The New Adventures of Jonny Quest
GenreAnimation
Adventure
Action
Sci-fi
Based onCharacters
by Doug Wildey
Directed byRay Patterson (Supervising)
Oscar Dufau
Don Lusk
Rudy Zamora
StarringScott Menville
Granville Van Dusen
Rob Paulsen
Vic Perrin
Don Messick
Jeffrey Tambor
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ProducerBerny Wolf
Running time22 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions[a]
Original release
NetworkSyndication
ReleaseSeptember 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) –
March 1, 1987 (1987-03-01)
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The New Adventures of Jonny Quest is an American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and a continuation of the 1964–65 television series Jonny Quest. It debuted in 1986 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera syndication package, being the seventh and final Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the four and a half weekday/weekend morning line-up. While it is a continuation, the series can be seen as the second season to the original series.

Plot

This series features Dr. Quest and his group as they go on adventures while thwarting different bad guys, such as the mad scientist Dr. Zin. Some episodes had a stone man named Hardrock as their ally.

Voice cast

Main

Additional cast

Production and history

In the late 1970s, Hanna-Barbera produced concept art for a new series entitled Young Dr. Quest: The Adventures of Jon Quest, featuring an older Jonny, Hadji, and an adopted Japanese girl.[1] They would be accompanied by pets Bandit II and Oboe (an unspecified species of monkey), and receive support from Benton Quest and Race Bannon at times (with Race having since married Jade).[1] According to Disney historian Jim Korkis, Doug Wildey later pitched the concept as simply named Young Dr. Quest to Joseph Barbera, featuring Jonny as a 22-year old MIT graduate going on adventure with Race and Hadji.[2]

By the mid-1980s, the edited episodes of the original Jonny Quest series (each episode was missing about five minutes of footage edited for time constraints and content) were part of The Funtastic World's second season lineup, alongside Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Paw Paws and Galtar and the Golden Lance. Thirteen episodes were produced in 1986[3] to accompany the original in the Funtastic World programming block. These episodes were referred to simply as Jonny Quest on their title cards, and were noticeably less violent and more “kid-friendly” than the 1960s version.

This was followed by two television films, Jonny's Golden Quest in 1993 and Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects in 1995, with Don Messick, Granville Van Dusen and Rob Paulsen voicing Dr. Quest, Race and Hadji. The 1980s Quest series introduced a new character named Hardrock, an ancient man made of stone. He did not return in later versions of the program.

Episodes

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"Peril of the Reptilian"Alan BurnettSeptember 14, 1986 (1986-09-14)
Mysterious attacks on military installations in the South Pacific leads Dr. Quest to the evil biochemist Dr. Phorbus and his henchmen Simon and Patch on an uncharted island. Dr. Phorbus has engineered prehistoric hybrid dinosaurs from the DNA harvested from dinosaur bones as well creating as mutant dinosaur-like "reptile-men" with help from the DNA harvested from human bones so that he can sell them to foreign powers.
2"Nightmares of Steel"Mark ZasloveSeptember 21, 1986 (1986-09-21)
Sheik Abu Saddi asks Dr. Quest for help in dealing with a group of vicious marauders called the Night Raiders. They alongside their leader Baksheesh have developed robot horses stolen from the sheik so that they can use them in their plot to kill the sheik.
3"Aliens Among Us"John LoySeptember 28, 1986 (1986-09-28)
A matter transportation device invented by Dr. Quest is stolen by apparent aliens.
4"Deadly Junket"David SchwartzOctober 5, 1986 (1986-10-05)
The famous Dr. Bradshaw's daughter asks the Quest party to help her find her father, kidnapped by Dr. Zin to work on an anti-missile system (this episode's storyline was cannibalised as a sub-plot for Jonny's Golden Quest).
5"Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday"Glenn LeopoldOctober 12, 1986 (1986-10-12)
After being thrown back into the year 1944, the Quests discover that a time machine discovered aboard a submarine is being used by a German scientist named Dr. Wolfgang Kruger. He and his henchman Hans plan to change the course of history.
6"Vikong Lives"Charles M. Howell, IVOctober 19, 1986 (1986-10-19)
While in the arctic, the Quests discover an ape-like creature frozen in the ice. Their financial backer Mr. Peters wants the creature for his own plans.
7"The Monolith Man"Mark EdensNovember 2, 1986 (1986-11-02)
Dr. Benton Quest discovers a stone man named Hardrock in the underground ruins who becomes the target of Zartan and Scorpio. Afterwards, Hardrock joins the Quest team.
8"Secret of the Clay Warriors"Steve DeKorteNovember 9, 1986 (1986-11-09)
The Quests receive a plea for help from an archaeologist friend named Dr. Yang. They arrive to help end the reign of terror by ghostly clay warriors led by Chin.
9"Warlord of the Sky"Mark ZasloveNovember 16, 1986 (1986-11-16)
An evil scientist named Maximilian Dreaknought plans to rule the skies with an incredible flying craft called the Dreadnought.
10"The Scourge of Skyborg"Donald F. GlutNovember 23, 1986 (1986-11-23)
Race tests a new computerized autopilot (CAP) and runs afoul of Skyborg. He was originally Race's old friend Judd Harmon who was turned into a cyborg following an accident. Now corrupted by his cybernetic implants, Skyborg pits Race against CAP in a battle to win the Quests freedom.
11"Temple of Gloom"Eric LewaldDecember 7, 1986 (1986-12-07)
Hadji's old teacher Rijiv is being forced by the evil Dibrana and her henchman Mook to disrupt a peace conference between India and another country.
12"Creeping Unknown"David SchwartzDecember 14, 1986 (1986-12-14)
A monster made of plants terrorizes an area near a swamp. It is abducting people so that it and the scientist Mr. Trudge can turn people into plants with Mr. Trudge being an earlier experiment. The Quests learn of the plant monster and work to find a way to defeat it while rescuing the captives.
13"Skullduggery"Gary WarneMarch 1, 1987 (1987-03-01)
Dr. Zin is behind a plan to use tokens of power to gain mastery over the world.

Home media

On April 8, 2014, Warner Archive released Jonny Quest: The Complete Eighties Adventures on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Jonny Quest Retrospective". Television Chronicles. 2: 23. 1995.
  2. ^ "Secrets of Jonny Quest". Hogan's Alley. 22: 15. 1995.
  3. ^ "The New Jonny Quest Episode Guide". Big Cartoon DataBase. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved 2023-01-08.
  4. ^ "'The Complete Eighties Adventures' are Now on DVD: Cost, Details, Package". Archived from the original on 2014-04-09.
  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Wang Film Productions.