Ranger Smith (originally voiced by Don Messick) is a fictional character in the Yogi Bear cartoon series.
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 (this character model would eventually be used for Smith's boss in later specials). 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 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. Some episodes have Ranger Smith answering to the his superior the park commissioner.
Ranger Smith is a middle-aged Caucasian male, with black hair, and a bulbous nose.
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Yogi Bear Show
Yogi's Treasure Hunt
The New Yogi Bear Show
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Ranger Smith in The Story Stick He came to arrest Mr. Ryan after Velma Dinkley called him.
Films and specials
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!
Yogi's First Christmas
Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper
Yogi's Great Escape
Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears
Yogi the Easter Bear
Yogi Bear (2010)
Yogi Bear: The Video Game
- In the theatrical film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, his first name was revealed to be John, but later in the The New Yogi Bear Show short, Predaterminator, he was called Francis.
- In Yogi's Gang, he inexplicably had blond hair.
- Unlike his animated counterpart, the live-action Ranger Smith isn't completely enraged by Yogi's antics, instead being a lot calmer (perhaps for realism) in dealing with the latter. Although he did act little more mad at the end of the film.
- Ranger Smith at the Yogi Bear Wikia