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"Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper" (DVD) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Yogi Bear’s friends decide to drive out from the big city to visit him and Boo Boo Bear in Jellystone Park.  Yogi decides to visit his friends in the big city by stowing away on a tourist bus.  By the time the mix-up is discovered, Yogi and Boo Boo have landed themselves in big trouble with the police when they meet up with the daughter of billionaire businessman, J.Wellington Jones.  Just as Yogi is going to be hauled away, Jones reunites with his daughter realizing he’s ignored her and all is forgiven.  Yogi and his friends celebrate Christmas in the park in a happy fairy-tale ending.

Specifications

  • Hanna-Barbera / Warner Brothers
  • 1982, Color, Unrated, 23 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 480i
  • English, Dolby Digital Monaural
  • Starring the voices of:  Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Georgi Irene, Don Messick
  • Directed by Steve Lumley
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Fans of Saturday morning cartoons will certainly enjoy this short feature.  It’s classic animation with funny characters and some great voice-acting by the great Mel Blanc and others.  I was always more of a Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner fan myself but Yogi and his animal cohorts provide fun and wholesome entertainment for everyone.  You can easily watch this DVD with kids of any age.

Technical

This looked like a fairly straight transfer with little effort made to clean up the original film.  Color is nice and rich with even tones throughout.  My only complaint was the very evident dirt.  It was easy to see in the many solid-colored objects and backgrounds.  The image is otherwise noise and artifact-free.  It’s fun watching material like this on a big screen when you can see all the little details drawn by the very skilled artists that are lost on a smaller television.

The Dolby Digital encode faithfully reproduces the original monaural soundtrack used for TV broadcast.  The dialog is crisp and clear but the music sounds small and compressed.  Still the whole package with all its familiar crash and bang sound effects makes for an effective presentation.  My surround processor defaulted to Full Mono mode which means the same sound came from all five speakers.  This created a nice wide and immersive soundstage.  You don’t usually think of imaging when watching a Yogi Bear cartoon but it was good nonetheless.  Playing the disc with only the center speaker made for a very small boxy sound.  I recommend at least using two speakers when listening to mono soundtracks like this.

Extras

The only bonus is another 20-minute feature entitled “Yogi’s Birthday Party.”