on May 14, 2004
Here's a detailed look at all the Supplemental Bonus Features that are included in this fun and spiffy 4-Disc DVD boxed set of "Jonny Quest: The Complete First Season". Some details concerning this set's menu layout are also shown below. Plus a critique of the cool packaging as well. .........
>> "Jonny Quest Files: Fun, Facts and Trivia" is a unique type of bonus DVD feature. When you choose this bonus, the entire episode "Double Danger" will play with integrated "pop-up" text coming on the screen periodically, displaying bits of trivia and show information. A fun bonus.
>> "Jonny Quest: Adventures In Animation" -- This is a terrific little mini-documentary (in rich-sounding Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo to boot). It features several people in the industry (artists, animators, directors, and writers) talking about their thoughts on the "Jonny Quest" cartoon series. Lots of episode clips are used for this bonus program, which has a run time of 15:14.
>> The "Jonny Quest Video Handbook" consists of 10 separate "Mini Bios", covering just about anything anyone would ever need to know about the Jonny Quest series. These short narrated bio pieces (which all feature a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track) contain many clips from the series as we listen to the capsule biographies, which are told in an entertaining tongue-in-cheek style. Each "bio" must be accessed individually from the "Video Handbook" Main Menu. These video segments range in length from 50 seconds to 3:05, with a total length of 16:57. The ten sections are entitled: "Jonny", "Race", "Dr. Quest", "Hadji", "Bandit", "Allies", "Villains", "Vehicles", "Gadgets & Gear", and "Locales". My favorite is "Villains", which gives us a glimpse at all of the Quest foes and bad guys. Wryly-told, this one is really a hoot!
>> "P.F. Flyer Sneaker Commercial" -- This is an original (color) TV commercial spot (circa 1960s), with "Jonny" and "Race" advertising -- and wearing -- their "P.F. Flyer" athletic shoes. The end of this ad has the original voice of Jonny (Tim Matheson) telling the viewers about the cool "P.F. Magic Ring", complete with a "secret compartment". I'll bet every kid who watched Jonny Quest in those days wanted one of those neat rings. This TV commercial spot lasts exactly 1 minute (although the DVD packaging shows a length of only half this). And the video quality for this bonus ad is remarkably good. Looks brand new! Great stuff here!
>> Trailers for 4 other Cartoon DVD sets. Each of these promotional ads runs a little more than 1 minute. Makes me want them all!
DVD MENU INFORMATION:
Just like these Jonny Quest episodes themselves, I found this DVD set's Menu structure to be very cool. A brief animated sequence comes on screen when any disc is initially loaded into the player (featuring some clips from various episodes), which then expands to show the menu selections -- which are presented in the guise of the instrument panel of the Quest private vertical-takeoff jet.
There are Sub-Menus for "Episode Selections", "Special Features", and "Languages". All bonus supplements are located on Disc 4. You move around the various menu choices using an icon resembling Jonny's bulldog, "Bandit". A "Play All" feature is also included on each disc's Main Menu.
A catchy little "adventurous-sounding" musical theme has been created for this DVD set, that plays while the Main Menu is viewable on screen. While this snappy theme was not derived from the show itself, it still seems to "fit" the spirit of the series very nicely. Yet another well-done touch.
Warner Home Video has issued this 4-Disc set in what they have described in their official press release as "dazzling translucent collectible packaging". And, upon seeing it in person, I'd have to agree completely with that statement. This super-shiny packaging is just bursting with color! The glistening outer slipcover of this "Digipak" case (which is made out of plastic, and not cardboard) securely houses an inner, five-panel fold-out section. The inner paneled section of this unique-looking case must be slid inside the outer "slipcase" in order to gain the full-color effect of the image contained on the cover. When the two sections are placed together, you get the "complete" colorful picture (which seems to emit a kind of "three-dimensional" status when both of the box parts are merged). Excellent graphics indeed!
My only complaint with the box design is that the cover art on the front of the case is NOT an image (drawing) from the original 1964 version of the show. The cover artwork is, instead, taken from the second (1980s) version of the series. Oh, well...the image on the cover still looks nice, even though it is from the much-inferior 1980s Quest series.
Each of the individual discs displays a different JQ character (Race Bannon, Dr. Quest, Jonny, and Hadji on Discs 1-4, respectively). After you've removed a disc from its plastic holder, you'll see a different image of each of the characters printed on the case underneath. Nice work was done on this eye-appealing packaging.
There's no physical paper insert or booklet included with this set. Instead, the episode information (along with some trivia and some excellent vintage photos) is printed onto the various sections (panels) of the inner cardboard fold-out case. There are 7 episodes on each of the first three discs; with the remaining 5 shows on Disc 4 (along with all of the bonus material).
There are no "chapter breaks" for any of the episodes, which is a bit of a disappointment. I would have liked the advantage of at least a chapter break after the opening credits.
This 26-episode DVD collection of "Jonny Quest: Season One" will have great appeal to any fan of this ground-breaking, Hanna-Barbera animated action-adventure TV series. Showing off excellent video quality, several intriguing bonus supplements, and snazzy-looking packaging, this "Jonny Quest" complete-season set from Warner Brothers should satisfy every "JQ" fan's requirements.