Roger Evans gets a Major Spoilers Salute today for this awesome stop motion animation take on the 1964 Jonny Quest intro.

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!

Enjoy we did!

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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16 Comments

  1. Frank
    August 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Thanks guys! You did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of Johnny Quest.

  2. Russ Catt
    August 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    Man, I forgot how awesomely cool the opening theme song for Johnny Quest was!

  3. Dawnell_do
    August 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    That was pretty cool. I wonder How long it took them to make it?

  4. August 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    Love the lens flare!

  5. Dave Hoover
    August 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    Man, what a trip that was. I got chills just watching it, so well done. Johnny Quest is still my all time favorite animated show, it could possibly be the reason I got into comics and animation. The attention to detail was incredible in this stop motion piece. I applaud the makers/creators. Bravo!

  6. Alisha Mynx
    August 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    That was absolutely stunning. I haven’t seen the intro to JQ in several years, but that didn’t stop me from getting chills watching this.

  7. Ashen
    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    Awesome! Love that show.

  8. Belmont
    August 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    WOW, that intro was fantastic, nuff said………….

  9. August 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    Try to watch it right next to the original:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D88g1vCydZk

    Awesome!

  10. wdchefdave
    September 1, 2011 at 6:43 am — Reply

    Absolutely not “cheese”! Very cool and I could feel the long hours and great talent that created this film… if this doesn’t get someone a job with “Robot Chicken” I don’t know what would!
    Well done and thanks.

  11. Steven Allen
    September 1, 2011 at 9:29 am — Reply

    Bravo! That was without a doubt the best JQ homage ever! thanks for sharing! Peace!

  12. September 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    Thanks for all the kudos, kiddos. Really, I am overwhelmed by the positive response to our efforts. I did this just for fun but I can see that it touched a lot of people in a very positive way. Thanks again for all the kind words.

    My best,

    Roger Evans

  13. Kuato73
    September 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm — Reply

    That was amazing! I loved the shot of the plane coming in before we saw the cast! Thanks man!

  14. Dave Hooveer
    September 2, 2011 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Hey Roger, I’d be interested to know what you thought of any of the attempts to do new Johnny Quest episodes. I’ll tell a quick story: I was at the San Diego Comic Con sometime around 1995-96,and just walking around the floor of the convention looking at all the interesting booths, and I spot this booth heralding the new and soon to be televised “the Real Adventures of Johnny Quest.” So, of course I was interested. I walk over to the booth and asked the first person I saw to tell me about it, I wanted to know all the details. He proceeds to tell me (and I’ll try my best to remember what he said), “Yeah, they have made new adventures of Johnny Quest. They are calling them the “Real” adventures because the old original shows were really kind of lame, they had the little dog for comedy relief, and the stories were rally not that fantastic or anything…” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, this guy just didn’t get it. And they had him there to talk and promote the new adventures!?! I was not surprised when they did not do very well. Again, great job with this new stop motion intro!

  15. September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    I smiled the whole way through. Fantasic job. As a 1/6th scale customizer and prop maker I am blown away by the mix of claymation, CG, and Stop Motion as well as the faithful reproduction of every detail I can recall from the intro to my all time favorite cartoon. Nothing else comes close to the vintage Johnny Quest in the animation world for me. Your work lives up to my high standards in all my interests and skills. Congratulations on a great project and I wish you much success and await any further ventures you decide to embrace.

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