Jonny Quest S1V2 DVD Review
Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures: Season One,
Volume Two takes
off where the
first set had left off. We have more adventures of Jonny, Jessi, Hadji,
and Roger Bannon as the Quest World is fired up and the Virtual Reality
is entered to solve puzzles, stop the bad guys, and save the world. The
characters utilize this incredible virtual reality tool they have to
always work to save the day. They are able to fund it all through the
immense resources of the Quest Foundation. The plot of
each episode is almost inconsequential. Just join in most of the time
to see something related to a catastrophe being avoided or the like and
you'll get a decent idea of what to expect fairly quick. Things didn't
change much for the better over the course of the second half of the
up, Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures was one
of those animated programs that was constantly utilizing my
Watching the program was always something special and unique for me. I
see the characters and go on the adventures with Jonny Quest and those
members and friends in and out of Questworld.
proved to be much less enjoyable an experience than I was anticipating,
in just a few short years it seems to have completely lost my
writing is usually flat. You don't feel any genuine connection to these
characters. They tend to seem so one-dimensional in any given moment.
so by-the-numbers about it all. It doesn't hold up.
main character of
course is Jonny Quest. He is a blonde haired, blue eyed wonder boy
accomplishing many incredible feats with unparalleled abilities.
impossible to him. Of course, he must rely upon his friends Jessi and
of these supporting characters feel even more dimensional. Nothing that interesting was developed
regarding realization of these characters. There's also Dr. Benton and
Bannon as the intelligent adults who everyone can look up to.
worst thing about Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures is
the plot-lines feel as though they are being pulled from almost
don't recognize a building plot as a main concern and things seem to
happen just because, you know, things happen. That is underwhelming to
as a series and that is what makes this one of the weaker of
cringe-worthy. Don't get me wrong; back when the show first aired the
seemed decent quality and the CGI artwork was especially innovative
considerable time where the norm simply wasn't to create that kind of
to begin with. The Quest World Virtual Reality was convincing because
barely any competition on the CGI animation market back then. It was
exciting. Today, that particular aspect doesn't stand out as well when
become spoiled by the impressive artistry from Pixar Animation Studios
other CGI animation front-runners. You come to realize that the
aspect of the show only seemed impressive because of what it had
the future above anything else.
kid in me wants to
give this show a massive shout-out for the happy memories I've had
growing up, and to acknowledge that as a legitimate indication of
Unfortunately, I can't realistically say that when the show does little
nothing for me in retrospect. It doesn't really work for me anymore and
strongly advise to other fans that checking out the show again by
be the best way to see if the series still works somehow - for you. My
own Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures ship
Quest: The Real Adventures has
somewhat inconsistent video.
Some of the episodes look much better than others, and this seems to
that Warner Home Video used a variety of sources to pull this release
Certain episodes were impressive enough visually, and others seemed to
lacking in just about every way. Nothing was unwatchable; of course, I
failed to notice anything that impressive. Colors were often muted, and
were a number of moments where the video had specks of dust and dirt
detracted from my own enjoyment. The series is presented in the
television broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
Dolby Digital audio never did much, and a part of that is merely
because of the
source material. I wasn't expecting much from the audio presentation
considering this series isn't as popular as it once was as it only
Burn on Demand release. It wasn't that thrilling presentation-wise. You
standard audio with decent dialogue reproduction but it has the minimum
of clarity and there remains nothing thrilling about the sound mix.
bonus feature on this release is Journey
(9:23). The feature isn't even mentioned on the
packaging. Don't become too excited about seeing it, though. This is a
standard EPK featurette about the Questworld aspect of series, the
animation of Jonny Quest: The Real
Adventures: about how it was cutting edge at the time, with
some of the people who worked on the series and animation historian
Sounds okay, I guess, but with such a brief running time it hardly
interest and doesn't even have much to add to the knowledge-base about
Quest: The Real Adventures used
one of my all-time favorite animated series. This was one of the few
where I legitimately became excited to see an episode and to find out
would happen next. Unfortunately, the show doesn't stand the test of
well and is boring, poorly animated, stereotypical, and redundant in
I wish the show was just as charming as I thought it was back when it
aired on television. Sadly, it isn't, and the fans who collected the
set might want to revisit the show first. I owned the first box-set,
expected to enjoy this one too. Somehow that was just not to be.
weak PQ, AQ, and lackluster supplemental material makes this a release
altogether unless your already a dedicated enough fan and certain that
would appreciate the investment.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.