InformationThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest is an animated action/adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and broadcast on Cartoon Network from August 26, 1996 to April 16, 1997. A revival of the 1960s Jonny Quest franchise, it features Jonny and Hadji as teenage protagonists and a new character, Race Bannon's daughter, Jessie. The creators staged the show around Dr. Quest's investigations of strange phenomena, legends, and mysteries in exotic locales, which bring him into conflict with villains.Action also took place in the virtual realm of QuestWorld, a three-dimensional cyberspace domain rendered with computer animation.
Conceived in the early 1990s, Real Adventures suffered a long and troubled development. Hanna-Barbera dismissed the original creative team in 1996 and hired new producers to finish the show. One team finished the previous team's work, while the other wrote new episodes with reworked character designs akin to classic Quest. Each team produced half of fifty-two episodes. The first team crafted stories of real-world mystery and exploration, while later writers devised more liberal science fiction and paranormal plots.
Turner Entertainment supported the show through a massive marketing campaign with thirty-three licensees. Real Adventures debuted with an unprecedented wide release on Cartoon Network, TBS Superstation, and TNT, airing twenty-one times a week. Critics debated the merits of the animation, writing, and show's spirit compared to classic Quest. Real Adventures failed to gain high ratings with its targeted demographics and its merchandise performed poorly, leading to its cancellation after fifty-two episodes. Eight VHS and two laserdisc episodes were released in 1996, and reruns appeared until September 24, 1999, on Toonami, on other Cartoon Network formats until December 14, 2002, and on CNX until 2003. Turner released the first thirteen episodes on DVD in 2009.
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