Ranger Smith

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Ranger Smith
The Yogi Bear Show character
RangerSmith.png
Ranger Smith from The Yogi Bear Show
First appearanceYogi Bear's Big Break (1958)
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Portrayed byDon Messick (1958-94)
Greg Burson (Yo Yogi!)
Corey Burton (Spümcø shorts)
Tom Cavanagh (in Yogi Bear)
Information
Nickname(s)Mr. Ranger
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
RelativesYogi Bear (rival/friend)
Boo-Boo Bear (friend)
Slippery Smith (evil twin)
Rachel Johnson (girlfriend)
 
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Ranger Smith
The Yogi Bear Show character
RangerSmith.png
Ranger Smith from The Yogi Bear Show
First appearanceYogi Bear's Big Break (1958)
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Portrayed byDon Messick (1958-94)
Greg Burson (Yo Yogi!)
Corey Burton (Spümcø shorts)
Tom Cavanagh (in Yogi Bear)
Information
Nickname(s)Mr. Ranger
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
RelativesYogi Bear (rival/friend)
Boo-Boo Bear (friend)
Slippery Smith (evil twin)
Rachel Johnson (girlfriend)

Ranger John Francis Smith (originally voiced by Don Messick) is a fictional character in the Yogi Bear cartoon series.

History[edit]

Character[edit]

A former US Army soldier, he is the serious and stern authority figure in Jellystone Park, in contrast to the antics of the troublesome Yogi, and he greatly disapproves of Yogi's picnic basket thievery, mainly because it repels parkgoers and creates a lot of extra work for him.

In the original Yogi Bear shorts on Huckleberry Hound, the then-unnamed character that would become Ranger Smith had a much different appearance, appearing older and with a white mustache, though his voice was the same. Even after his trademark appearance had been established, Ranger Smith's design was notably inconsistently drawn throughout each episode of "The Yogi Bear Show". In one episode, he appears as his young self, but this is apparently his first actual encounter with Yogi as he doesn't recognize and refers to him as that bear.

Ranger Smith's relationship with Yogi seems to change with every episode. Sometimes he's very friendly with Yogi and was even reluctant to send him to a zoo in one episode; in other episodes, he wants nothing more than to send Yogi to the St. Louis Zoo. The attitudes of Ranger Smith towards Yogi often seem to parallel Yogi's behavior; if Yogi is up to no good then Smith wants to be rid of Yogi, but if Yogi is trying to do the right thing, the ranger will often be supportive. There seems to be a deep down if not grudging respect for Yogi. Although the two have a somewhat antagonistic relationship, if serious trouble were to befall one of them, the other, out of sheer guilt, usually attempts to rescue them. They also have a long-running friendly rivalry.

Ranger Smith is usually Boo-Boo's friend, because Boo-Boo always tries to do the correct thing, unlike Yogi. Yogi, for example, steals picnic baskets and doesn't even feel guilty about it.

Messick served as narrator for the Yogi Bear episodes, using his natural voice for both the Ranger and the narrations, implying that the Ranger himself was narrating.

In one episode, Ranger Smith clearly states that his first name is Harold.

Other appearances[edit]

Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith in Yogi Bear.

See also[edit]