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Fun...tastic TREASURE HUNT! It's fun-fun-fun-fun...TASTIC!

— From the show's theme song

Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988) was one of the earliest segments of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, a syndicated block of Sunday morning cartoons in the mid 1980s. In each episode, Yogi Bear and his friends received an assignment from Top Cat to find a lost treasure. Along the way, our heroes had to outwit Dick Dastardly and Muttley, who sought the same treasure after eavesdropping on Yogi's group.


This cartoon provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: In a few episodes. One episode involves a Spoiled Brat who refuses to share his belongings with his little brother joining Yogi and the others to find out why toys around the world are going missing; learning that he should share his stuff and not be a Greed Monster (both figuratively and literally) in the process.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The above mentioned episode includes a lot of crazy transformations by the end, with Yogi and the rest of the crew being forcibly turned into toys (Yogi and Boo Boo become teddy bears, Huckleberry becomes a wind-up toy, Quick-Draw becomes a rocking horse, etc.), a little girl becomes a doll, and the same girl, the boy traveling with the crew, and Dastardly and Muttley all take turns being giant Greed Monsters.
    • An episode that was a parody of Snow White (with Penelope Pitstop replacing Snow White) also sees the gang (plus special guest Ricochet Rabbit) briefly being turned into frogs by the Wicked Queen during the climax.
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  • Catch-Phrase: "This is all your fault, Muttley!"
  • Cool Ship
  • Creator In-Joke: Snagglepuss does this in one episode:
    It's barbaric, "Hanna-Barberic", even!
  • Crossover: Besides the main cast, there were cameos by Mr. Jinks, Hokey Wolf, Penelope Pitstop, Ricochet Rabbit, Touché Turtle, Jabberjaw, and Ruff, among others.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: One episode the gang go after a treasure to help Cindy Bear pay her mortgage and like almost every episode Dick Dastardly is trying to get the treasure himself. The thing is the landlord is going after the treasure so Dick can take a break for one episode. Justified because Dick is trying to get the treasure and the farm. If the good guys get the treasure, Dick won't get anything other than a piece of the treasure, namely the amount needed to pay the mortgage.
  • Expy: For the most part, the series was a clone of Popeye's Treasure Hunt, from the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Popeye show.
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  • First-Run Syndication: Originally aired as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barberanote 
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In one episode, Dastardly builds a body-swapping machine and successfully uses it on Yogi and everyone else. Yogi is switched with Boo Boo, Huckleberry is switched with Quick Draw, Augie Doggie is switched with his dear ol' Doggie Daddy, Snooper and Blabber are switched with each other, and finally Ranger Smith is switched with Snagglepuss. The episode also sees Dastardly and Muttley themselves briefly switched with each other, and Muttley closes out the episode by switching with the Kaiju that was the focus of the episode. Cue Dastardly running for his life from a snarling and roaring Muttley.
  • Gang of Critters: Ranger Smith was the only human in Yogi's band of treasure hunters. He was all but phased out by the second season, however.
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: One episode features Dick Dastardly using one to find out where the good guys will go to search for the treasure of the week. Someone swats it without realizing what it was but Dick is satisfied because it at least lasted long enough to fulfill its purpose.
  • Lovely Assistant: In "Goodbye, Mr. Chump", Penelope Pitstop was a lovely assistant to Hokey Wolf.
  • Madness Mantra: In the episode "Yogi's Heroes", Dick Dastardly and Muttley capture Yogi and his friends and force them to watch episodes of Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. By the time they're finished, all anyone can do is chant "Stop the pigeon, stop the pigeon, stop the pigeon..." until Quick Draw McGraw as El Kabong uses his "kabonger" as a remedy.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: In one episode, the treasure of the week is a pot of gold and Dastardly and Muttley force two leprechauns to reveal its location. Needing shovels to pick it up, the villains tie a handkerchief to a nearby tree and make the leprechauns promise they won't remove it. When Dastardly and Muttley return with shovels, they find several trees with one identical handkerchief each.
  • No Fourth Wall: Seasons two and three took on a more self-satirical tone as the characters would not only address the audience but often poke fun of themselves doing it. An episode in which El Kabong was on trial for assault with his Kabonger, making it in Judge Hokey Wolf's mind a bad influence on the kids watching, tells:
    El Kabong: (to audience) Gawsh, kids, we're only trying to make you laugh, but don't try this at home!
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the episode set in Ireland, the gang is trapped in a room filling with water, and as Huckleberry Hound yells for help the show fades out to an ad break. When the show returns the gang are safe and sound on the roof of the building, and Huck - in one of the show's many No Fourth Wall moments - tells the viewers that they'd have seen an incredible escape "if it weren't for that there commercial interruption" ("Yeah, take Huck's word for it," Snooper adds, "it was a doozy!").
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Dick Dastardly often uses these. He and Muttley once fooled Ranger Smith with their impersonations of Yogi and Boo Boo.
  • Theme Tune Rap:
    "Now you're gonna get a riddle! You're gonna get a clue! You wanna know where the treasure is, the answer's up to you!...note "
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Dick Dastardly and Muttley
  • Valley Girl: The "square rock" from "Riddle in the Middle of the Earth."

Alternative Title(s): Yogis Treasure


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