Ranger John Smith (originally voiced by Don Messick) is the main antagonist/anti-hero in the Yogi Bear cartoon series. He is the head park ranger of Jellystone Park. Most of his problems come from having to prevent Yogi Bear routinely stealing visitors' picnic baskets. He is only intending to keep Yogi and Boo-Boo from stealing food from people. Ranger Smith is voiced first by Daws Butler in the cartoons, second he plays Officer Smith in Yo Yogi, and later played by Tom Cavanagh in the Yogi Bear live-action/CGI film. Unlike the animated series, where he acts like an authority figure and minor antagonist on the show. In the movie, he is a good guy, really nice and very loyal to Yogi Bear. Sometimes, he is annoyed by his antics. He lets it go.
In Yogi Bear live-action/CGI film, Smith is the deuteragonist.
Ranger Smith is a Caucasian male, with black hair, and a bulbous nose.
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, a different and unnamed character that would evolve into Ranger Smith had a much different appearance, looking 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 may be his first actual encounter with Yogi as he doesn't appear to recognize him and refers to Yogi as "that bear".
Ranger Smith is sometimes very friendly with Yogi; in other episodes, he wants nothing more than to send Yogi away to the zoo. The attitudes of the Ranger towards Yogi usually parallel Yogi's behavior; if Yogi is up to mischief, then Smith wants to be rid of him; if Yogi is trying to behave himself, 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, usually attempts to rescue him. They also have a long-running friendly rivalry.
Ranger Smith genuinely likes Boo-Boo, because Boo-Boo always tries to stay out of trouble, unlike Yogi.
Bio of the TV shows
Hey There It's Yogi Bear!
Ranger Smith appears in animated film he sent Yogi to the San Diego Zoo and next to find out what the brown phantom when Yogi's girlfriend Cindy Bear to seal the pie and then he has to shipping her to St Louis Zoo next day at Jellystone Yogi went to see him in the Ranger Station what his girlfriend is missing he notes Yogi at Jellystone Smith grubs Yogi to locked him the closet but Yogi locked him in the closet he said to Smith to sorry what he did and that his lady bear needs him.
Yogi's First Christmas
Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper
Yogi's Great Escape
Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears
Ranger Smith notes the clones of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are taking over Jellystone Park and he was having a nightmare when the real Yogi and Boo Boo to save their place by Dax Nova.
Yogi the Easter Bear
Yogi Bear (film)
Ranger Smith with Rachel Johnson and so his best friends Yogi and Boo Boo are going to save Jellystone Park and Boo Boo's pet the Frog-mouth Turtle from Mayor Brown
- Ranger Smith has appeared in some episodes of Yogi's Gang. In those appearances, he is seen with blond hair instead of black.
- Ranger Smith was a supporting character in Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
- Ranger Smith appeared only once (Quebec/Baghdad) in Scooby's Laff-A-Lympics.
- Ranger Smith made a guest cameo in "The Story Stick" from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
- In Yo Yogi!, Ranger Smith is shown as Officer Smith who is a security guard at Jellystone Mall. Officer Smith is voiced by Greg Burson.
- Ranger Smith has become a starring character in parody shorts produced by the now-defunct animation company Spümcø, including Boo Boo Runs Wild, A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith, and Boo Boo and the Man. In those appearances, Ranger Smith was voiced by Corey Burton.
- Various designs for Ranger Smith made non-speaking appearances in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Identity Theft", referencing the noticeable inconsistencies the design experienced in the original cartoon.
- Ranger Smith appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "President Evil" voiced by Seth Green. In a movie trailer segment that featured Yogi and Boo Boo, Ranger Smith tells the sheriff that the cops won't catch Yogi since he's smarter than the average bear.
- Ranger Smith appears in the Yogi Bear feature film that was released December 17, 2010. He is portrayed by actor Tom Cavanagh. In this film, Ranger Smith learns that Jellystone is being shut down by Franklin City's Mayor R. Brown and he tries to avoid this with a firework celebration during the 100th anniversary that is accidentally ruined by Yogi and Ranger Smith is sent to a fake patch of land. However, this does not to stop him from helping Yogi and Boo Boo stop Mayor R. Brown from cutting down all the trees and revealing the rare frog-mouthed turtle that lived in Jellystone which Boo Boo kept as a pet.
- Ranger Smith can be briefly spotted in a Metlife commercial that aired in 2012.
- The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958–1960)
- The Yogi Bear Show (1961–1962)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1986)
- The New Yogi Bear Show (1988)
- Yo Yogi! as Officer Smith (1991)
Films and Specials
- Hey There It's Yogi Bear! (1964)
- Yogi's First Christmas (1980)
- Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982)
- Yogi's Great Escape (1987)
- Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988)
- Yogi the Easter Bear (1994)
- Yogi Bear (2010)
- Yogi's Gang - "Mr. Prankster" (1973)
- Yogi's Gang - "Gossipy Witch" (1973)
- Yogi's Gang - "Lotta Litter" (1973)
- Laff-A-Lympics - "Quebec, Canada and Baghdad, Iraq" (1977)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Death By Chocolate" (2002)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Guitar Control" (2004)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Identity Theft" (2005)
From the time of the character's debut until 1994, Ranger Smith was voiced by Don Messick in his last performance as Yogi the Easter Bear.
In Yo Yogi!, Ranger Smith known as Officer Smith was voiced by Greg Burson.
In the Yogi Bear film, the character is portrayed by Tom Cavanagh.
- Ranger Smith in Villains Wiki