Western Animation: Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!

Hanna-Barbera produced this Saturday Morning Cartoon for CBS in the early 1970s. The show focused on a Comic Trio of bears living in, and often trying to escape from, the fictional Wonderland Zoo. The leader, Hair Bear (Daws Butler), was so named because of his Funny Afro. Aiding him were dimwitted Square Bear (Bill Callaway) and The Unintelligible Bubi Bear (Paul Winchell).

Like Wally Gator, the bears were often in a battle of wits with head zookeeper Eustace P. Peevly (John Stephenson) and his Dumb Muscle assistant, Lionel J. Botch (Joe E. Ross). Some of the other zoo animals contributed to Hair Bear's zany schemes.

Help! It's the Hair Bear Tropes!:

  • Funny Animals
  • Funny Afro: Hair Bear, naturally
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Exactly how Square Bear is able to summon a invisible motorcycle whenever the three need transportation or a quick escape. Hair Bear even questioned it at one point put ultimately accepted it was just a skill of his.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: John Stephenson was cast as Peevly because he sounded like Joe Flynn from McHale's Navy. Flynn himself auditioned at Stephenson's suggestion, but Joe Barbera didn't think Flynn sounded right.
  • Super Multipurpose Room: The bears' cave functioned as this.