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  • Actor Allusion: In his first appearance, Jeremiah Surd laments that news coverage about his nerve gas interrupted Scooby-Doo. Surd's voice actor, Frank Welker, has voiced Freddie since the very first episode in 1969.
  • Creator Backlash: Lance Falk hated the Questworld stuff and the Maine compound (hence its destruction in the final episode). As he described seeing how bad the production was early on (see below): "Being at HB and seeing the disintegration of Quest was akin to watching a beloved childhood friend on crack...and I was powerless to help." He also heard "nightmare/disaster" stories from said early production while working elsewhere. And as part of the salvage attempt later on: "it was truly hellish to see it happen."
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  • Follow the Leader: Continuing on from what The New Adventures of Jonny Quest did to the 60s version, the first season did to the 80s version. While still being an action show, Jonny and friends were made more into a realistic 1990s mold. However, the second season deliberately preferred to follow back some elements from the 1960s version. Scooby-Doo would of course also follow on both of those leads as the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series began.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show had a few single-episode VHS tapes and laserdisc releases during its run, but was all but forgotten after that, especially after the Time Warner merger. Most of the episodes can be found online, though, thanks to the shows' faithful fanbase. Finally in 2009, Turner released a DVD set of the first 13 episodes of season 1, including director/producer commentary and "making of" mini-features. The second half of the first season was released in 2012. The second season followed in November of 2015.
    • As of 2013, the full series is now available for download on iTunes and Google Play.
  • Out of Order: Due to the chaotic production, both styles of episodes were run in completely random fashion originally, creating a schizophrenic mess that left viewers baffled.
  • The Other Darrin: Due to the different seasons of the show originally being intended to be separate series, as well as the overhaul in production, most of the main cast changed between seasons 1 and 2.
    • Jonny went from being voiced by J.D. Roth to Quinton Flynn, while Hadji went from being voiced by Michael Benyaer to Rob Paulsen (who had previously voiced the character in the '80s telefilms). Jessie was voiced by Jesse Douglas in season 1, but then by Jennifer Hale afterwards.
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    • George Segal voiced Dr. Quest during the first season, but was replaced by John de Lancie afterwards. Don Messick actually was going to reprise his role of Dr. Quest, but sadly suffered a stroke during the early voice sessions, necessitating the replacement.
    • Race Bannon was first voiced by Robert Patrick, but then by Granville van Dusen (his '80s series voice actor) for the first two episodes of the second season. Van Dusen was then replaced by Robert Foxworth.
    • The sole exception to these changes was Frank Welker, who provided Bandit's barks and yaps in both versions.
  • Parody Assistance: In a way— when recasting for season 2, they used the Freakazoid! segment Toby Danger (an Affectionate Parody of original JQ, complete with Don Messick!) as a vocal reference.
  • Playing Against Type: In Season 2, John de Lancie voices the straight laced Dr. Quest — a role as far removed from Q or Discord as humanly possible.
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  • Production Posse: When Davis Doi and Larry Houston took over production for season 2, they brought in several voice actors who they'd worked with before— Rob Paulsen (from SWAT Kats) and Quinton Flynn (from Fantastic Four).
  • Promoted Fanboy: Lance Falk and Davis Doi were major fans of the original Jonny Quest, and when they were hired for season 2, they set about changing pretty much everything to make it closer to the original, including de-emphasizing Questworld and changing the voice actors.
  • Prop Recycling: Some of the vehicles from the Galoob toyline were later recycled in the G.I. Joe toyline in the early 2000s (Hasbro having bought Galoob in 1998).
  • Recycled Script: The season 2 ep "Eclipse" was cannibalized from an unfinished episode of SWAT Kats, "The Curse of Kataluna" (which would've had a Succubus). Not surprising, since Davis Doi, co-producer of season 2 was also a producer of SK; Glenn Leopold, who wrote the ep and a majority of SK eps, also recycled elements for Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Irina and Jessie sure made quite a student teacher on this one.
  • Troubled Production: The show's pre-production was... turbulent, to say the least. The project started way back in the early 90s, and Lance Falk approached the showrunners, Peter Lawrence and Takashi, to work on the show, but left when he realized that the duo was bent on making their own, "reimagined" version as opposed to a closer-to-the-original project, and went to work on another H-B show, SWAT Kats. While there, he heard rumors that the Lawrence/Takashi project was in trouble, and recruited a bunch of other classic JQ fans to assist him in making a pitch to H-B exec Buzz Potamkin, promising that they could get the show done. But Potamkin promptly stonewalled them for some reason, with then studio head Fred Siebert never hearing of Falk's pitch; he and the others were then laid off, with Lance heading to Warner Bros. to work on Animaniacs. Fast forward a while, and the Lawrence/Takashi team had sunk $11 million over 2-and-a-half years and there weren't any episodes ready to air yet. Compound that with the Galoob toys {based around Questworld} being ready to go and Cartoon Network setting airdates, it was clear that the show was sinking fast. Davis Doi (another veteran of SWAT Kats) was recruited to help bring the project back in line and hopefully make something airable out of the chaos. As a result, four different crews were going to work on the show; Cos Anziolatti and John Eng would handle the task of trying to make sense of the scraps that Lawrence and Takashi had managed to make and turn those into episodes (huge amounts of stuff had to be trashed, re-written and animated just to make some kind of sense). Meanwhile, Doi and Larry Houston would be in charge of a new batch of 26 episodes far closer to the 1960s show, with the Questworld gimmick largely phased out, all the voice-actors replaced, and characterization and looks closer to the original. But both batches of episodes were mixed and matched at random when aired, created a disjointed, confusing show. (Both batches were retroactively labeled as "Season 1" and "Season 2" thereafter, though H-B technically saw them as one season.) As a result of the chaos, 13 episodes were cut from the original order and the financial state resulted in the show not getting a third season.
  • What Could Have Been: Lance Falk's team had pledged to explore the history of Jonny's mother Rachel in a third season, but the show was cancelled so they never got the chance. Their third season also would've seen a further return to the 1960s version, including the complete removal of Questworld.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Jonny's first voice actor, J.D. Roth, definitely supported the Jonny/Jessie relationship.
  • Working Title: Despite the many titles given to this show, the most notable is this one Jonny Quest's Extraordinary Adventures.


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