Jonny Quest (1964 TV series)

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This article is about the 1964 TV series. For the character, see Jonny Quest (character). For other uses, see Jonny Quest.
Jonny Quest
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On-screen title card.
Created by: Doug Widley
Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 18, 1964-March 11, 1965
Starring: Tim Mathieson
Don Messick
Mike Road
Danny Bravo
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Doug Wildey
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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Jonny Quest, also known as The Adventures of Jonny Quest, is an American animated action-adventure TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC. It ran from 1964 to 1965, airing 26 episodes.

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!

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin and Ted Nichols, with the theme song composed by the former.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"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

Cast

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.

Venture Bros. connection

References