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When his natural habitat is threatened to be overrun by civilization and pollution, Yogi Bear, together with his faithful sidekick, Boo Boo Bear, and a gaggle of cartoon notables ranging from Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, and Pixie and Dixie, to Peter Potamus, Augie Doggy, and Snagglepuss, build and board a muscle-powered, propeller-flying ark in search of a "Perfect Place" into which for cartoon animals to relocate. En route, Yogi's group encounter and battle a series of conniving villains.Written by
Kevin McCorry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I remember this being among the Hanna-Barbera 'toons I grew up on watching on Cartoon Network, when repeats used to air on there back in the '90s. I haven't seen this in years, but after reading the negative reviews of this here, as well as reading commentary on this among the "Top 10 Worst Hanna-Barbera Shows Ever Made" on another site, I'm willing to take others' word and believe that this is one of the shows not worth revisiting. I don't believe I even saw the Yogi's Ark Lark pilot, as it was before my time and I don't recall it ever being repeated. I'm not sure, but I don't think so. As I watched this when I was younger, I didn't think much of it either way. Because what would'd most other, naive kids and I known about 'toons of this quality anyway? But once I read about the history of the H-B company and the reasons why the majority of its output isn't all that.
Others here have already explained just what the problems are with this, but I'll try to add my own to this and do it differently. Looking back on this, for one, Yogi and the others may not had been best-suited for this kind of program and they may not had been fit to provide the messages of eco-consciousness and eco-friendliness. They should'd and would'd been better off just sticking to their usual routines instead. Captain Planet and then Planeteers is another environment-themed series that I wouldn't consider great now either, if I ever did . The difference between these two shows is that, although that may not had been the most perfect environmental cartoon ever made, one thing I can say about it is at least it had characters that weren't already established. So when it came to the characters from there, there was no concern with them being out of place. However, with this, it's the complete opposite and it's just odd. Some reviewers of this commented on the villains. They may not had been the best, but I didn't know much about that at the time. Basically, this was one of those series that promoted caring for the environment.
Aside from the aforementioned, this show has all the same, typical aspects of the studio and any, other, low-budget cartoon: Limited animation, reused backgrounds, goofs such as color errors, etc. The other reasons why this serves as an example of the majority of '70s cartoons being associated with what is known as the Dark Age of Animation. The voice acting may be the only thing that's truly good about this and not much else. Thinking back on the '60s and '70s H-B shows I did watch, I think I knew the difference in how well some cartoons were animated and how some others weren't. At the time, that somehow didn't concern me. It's amazing what I ever saw in this back then. I think one reason why I was so into this in the first place was simply due to the crossover of the H-B animals. I forgot that unusually for an H-B show the episodes ran about an hour. But now I know better and see it for what it really is: More about putting together whatever just for more cash grabs. As long as the money was rolling in and kids were drawn in, that's all that mattered. Sacrificing the soul of animation in the name of the bottom line: Profits. I'm sure now the stories or plots weren't all that great either. After adding my piece on what I had to type about it, I say it's a pass and only worthy for kids to watch, if anybody reading this has any. It's a weak and forgettable series that's no longer worthy of my time and recommended to nobody but any kids who may be more appreciative of it.
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