Loco Locomotive 1961

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

A miniature railway has been installed in Jellystone Park for the tourists. Complications arise when Yogi Bear (voiced by Daws Butler) and Boo Boo (voiced by Don Messick) hitch a ride on the train, much to the displeasure of Mister Ranger.

No pic-a-nic baskets are stolen in this episode, but Yogi proves once again he’s smaaaaarter than the average bear (he figures out how to drive the train).

Let’s take a glance at this Hanna-Barbera quickie. Many fascinating and related links at the bottom of my review — yay-hay-hay!

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Much to my father and brother’s dismay, I grew up enjoying cartoons like this — usually on nice, sunny days when I SHOULD have been outside playing rugby or something. But I digress. I always liked Yogi’s hat — a sort of modified Buster Keaton pork pie for that 1920’s collegiate look. Boo Boo looked very natty in his bow tie.

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It’s another beautiful day in Jellystone Park; The train ride has steam up and ready to pull some kiddies along the track; Ranger Smith talks to the Engineer about keeping the ride, if successful (it was installed on a trial basis); Soon it’s, “All Aboard!”, and the train is off through H-B’s minimalist background.

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The train’s whistle and rumble has awakened Yogi and Boo Boo. They come outside their cave to investigate. The whistle sound was reused in the Flintstones as the time-to-go-home horn at the quarry. The train’s motion is wire brushes on a snare drum like from the Petticoat Junction song.

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The kids are excited because the Fred Flintstone-lookalike Engineer has told them they’ll go around again a second time.

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As the three car train sets off, Yogi and Boo Boo have climbed aboard.

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Spoilsport Mister Ranger races after the train and yanks Yogi out of the car (with a pair of extra-long arms). Yogi thinks Ranger Smith was just trying to climb aboard.

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Ranger Smith lectures Yogi that NO animals are allowed on the train (not even antelope or deer); Meanwhile, Mister Engineer is having his lunch — leaving the ride unattended.

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Seeing no one around, Yogi climbs into the engine — fiddles with the controls and is soon off down the track; The Engineer hot foots along in pursuit.

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The engineer throws the switch to “derail” the engine, but Yogi keeps on going.

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Running wild, Yogi smashes through the Ranger Station picking up Ranger Smith on the boiler.

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Yogi/Ranger find themselves dodging traffic on the freeway; A motorcycle cop starts to chase them but gives up as, “everybody down at the station would just laugh”.

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The engine finally runs out of steam — precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff. Mister Ranger starts to lecture Yogi again until he realizes he will plummet if Yogi were to get out of the cab. With a big chuckle, Yogi negotiates future train rides and other goodies for himself as the credits roll.

As promised, here are some interesting links you may wish to follow:

This guy has a wonderful blog about Loco Locomotive — from the angle of its’ artwork backgrounds. Each to his own!:

https://yowpyowp.blogspot.com/2014/06/yogi-bear-loco-locomotive.html

Here’s a copy of the cartoon online (as of July 2018):
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6jx0zu
Here are a couple local-to-me miniature railways I’ve enjoyed riding. The third one (Train Town) is the most elaborate set up I’ve ever seen — down in Sonoma, California.

http://www.kitsaplivesteamers.org/

http://www.greatnortherncascaderailway.com/

https://www.traintown.com/

There was even a recent movie made which was quite faithful to the original cartoon — and it even has a brief train scene!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1302067/ Yogi Bear movie 2010

Apparently, there is a HUGE network of Jellystone Parks around this great nation of ours (AND in Canada). The closest one to me is in Missoula, MT.

https://www.campjellystone.com/find-park/

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Here’s what IMDb has to say about Loco Locomotive:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1544505/

If you have ANY information about this movie, please contact me at:
Lindsay.Korst@gmail.com.

THE END

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About Lindsay Korst

Webmaster, Blogmaster, Ferroequinologist - Lindsay Korst works for a nationwide home improvement center after a 20+ year career supporting computer users. A resident of the Seattle area since 1976, he has had a life-long interest in railroads, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. He is an enthusiastic participant in the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. He and his wife reside in Redmond, Washington.
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One Response to Loco Locomotive 1961

  1. Oatmeal's mummy says:

    Mister ranger is not going to like that, Yogi!

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