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Yogi's Treasure Hunt (originally titled as The Funtastic Treasure Hunt) is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera featuring Yogi Bear and various other Hanna-Barbera characters.[1] It premiered in syndication in late 1985 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera and would be Daws Butler's final Hanna-Barbera series to date, performing the voice of Yogi and his many other characters. The show's main title song was performed by Sha Na Na's Jon Bauman.

Yogi's Treasure Hunt
Yogi's Treasure Hunt logo.jpg
Genre
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Funtastic Treasure Hunt", performed by Jon Bauman & The Funtastic Singers from The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera
Ending theme"Funtastic Treasure Hunt" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes27 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)
Editor(s)Gil Iverson
Running time19 minutes approx.
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor
Release
Original networkSyndicated
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1985 (1985-09-15) –
March 27, 1988 (1988-03-27)
Chronology
Preceded byGalaxy Goof-Ups
Followed byThe New Yogi Bear Show

Contents

PlotEdit

Yogi and his friends would go on treasure hunts around the world, as assigned by Top Cat. They traveled aboard their ship, the S.S. Jelly Roger. Dick Dastardly and Muttley traveled on their ship, the S.S. Dirty Tricks, and would try to beat Yogi and friends to the treasure by engaging in their usual dirty tricks.

Regular charactersEdit

Voice castEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1985)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Riddle in the Middle of the Earth"September 6, 1985 (1985-09-06)
Yogi and the gang sail on the SS Jelly Roger in search of "The Diamond Orb" located in the Earth's core.
2"Bungle in the Jungle"September 13, 1985 (1985-09-13)
Yogi's team sets out for an uncharted island in Africa, where a treasure, "The Golden Gorilla", which has the power to stop its volcano from erupting.
3"Countdown Drac"September 20, 1985 (1985-09-20)
Top Cat sends the gang to Transylvania, where it is rumored to be the resting place of the vampire, Dracula.
4"The Return of El Kabong"September 27, 1985 (1985-09-27)
Quick Draw goes back to his old crime-fighting identity of El Kabong, thus allowing him to get one up on the other teams and be the first to find the treasure, until Dastardly and Muttley show up.
5"Ole the Red Nose Viking"October 4, 1985 (1985-10-04)
Yogi and the boys find "The Chalice of Valhalla" in an old Viking settlement.
6"The Curse of Tutti-Frutti"October 11, 1985 (1985-10-11)
While hunting for "The Mummy Case of King Tutti-Frutti", Quick Draw, Snagglepuss and Doggie Daddy become possessed by a curse of greed and now everyone must find the treasure to reverse the spell.
7"Yogi and the Unicorn"October 18, 1985 (1985-10-18)
Top Cat assigns the boys to travel to the land of Fairy Tales in search for "The Mythical Gold Unicorn" and protect it from a mean greedy circus ringmaster named Happy Bing, as well as Dick Dastardly and Muttley.
8"The Case of the Hopeless Diamond"October 25, 1985 (1985-10-25)
Told by Snooper, the treasure the teams must find this time is "The Hopeless Diamond Ring", possession of Lady Creampuff but every time they seem to have found it, it turns out to be a fake. Simultaneously, Yogi is mistaken for a bear criminal resembling himself and gets arrested, leading the rest of the boys to help him get out.
9"Merlin's Lost Book of Magic"November 1, 1985 (1985-11-01)
While in London, Yogi and the gang search for "Merlin's Lost Book of Magic". Then Dick Dastardly and Muttley steal it so they can use it to try to get to the treasure first.
10"Beverly Hills Flop"November 8, 1985 (1985-11-08)
Top Cat sends the gang to Hollywood, after a jewel statue named "The Emerald Flamingo", used in a movie of the same name.

Season 2 (1986–87)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
11"Follow the Yellow Brick Gold"November 7, 1986 (1986-11-07)
Top Cat gives the gang clues in Ireland to look for "The Pot of Gold" to donate to a children's home, which is on the brink of financial crisis.
12"To Bee or Not to Bee"November 14, 1986 (1986-11-14)
The gang arrives at Cindy Bear's Honey Farm, where they learn that Cindy's bees have mysteriously stopped honey production (Snooper states the bees are on "a 'permanent' coffee break"). Cindy's mortgage payment is almost due, and with no honey, Cindy has gone bankrupt and is at great risk of losing her farm. In order the save her farm from closing down, the gang look for "The Pirate Treasure of Jacques Latoot".
13"Heavens to Planetoid"November 21, 1986 (1986-11-21)
Yogi's crew ventures into deep space in search of "The Murgatroyd Ruby", which is actually the remains of what was once the planet Murgatroyd.
14"Beswitched, Buddha'd and Bewildered"December 5, 1986 (1986-12-05)
While in Japan, Dick Dastardly's latest contraption causes everyone to swap bodies, causing confusion and non-cooperation while trying to find "The Jade Buddha".
15"There's No Place Like Nome"December 12, 1986 (1986-12-12)
On the trail of a "The Giant Gold Nugget" lost in Nome, Alaska, Yogi's team overcomes a town's chilly reception.
16"The Great American Treasure"January 2, 1987 (1987-01-02)
Guest starring on The Good Night Show, Top Cat tells how he formed the treasure hunting team, in which Yogi and his team found out the great American treasure isn't actually treasure.
17"Huckle Hero"January 9, 1987 (1987-01-09)
When the teams get captured, it's up to Huckleberry (with the use of his new superhero alter ego, Huckle Hero) to save the day.
18"The Moaning Liza"January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16)
In a parody of The Pink Panther, a criminal named the Pink Pussycat (who's identical to Snagglepuss) arrives and steals the painting The Moaning Liza from the Louvre Museum in Paris. Undercover Elephant holds a press conference where he announces that Yogi's Treasure Hunting Team is on the case.

Season 3 (1987–88)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
19"Snow White & the 7 Treasure Hunters"November 6, 1987 (1987-11-06)
Told in storybook-format by Chopper and Yakky Doodle, Yogi's crew protect Snow White while her seven dwarves are on vacation.
20"Yogi's Heroes"November 13, 1987 (1987-11-13)

Top Cat announces Dicaragua and Bearzil, two countries ruled by Dick Dastardly and Yogi, respectively, are on the brink of war. To make matters worse, the Crown Jewels of Bearzil have gone missing

Absent: Ranger Smith
21"The Attack of Dr. Mars"November 20, 1987 (1987-11-20)

A female Martian, Dr. Mars, makes a special intergalactic guest appearance at the United Nations claiming the Earth will be destroyed... unless a treasure chest (which is really a time bomb), called "The Big Dipper Booty" (lost somewhere in Peru), is returned to her.

Absent: Ranger Smith
22"20,000 Leaks Under the Sea"December 4, 1987 (1987-12-04)

The team searches for sunken treasure, while putting up with a snobby talk show host named Mike Walnuts, host of 16 Minutes.

Note: This episode is a parody of the CBS nightly news program 60 Minutes.
23"Goodbye, Mr. Chump"December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11)

Yogi and the gang are called in to save a college on the brink of financial crisis.

Absent: Ranger Smith
24"Yogi Bear on the Air"February 5, 1988 (1988-02-05)

Top Cat informs the gang that the TV Zone's "Golden Transmitter" (which is used to air TV programs) has gone missing and goes on the hunt to find it.

Note: This episode features parodies of Hill Street Blues, Siskel & Ebert, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Star Trek, Star Wars and The Smurfs (a sister Hanna-Barbera series to Yogi's Treasure Hunt)
25"Yogi and the Beanstalk"February 12, 1988 (1988-02-12)
Yogi and the gang find themselves in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
26"The Greed Monster"February 19, 1988 (1988-02-19)

Told through rhyme, Yogi and the gang depict how all the toys in the world disappear, mysterious flute music draws toys away from their homes to a distant planet.

Absent: Ranger Smith
27"Secret Agent Bear"March 25, 1988 (1988-03-25)

Yogi and friends are secret agents attempting to stop Dick Dastardly from discovering the Fountain of Youth and use its power to transform everyone on the planet into children. However, Dick crashes their boat, which flings them into the fountain and turns them into toddlers.

Absent: Ranger Smith

Note: The opening of this episode parodies the iconic opening of the James Bond movies.

Home releasesEdit

Hanna-Barbera Home Video released three episodes of the series each on individual VHS tapes in Spring 1990, to promote the opening of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera simulator movie ride at Universal Studios Florida.

Broadcast historyEdit

United StatesEdit

InternationalEdit

In other languagesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (18 March 2014). "America Toons In: A History of Television Animation". McFarland. Retrieved 28 September 2018 – via Google Books.

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