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11 September 1971 (USA) See more »
Animated series centering on three bears who live in a zoo. Every now and then they try to sneak out of the zoo... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 12)

Daws Butler ... Hair Bear (3 episodes, 1971)

William Callaway ... Square Bear (3 episodes, 1971)

Paul Winchell ... Bubi Bear (3 episodes, 1971)
John Stephenson ... Eustace P. Peevly (3 episodes, 1971)
Joe E. Ross ... Botch (3 episodes, 1971)

Series Directed by
Joseph Barbera (2 episodes, 1971)
William Hanna (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Writing credits
Joel Kane (1 episode, 1971)
Heywood Kling (1 episode, 1971)
Howard Morganstern (1 episode, 1971)
Joe Ruby (1 episode, 1971)

Ken Spears (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer (2 episodes, 1971)
William Hanna .... producer (2 episodes, 1971)
Alex Lovy .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Original Music by
Ted Nichols (1 episode, 1971)
Series Production Design by
Iwao Takamoto (1 episode, 1971)
Series Production Management
Victor O. Schipek .... production supervisor (1 episode, 1971)
Series Art Department
Cullen Blaine .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
Brad Case .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
Earl Klein .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
Lewis Marshall .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
George Singer .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
Paul Sommer .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
Warren Tufts .... story director (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Sound Department
Peter Aries .... sound reader (2 episodes, 1971)
Earl Bennett .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1971)
Bill Getty .... sound director (2 episodes, 1971)
Wayne Hughes .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1971)
Richard Olson .... sound director (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Flekal .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1971)
Norman Stainback .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1971)
Marshall Valdez .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1971)
Roy Wade .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Animation Department
Izzy Ellis .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Hugh Fraser .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Bob Goe .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Don Patterson .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Tom Ray .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Vive Risto .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Lloyd Vaughan .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Carlo Vinci .... animator (4 episodes, 1971)
Frank Andrina .... animator (2 episodes, 1971)
Roman Arambula .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Fernando Arce .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Ed Barge .... animator (2 episodes, 1971)
Daniela Bielecka .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
William Butler .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Philip DeGuard .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Lee Dyer .... animator (2 episodes, 1971)
Jerry Eisenberg .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Jim Fletcher .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Robert Gentle .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Robert Givens .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Jan Green .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Roberta Greutert .... ink and paint supervisor (2 episodes, 1971)
Gary Hoffman .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Homer Jonas .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director (2 episodes, 1971)
Cathy Patrick .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Walt Peregoy .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Curt Perkins .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Morey Reden .... animator (2 episodes, 1971)
Joel Seibel .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Terry Slade .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Grace Stanzell .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Takashi .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Don Watson .... background artist (2 episodes, 1971)
Robert 'Tiger' West .... xerographer (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Editorial Department
Larry C. Cowan .... editorial supervisor (1 episode, 1971)
William E. DeBoer .... negative consultant (1 episode, 1971)
Joed Eaton .... post-production (1 episode, 1971)
Series Music Department
Pat Foley .... music editor (2 episodes, 1971)
Ted Nichols .... musical director (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Other crew
Frank Paiker .... technical supervisor (1 episode, 1971)
Iraj Paran .... titles (1 episode, 1971)

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Additional Details

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30 min (16 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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The full names of the zookeepers are Eustace P. Peevly and Lionel J. Botch.See more »


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Help! Help! Its The Hair Bear Bunch!, 30 November 2006
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

Bearing a certain resemblance to the venerable Hanna-Barbera characters Yogi Bear and friends,the Hair Bear Bunch were three cousins who lived in Cave Block #9 at the Wonderland Zoo but regularly made their escape to the outside world,usually at night when nobody is looking,to see what action they were missing or to find out what's happening. The series "Help! It's The Hair Bear Bunch",was one of CBS-TV's colossal line-up of successful Saturday Morning cartoons that impact the schedule during the 1971-1972 season. From the premiere episode on September 11,1971(it premiere on the same day as another CBS Saturday Morning venture as well...the spin-off to The Flintstones' Hanna-Barbera produced show "Peebles And Bamm-Bamm",as well as others that premiered the same day like "Sabrina The Teenage Witch","The Groovie Ghoulies",and "Chan and the Amazing Chan Clan") to the final episode on August 31,1974 in repeated episodes from the first season. Only 17 episodes were produced for the series under the production company of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

"Help! It's The Hair Bear Bunch",was basically a revitalization of their own classic early 1960's show "Top Cat" with a constructed remaking of Hanna-Barbera's own Yogi Bear who at the time needed a constant change over and this time around took the characters of Yogi Bear,his sidekick Boo-Boo,and even the character of Ranger Smith and completely gave them a 1970's makeover. The leader of the squad was Hair Bear(voiced by Daws Butler),who sported a soulful fuzzy Afro style head of hair and the brains of the outfit. Square Bear(Bill Callaway)was the Southern spoken Bear,who was a tall goony bear in a cap,while Bubi Bear(Paul Winchell)was the rough equivalent of Boo-Boo in all mannerisms. Chasing them constantly on their excursions were the zoo's curator and head of the Wonderland Zoo,Mr. Peevely(in the pilot episode it was Joe Flynn of McHale's Navy fame and during the rest of the series' run was Hanna-Barbera stock player John Stephenson) and his chubby right-hand man Botch(Joe E. Ross),who catch phrase was "Ooo,ooo!" This was a combination of several shows which made it it was part "McHale's Navy",part "F-Troop",and it was part "Phil Silvers",and part of "Hogan's Heroes" in the zoo,with a cast of crafty conning animals that wheel and deals for either meals or favorites from their human counterparts. Funny show. The first season ran from September 11,1971 until September 2,1972,and moved from Saturday Mornings to Sunday Mornings from September 9, 1973 until August 31,1974 in repeated episodes. Only 12 episodes were produced for this series.

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