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This memory was added on: October 26, 2008
This was the best Cartoon on TV! I would go to school and talk about it with the other kids.
This memory was added on: July 6, 2008
Even though it started out as a Prime Time show, Jonny Quest was a staple of Saturday morning TV by the late sixties and into the seventies.
I remember when our local affiliate started showing it at station commencement at 6AM. My own children will never know the anticipation of sitting there watching a test pattern, waiting for the station to come on the air. Then, after sign on, the show began and the music started while Leopards leaped, Pterodactyls dove, Mummies walked, and army men fought futilely to stop a giant robot daddy-long legs (a sequence beautifully paid Homage to in The Incredibles). The fact that I was not summarily executed for blaring the TV at high volume at 6AM on Saturday Morning is a testament to my parent's patience, or perhaps just their fatigue.
Unlike Scooby Doo, the monsters were always real. The episode featuring the Living Energy Monster was so eerie that I hear it in my dreams to this day. And with the walking Mummy, relentlessly tracking it's victims and hiding behind the window blinds just out of sight makes the hair on my arms stand up. And of course the aforementioned Robot Spider, walking effortlessly through high voltage fences as troops bounced machine gun and Tank rounds off of it, while it's evil inventor Dr. Zinn laughed at their efforts.
I agree with Incredibles Director Brad Bird, who was interviewed on the DVD collection of Jonny Quest, when he said that it was simply the best animated adventure produced for TV ever. Period. It's been 44 years and nothing has beaten it yet. The fantastic music (unfortunately recycled endlessly in lesser Hannah-Barbera projects), the uncanny artwork and the adult James-Bond sensibilities of the writing have made it ageless.
They could (and should) run it again on cable just to show new generations what they've been missing.
"The difference between Fiction and Reality is that Fiction must be Plausible."