Hello! My name is Roger Evans and welcome to my Jonny Quest Fan Site.
In 1964, a cartoon
show premiered during prime time that would forever change my view of the
future. Jonny Quest represented everything a 6 year old boy could possibly
imagine. It had action, adventure and exotic locations, all tied together
with some of the MOST awesome Hoyt
Curtin jazz music ever broadcast on television. As a wide-eyed youth,
I looked forward to the day when flying on jet belts would be as casual
as riding my bike. But an odd thing happened to this wonderful show. It
was canceled after only one season. It was simply too expensive to produce.
The Hanna-Barbera artists were accustomed to producing rubbery, squash
and stretch animals and goofy humans. The hyper-realistic pen and ink character
designs of series creator Doug
Wildey proved to be too much of a task to maintain on a weekly basis.
Thus, Jonny Quest was a "successful failure" but lived on in reruns and
syndication as Saturday morning fare.
But there was another
loss, obvious only to kids like me that spent the long, LONG seven days
between broadcasts reinacting every scene in every episode using the nearest
G.I Joe or Caption Action as a pitiful substitute for Race, Jonny or the
others. Sometimes, necessity would require Major Matt Mason to stand-in,
despite his puny, sub-1/6th scale stature. Why? Because despite its huge
popularity, Jonny Quest was not on the air long enough to spawn a line
of action figures. And if you were a kid of the 60's, you HAD to have an
action figure from your favorite show. A company called Marx used to make
all kinds of television related figures for shows in the 60's like The
Rat Patrol, Daniel Boone, etc. It was always my dream to have a full set
of Jonny Quest action figures and, if you're familiar with the show, then
you know why. If not, I'm sorry but I can't explain it. But fellow JQ addicts
understand exactly what I'm talking about. :)
Anyway, as time went
by, I spent my adult years working as an artist, writer
and film maker. It always seemed to me that a stop motion version of the
opening titles would be killer and that, IF there had been a line of action
figures, then that would be the obvious thing to use to live out my childhood
So..... Almost 50 years later, that's exactly what I've done.
Click on the photo
above to view the movie!
(You can also see it in HD by visiting my Vimeo page.)
And if you want to see behind the scenes on how it was produced, click HERE!
And, holy smokes! We have some FAN MAIL!
Thanks for looking
EMAIL me if you have any comments!