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
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Jonny's mom first appears in the comic-book story "Enter Race Bannon" in JONNY QUEST #2 (Comico, July 1986). The former Judith Waterston dies in Paris from an incurable disease when Jonny is still a young boy. Dr. Benton Quest is so devastated by her death that agent Roger "Race" Bannon is assigned to be Jonny's bodyguard. The made-for-cable animated film Jonny's Golden Quest told a different story about Jonny's mother, as explained in the "Classic Jonny Quest FAQ": Now instead of an incurable disease, or even letting the matter simply remain a mystery, the death of Jonny's mother (renamed Rachel Wildey after artist Doug Wildey) involved Dr. Zin. Although controversial, this revision has become the official version of what happened, and is reported as such in such reference material as the 'Jonny Quest Character Reference Guide', published by Hanna Barbera in 1995. See more »
Accept No Imitations! The Original is STILL the Best!
If you grew up in the '60's and early '70's, as I did, "Jonny Quest" was in many ways THE ultimate animated adventure show. And it's only gotten better over the years. The plotting and animation were certainly the most sophisticated Hanna-Barbera ever did. And the voice casting was perfect, as well. Sorry, fellow Cherry Hill-ite J.D. Roth, but, for me, Jonny will always be the young Tim Mathieson. Ditto Mike Road as Race Bannon and John Stephenson (earlier) and Don Messick (later) as Dr. Benton Quest. And Hoyt Curtin's jazzy score was just the icing on the cake.
With the so-called "Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" being such a pale imitation of the original, it's so good to see the original back on a series of four excellent DVDs. A later generation deserves a chance to enjoy the real thing, and nostalgic grown-ups deserve a chance to remember.
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