13 episode series aired in syndication as part of the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera weekend cartoon package. The story of the adventurous Jonny Quest who travels with his father and his friends around the world.
Computer wiz Jonny Quest and his friends battle international criminals using the resources of the Quest Foundation. Their chief weapon, and the target of many of their enemies, is the ... See full summary »
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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 (1993) 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 »
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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