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. :)
time went by, I spent my adult years working as an artist,
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!
EMAIL me if you have any comments!