When his natural habitat is threatened to be overrun by civilization and pollution, Yogi Bear, together with his faithful sidekick, Boo Boo Bear, and a gaggle of cartoon notables ranging ... See full summary »
"Yogi's Treasure Hunt" was the 1972 "Yogi's Gang" back in that flying ark, this time joined by Ranger Smith (no idea why he was included) and Top Cat would send them on treasure hunts of some sorts with little riddles they had to figure out what he meant.
The gang seemed to do even LESS here than they did in '72.
Paul Winchell returned as a foil in the cartoon, good ol' Dick Dastradly, and he was indeed joined by Muttley.
Perhaps with this antagonist, we knew nothing would ever happen to Yogi and company. Dick always lost.
Now "Yogi's Space Race" was Yogi Bear, Huck Hound, Jabberjaw and an assortment of new characters called Captain Good and Clean Cat, Phantom Fink and Sinister Sludge, Nuggetnose the Galloping Ghost and a few others engaged in a Jetsons outer space race of some sorts.
Gary Owens was the narrator here, Joe Besser (Babu the genie) did the voice of Scare Bear, and there would be cameos Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Great Grape Ape, Godzilla and Jana of the Jungle, usually they would be rescuing the racers from some trap.
Rita and Wendy were the Laverne & Shirley sounding girls with Nuggetnose.
The show would do like Laff-A-Lympics; we would get fifteen minutes of the Space Race, then it would be an adventure of Nuggetnose, Rita and Wendy, or Buford Files (perhaps the deadest cartoon around, about a sleepy hounddog) or Space Goofs, with YOgi, Huck, Scare Bear and Wacky Duck (a Daffy Duck takeoff). By the time we got back to the Space Race, we had forgotten what was going on.
Same thing Laff-A-Lympics used to do.
I have no idea why both cartoons are listed under the same title. I knew "Space Race" was circa 1978, but I would only see "Treasure Hunt" later on in syndication.
"Space Race" began on Saturday mornings on NBC, but apparently got such bad ratings, it was pulled after only one airing, if they even showed all their adventures.
It was a pity, because I liked the cartoon. Only "Galloping Ghost" and "Buford Files" would return with their little adventures at the end of the cartoon morning.
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