Jonny Quest (1986 TV series)

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This article is about the 1986 TV series. For the character, see Jonny Quest (character). For other uses, see Jonny Quest.
Jonny Quest
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Network: Syndication
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 14, 1986-March 1, 1987
Starring: Scott Menville
Don Messick
Granville Van Dusen
Rob Paulsen
Jeffrey Tambor
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Berny Wolf
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Mark Young
Director(s): Oscar Dufau
Don Lusk
Ray Patterson (also supervising)
Rudy Zamora
Gordon Hunt (voices)
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Jonny Quest, also known as The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, is an American animated action-adventure TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B), airing in syndication on stations that took part in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block. It had a short run from 1986 to 1987, airing for 13 episodes. It was the second Jonny Quest series after the original 1964-65 incarnation of Jonny Quest.

In a diluted version of the original series where the danger remains the same, but without the violence to go with it, Dr. Benton Quest is put on further government assignments across the globe where his scientific knowledge can be applied to investigate and resolve mysterious occurrences. He is joined by both his birth son, Jonny, and his adopted son, Hadji, who practices in mysticism, his tiny dog, Bandit, and Race Bannon, the bodyguard who always puts his life on the line to protect the family from the villains who conspire against them. Along the way, they are joined by--wait for it--a giant living statue could Hardrock. Hardrock never appeared again after this series, although he was parodied in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest episode "Rock of Rages."

As a result of being made in the 1980s, more focus had been put on the science-fiction and monster elements taking away the original series realism, as believable or non-believable as it was.



According to Joseph Barbera's interview with Comico, the revival may have been initiated due to the growing trend of action-adventure films taking place in exotic locales, such as Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone, as well as interest from movie studios in turning Jonny Quest into a live-action feature.

In the pre-production phase, the series was intended to last as long as 39 episodes, with more backstory between Race and Jade, who ended up being dropped altogether, and a larger role for the one-off character, Jessie Bradshaw. One could say the significant reduction in episodes stopped that from happening, while on the other hand, it seems more like a behind the scenes issue. Delving into more fleshed out roles and the larger presence of females seemed to be less important than Hardrock.


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with coordination from Joanne Miller.


Episode Number Air date
"The Peril of the Reptilian" 1x01 September 14, 1986
"Nightmares of Steel" 1x02 September 21, 1986
"Aliens Among Us" 1x03 September 28, 1986
"Deadly Junket" 1x04 October 5, 1986
"Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday" 1x05 October 12, 1986
"Viking Lives" 1x06 October 19, 1986
"The Monolith Man" 1x07 November 2, 1986
"Secret of the Clay Warriors" 1x08 November 9, 1986
"Warlord of the Sky" 1x09 November 16, 1986
"The Scourge of Skyborg" 1x10 November 23, 1986
"Temple of Gloom" 1x11 December 7, 1986
"Creeping Unknown" 1x12 December 14, 1986
"Skullduggery" 1x13 March 1, 1987