Codename: Kids Next Door follows the escapades of five eager, yet bumbling, ten-year-olds as they join forces against adulthood to fight for the right to enjoy all the fun things in life. ... See full summary »
Dr. Benton Quest is a research scientist who is frequently called upon for missions that require his scientific and technical expertise. He is usually accompanied by his son Jonny, his tutor/bodyguard Race Bannon, their bulldog with the distinctive mask-like eye markings named Bandit, and Hadji, an Indian orphan who has special abilities of his own. Together, they investigate mysteries, perform rescues and battle nefarious villains around the world, most notably Dr. Zin. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hanna Barbera made some awful cartoons with awful production values, especially when compared with the stuff from Fleischer, Disney, Ising, RKO, etc. Aside from Fleischer and the Warner Bros. guys back then, these guys made cartoons for kids, and no matter how awesome the animation, I had a hard time getting into their work.
But one HB exception was the original Jonny Quest.
As a kid of 10 in 1964, the escapades of Jonny, Hadji, Race, Dr. Quest and Bandit were enthralling. The production quality was mostly above the average HB product, the voices were tops, and the scripting was written for adults and kids alike.
For me, these original 1964-65 episodes really stand up to the test of time and in fact, smoke the latter JQ episodes and movies, no matter how hip and contemporary they may be.
That show was something special!
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