Jonny Quest: Season 1, Episode 13

A Small Matter of Pygmies (11 Dec. 1964)

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In the jungles of Brazil, Hadji, Jonny, Race and Bandit get on the bad side of a tribe of angry and relentless pygmies after saving their human sacrifice from death.


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Road ...
Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ...
Dr. Benton C. Quest / Bandit (voice)
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Doug Young ...
Various Pygmies / Senor Encino (voice)


Forced from the sky due to engine trouble, Race, Hadji, Jonny and Bandit crash land and discover a Brazilian pygmy staked out for death. They save him from becoming panther food but, for their interference, are taken prisoner by the pygmy tribe. At camp, Hadji uses his levitation trick to effect an escape, but Jonny's stumble over his own feet spoils it. As they're tied to stakes for the night, their grateful pygmy friend returns to stealthily set them free, but a spear, accidentally knocked into the camp fire, awakens the chief with a hotfoot. Angry and outraged, the pygmy chief hunts down the Quest party in retaliation. Now it's all Race, the boys and Bandit can do to stay alive, making their final stand on a hilltop against a tribe of angry savages. Written by statmanjeff

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11 December 1964 (USA)  »

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If the rear propeller of a helicopter exerts enough force to blow the leaves off a tree along with two pygmies, it should also put the helicopter in a tailspin. See more »


[last lines]
Dr. Benton C. Quest: Say, um, why were you coming to see me, anyway? I would've been back in a few days.
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon: Well, this came in the mail. It looked important.
Dr. Benton C. Quest: Mmm. Yes, it does look important.
Dr. Benton C. Quest: [reading the letter] Oh, no!
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon: Bad news, Doctor?
Dr. Benton C. Quest: [chuckling] Anything but, Race. It's a form letter from the African Geographical Society asking me if I would be interested in participating in a round table discussion on the following subject... Are you ready?
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon: FIre away, Doctor.
Dr. Benton C. Quest: "Are pygmies warm and friendly people - yes...
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A "new" episode for me
20 December 2008 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Race, Jonny, and Hadji are forced to land their plane in the middle of the jungle. Once on the ground, they discover an angry tribe of pygmies who seem to only want to see them dead.

Wow – I thought I had seen every episode of Jonny Quest. For whatever reason, I never watched A Small Matter of Pygmies as a kid and I must have skipped over it back when I first went through the DVD set. It's pretty cool to make this "discovery".

As for the episode, it's not bad at all. I enjoyed it much more than the previous two. The pygmies present a real threat to Jonny and the gang. There's a sense of danger about them as they trap Race, Jonny, and Hadji on top of the mountain and begin making their advance like a single, mindless killing machine. Even though I knew the guys would somehow escape, I got caught up in the story and found it worked for me. One thing that troubled me was the malfunctioning aircraft plot device. How many times do they use that in Jonny Quest? To be as smart and resourceful as the Quest Team is, they're terrible when it comes to regular aircraft maintenance.

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