Johnny Bravo (1997–2004)
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Then 2000 rolled around and with a new century came new characters, thus the demise of the Johnny Bravo I know and love. It was almost reincarnated as this awful mindless program that made Johnny look almost retarded. Of course they would put old Johnny Bravo in re-runs, for a while, but then they stopped. About a year ago I entirely gave up on The Cartoon Network (with the exception to Family Guy, Futurama, Aqua Teen Hungerforce, Sealab 2021, and Harvey Birdman: A.A.L). The station that once brought classic and sometimes kind of edgy original cartoons, is now a mindless output system of mostly substandard anamie cartoons.
So in conclusion, please bring Johnny Bravo to its former, FUNNY self.
Johnny Bravo is one of the funniest cartoon shows in recent years. Spoof episodes (Like making fun of "School House Rock" and even the "Terror at 20,000 Feet" episode of the Twilight Zone) are by far the funniest.
My favorite is the one where Johnny gets a blind date over the internet and it turns out to be an antelope (like all animals on the show, the antelope can talk and is very anthropomorphic). I recommend this show to any "happening hipster" want to be's. A true accomplishment in its field.
"Your name must be Micky, cause you're so fine!"
Somewhere along the way, however, things began to change. Now Johnny Bravo had to ride a tricycle because he couldn't drive, his taking kung-fu was just a gag for being beat up by children and no one truly liked Johnny anymore; instead he was just a whipping post for the town.
This seems to happen to a lot of good shows, particularly cartoons. Someone interprets the silliness and charisma that make a character click as "stupidity," and the series goes downhill.
What makes this more disappointing is that Johnny Bravo, in its original incarnation, was a true comedic treasure.
even though it wasn't my favorite cartoon by far, I did enjoy it. Parts of it were pretty funny, while the rest was just a bit to cutesy for my taste.
That's when the series changed, and Kirk Tingblad started to take over. I really started to enjoy the series now: not only were new characters added (Carl and Pops, also Suzy's classmates), but more depth was given to Johnny's world and the other people in his lives. Also, the animation was sharper and much
brighter, giving it a much better appeal.
Unfortunately, Van Particle took back over soon, and the show has sped
downhill so fast it made my head spin. Not only has it lost its sharper look and many of the other characters are downplayed to almost being non-existent, but the writing was horrible, the jokes made no sense (I have a feeling only one or two people were laughing at the storyboard meetings), and the show is almost
too painful to watch now.
Tingblad, if you read this, please come back! You did Johnny better than
Witty, humorous and enjoyable fun, it was Hanna Barbera doing what they do best- and that is in creating and churning out hit after hit, creation after creation. Especially in the 90s. They did it with Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Lab, The Powerpuff Girls, and adding to that list, Johnny Bravo. The latter episodes weren't as good as the earlier ones, as the voice casting changed and thus, the show went downhill, afterwards.
You'll laugh at Johnny but on occasions, you will also laugh with him and his antics.
Such a shame that the cartoons we have nowadays are no where near as good as this 90s effort for example during the 60s, all the way to the late 90s.
But Johnny Bravo is definitely worth watching, so catch it if you can.
Then, enter Carl, the most annoying geek this side of Steve Urkel! Now, Johnny had two annoying foils instead of just one. And hilarity ensued, right? Wrong! As Carl became a bigger part of the show, Johnny ceased to be a pitiful loser who we could actually feel sorry for and became, as another reviewer pointed out, Homer Simpson. Suddenly, it seemed that those two brain cells in his head were finding it harder and harder to find each other. When Johnny became one-dimensional, and when Carl became a major(ly annoying) character, the show ceased to be funny, and I ceased to be a regular viewer.
*advice* there will be no spoilers, spoilers don't fit in my reviews.
In my opinion i mostly recommend watching 1 & 2 season, because if you watched the third season things will start change, there will be more music, it will still wacky but not as much season 1,2, and also Carl doesn't really appear that much in season 2 and 3.
Johnny Bravo still gets aired on Cartoon Network but sadly its only from 12 clock at night to sometimes 12.30 at night, in my area.
Lessons for life, men don't act like him, women if u see a man acting like this RUN!
I'm gonna talk about Johnny Bravo, I haven't watched this cartoon in about 9 years but I still remember it like it was yesterday. Johnny Bravo is a 20 something,unemployed,muscular,blond haired,womanizing,momma's boy. I've always liked this show very much, because I found it somewhat different from all the other cartoon network shows. I heard there was a rumor going around that woman found this cartoon offensive, but hello it's a cartoon duh. The plot and characters are very original, it had some of the best jokes,the episodes were great, except for a few, but nothing's perfect. I felt bad for Johnny though he's a handsome guy, I never really understood why woman were always rejecting him. Most of the situations he gets into are Bizarre: beating up Santa Claus, forming a partnership with Adam West, going out with a vampire woman, going out with a female deer,going out with a werewolf-woman, and having Donny Osmond baby sit him. I'm happy that this show lasted 7 years. I miss this show very much :(
So two or three seasons later the show got even further out there. Johnny was now a walking, talking adrenaline affected weirdo with only two friends, Pops and Carl. Pops, the local diner owner, was jolly and totally dimwitted and liked to cook endangered animals like pandas. Carl, on the other hand was even weirder than Johnny and Pops put together and had a laugh that could scrape the surface of a blackboard in one go. Oh, and I almost forgot little Suzy. She was featured in the first seasons but her character got more developed later. Now she became totally like one of the brats from nearly every sitcom and was a little know-it all who only seemed to have fun when she humned lalalalala in a very shrill voice. Although I liked this change it also got more like a Simpsons rip-off. An example was Johnny and others using the Dan Castellaneta expression "d'oh" when dissatisfied (he has commented that it was his own invention). One of the more satisfying changes was the voice-over talent Grey DeLisle who voiced some of the female characters. They were usually babes but with a nasty temper like the drill sergeant, the monster of Frankestei... ehh... Jones or the newspaper editor.
So all things considered Johnny Bravo was a very fine, harmless show that could offend very few except those who absolutely resent sometimes clearcut stereotypes like Johnny really is but what are you gonna do. You see them on TV every single day. I watched some of the new episodes also, but they really aren't worth mentioning because the resemble the 95-97 seasons with way too much emphasis on celebrity voiceovers like Mr. T and Donny Osmond. They even had a talking bull who sounded suspiciously like a black man. Oh well, you can't have everything so ignore it if you can.
Johnny Bravo, among many many other cartoons, comes from a time when creators had almost completely free reign on what the put out, provided it didn't have nudity or swear words...aside from that, anything was fair game. The Flintstones highlighted the sexism of the time, whilst Hong Kong Phooey was somewhat racist. But as I said, it was a sign of the time, and Johnny Bravo was no exception.
The cartoon focuses on Mr. Bravo and his antics to try and get the girl. His methods, although persistent, were somewhat flawed since he relied on being buff and acting like your typical airhead jock. Although the way he treated women would be considered downright sexist and degrading to women, the show promotes the opposite view. This is because every attempt he makes using this approach fails and it simply highlights that women should not be objectified or treated like women were in the 60's. It was a bit of a mind game, but I honestly think that the cartoon's silliness did have an essence of a message!
The plots of the episodes themselves were great fun. From Johnny Bravo being thrown out of a plane to him shrinking to the size of a pea, this series really did cover all its bases. I struck of a point here because I felt some of the episodes were repetitive making them unmemorable, or just a bit too silly making them annoying. However, the majority were great and that is what is important.
Like many cartoons, Johnny Bravo enjoy referencing other cartoons to. From their rendition of the Scooby Doo to Batman, I loved that this cartoon really did make you feel like you were experiencing more than just the small world of Johnny Bravo himself. It also gave me a few more cartoons I need to add to my watch list!
Johnny Bravo is not only a great cartoon of its time, but it is a great cartoon period. Although some of his antics are questionable from a gender equality point of view, the cartoon itself emphasises the opposite message! If you enjoy watching something to relax to at the end of a hard day, or you just want a laugh, give this a go. It's peachy :)