Western Animation / Yogi's Gang

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Yogi's Gang is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon series from 1973 with a made-for-TV movie, Yogi's Ark Lark from 1972, serving as a pilot.

In the series, Yogi Bear and his friends travel around the world and meet villains who want to spread their faults and vices.

Tropes:

  • An Aesop: The pilot movie teaches people to take care of their homes instead of simply moving away to look for a "perfect place". Each episode of the series has an aesop regarding the vice represented by the villain.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: A rather minor example but in the page's image you see the logo the titles end with. Several characters shown in that logo never actually appear in the show proper.
    • In honesty only so many characters are used with big roles and others are only ever featured as silent background characters. But in this case if one was to assume every character in the logo appears at some point on the ark, you would be mistaken.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Yogi and his friends defeat Hilarious P. Prankster by trying to see if he can take as much as he gives.
  • Big Fancy House: Mr. Waste's manor. He's so wasteful that, since the manor is too big to be thrown away, he keeps adding new rooms so he'll never have to use the same more than one night. He eventually abandons it and the island where it's located to look for a new home after wasting the island's resources.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Hothead of Hothead Enterprises. He has a device that turns people into hotheads and uses it on Yogi's Gang as part of a plan to force Cindy to sell her dude ranch. He later sabotages the ranch's water supply.
  • The Corrupter: Each Villain of the Week wants to make people have his namesake character flaw.
  • Crying Wolf: In "Mr. Fibber", the titular villain convinces the animals to become liars like him and they come up with fake emergencies to trick Yogi into landing so they can stop to buy things like lemonade or ice cream. When a tornado shows up, Yogi thinks they're lying again. Fortunately, everyone survives and the animals learned a lesson about lying. Fibber doesn't learn.
  • Deal with the Devil: The Greedy Genie will grant any wishes on the condition that his "master" doesn't share the wished goods with anybody.
  • Driven by Envy: The Envy Brothers. Whatever they want, they want because other people have it. They have a magic ring that can make people driven by their envy.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After cheating Yogi out of his ark, Peter D. Cheater learns about the gang's treasure map and, believing it to be real, offers to trade the ark back to Yogi for the map. When Yogi tells Peter the map is fake, Peter assumes it's a trick to keep him away from the treasure and makes the trade anyway. Yogi later states that people who cheat a lot end up expecting others to do the same.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: The target audience for Peter D. Cheater's school is made of people wanting to get rich quick.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The Envy Brothers. They want to take over the circus where they work because they're envious of their boss for owning it and try to accomplish it by using a ring to make everyone envious. Bonus points for wearing green and making their victims' eyeballs green. When that fails, they try to go to outer space because they're envious of astronauts for doing so.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: Magilla powers up the ark's flying mechanism by running on a treadmill.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: In the Yogi's Gang theme song, "If those big goons were out of the way / the world would be so bright and gay."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Sheik of Selfishness wants to spread selfishness through the world. He ends up locked out of his own home because he never leaves a key under the doormat so nobody will share his stuff and his subordinates won't help him to reach a window because he taught them to never share.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Peter D. Cheater's school has a course on how to run those.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode of Yogi's Gang was named after the Villain of the Week.note 
  • Insistent Terminology: Yogi takes it for an insult if his hobo friend Smiley is called a "bum". Justified because, as Smiley explains it, a hobo looks for work and that makes them different from bums.
  • Just the First Citizen: Smokestag Smog. He lives in a castle made of smog and persuaded the people of Smog City to think the smog from his factory is a good thing but, as he claims that whenever someone asks whether he's the mayor, he's really just the number one citizen. Another character is later revealed to be the mayor and Smog is never shown to have anything to do with how the city is ruled.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The pilot is Hanna-Barbera's first time having a wide range of their characters in one story.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Each villain has a name that represents their respective character flaw. Some of them come up with fake names to trick the heroes.
    • Smiley, Mr. Cheerful and the Sheik of Sharing are non-villainous examples.
    • Smog City is the polluted wasteland its name suggests it to be. Two of the city's streets are named "Dingy" and "Dirty".
  • Monster of the Aesop: Every episode featured a villain who encouraged or reveled in bad behavior such as greed, bigotry, vandalism, or littering.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Yogi and his friends are ready to leave Smog City, Smokestag Smog tricks them into installing a motor that'll make their ark spread smoke through wherever they go. Once they wise up, they throw the motor away at the local dump, inspiring the townsfolk to stop polluting their atmosphere. Mr. Smog is even more responsible for his undoing because his smog is what ruined Yogi's gang's banana supply and made them land in Smog City in the first place.
  • Our Genies Are Different: The Greedy Genie is free to roam the world with a flying lamp and is free to offer his wishes to anyone he wants. In his case, it means people who agree to never share anything he gives them.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Envy Brothers are said to be trapezists but they're never seen performing.
    • Somewhat subverted with Captain Swashbuckle Swipe. In which case he is shown to be very good at swiping things as his name suggests, but for most of the episode all of "his" swiping is done by convincing Wally Gator to do it for him. So does that make him a pirate who doesn't do anything for not physically doing it, or a pirate who does do something but just is so good at it he makes others do it for him?
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The episode with Captain Swipe introduces us a lot to Fumbo Jumbo, a Zorro like elephant. Later interviews revealed this character was a recycled character that up to this point had never sold as a show. More than likely this episode had him written in to try to convince a network to buy a potential spinoff.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Smog City is this thanks to Smokestack Smog's smog factory.
  • Riddle for the Ages: When Peter D. Cheater cheats Yogi out of the ark, he makes the whole gang leave, including Magilla, who powers up the ark's flying mechanism by running on a treadmill. Despite not having anyone to replace Magilla, Peter somehow makes the ark fly. Provided of course Peter D Cheater didn't somehow know how to cheat gravity, or did he?
  • Rule of Three: In "Mr. Fibber", there are three times when Yogi is asked to land because of some emergency. He initially refuses during the third time because the other two turned out to be lies.
    Yogi Bear: You fooled me twice. Three times isn't nice!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Rivalry: Downplayed with the Envy Brothers. During their episode, they never oppose each other for anything and work together without any disagreements towards the goal of becoming owners of the circus where they work as trapezists. When they're discovered and fired, however, they set a new goal for themselves by wanting to become astronauts and argue over who'll become the pilot and who'll become co-pilot.
  • Villain of the Week: Each episode features a different villain or team of villains.
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