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Jonny Quest
Original Jonny Quest title card from 1964
Format Animated/Science fiction/Adventure
Created by Doug Wildey, Joseph Barbera, and William Hanna
Starring 1964–1965:
Tim Matheson as Jonny Quest
Mike Road as "Race" Bannon
Danny Bravo as Hadji
John Stephenson as Dr. Quest (five episodes)
Don Messick as Dr. Quest and Bandit

Scott Menville as Jonny Quest
Granville Van Dusen as "Race" Bannon
Rob Paulsen as Hadji
Don Messick as Dr. Quest and Bandit
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (1964–1965); 13 (1986–1987)
Running time 1964-1965–25 mins., 1986-1987–22 mins.
Original channel ABC (1964–1965); Syndication (1986–1987); USA Action Extreme Team (1995–1999)
Original run September 18, 1964 – March 11, 1965

Jonny Quest (often referred to, but never titled on screen, as The Adventures of Jonny Quest) is an American science fiction/adventure animated television series about a boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems, and created and designed by comic book artist Doug Wildey. Inspired by radio serials and comics in the action-adventure genre, it featured more realistic art, characters, and stories than Hanna-Barbera's previous "cartoon" programs. It was the first of several Hanna-Barbera action-based adventure shows, which would later include Space Ghost, The Herculoids, and Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, and ran on ABC in prime time for one season in 1964–1965. After spending two decades in reruns (during which it has appeared on all 3 major US television networks of the time), new episodes were produced for syndication in 1986. Two telefilms, a comic book series, and a more modern revival series (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest) were produced in 1996–97. A live-action feature film is reportedly in development.


Original 1964–1965 show



The 1962 film Dr. No inspired Joseph Barbera to develop a high-tech action-adventure program.[citation needed] Hanna-Barbera had originally intended to produce an animated adaptation of the radio serial Jack Armstrong. Hiring noted comic book artist Doug Wildey, the company began negotiations with Jack Armstrong's copyright owners, and produced a short (approximately two-minute) Jack Armstrong test animation sequence in 1962. Negotiations fell through, and the Jack Armstrong project was retooled into Jonny Quest. Although they do not appear in any episode, scenes from the Jack Armstrong test film were incorporated into the Jonny Quest closing credits: they are the scenes of Jack Armstrong and Billy Fairfield escaping from African natives by hovercraft. The test sequence and a number of drawings and storyboards by Doug Wildey were used to sell the series to ABC and sponsors.[citation needed]

Scenes from the abandoned Jack Armstrong test film.
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Working titles for the series included The Saga of Chip Baloo (the protagonist's original name) and Quest File 037, finally settling on Jonny Quest.[1][2][3] The name Quest was selected from a phone book, for its adventurous implications.[4] The character of Jonny Quest was inspired in part by roles played by young Jackie Cooper.[5] The series drew elements from other prior works, including Milton Caniff's adventure comic strip Terry and the Pirates (also a popular radio show), about a boy's international adventures.[5][6] Another similar character was Rick Brant, teen star of a boy's adventure series published by Grosset & Dunlap from the 1940s to the 1960s, featuring a likable teen hero, his science-researcher father, a tiny island installation, mystery stories oriented around science and technology, and such regular characters as a secret agent and Chadha, a friend from Calcutta.

The animated James Bond-like action series focused on the globe-trottong adventures of US government scientist, Dr. Benton Quest; his 11-year-old son, Jonny; adopted, Indian son, Hadji; family bodyguard, Roger "Race" Bannon; and their pet, black-masked bulldog, Bandit (a more cartoonish character included for comic relief).[4] Dr. Quest did not go looking for adventures, instead adventures always found him. This "serious" show, a departure from the usual Saturday morning cartoon fare, made for entertaining animated sci-fi.[7]


The Quest team. Front row (left to right): Dr. Benton Quest and "Race" Bannon. Back row: Jonny Quest, Hadji, and Bandit.
  • Jonathan "Jonny" Quest is an eleven-year-old, all-American boy, who lost his mother to death at an early age. Though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, adventurous, and generally athletic, with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms. His voice was provided by actor Tim Matheson.
  • Dr. Benton C. Quest is Jonny's father and a US government scientist, considered to be "one of the three top scientists in the world," with interests and technical know-how spanning many fields of science. Raising Jonny and Hadji as a single father, he is exceedingly conscientious with a charitable sense of decency, combined with the willingness and ability to take violent decisive action, when necessary for survival or defense. Benton Quest was voiced by John Stephenson for five episodes, and by Don Messick for the remainder of the series, despite the two men having very different-sounding voices.
  • Roger T. "Race" Bannon is a special agent / bodyguard / pilot from Intelligence One. Governmental fears that Jonny could "fall into the wrong hands" resulted in the assignment of Bannon to guard and tutor him.[8] Race was born in Wilmette, Illinois, to John and Sarah Bannon.[9] He is stated to be an expert in judo, having a third-degree black belt as well as the ability to defeat noted experts in various martial arts, to include sumo wrestlers. Race Bannon was voiced by Mike Road. The character's design was modeled on actor Jeff Chandler.[10] The name is a combination of Race Dunhill and Stretch Bannon from an earlier Doug Wildey comic strip.
  • Hadji is a street-wise Calcutta orphan, who becomes the eleven-year old adopted son of Dr. Benton Quest.[11] Rarely depicted without his bejeweled turban and Nehru jacket; he is proficient in judo, having learned it from an American Marine. The seventh son of a seventh son, Hadji seems to possess mystical powers (including snake charming, levitation, magic, and hypnotism) which may or may not be attributed to parlor trickery. The Quests meet Hadji while Dr. Quest is lecturing at Calcutta University; he saves Dr. Quest's life (by intercepting a throwing knife intended for the doctor with a basket lid) and is subsequently adopted into the Quest family.[12] Though slightly more circumspect than Jonny, he can reliably be talked into participating in most any adventure by his adoptive brother. He is voiced by Danny Bravo. In the sequel series The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Hadji is revealed to be an Indian prince, and is given the last name Singh.
  • Bandit is the name to which Jonny's pet, a small white bulldog, responds. He has been so named because his eyes have a black, mask-like coloration around them. Bandit often provides comic relief, but he is occasionally instrumental in foiling the bad guys. Though unable to speak, in the manner of other Hanna-Barbera dogs (such as Astro and Scooby Doo), he seems uncannily able to understand human speech (especially that of his master, Jonny). Don Messick provided Bandit's vocal effects, which were combined with an archived clip of an actual dog barking. Creator Doug Wildey wanted to have a monkey as Jonny's pet, but he was overruled by Hanna Barberra in favor of a dog.

The Quests have a home compound in the Florida Keys (on the island of Palm Key), but their adventures take them all over the world. The Quest team travels the globe studying scientific mysteries, which generally end up to be explained away as the work of various bad guys. Such pursuits get them into scrapes with foes that range from espionage robots and electrical monsters to Egyptian mummies and pterosaurs. Although most menaces appeared in only one episode each, one recurring nemesis is known as Dr. Zin, an Asian criminal mastermind. The voices of Dr. Zin and other assorted characters were done by Vic Perrin. Race's mysterious old flame, Jade (voiced by Cathy Lewis), appears in two episodes, as do the characters of Corbin (an Intelligence One agent) and the Professor (a scientist colleague of Dr. Quest's). The 1993 made-for-TV feature Jonny's Golden Quest included in its plotline the concept that Race and Jade had been briefly married years earlier, but it also depicted Race and Hadji in place with the family at Mrs. Quest's death, in direct contradiction to explicit statements in the original series.

Animation technique

As the first major studio devoted to television animation (with previous studios, such as Warner Brothers and Disney, devoted to theatrical movie release), Hanna-Barbera developed the technique of limited animation in order to cut corners and meet the tighter scheduling and budgetary demands of television. As opposed to full animation, this means that characters generally move from side to side with a sliding background behind them and are drawn mostly in static form, with only the moving parts (like running legs, shifting eyes, or talking mouths) being re-drawn from frame to frame on a separate layer.

This was particularly true of Jonny Quest. The series' visual style was unusual for its time, combining a fairly realistic depiction of human figures and objects with the limited animation technique (although not so limited as that of Hanna-Barbera's contemporaneous daytime cartoons). The series made heavy use of rich music scores, off-screen impacts with sound effects, reaction shots, cycling animations, cutaways, scene to scene dissolves, and abbreviated dialogue to move the story forward, without requiring extensive original animation of figures. For example, objects would often reverse direction off-screen, eliminating the need to show the turn,[13] or a running character would enter the frame sliding to a stop, allowing a single drawn figure to be used.[14]


The percussion-heavy big band jazz theme music for the 1960s series and each episode's score were all composed by Hoyt Curtin. In a 1999 interview, he stated that the jazz band for the series consisted of 4 trumpets, 6 trombones, 5 woodwind doublers, and a 5 man rhythm section.[15] Alvin Stohler or Frankie Capp usually played drums.[citation needed] While a string section comes in at moments of tension or pizzicato for comic relief, the score is primarily driven by a big brass sound. Curtain stated that the band took about an hour to record the main theme. It contained a trombone solo performed by jazz veteran Frank Rosolino, and a complex riff in which the trombone players were physically unable to keep up with the rapidly changing slide positions needed.[15] Cues in the series were generally recorded in one take, done by a regular group of union session players who could "read like demons". The cues were, of course, later recycled for other Hanna-Barbera series (The Herculoids, The Fantastic Four, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, etc).

For the later animated series, the music was adapted for orchestra and added major dramatic and intriguing tones.

Network run and Saturday morning rerun

Jonny Quest first aired on September 18, 1964 on the ABC network, in prime time, and was an almost instant success, both critically and ratings-wise. It was canceled after one season, not because of poor ratings, but because each episode of the show went over budget.[citation needed] Like the original Star Trek television series, this series would be a big money-maker in syndication, but this avenue to profits was not as well-known when the show was canceled in 1965. Reruns of the show were broadcast on various networks’ Saturday morning lineups beginning in 1967.

Video releases

There were sporadic video cassette tape releases of episodes of the "classic" series, which was subsequently released to DVD as Jonny Quest: The Complete First Season on May 11, 2004. This contains some minor editing to remove dialog that might be viewed as culturally or racially insensitive.

Magic Ring

A simple substitution code ring was offered as a promotion by PF Flyers. The ring featured a movable code wheel, magnifying lens, signal flasher and a secret compartment. The code was implemented by a rotating circular inner code dial marked "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" and a fixed outer code marked "WEARPFSLQMYBUHXVCZNDKIOTGJ"


In the 1970s, Jonny Quest became one of the main targets of parental watchdog groups such as Action for Children's Television (ACT). With its multiple on-screen deaths, murder attempts, use of firearms and deadly weapons (especially by children, notably Jonny), frequent use of racial stereotypes, and tense moments, Jonny Quest was decried as the epitome of what was wrong with Saturday morning cartoons[citation needed], regardless of the fact that it indeed was not an original Saturday morning cartoon. The reruns were taken off the air in 1972, but returned to Saturday morning, in edited form, sporadically afterwards, even though the removal of violent scenes often rendered the action incomprehensible[citation needed] (e.g. the heroes would be saved by a villain suddenly seeming to fall dead/unconscious for no apparent reason). Reruns also appeared on Cartoon Network in 1993, running sporadically until May 4, 2003. It currently runs every night on that service's spin-off, the Boomerang cable channel, in unedited form.

The New Adventures of Jonny Quest

By the mid-1980s, the edited episodes of Jonny Quest were part of the syndication package The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. Each episode was time-compressed and edited to reduce the runtime from 25 to 22 minutes, with edits focused on the comical scenes with Bandit. Thirteen episodes were produced in 1986 (although some sources state 1987) to accompany the originals in the Funtastic World programming block. These episodes were referred to simply as Jonny Quest in their opening title sequence (the same ones seen on the original series since the censoring), and were noticeably less violent and more "kid-friendly" than the 1960s originals, and introduced the new regular character Hardrock ("The Monolith Man"), an ancient man made of stone. Hardrock did not return in any later versions of the program.

A feature length animated telefilm, Jonny's Golden Quest, was produced by Hanna-Barbera for USA Network in 1993, which again pitted the Quest team against Dr. Zin, who murders Jonny's mother in the film. Jonny’s Golden Quest also reused the storyline of the recent series' episode "Deadly Junket," wherein a little girl named Jessie Bradshaw, the daughter of a missing scientist, asked the Quest party to help find her father. Here she is revealed to be lying about her parentage at Dr. Zin's behest, and to Race's surprise is actually his and Jade's daughter. Jessie would appear as a character in all subsequent versions of the Jonny Quest property. A second telefilm, Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects, was produced for TNT in 1995, and was promoted as being the final iteration of the "Classic Jonny Quest"[citation needed].

All three of these productions featured the voices of Don Messick and Granville Van Dusen as Dr. Quest and Race Bannon, respectively. Messick also reprised performing the "voice" of Bandit in the series, but the features had this done by Frank Welker.

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest

The cover for a VHS collection of episodes from The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, premiered on all three major Turner Broadcasting System entertainment cable channels (Cartoon Network, TBS Superstation, and TNT), and met with mixed ratings and reviews. The characters were aged, with Jonny, Hadji, and Jessie becoming teenagers. Dr. Quest's compound has moved to a rocky island off the Maine coast.

Production on the series had been problem-laden since 1992, and when it was finally broadcast, it featured two different versions of its own Jonny Quest universe: the first batch of episodes (referred to as the "season one" episodes) gave the Quest team a futuristic look, while the second batch (referred to as "season two") harkened back to the original 1960s episodes. Several of the "season one" adventures in this series took place in a cyberspace realm known as "Questworld", depicted using 3-D computer animation. Both "seasons" aired during the 1996–1997 television season, and the show was canceled after 52 episodes (26 of each season). A live-action movie was planned to debut following the series premiere but never materialized.[16]

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest returned in the late 1990s on Cartoon Network. It was part of the original Toonami rotation when the block launched on March 17, 1997 and aired consistently on Toonami until September 24, 1999. It then continued to air sporadically until December 14, 2002. The first 13 episodes of the first season were released to DVD on February 17, 2009.

Other media

Feature film

In the early 1990s, Turner planned a "Year of Jonny Quest" marketing campaign to feature a new television series, the release of classic episodes on VHS, the creation of two new animated movies in classic continuity (Jonny's Golden Quest and Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects), and the production of a live-action film.[17][18][19] Director Richard Donner, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jane Rosenthal optioned the rights for the live action film, having expressed interest in the property soon after Turner's acquisition of Hanna-Barbera.[16][17][20] Slated to begin production in mid-1995, filming was pushed back to 1996 and ultimately never began.[20] By early 1996, the project had already fallen well-behind development of other films, such as a live-action Jetsons movie.[21]

On August 7, 2007, it was announced that Warner Bros. is developing a live-action film based on the series and characters.[22] Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter will produce and the script will be written by Dan Mazeau.[23] Zac Efron is confirmed to play Jonny for the project.[24] Dwayne Johnson has been quoted as saying he will play Race Bannon.[25] A draft of the script is readable as part of the 2008 Black List.[26]

Comic books

A Jonny Quest comic book (a retelling of the first TV episode, "Mystery of the Lizard Men") was published by Gold Key Comics in 1964. Comico began publication of a Jonny Quest series in 1986, with the first issue featuring Doug Wildey's artwork. The series was written by William Messner-Loebs and ran for 31 issues, with 2 specials and 3 "classic" issues drawn by Wildey retelling Quest TV episodes ("Shadow of the Condor", "Calcutta Adventure", and "Werewolf of the Timberland"). Wildey drew several additional covers, as did Steve Rude and Dave Stevens. The series also spun-off a 3-issue series named Jezebel Jade — drawn by Adam Kubert — which told the story of Jade's relationship and adventures with Race Bannon.

Computer games

In 1991, Hi-Tec Software published Jonny Quest in Doctor Zin's Underworld, an officially licensed Jonny Quest platform game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 home computers.

In 1996, Virgin Interactive published Jonny Quest: Cover-Up At Roswell for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.


In January 2009, IGN named Jonny Quest as the 77th best in its "Top 100 Animated TV Shows". [27]


Less Than Jake referenced Jonny Quest in their album Losing Streak from 1996 in the song title Jonny Quest thinks we're sell outs.

Parodies and references

The characters and setting of Jonny Quest have frequently been the subject of brief parodies, especially in later animated programs, some of which have aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night programming block. (Time Warner owns both Cartoon Network and the rights to the entire Hanna-Barbera library including Jonny Quest, which is why Cartoon Network was originally conceived.) In addition, there have been several substantial references to the show:

  • Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. features characters who are satirical analogues of the Jonny Quest cast: Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, his bodyguard Brock Samson, and his sons Hank and Dean. Flashbacks reveal that Rusty is himself the son of a Benton Quest analog, now coasting on the fame of his late father. During the first season, the creators of the show realized that Cartoon Network's parent owned Jonny Quest and began using the actual characters, including Jonny as a paranoid drug addict severely damaged by the constant harm his father put him in, Race Bannon as a OSI agent that Brock Samson calls "one of the best" until his death, and Hadji as a hard-working competent engineer for Rusty's successful brother Jonas Jr. However, starting with the third season, the Jonny Quest characters were renamed: Jonny was renamed "Action Johnny", Race Bannon was referred to as "Red" and Dr Zin was simply called "Dr. Z"; there was no in-show explanation for the change.
  • Adult Swim's Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law features the cast in several episodes. In "Bannon Custody Battle", Bannon and Dr. Quest fight for custody of Jonny and Hadji, and in "Return of Birdgirl" the men try to marry. Other episodes featured the Lizard Men from "Mystery of the Lizard Men", the mummy from "Curse of Anubis", a yeti from "Monsters in the Monastery", a gargoyle from "The House of the Seven Gargoyles", the robotic spider from "The Robot Spy", etc.
  • An 8-minute parody appeared in 1995 on the animated series Freakazoid!, under the title Toby Danger.
  • In the Family Guy made-for-DVD movie Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Stewie Griffin tells his older self that he got a job working at an airport. The scene subsequently goes to one of the show's cutaway's, where Stewie is allowing passengers to load on a plane, and allows the entire Jonny Quest crew on except for Hadji, who is "randomly selected" for additional screening. Although Family Guy airs new episodes on Fox, the series does air in reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, giving the network three separate series with Jonny Quest parodies.
  • Matt Fraction's spy-fi comic book series Casanova features a genius villain going by the name of Sabine Seychelle, who works with a large Indian bodyguard named Samir; Fraction recounts his inspiration for them in the text column at the end of Casanova #4 that "I liked the idea of Jonny Quest, all adult and crooked. The son of an adventure scientist and his bePolo'd sidekick would grow, exactly? Bent, I supposed. Weeeird. The kind of guy that would create phenomenal machines...and then sleep with them three at a time."
  • The animated series Johnny Test is named after this show.
  • Brazilian pop rock band Jota Quest is named after the series. Originally, they performed under the name J. Quest, but to avoid legal conflict with Hanna-Barbera, the J. was expanded to Jota (the Portuguese name for the letter J) from their second album onward.[28]
  • In the TV show, Community, Troy and Abed sneaked into the dean's office and made random announcements via the college's PA system. Abed announced, "Announcement #3: I am not Hadji from Jonny Quest."
  • In an episode of The Steve Harvey Show, Bullethead dresses as Jonny Quest, while Romeo dresses like Hadji, to get back into Steve Hightower's good graces (and back into his class).
  • The Indianapolis-based punk band, Racebannon, takes its name from the Jonny Quest character.

Episode guide

1964 – 1965

No. Title Original airdate
1 "The Mystery of the Lizard Men" 18 September 1964
Pilot episode, before the introduction of Hadji: While investigating the disappearance of shipping in the Sargasso Sea, Dr. Quest discovers a secret laser base (operated by a foreign provocateur and protected by lizard-suited scuba divers) hidden aboard an old shipwreck. 
2 "Arctic Splashdown" 25 September 1964
A foreign submarine crew races Dr. Quest and his recovery team (aboard an American icebreaker) to a downed experimental missile on the arctic ice cap. First appearance of Hadji. 
3 "The Curse of Anubis" 2 October 1964
Dr. Quest is framed for the theft of a priceless artifact in Egypt by a former archaeologist friend (turned Arab nationalist revolutionary) who is being stalked by a vengeful mummy. 
4 "Pursuit of the Po-Ho" 9 October 1964
While going to the aid of a captive fellow scientist in the Amazon jungle, Dr. Quest is abducted (for ritual sacrifice) by a tribe of hostile native warriors. 
5 "Riddle of the Gold" 16 October 1964
While investigating a bar of fake gold from a supposedly exhausted mine in India, Dr. Quest uncovers an alchemist counterfeiting ring (conceived by his nemesis, Dr. Zin, and operated from the palace of a maharajah impostor) that could damage the world financial market. 
6 "Treasure of the Temple" 23 October 1964
While on an archaeological expedition to an ancient city in the Yucatán jungle, Dr. Quest is threatened by a ruthless British treasure hunter (and his native Indian confederates), searching for riches in the same ruins. 
7 "Calcutta Adventure" 30 October 1964
While investigating a mysterious illness in India, Dr. Quest discovers an underground nerve gas factory (operated by a master criminal and protected by hazmat-suited guards) hidden high within a remote mountain range. (Flashback episode, recounting the adoption of Hadji.) 
8 "The Robot Spy" 6 November 1964
The Quest nemesis, Dr. Zin, sends a giant robot spider (by flying saucer-like craft) against a U.S. government research facility in the American Southwest to steal the secrets of a ray gun project on which Dr. Quest is working. The robot spy had a huge single “Cyclops” camera-eye where Dr. Zin could observe the environment remotely. Dr. Quest’s “Para-Power Ray Gun” foils the robot’s escape for the episode’s climax. 
9 "Double Danger" 13 November 1964
An impostor disguised as Quest family bodyguard, Race Bannon, is infiltrated into Dr. Quest's expedition to gather a rare pharmaceutical plant by his nemesis, Dr. Zin (who covets the plant's potential mind-control properties), in the jungles of Thailand. (Dr. Zin/Jade episode.) 
10 "Shadow of the Condor" 20 November 1964
After an emergency landing in the Andes mountains, Quest family bodyguard Race Bannon is challenged to one last aerial dogfight by an old German fighter ace (who keeps a collection of vintage aircraft at his Bavarian-style castle in South America) of World War I fame. The Baron’s guns are loaded – Race Bannon’s guns are empty. 
11 "Skull and Double Crossbones" 27 November 1964
A new cook aboard the Quest research vessel betrays his employer to a band of Mexican pirates (seeking sunken treasure) in the Caribbean Sea
12 "The Dreadful Doll" 4 December 1964
While researching marine biology in the Caribbean, Dr. Quest discovers a phony witch doctor, who is protecting a secret submarine base (under construction by a criminal contractor) with his supposed voodoo powers. 
13 "A Small Matter of Pygmies" 11 December 1964
When members of his extended family go down in a plane crash over uncharted jungle, Dr. Quest must rescue them (with the help of local authorities) from a tribe of hostile Pygmy warriors. 
14 "Dragons of Ashida" 18 December 1964
On a visit to Japan, Dr. Quest finds that an old biologist friend (having gone insane) is breeding oversized carnivorous lizards for the purpose of hunting human prey. 
15 "Turu the Terrible" 25 December 1964
While searching for a rare strategic mineral in the Amazon jungle, Dr. Quest discovers a prehistoric (pterodactyl) pteranodon, trained by a wheelchair-bound slave driver to capture native workers for his mining operation. 
16 "The Fraudulent Volcano" 31 December 1964
While investigating unusual eruptions on a tropical island, Dr. Quest discovers a secret ray gun base (operated by his nemesis, Dr. Zin, and protected by hovercraft-mounted guards), hidden deep within a local volcano. 
17 "Werewolf of the Timberland" 7 January 1965
While hunting for petrified wood samples in the forests of Canada, Dr. Quest is threatened by a gang of lumberjacks (one of whom disguises himself as a werewolf) intent on protecting their gold smuggling operation. 
18 "Pirates From Below" 14 January 1965
The Quest family home in Florida is attacked by foreign (submarine-borne) agents, intent on stealing a new undersea crawling vehicle that Dr. Quest is developing for the United States Navy
19 "Attack of the Tree People" 21 January 1965
The Quest boys, Jonny and Hadji, are marooned (by shipwreck) on the jungle coast of Africa, where they are adopted by a tribe of friendly apes who protect them from a pair of Australian poachers, intent on kidnapping them for ransom. 
20 "The Invisible Monster" 28 January 1965
Dr. Quest comes to the aid of a fellow scientist who has accidentally created an (invisible) energy monster on a South Pacific island. 
21 "The Devil's Tower" 4 February 1965
While doing atmospheric research in Africa, Dr. Quest discovers an inaccessibly high plateau, populated by prehistoric cavemen, who have been trained as slave laborers (for diamond mining) by a Nazi war criminal in hiding. (Due to political correctness and references to World War II, Cartoon Network's brass, through its Boomerang branch, omits this episode.[citation needed]
22 "The Quetong Missile Mystery" 11 February 1965
While investigating the contamination of fish in China, Dr. Quest discovers a secret missile base (operated by a rogue general and protected by tree-top posted guards) hidden deep within a local swamp. (Title card shows "The 'Q' Missile Mystery" for the 1964–65 season's re-run of this episode.) 
23 "The House of Seven Gargoyles" 18 February 1965
On a visit to the Gothic mansion of a fellow scientist in Norway, Dr. Quest must help protect his friend's latest invention from a cat burglar (disguised as a gargoyle on the roof) who regularly breaks into the house. 
24 "Terror Island" 25 February 1965
Dr. Quest is kidnapped by a rival scientist who needs help with his experiments to create giant (crab, spider, and lizard) creatures at a secret laboratory compound in Hong Kong. (Jade episode.) 
25 "Monster in the Monastery" 4 March 1965
During a Quest family trip to Nepal, a band of terrorists in yeti disguise attempt to overthrow the local spiritual/government leader (a Dalai Lama-style figure) who is an old friend of Dr. Quest's. 
26 "The Sea Haunt" 11 March 1965
Responding to a maritime distress call in the Java Sea, The Quest family is stranded aboard an abandoned freighter ship with an (amphibious) sea monster. 

DVD releases

On May 11, 2004, Warner Home Video released the original series of Jonny Quest on region-1 DVD. These episodes are edited for content. The 1980s episodes have not been released on DVD.


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  23. ^ Jonny Quest becomes a film
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  27. ^
  28. ^ Jota Quest web site

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