Jonny Quest (1964 TV series)
- This article is about the 1964 TV series. For the character, see Jonny Quest (character). For other uses, see Jonny Quest.
On-screen title card.
|Created by:||Doug Widley|
|Original release:||September 18, 1964-March 11, 1965|
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
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In the series, Jonny's widowed father, Dr. Benton Quest, is a renowned scientist from Florida called on by the fictional U.S. government Intelligence One to investigate paranormal phenomena from a scientific perspective. Due to the danger that comes with Dr. Quest's missions, the aforementioned government assigns Race Bannon to act as Jonny's bodyguard (and for some reason tutor), as the son tags along, although Race tends to spend more time acting as a sidekick to Dr. Quest. Suffice to say, it's more of a Dr. Quest show than a Jonny Quest show, but kids aren't going to relate to a bearded guy in his 40s. Other characters include Hadji, an Indian child who was adopted by Dr. Quest, and Jonny's yappy, pint-sized dog, Bandit.
The series was canceled due to the high production costs, but given another shot in 1985, with the same title (although has also been referred to as The New Adventures of Jonny Quest to distinguish itself from the original), although this did not do well and lasted only thirteen episodes. Relatively more successful at the same time of the new series, Comico also published an ongoing comic book series which lasted 31 issues, along with several other specials.
In the 1990s, there were several other animated revival attempts, including two televised films, and a 52-episode long TV series called The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, yes, this time the adventures are REAL. The length of episodes was not due to a high viewership, but because of a contracted order that was to coincide with a multi-million dollar merchandising scheme that was expected to take kids by storm, but unfortunately failed to succeed, half the reason being was due to an extremely troubled production from the beginning, requiring a complete overhaul in the middle of the series with a new set of hands. But more on that on the page itself.
Since the 1990s, a live-action film has been in demand, but not enough for an official greenlight and has simply languished in development hell, despite having writers and directors tapped such as Richard Donner and Robert Rodriguez. Stay tuned!
|"The Mystery of the Lizard Men"||1x01||September 18, 1964|
|"Arctic Splashdown"||1x02||September 25, 1964|
|"The Curse of Anubis"||1x03||October 2, 1964|
|"Pursuit of the Po-Ho"||1x04||October 9, 1964|
|"Riddle of the Gold"||1x05||October 16, 1964|
|"Treasure of the Temple"||1x06||October 23, 1964|
|"Calcutta Adventure"||1x07||October 30, 1964|
|"The Robot Spy"||1x08||November 6, 1964|
|"Double Danger"||1x09||November 13, 1964|
|"Shadow of the Condor"||1x10||November 20, 1964|
|"Skull and Double Crossbones"||1x11||December 27, 1964|
|"The Dreadful Doll"||1x12||December 4, 1964|
|"A Small Matter of Pygmies"||1x13||December 11, 1964|
|"Dragons of Ashida"||1x14||December 18, 1964|
|"Turu the Terrible"||1x15||December 25, 1964|
|"The Fraudulent Volcano"||1x16||December 31, 1964|
|"Werewolf of the Timberland"||1x17||January 7, 1965|
|"Pirates from Below"||1x18||January 14, 1965|
|"Attack of the Tree People"||1x19||January 21, 1965|
|"The Invisible Monster"||1x20||January 28, 1965|
|"The Devil's Tower"||1x21||February 4, 1965|
|"The Quetong Missile Mystery"||1x22||February 11, 1965|
|"The House of Seven Gargoyles"||1x23||February 18, 1965|
|"Terror Island"||1x24||February 25, 1965|
|"Monster in the Monastery"||1x25||March 4, 1965|
|"The Sea Haunt"||1x26||March 11, 1965|
- Tim Mathieson as Jonny Quest
- Don Messick as Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit
- Mike Road as Race Bannon
- Danny Bravo as Hadji
In popular culture
- The series is parodied in the Mike Tyson Mysteries season three episode "My Favorite Mystery." The aforementioned season occasionally has uses an opening sequence with scenes from "My Favorite Mystery." Mike Tyson Mysteries was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Adult Swim.