Boo-Boo Bear
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Boo-Boo Bear

Comparison of the voice actors who have been the voice of Boo-Boo Bear with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Hanna-Barbera Classics

Boo-Boo Bear is one of the main characters in the Yogi Bear portion of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. He lives in Jellystone Park with Yogi, and often acts as his conscience; his little, adorable, soft-spoken sidekick who questions Yogi's more-often-than-not crazy schemes. It's because of his more cautionary and respectable approach to life that Ranger Smith is fond of Boo-Boo. 

Created by TylerMirage on Aug 6 2015
Special thanks to Bry for additional sound clips.

EDITOR'S OPINION

Don Messick was the first VA to voice Boo-Boo (and, at the time of writing this, the one to reprise the role the most times). It can be difficult to describe feelings towards a performance that is so iconic because, well, that's sometimes all people hear when they think of a character. Don is good at Boo-Boo because he is Boo-Boo. 

Tom Kenny was next up to the mic, and he does a pretty good job at filling Don's shoes. Strikes a very similar cadence and tone.

John Kricfalusi voiced Boo-Boo in Spumco's Boo-Boo Runs Wild TV special, as well as a series of shorts. John's portrayal of Boo-Boo was a more comedic or satirical fashion, so he makes Boo-Boo sound a little 'dumber' than usual. 

In select Cartoon Network commercials, Jeff Bergman gets to add Boo-Boo to his resume. And, like many of his other roles, he does bang-up job at sounding nearly identical to the original voice. Billy West also gets a crack at Boo-Boo in certain CN commercials. His higher-pitched voice is a good match, but it can be a bit distracting at times because it's so recognizably Billy. 

For the 2010 live-action film, former N'Sync-er Justin Timberlake was cast. A lot of people were seemingly nonplussed at this casting decision, and understandably. I mean, JT? "Bye-bye-bye" JT? N'Sync JT? For Boo-Boo? How strange. But hey, sometimes the strangest casting decisions turn out to be the best. I honestly feel that Justin is tied with Don. He's a talented actor in his own right, and it was great that he wasn't hired to just speak into the mic, but instead actually, you know acted like Boo-Boo. 

Tom Virtue voiced Boo-Boo in the video game based on the live-action film. I don't have much to say about Tom. It's a passable effort, but it doesn't really sound immediately like JT's version or Boo-Boo in general.

1.) Don Messick and Justin Timerblake *Tie
2.) Tom Kenny / Billy West
3.) Jeff Bergman
4.) John Kricfalusi
5.) Tom Virtue


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