Jonny Quest originally premiered on September 18, 1964, so happy (late) anniversary Jonny! This was Hanna-Barbera’s first prime time science fiction adventure series. With the success of The Flinstones, Hanna-Barbera wanted to push the envelope and create something radical from the funny animals that proliferated the tv screens. They set out to do a series with realistic characters and art work, for this task they got artist Doug Wildey.
The series was about Jonny and his family, which consisted of his father, Dr. Benton Quest, family body guard Race Bannon and Hadji, an Indian Orphan from Calcutta. This “make-shift” family paved the way for the likes of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Transformers. Other than the animation and characters this show is memorable for the big band jazz theme done by Hoyt Curtain, once you hear it, you’ll immediately recognize it.
I stumbled upon these videos one day. Someone did a documentary on Jonny Quest,
so instead of me tell you about it, I suggest you watch it for yourself. Check out this wonderful documentary that someone made for free, and learn you some history!
Thank you Chris Webber for making this documentary, and you can visit his blog here.
In the tradition with life imitating art and so forth, Jonny Quest brought us all kinds of (at the time) science fiction. The globe trotting adventures of this 11 year old kid was the envy of anyone who watched it. It ran for one miraculous season, but has impacted pop culture forever.