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Saturday Morning Flashback: ‘Jonny Quest’ Opening Titles Updated For A New Generation

From Roger D. Evans:

In 1964, Jonny Quest aired to rave reviews as the first, adult action/adventure cartoon in prime time. It had cool jazz music by Hoyt Curtin and terrific, high contrast pen and ink design work by Doug Wildey. As an animator and long time JQ junkie, I had always wanted a set of Jonny Quest action figures but, due to high production costs, the show only lasted one season; not long enough to spawn any kind of serious toys or other merchandising tie-ins. So, almost 50 years later, I made my own. Here is my Valentine to one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, cartoons ever to spin up the imagination of a 53 year old man now going on six. Enjoy!

 

Also cool: A look behind the scenes.

[via Paul Di Filippo]

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9 Comments on Saturday Morning Flashback: ‘Jonny Quest’ Opening Titles Updated For A New Generation

  1. That was great! But, now I have to pull out the dvds again. Guess the yard won’t get mowed today.

     

  2. That was freakin awesome!

    I can’t help early childhood conditioning.  Every time I hear that opening theme, I (mentally) get ready for a Saturday morning filled with excitement and adventure!

    Your re-do is a fantastic homage and (from one Johnny Q fan to another) totally in the spirit of the original show

     

     

  3. Ah, nostalgia.

    I refuse to rain on the parade, either, although there are many who could or would.

  4. WOW !!!

     

    I loved that! I wish it was full episodes every week, or a feature film!

     

    Best video I’ve seen in years.

  5. >I refuse to rain on the parade, either, although there are many who could or would.

    What a strange and oblique observation.

     

  6. It only lasted one season?  Wow.  I’m reminded of the first cartoon show I really remember, Space Angel.

  7. Reverand Horton Heat did a great cover of the Johnny Quest theme song (

    ), and I picked it up off a Saturday Morning cartoon cover album…

  8. Holy crap. That was awesome. I loved that show as a child. It was the template by which I played with GI Joe, Mego figures, and all of that. That show’s music was, hands down, the best adventure score ever written. The opening theme, especially. If your blood doesn’t race when the trombones start playing, then you are dead to all that is good in life.  Great animation on this re-do. Makes me wish we were getting JQ instead of Tin-Tin.

     

  9. @MikeP  I was feeling somewhat off, yesterday, and probably shouldn’t have even made the oblique reference in that comment that I did.

     

     

     

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