Yogi's Space Race

Yogi's Space Race is a 90-minute American animated television series and the third entry in the Yogi Bear franchise.[1] Thirteen episodes were broadcast on NBC from September 9, 1978, to December 2, 1978, and featured the following four segments, which is parodied logo of Star Wars:[2]

  • Yogi's Space Race: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jabberjaw and several new characters participating in intergalactic racing competitions.
  • Galaxy Goof-Ups: Yogi Bear, Scare Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and Quack-Up as four intergalactic police officers.
  • The Buford Files: Buford is a sleepy bloodhound who solves mysteries in Fenokee County with two teenagers named Cindy Mae and Woody.
  • The Galloping Ghost: Nugget Nose is a ghost miner who is a guardian to Wendy and Rita at the Fuddy Dude Ranch.
Yogi's Space Race
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Directed byRay Patterson
Carl Urbano
Voices ofDaws Butler
Joe Besser
Mel Blanc
Pat Parris
Marilyn Schreffler
Frank Welker
Narrated byGary Owens
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ProducerArt Scott
Running time90 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 9 (1978-09-09) –
December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02)
Preceded byYogi's Gang
Followed byGalaxy Goof-Ups

When Galaxy Goof-Ups was given its own half-hour timeslot on November 4, 1978, Yogi's Space Race was reduced to 60 minutes. In early 1979, the Space Race segment was also spun off in its own half-hour series from February 3 to March 3, 1979. The series was later aired in reruns on USA Cartoon Express, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.


The show featured Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jabberjaw and several new characters as competitors in an outer space reworking of Wacky Races. Cameo guests included Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Quick Draw McGraw, Grape Ape, Godzilla and Jana of the Jungle; the supporting segments were Galaxy Goof-Ups, The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost. The latter two were repackaged the following year as Buford and the Galloping Ghost. When Galaxy Goof-Ups was given its own half-hour timeslot on November 4, 1978, Yogi's Space Race was reduced to 60 minutes. On February 3, 1979, the Space Race segment and Buford and the Galloping Ghost were also spun off in their own half-hour series.


  • Yogi Bear (voiced by Daws Butler) and Scare Bear (voiced by Joe Besser): While Yogi remains unchanged save for the change in setting, his friend Boo Boo does not appear and was unable to participate in the race. Instead, his companion and partner is Scare Bear, a small fuzzy bear who is afraid of almost everything. Yogi and Scare are a racing team on "Space Race" and members of the "Galaxy Goof-Ups".[3]
  • Huckleberry Hound (voiced by Daws Butler) and Quack-Up (voiced by Mel Blanc): Quack-Up is a duck who is the crazy and clumsy pilot of the team while Huck just rests at the top of their ship. They are also members of the "Galaxy Goof-Ups".
  • Jabberjaw and Buford (both voiced by Frank Welker): Jabberjaw is still on his search for respect from his original series. His partner is Buford, from The Buford Files, where he's the lazy pet dog of two kids, Cindy Mae and Woody who solve mysteries in Fenokee County. Their race ship contains a track on which Buford runs to increase speed, which is seldom used since it is hard to keep him awake. Jabberjaw was once seen running on it during the episode "The Saturn 500".
  • Nugget Nose (voiced by Frank Welker), Wendy (voiced by Marilyn Schreffler) and Rita (voiced by Pat Parris): The only racing team in the race that's a trio. They all are characters from The Galloping Ghost where Wendy and Rita work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch and Nugget Nose is a gold-obsessed ghost who's jealous about the girls. His nose looks like a nugget (hence the name).
  • Captain Good/Phantom Phink and Clean Kat/Sinister Sludge (both voiced by Frank Welker): To the eyes of the other characters, Captain Good is the personification of good sportsmanship and fights for everything right. To the viewers, he's actually Phantom Phink, a space racer who uses all possible sorts of cheating like Dick Dastardly, except that he actually wins some races, crossing the finish line either as Captain Good or as Phantom Phink. The duo can transform themselves, and their car, at the touch of a button. Captain Good looks like a handsome white-clad and blond-tressed muscleman while Phink is a skinny costumed creep with a big nose and bristly black beard. Although Good/Phink never tricks people into believing they are seeing both of them at the same time and Phink never shows up for the start of any race, nobody suspects they're one and the same, not even the narrator. Good/Phink usually tries to get help from people who live in the planets where the races take place, no matter which identity he must use. Clean Kat/Sinister Sludge is Captain Good's/Phantom Phink's pet cat/dog. Clean Kat is a white and snobbish cat while Sinister Sludge is a sleazy brown dog who's usually told by Phink to shut up. Whenever Good/Phink morphs, Kat/Sludge morphs together (although he is capable of doing it separated from his master, such as in the Saturn 500, when Phink says dogs aren't allowed on Mars and he morphs, causing Phink to says cats aren't either and in the Mizar Marathon when Good said that cats aren't allowed in a castle, to which he morphs and Good says that goes for dogs too).
  • The Narrator (voiced by Gary Owens): This unseen character is the narrator of the Space Race and presenter of the Space Race Biography. He sometimes talks to the characters of the series.
  • El Fabuloso: The Space Race's official computer which often speaks in Spanish. It analyzes the races to catch any cheat practiced and often disqualifies Phantom Phink for cheating. Phink usually utilizes his alter-ego to proceed on the race because of that. In Franzia, after Good/Phink tricks the local version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to stop the other racers, El Fabuloso finally discovers they're one and the same, but no one believes it and the narrator assumes El Fabuloso has a malfunction. To keep his secret identity, Phink has to convert into Captain Good to save the Space Racers.


The series often introduces the biography of some Space Racers or their ancestors. Phantom Phink was once described as a "descendant" of Dr. Jekyll, who was described looking like Captain Good while Mr. Hyde looks like Phink, giving us an idea of Good's/Phink's original look that contradicts the idea believed by many fans that Clean Kat/Sinister Sludge is originally a dog since this is his shape as Phantom Phink's pet and Sludge is the one to have a biography.


Thirteen episodes were broadcast in 1978. The winners of each race got a prize which ended up unfortunate, such as having to do the dishes after their meal at the Ritz.

Title Original air date
1"The Saturn 500"September 9, 1978 (1978-09-09)
Winners: Yogi Bear and Scare Bear.
Prize: Vacation trip to Mars; Trouble: They continue to be chased by the snow bear during the vacation on Mars.
2"The Neptune 9000"September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
Winners: Captain Good and Clean Kat.
Prize: A car/ship that converts into a bag for easy keeping; Trouble: The car/ship did it with Captain Good inside it.
3"The Pongo Tongo Classic"September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)
Winners: Yogi Bear and Scare Bear.
Prize: Dinner at Ritz; Trouble: They dine at the kitchen and have to do the dishes.
Guest star: Jana of the Jungle
4"Nebuloc–The Prehistoric Planet"September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)
Winners: Phantom Phink and Sinister Sludge.
Prize: Being painted by a famous artist; Trouble: They were literally painted.
Guest stars: Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Grape Ape.
5"The Spartikan Spectacular"October 7, 1978 (1978-10-07)
Winners: Captain Good and Clean Kat.
Prize: A ride at a cruise boat; Trouble: They had to travel with the cargo.
6"The Mizar Marathon"October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14)
Winners: Jabberjaw and Buford.
Prize: A self massaging bed; Trouble: The bed beats them up with its robot hands.
7"The Lost Planet of Atlantis"October 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)
Winners: Phantom Phink and Sinister Sludge.
Prize: Vacation time at a ski lodge; Trouble: They had to pull the sleigh.
8"Race Through Oz"October 28, 1978 (1978-10-28)
Winners: Captain Good and Clean Kat.
Prize: A date with a computer-chosen partner; Trouble: He's got a date with the Wicked Witch of the West.
9"Race Through Wet Galoshes"November 4, 1978 (1978-11-04)
Winners: Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita.
Prize: Vacation time at a dude ranch; Trouble: It's Fuddy's Dude Ranch. The first prize whose winners had a specific reason to dislike.
Guest star: Quick Draw McGraw
10"The Borealis Triangle"November 11, 1978 (1978-11-11)
Winners: Phantom Phink and Sinister Sludge.
Prize: Roles in a movie made in Hollywood; Trouble: They had to make dangerous scenes.
11"Race to the Center of the Universe"November 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)
Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Quack-Up.
Prize: Tickets to an Amusement Park named Funkyland; Trouble: They were the dunking clowns.
12"Race Through the Planet of the Monsters"November 25, 1978 (1978-11-25)
Winners: Captain Good and Clean Kat.
Prize: Tickets to the Rolling Clones; Trouble: They have to lay down at the floor with other viewers over them.
Guest stars: Frankenstein Jr. and Buzz Conroy
13"Franzia"December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02)
Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Quack-Up.
Prize: Tickets for a flight on a luxury jet plane; Trouble: They didn't get seats inside the plane.


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In other languagesEdit

  • French: Le Grand Prix Spacielle de Yogi
  • Italian: La corsa spaziale di Yoghi
  • Spanish: Carrera Espacial de Yogi


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 718. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 934. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

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