Jonny Quest (1964–1965)
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Attack of the Tree People 

Marooned after a boat fire, Jonny, Hadji and Bandit are taken in by friendly island apes. Two poachers, hearing of a reward for their return, seek to profit by turning the Quests' misfortune into a ransom demand.


(as William D. Hamilton)

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Episode cast overview:
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon / Radio Announcer (voice)
Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ...
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Ship Captain / Silky / Police Officer (voice)
Chopper (voice)


The Quests must abandon ship when the Sea Quest catches fire. By dawn, the men, separated from Bandit and the boys, are rescued, but the others swim to an island inhabited by large yet friendly tree-dwelling apes who take them in. A pair of down-on-their-luck poachers get news of Dr. Quest's offer of reward for the return of the boys. A ransom, they think, will pay more, making them keen to find the boys and remove them roughly from their simian hosts. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

21 January 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Benton and Race are playing chess. When the boat catches fire, Benton and Race are still in positions of playing but the chess board and all its pieces are gone from the table, leaving the two staring down intently at a blank surface. See more »


Dr. Benton C. Quest: I certainly can't expect you to search all day, Captain. You have your ship's cargo to think about.
Ship Captain: I, too, am a father, Dr. Quest. We will search a while longer and continue to broadcast the S.O.S.
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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A ruddy average episode
25 February 2010 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

When compared with the previous three episodes, Attack of the Tree People isn't half bad. But, when compared with some of the better episodes of the Jonny Quest series, it doesn't look so good. In this one, after an accident at sea, Jonny and Hadji are separated from Dr. Quest and Race and end up in a thick, jungle type setting. The boys aren't alone for long as they are quickly befriended by a band of friendly apes. Unfortunately, there are also two gun-runners lurking nearby who see ransoming the boys as a way to make a quick buck. In the end, it's not Dr. Quest and Race who save the boys – instead, the apes save everyone.

Okay, first for the good – I really enjoyed the two would-be kidnappers, Silkey and Topper, and their thick cockney accents. The two sound like they're straight out of the chimney sweep scene in Mary Poppins. I think every sentence they utter includes the word "ruddy". As for the bad – look no further than the apes or "Tree People" of the episodes title. The fact that these wild apes act nothing like wild apes is just too silly. It might not have been so bad if there had been some explanation for their behavior, but there's nothing to indicate why these apes act as they do. The rest of the episode is pretty uneventful. As with the other recent episodes I've watched, there's nothing worth getting overly excited about. In the end, the best I can say about Attack of the Tree People is that it's a thoroughly average episode of an excellent series. A 5/10 seems about right.

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