Jonny Quest (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For the character, see Jonny Quest (character). For other uses, see Jonny Quest.
Jonny Quest
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Season 1's title card.
Created by: Doug Widley
Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 18, 1964—March 11, 1965; September 14, 1986—March 1, 1987
Starring: Tim Mathieson
Don Messick
Mike Road
Danny Bravo
Scott Menville
Granville Van Dusen
Rob Paulsen
Jeffrey Tambor
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Berny Wolf
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Doug Wildey
Mark Young
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Oscar Dufau
Don Lusk
Ray Patterson (also supervising)
Rudy Zamora
Gordon Hunt (voices)
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Second title card
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Season 2's title card.

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 questionable 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 between 1986 and 1987, airing 13 episodes on The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block in syndicated markets. It was also referred to as The New Adventures of Jonny Quest to distinguish itself from the original '60s series. The new season is a diluted version of the original series where the danger remains the same, but the violence has been toned down. As a result of being made in the 1980s, there was also more focus on the science-fiction and monster elements taking away the original series realism, as believable or non-believable as it was.

In a surprising move, they are joined by--wait for it--a giant living statue could Hardrock. Hardrock never appeared again after this season, although he was parodied in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest episode "Rock of Rages."

While the 80s Jonny Quest cartoon may have failed to achieve the same popularity, there was also a relatively more successful '80s Jonny Quest comic book series published by Comico, which lasted 31 issues, along with several other limited series and 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 original first season has been released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The revamped second season has also been released on DVD.

Production

Development

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 second season 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.

Music

The music and theme song was composed by Hoyt Curtin. Ted Nichols was also a composer in the first season. In the second season, Joanne Miller was the music coordinator.

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

Cast

In popular culture

Venture Bros. connection

References