shellhorn, Tom Sito, Susan Sugita, Pauline Trapmore, Allen Wade, Rosemary Welch, Dick Williams, Ronald Wong
  • Additional Animation: Glenn Schmitz, Corny Cole
  • Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas, Bob Abrams, Ralph Penn, Bob McIntosh, Irv Wyner, Bob Inman, Mary O'Loughlin
  • Cel Painter: Michelle Urbano
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Checking: Dora Yakutis
  • Final Checking: Val Vreeland
  • Ink and Paint: C&D Ink and Paint Service · Charlotte Armstrong - Artist; Shannon Meyer - Supervisor
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Joe Citarella
  • Camera: John Burton, Jr., Gary Gunther, Larry Hogan, Raymond E. Lee, Bob Marples, Robert Mills, Kieren Mulgrew, Gary Smith, Donna Wilson, Steven Wilzbach
  • Hollywood · Camera Services: Nick Vasu, Inc. · Thomas Baker, Mark Henley
  • Videotape Editors: Evamarie Keller, Linda M. Long, John R. Tierney
  • Supervising Film Editors: Larry C. Cowan, Robert J. Emerick
  • Film Editors: Bob Gillis, Allan Potter, Rick Steward, Roger Donley, Jim Champin
  • Full Circle Post · Film Editor: Scott P. Doniger
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Sound Effects: Dick Maitland, Roy Carch
  • Sound Effects Editors: Kerry Williams, Michael Bradley, Jim Graziano, David H. DePatie, Jr., Milton Krear, Ron Fedele, Richard C. Allen, Earl Bennett, Wayne Hughes
  • Audio: Blake Norton, Tim Lester
  • 2nd Audio: Carla Bandini-Lori
  • Post Audio Mixers: Richard Fairbanks, Peter Roos
  • Dialogue Editor: Mary Gleason
  • Production Mixer: Steve Orr
  • Music Editors: Joe Sandusky, Eugene Marks, Joe Siracusa
  • Orchestrations by: Joe Raposo, Jim Tyler, Alexander Courage
  • Orchestra Conducted by: Joe Raposo, Eric Rogers
  • Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
  • Associate Music Director: Dave Conner
  • Music Score Performed by: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Music Recording/Mix: Twentieth Century Fox Scoring Stage
  • Music Contractor: Sandy DeCrescent
  • Music Preparation: Bob Bornstein, Steven L. Smith, Joe Zimmerman
  • Music Copyists: Jack Hansen, Vic Harrington
  • Music Librarian: Mark Graham
  • Musicians: Tom Boyd: Oboe Soloist, George Doering: Instrumental, Tommy Johnson: Tuba Soloist, James Thatcher: French Horn
  • Cassettes and Vinyl Recorder Available from: Varèse Sarabande
  • Soundtrack Recording: Media Sound · Fred Christie
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Negative Cutter: Marlene New
  • Post Production Manager: Joed Eaton
  • Production Manager: Steven Hahn
  • Production Assistants: Kathleen Helppie-Shipley, K. Ray Iwami
  • Executives in Charge of Production: Jayne Barbera and Margaret Loesch
  • Executive in Charge of Production for DePatie-Freleng: Lee Gunther
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • © 1980 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Home media releases[edit]

The holiday TV movie was first released on VHS via Worldvision Home Video (now called CBS Home Entertainment) in 1983, and later re-released in association with Kids Klassics Home Video in 1986. It was then released on DVD as part of the manufactured-on-demand Warner Archive Collection on November 17, 2009. [1]

See also[edit]

Follow-up film[edit]

Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper was released in 1982.


  1. ^ * Big Cartoon DataBase Used With Permission

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