Jellystone! is an American animated streaming television comedy series developed by C. H. Greenblatt, his third series after creating Cartoon Network's Chowder and Nickelodeon's Harvey Beaks, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on various characters by Hanna-Barbera. It premiered on HBO Max on July 29, 2021.
Jellystone! is the first official series to feature Yogi Bear (and other characters from The Ruff and Reddy Show, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, The Yogi Bear Show, The Peter Potamus Show, The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show, The Wally Gator Show and The Magilla Gorilla Show) since its 1991 predecessor, Yo Yogi!, and the first production since the closure of the Hanna-Barbera studio and the deaths of both its founders, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who died in 2001 and 2006, respectively.
The series is a reimagined take on the legendary Hanna-Barbera brand, focusing on a modernized ensemble of its characters as they live, work, play and destroy the town together with their everyday lives being turned into madcap hilarity and all of them having specific roles in the community; Huckleberry Hound is mayor, Yogi Bear is a surgeon, Doggie Daddy is a lighthouse keeper who is overprotective towards Augie Doggie, Jabberjaw and Loopy De Loop works in Magilla Gorilla's haberdashery, Top Cat and the Hoagy's Alley cats continue with their scam activities, El Kabong doubles as a teacher and superhero, The Banana Splits are criminals, and the list goes on with an extended supporting cast of characters.
Why It's The Best That They Can Do
- Unlike Teen Titans Go! and ThunderCats Roar (which both were also made by Warner Bros. Animation), it actually has a good reason why it reimagines old Hanna-Barbera properties into new comedic things.
- While different, it’s more comparable in terms of writing and humor to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic rather than those two.
- Even though a number of Hanna-Barbera’s old properties were classic, it’s refreshing to see their characters do something new and interesting, as opposed to doing the same old jokes over and over again to the point where they get old and unoriginal pretty fast.
- Knowing that it was created by C. H. Greenblatt of both SpongeBob SquarePants and Chowder fame, the show's humor is actually pretty funny compared to how John Kricfalusi handled the Hanna-Barbera characters with his infamous Yogi Bear/Jetsons animated specials from the late 1990s and early 2000s, as well as how Teen Titans Go! and ThunderCars Roar handled the Teen Titans and ThunderCats characters, respectively.
- While not entirely faithful to the original source material, at least it feels more like cartoon shows of the 1990s and the early 2000s Greenblatt worked on, as well as his prior works/creations.
- The humor is another one of the best aspects in the show, as it’s very similar to Chowder.
- The show's animation and art style are really nice to look at, all thanks to Snipple Animation Studios and Cheeky Little Media (except for Season 2) handling the animation services.
- Like most of these classic cartoon reboots, the character designs for the very comedic Hanna-Barbera characters look very good for this reboot.
- Some of the characters do look cute, like Augie Doggie and Yakky Doodle.
- The characters are actually even more likable in this version.
- This show also tends to focuses on other characters besides Yogi Bear.
- El Kabong is surprisingly cool in this show.
- For once, they actually had a purpose to make the Banana Splits antagonists in the kid-friendly way, unlike in the infamous 2019 horror movie.
- Loopy De Loop is the best of these characters.
- Funny references to popular culture and Hanna-Barbera's legacy.
- Creatively funny and well-executed slapstick.
- A wonderful Busytown vibe to it, which is fitting considering the fact that C. H. Greenblatt was influenced by Richard Scarry.
- The music is fun to listen to, especially the theme song.
- The series is overall the most diverse of Warner Bros. Animation's cartoon reboots.
- There are a lot of episodes that are interestingly good/decent.
- While the art style is really nice to look at, it can come off as disturbing and uncanny.
- Some jokes aren't very funny and/or hit-and-miss, such as Huckleberry Hound and Yakky Doodle farting. Besides that, there are even some mean-spirited moments such as Shag being baby-shamed and the crowd laughing at him (even his friends).
- While it is understandable that the show is supposed to be set in a completely different canon, there are some aspects of the show that aren't very faithful to the source material, especially with Jonny Quest and Hadji, who are somehow now a gay couple in this show despite Hadji being the adoptive brother of Jonny, which shows a mild implication of incest (this wouldn't be considered if they confirmed that Hadji was the son of Shazzan).
- For this series, Ruff and Reddy became plain robots.
- The show doesn't feature any appearances to other well-known Hanna-Barbera characters such as Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, Secret Squirrel, Dick Dastardly and Muttley, Morocco Mole, etc. at least yet. Hopefully, they'll appear in the next season.
- Some voices of the H-B characters may sound nothing like themselves at all, such as Shag Rugg, Magilla Gorilla, Top Cat and especially Boo-Boo Bear. Even if the actors did a good job voicing them.
- In addition, some voices of the Hanna-Barbera characters don't have the same charm as their original actors would. For example: Dana Snyder's performance as Snagglepuss, while he did good on voicing him, didn't have the same exact charm of Daws Butler.
- And speaking of voices, not only is it one of those shows where almost every character are voiced by the same actors and actresses over and over again, but aside from Jeff Bergman and Dana Snyder, most of the characters are either played by Greenblatt or a celebrity voice actor and actress. Even though like we repeated, everyone did a good job voicing everyone.
Jellystone! currently holds a 6.3/10 on IMDb.
- In the Halloween special of this show, Peter and So-So are seen dressed up as Natsu and Happy from Fairy Tail.
- Basically, Season 2 is just the second half of Season 1.
- The crew for this show is currently working on a direct to video Looney Tunes film called “King Tweety” which releases in June 2022.
- Space Ghost makes a brief appearance in the episode "Bleep".