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Johnny Test
Johnny Test.jpg
Series logo
Format Children's animated series
Created by Scott Fellows
Directed by Scott Fellows
Matthew Grazyson
Larry Jacobs
Gammy McGarfield
Paul Riley
Chris Savino
Joseph Sherman
Mark Writtenfield
Starring James Arnold Taylor
Louis Chirillo
Brittney Wilson
Ashleigh Ball
Maryke Hendrikse
Ian James Corlett
Kathleen Barr
Lee Tockar
Andrew Francis
Country of origin  United States
 Canada
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Cookie Jar Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Kids WB(2005-2008)
Cartoon Network(2008-)
Picture format SDTV 480i
HDTV 1080i
Original airing September 17, 2005 - present

Johnny Test is an American/Canadian animated television series on Cartoon Network, Teletoon and formerly Kids' WB. It premiered on September 17, 2005. Five months later, it was introduced to Cartoon Network UK on January 14, 2006 and then on June 5, 2006, added to its daily lineup. International airings include Teletoon in Canada, Nick Germany, and on Cartoon Network in Latin America, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United States.

A fourth season of the show debuted on Teletoon on September 10, 2009. The fourth season debuted on Cartoon Network in the USA on November 9, 2009.

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Production history

Johnny Test was created and executive produced by Scott Fellows, the creator of the Nickelodeon live-action series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and a writer on The Fairly OddParents. The show premiered on September 17, 2005 on Kids' WB's Saturday morning lineup, alongside Loonatics Unleashed and Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island.

The series was developed from a straight-forward test pilot, produced in-house by Warner Bros. Animation, which was animated roughly in Adobe Flash, with the same plot, similar color schemes as the episode "Johnny to the Center of the Earth" with an American voice cast instead. Fellows, creator of the series, said he convinced the idea basing the titular character on himself when he was a young boy, with his sisters, Susan and Mary, being based on his own two sisters, also named Susan and Mary.

According to his official website, James Arnold Taylor said that he was not Fellows' original choice to play the Johnny Test character. He had previously voiced the lead character in the original test pilot and was initially going to replaced by a different voice actor, with a Canadian voice cast instead, just only after the show was given the greenlight by The WB. But of course, the studio had trouble finding Johnny's initial voice convincing for the first six episodes, so they gave Taylor back the role to redub his dialog for the rest of the first season, and managed to keep him on the cast for the rest of the series, but none of the original crew from the initial test pilot, and its producer Aaron Simpson, remained on the show.

The remainder of the first season was produced in-house at Warner Bros. Animation (with Canadian animation studios Studio B Productions and Top Draw Animation outsourcing some of the show's service work), and some of the episodes were being storyboarded by Atomic Cartoons, and most of the voice recording taking place, in Canada. However, the merger of UPN and The WB into The CW resulted in many budget cuts for the show, and resulted in hiatus. Cookie Jar Entertainment, based in Canada, decided to take control of the series' production. Due to this change, the writers, storyboarders, and art crew who worked on the first season were let go, resulting in an entirely new crew managing the show. In addition, the budget of the show dropped dramatically, leading seasons two and three of the show being animated in Adobe Flash by Collideascope Digital Productions.

The show's opening theme was later changed, with the opening being made of recycled episode footage. It is now regarded as part of Teletoon's original series catalogue. Production was suspended on March 1, 2008. However, James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Johnny Test had announced that it was renewed for a fourth season[1]. This new season was currently being animated in the Philippines. It finally premiered in high-definition on Teletoon on September 10, 2009 and on Cartoon Network in the U.S. on November 9, 2009.

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Broadcast Countries

Teletoon

Cartoon Network

Nickelodeon

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Plot background

Johnny Test concerns the adventures of Johnny Test, an average 11-year-old boy, who lives with his genius twin sisters, Susan and Mary, and his talking (and talkative) dog, Dukey, in the town of Porkbelly (located in Vancouver, Canada). As a recurring gag, they use their young brother as their test subject for various experiments (thus their surname of Test), with which they try to impress Gil, their next-door neighbor. Sometimes, Johnny would also be given his sisters' gadgets or superpowers to use in combat or other situations. At times Johnny will "borrow" some of the devices and special powers that the twin sisters had developed and invented to do their own dirty work, and then try to undo disasters and messes that they have created, as well as to fight evil villains found in Porkbelly.[3] Some reoccuring phrases are "oh, come on!" after a series of bad events "Whoa, didn't see that coming" when something unnexpected happens, "well, that was convenient" when something good happens, and "say wha?" when someone states something unfortunate.

Episodes

Characters

DVD releases

The series has four DVDs released by NCircle Entertainment. Johnny Test: Johnny & Dukey and Johnny vs. Bling Bling Boy were released on December 23, 2008[4][5]. Johnny X and Super Pooch was released on August 11, 2009[6], and Extreme Johnny was released on December 1, 2009[7].

Video Games

On January 21st 2010, a new partnership emerged between Cookie Jar and the mobile application developer Jirbo to make a Johnny Test game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. [2]

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