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Introducing_-_Yogi_Bear!_1987_ShowBiz_Pizza_Place_show

Introducing - Yogi Bear! 1987 ShowBiz Pizza Place show

Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are guest characters formerly installed at ShowBiz Pizza Place appearing next to The Rock-afire Explosion.

History[]

In 1987, ShowBiz wanted to phase out The Rock-afire Explosion in favor of licensed characters such as Superman, Spiderman, or Garfield to appeal to a wider audience and ultimately settled on Hanna-Barbera characters Yogi Bear and Boo Boo.

Billy Bob's stage was retrofitted as Jellystone Park, with pine trees, and a picnic basket. Billy Bob was removed from the stage, Looney Bird became Boo-Boo with his oil barrel being repainted green, and Rolfe was moved to stage left and was retrofitted to become Yogi Bear with Earl being completely removed. Oddly enough, the Curtain Valance Artwork for Billy Bob and Looney Bird was left in place.

Voice-wise, Daws Butler and Don Messick reprised their respective roles.

The new stage design was only tested at three restaurants located in Omaha, Nebraska; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Augusta, Georgia. It was discontinued after the one-year test period.

For years, only the showtape instrumental tracks were available. However, in August 2020, the full showtape (minus a few seconds from “Every Breath You Take”) was found and uploaded by ShowBizPizza.com courtesy of co-producer Steve White.

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