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"He's Now, he's hip, he's smarter then the average bear- YOGI BEAR! Now 14 years old, Yogi no longer lives in Jellystone Park. It's the '90s and Yogi and his friends, BOO BOO, HUCKLEBERRY HOUND, SNAGGLEPUSS and CINDY BEAR, hang out at the modern day town square — The fantastic, indoor-outdoor "echo-techino" JELLYSTONE MALL."
Yo Yogi! press release

Hanna-Barbera's answer to Saved by the Bell and Muppet Babies, a Saturday-Morning Cartoon that ran on NBC from 1991-92. It features Yogi Bear, Boo Boo Bear, Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, and Cindy Bear as teenagers solving mysteries in "Jellystone Mall" under the watchful eye of Officer Smith (a younger Ranger Smith), while "Dickie" (a teenage Dick Dastardly) would try to foil them.

The show is drenched in the most early 90's aesthetics possible, and it featured such timeless references as Magilla Gorilla being turned into Magilla Ice. It was not commercially successful, and it killed off any chance of Yogi getting another series (at least until the 2010 film reboot, and then Jellystone! after that in 2021, a full 20 years since this show debuted) and is seen as the reason NBC stopped airing Saturday morning cartoons (the huge success of Peter Engel's live-action teen shows Saved By the Bell and California Dreams and failure of animated stablemate ProStars didn't help).

This show provides examples of:

  • Three-Dimensional Episode: Was very fond of having some scenes suddenly in 3D. A VHS release of the show actually came packaged with 3D glasses.
  • Accidental Hero: Yogi keeps horning in on Cindy's time with Magilla, unknowingly mucking up Dickie and Roxy's first two attempts to kidnap Magilla in the process.
  • Adults Are Useless: But as an added bonus, so are most of the kids!
  • Age Lift: In the original cartoons, Yogi and his friends were pretty much adults. Here, they are teenagers/kids.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
  • Ambiguously Gay: Snagglepuss, naturally...
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Everyone wears at least one article of clothing, not including Ring Around the Collar.
  • Art Shift: Half the episodes are painted digitally, and the other half traditionally.
  • Attention Whore: Roxy Bear.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Boo Boo, Huck and Snagglepuss.
  • Benevolent Boss: Doggie Daddy is pretty quick to congratulate the kids on a job well-done.
  • Bitch Alert: Again, Roxy.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Again Roxy, and Cindy Depending on the Writer.
  • British Brevity: It got cancelled pretty quickly, though oddly for a US show, even its one season was only 13 episodes long.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Atom Ant in "Super Duper Snag" after losing his Atomic Helmet for most of the episode.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yogi's not the most conventional detective, but noticing details relating to food help him solve a few cases.
  • Character Catchphrase: At one point, Snagglepuss' catch phrase was changed to "Heavens to Rambo."
  • Company Cross References: Dickie's bicycle's design resembles the Mean Machine and his clothes resemble his uniform from Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
  • Cool Board: Boo Boo's skateboard, although it's not very cool.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: All five of the kids to some extent, but Huck (as usual) fits both points to a tee.
  • Distressed Dude: Super Snooper, thanks to his press agent during one episode. Later, Dickie Dastardly in that same episode.
  • Enemy Mine: Huck and Dickie Dastardly team up to capture Wee Willie in "Mellow Fellow", naturally with Dickie intent on double crossing Huck for the reward afterwards.
  • Expy: Lou and Murray, two elderly jailbirds who break out to try and retrieve stolen money they buried years ago, are essentially Bogel and Weerd if they were still alive.
  • Extreme Doormat: Huckleberry, even more so than his adult form.
  • Flanderization: Pretty much the whole cast, but mostly Cindy.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Augie is expected to follow in his father's footsteps and run the mall one day. He does demonstrate a good deal of business acumen.
  • Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Cindy Bear.
  • Half Dressed Funny Animal: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and Roxy. Yogi wears a jacket and hi-tops with his signature outfit.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Boo Boo and Yogi (as always), as well as Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Doggie Daddy is intent on financial success, but he's honest, hardworking, and kind to employees. Not surprising since he's the same adoring father he always is.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Dickie Dastardly.
  • Kid Detective: The premise of the show.
  • Loophole Abuse: Officially, the kids work at the mall's lost and found, but they use it as a front for their detective agency. They get involved in cases beyond the scope of a lost and found, but their reasoning is that a victim technically lost a given belonging. Officer Smith begrudgingly allows this so long as they stay out trouble as often as possible.
  • Mellow Fellow: Huck as usual. For an extra bonus, one of his limelight episodes is even called the trope name.
  • Mythology Gag: In one episode Huck is tasked with retrieving an ape named "Wee Willie", the same character Huck tussled with (as an adult) in his very first cartoon.
  • Not Me This Time: When Snagglepuss lost a bust of William Shakespeare, he decided to make it seem it was stolen and accidentally got his friends to accuse Dick Dastardly.
  • Obviously Evil: The majority of the villains in the show, including Dick Dastardly.
  • Once per Episode: Yogi spun his hat as a signal for the viewer to put on special glasses for the 3-D scene.
  • Phrase Catcher: Whenever Yogi finishes kicking ass or his friends come to the rescue, his friends exclaim, "Yo Yogi!"
  • Produce Pelting: With Magilla missing before a performance and the crowd about to riot, Snagglepuss attempts to fill in. He immediately gets pelted with eggs and a watermelon. Succeeding attempts lead to him getting pelted with shoes and fish instead.
  • Self-Deprecation: Practically the show's redeeming aspect. The Totally Radical gimmick is so unbefitting of classic Hanna-Barbera characters that a lot of the jokes are deliberately styled more like "your dad trying and failing to be hip."
  • So Proud of You: As ever, Doggie Daddy towards Augie on multiple occasions.
  • Spin-Off Babies: Averted with Augie Doggie, who appears in the show with adult Doggie Daddy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Downplayed with Cindy. She's the only female main character, but Roxy is a recurring character and there are always assorted female extras seen at the mall.
  • Tagalong Kid: Secret Squirrel spends "Polly Want a Safe Cracker" following Yogi to learn about being a great detective. Yogi indulges a lot, though he expresses annoyance with the reliance on occasionally malfunctioning gadgets. The episode ends with Secret Squirrel starting to follow Boo Boo around instead.
  • Three Shorts: At 13 episodes, the show actually avoided this for the most part. Only 5 used a two shorts format, while the others were half-hour stories.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed example. Cindy is still the one girl, but far more temperamental and snarky than in most other interpretations.
  • Vague Age: Boo Boo's age in the original series was pretty debatable, but this series only raises further questions.
  • Valley Girl: Cindy and Roxy.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Cindy at times, likely to modernize her from her dainty lovesick persona from the original cartoons.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Augie Doggie typically offers a level-headed outlook, more so than his father during a crisis. He even got the old man a good deal on an insurance policy.
  • Younger and Hipper: The purest example of this.