The cable stations TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network have each shown Jonny Quest, although not for some time as of this writing (mid-2003). However, Cartoon Network launched a new station, Boomerang, on April 1, 2000, that specializes in shows like the classic Jonny Quest. If you have DirecTV, then buy the Family Pack of channels and keep a lookout for Jonny Quest. If you have Dish Network, Boomerang is on the "America's Top 150" service tier.
If you don't think getting Boomerang is an option, a number of people offer CJQ sets on eBay; however, beware of tapes/DVDs recorded during marathons, because they are most likely edited and time-compressed. Recordings made during the 1980s are heavily edited and time-compressed and often come with "new" opening and closing credits. Episodes recorded from Turner stations during non-marathon times are most likely time-compressed but probably unedited, although six of the episodes have the wrong closing credits (see Jonny's Credit Problems for details). If you're going to buy a set of tapes or DVDs from someone, remember that there has never been a complete set issued (other than the DVDs mentioned as our first recommendation), so you're getting home-made recordings. Be sure to ask the source, whether the episodes are guaranteed to be unedited, and so forth. Sets on eBay have sold for outrageous amounts (up to $395!) in the past, although eBay often pulls the ads that are obvious pirate recordings. Recently, however, prices have really dropped and one can usually acquire complete sets (tape or DVD) for under $50. The release of the official DVD set has really lowered the prices being asked for these.
Some people have copies of CJQ episodes recorded from 16mm prints that were distributed to television stations. If the prints date from the 1960s, they may have faded color or even be in black and white. Ray's Films has about eight episodes from b&w prints that come with the original network commercials from showings in the series' 1964-65 season. He has another four that are in good color without commercials. If you plan to buy recordings from 16mm prints (called "telecines"), be sure to ask about the strength of the color, the integrity of the film (are there numerous splices, scratches, etc.) and the quality of the telecine. If the telecine operator let fuzz stay on screen, or recorded in EP mode, you won't have a very satisfying print. Some telecine equipment can also cause the picture to move up and down continuously. Also find out when the film prints were made. If they're from the 1970s, they may have been edited by the distributor or television station to make room for more commercials. CJQ episodes should run about 25 minutes, without the commercials.Our recommendation: Buy the commercial DVD set! If you absolutely must have VHS, buy the commercial tapes (if you can find them). You can click on this link or the "Shop here for videos" button on our web site's navigation bar at the left of the screen to see some currently-available selections from Amazon.com.
|Roberts:||"Is our man Race Bannon still assigned to guard the doctor's boy?"|
|Corvin:||"Twenty-four hours a day as tutor, companion, and all-around watch-dog! You see, since Jonny lost his mother, the government is taking no chances with the boy's security."|
|Corvin:||"Yes. You see, if Jonny fell into the hands of enemy agents, Dr. Quest's value to science would be seriously impaired."|
|Wildey:||"Once I started working on this show and I got into the characters and their relationships with one another, I kind of got stuck with a cartoon dog. The dog was heavily involved because the animators could work stuff like that. The human figures were tougher, so there was a lot of the dog - and I realized it wasn't going to work."|
|Interviewer:||"So that left Bandit to serve primarily as comic relief?"|
|Wildey:||"That was the idea."|
|Interviewer:||"Did you want to do any Jonny Quest shows around western themes?"|
|Wildey:||"Well, the one thing everybody in animation avoids, at all costs, is horses. Horses are murder to animate."|
|Interviewer:||"Even cute cartoon horses?"|
|Wildey:||"You couldn't have a horse that didn't look realistic in Jonny Quest. The vehicles were supposed to look realistic, and if you had a cartoon horse in there, somehow it wouldn't work."|
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