Join Johnny Bravo, the dim-witted, girl-chasing, muscle-flexing, sunglasses-wearing, clown-hating, mama-loving pretty boy as he karate-chops his way through 13 Outrageous Episodes of action-packed antics that’ll rock your world! Hilarious pop-culture references including spoofs of Schoolhouse Rock, The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book and Dr. Seuss serve up gut-busting laughs. Guest appearances from Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang along with celebrities like Farrah Fawcett, Adam West and Donny Osmond boost this 2-Disc Complete Season One Collection to hubba-hubba status. Play it cool, like Johnny would, and play this heaping helping of pure Bravo!
A Cartoon Network Hall of Fame animated show about an Elvis-inspired ladies' man with too much confidence and a decided lack of intellect, Van Partible's iconic Johnny Bravo is ridiculous, funny, clever, and totally irreverent all at the same time. Most self-respecting women are initially repelled by the cocky Johnny Bravo character--he's obsessed with flexing his muscles and he sees every situation as the perfect opportunity to pick up chicks. But after enduring a couple of episodes, the realization strikes that the chicks get their revenge on Johnny every time, and that it's actually kind of funny to watch. What also becomes clear is that the seemingly simplistic cartoon is really pretty clever. No, it's not a content-oriented show at all--it is definitely all about the laughs--but the creators are good at presenting the ridiculous and parodying iconic characters from the past. In fact, the funniest episodes are those that reference old movies or television shows: "The Man Who Cried Clown," "Johnny Real Good," and "Little Talky Tabitha" are quirky, out-of-this-realm stories that begin and end just like The Twilight Zone episodes, and "The Sensitive Male" is a hilarious spoof of those iconic Schoolhouse Rock television shorts. Similarly, "Johnny Meets Donny Osmond" is amusing not only because it pokes fun at the always-smiling, never-ruffled Donny Osmond, but also because of scenes that suggest The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. "Johnny Bravo Meets Adam West" is absolutely ridiculous, but it works because it's such an obvious take-off on the old Batman cartoons. In addition to creator Partible, the series features the writing of Seth MacFarlane and Butch Hartman, each of whom later achieved his own fame with Family Guy and The Fairly Odd Parents, respectively. Bonuses include optional commentary on three episodes with Partible and an assortment of other talents, among them Jeff Bennett, John McIntyre, Butch Hartman, and Kara Vallow; the documentary "Bringing Up Johnny Bravo"; Seth MacFarlane's temporary song track for "The Sensitive Male"; and original pencil tests for two Johnny Bravo episodes. The bottom line is this: Johnny Bravo is a cartoon about a real jerk who gets into one ridiculous situation after another and who always gets what's coming to him--and even though part of you wants to hate it, you can't help but find it pretty darn funny. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi