A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this classic cartoon has an innocent, playful quality, and kids can easily identify with Yogi, who constantly gets into mild mischief. Overall, no bad examples are set. An interesting note: Yogi's character is heavily influenced by The Honeymooners.
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What's the story?
Animated classic THE YOGI BEAR SHOW chronicles the adventures and mishaps of Yogi Bear and his best friend, Boo Boo. Yogi and Boo Boo are always trying to steal picnic baskets from campers in Jellystone Park, but they never quite get away with it, thanks to Park Ranger Smith. And Yogi's antics are worth watching. In one episode, for example, he falls for a female bear he sees on a circus train. The not-so-sly Yogi becomes so obsessed that he leaves Jellystone Park (even though he's not supposed to). He heads to the closest circus in hopes of finding his ladylove, but ends up getting thrown into a dangerous act with lions and other animals instead.
Is it any good?
Slight violence is the only potentially eyebrow-raising element. When Yogi gets into trouble, he sometimes finds himself running away from bullets. But even though weapons find their way onto this show from time to time, blood is never seen, and Yogi never retaliates with a weapon. Everything else, including some light romance, is innocent.
When watching Yogi Bear, expect fun antics and silly adventures. Yogi's trademark saying -- "I'm smarter than your average bear" -- is catchy and endearing, because his lack of cleverness is usually what gets him into trouble in the first place. This aspect of Yogi's personality can be extremely relatable for kids; sometimes they think they know more than they do, and that's why they get into trouble, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how minor temptations can sometimes lead to major trouble. How can a transgression that seems so small (like stealing a cookie from the cookie jar) lead to catastrophe? What tempts your kids? How can those temptations be controlled? Why do kids think Yogi always find a way to get into trouble? How could he avoid it?
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