Johnny Bravo

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Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo intertitle.jpg
GenreComedy
FormatAnimated series
Created byVan Partible
Written byVan Partible
Gene Grillo
Jed Spingarn
Seth MacFarlane
John Crane
Directed byKirk Tingblad
Van Partible
Russell Calabrese
Butch Hartman
John McIntyre
Voices ofJeff Bennett
Marc Silk
Brenda Vaccaro
Cody Dorkin
Mae Whitman
Tom Kenny
Larry Drake
Theme music composerLouis Fagenson
Opening theme"Johnny Bravo"
Ending theme"Johnny Bravo" (instrumental)
Composer(s)Louis Fagenson
Christopher Neal Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes67 (whole)
178 (segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Van Partible
Sherry Gunther
Brian A. Miller, Linda Simensky and Khaki Jones (for Cartoon Network)
Brian A. Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey (for Cartoon Network Studios)
Producer(s)Gary Hartle
Kara Vallow
Cosmo Anzilotti
Kirk Tingblad
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
Audio formatDolby Surround (1997-2002)
Dolby Digital (2002-2004)
Original runJuly 7, 1997 (1997-07-07) – August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27)
Chronology
Related showsWhat a Cartoon!
External links
Website
 
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Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo intertitle.jpg
GenreComedy
FormatAnimated series
Created byVan Partible
Written byVan Partible
Gene Grillo
Jed Spingarn
Seth MacFarlane
John Crane
Directed byKirk Tingblad
Van Partible
Russell Calabrese
Butch Hartman
John McIntyre
Voices ofJeff Bennett
Marc Silk
Brenda Vaccaro
Cody Dorkin
Mae Whitman
Tom Kenny
Larry Drake
Theme music composerLouis Fagenson
Opening theme"Johnny Bravo"
Ending theme"Johnny Bravo" (instrumental)
Composer(s)Louis Fagenson
Christopher Neal Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes67 (whole)
178 (segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Van Partible
Sherry Gunther
Brian A. Miller, Linda Simensky and Khaki Jones (for Cartoon Network)
Brian A. Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey (for Cartoon Network Studios)
Producer(s)Gary Hartle
Kara Vallow
Cosmo Anzilotti
Kirk Tingblad
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
Audio formatDolby Surround (1997-2002)
Dolby Digital (2002-2004)
Original runJuly 7, 1997 (1997-07-07) – August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27)
Chronology
Related showsWhat a Cartoon!
External links
Website

Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series by Van Partible for Cartoon Network. The series stars a muscular beefcake young man named Johnny Bravo who dons a pompadour hairstyle and an Elvis Presley-like voice and has a forward, woman-chasing personality. Plots typically revolve around him trying to get a woman that he has targeted throughout the episode to fall in love with him. He is often beaten up or stunned by his target or companions, or is ditched by them in the end.

The series was originally part of a series of shorts on Cartoon Network's animation showcase series World Premiere Toons (also known as the The What a Cartoon! Show). The popularity of the shorts led to the network commissioning a full series for the show, which premiered on July 7, 1997. The series was renewed for multiple following seasons and finally ended its official run on August 27, 2004.

The series was the second series to be spun from World Premiere Toons, and is the second series under Cartoon Cartoons (a collective name for early Cartoon Network original series). A spin-off of the series, JBVO, was unsuccessful and ran for one season. Many of the writers and directors on the series went on to become famous for their own projects (writer Seth MacFarlane for Fox's Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show and writer/director Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy). Johnny Bravo is today considered a classic Cartoon Network series, the title character is labeled as "iconic", and his catchphrases (including "Wooaahh, Mama!") are relatively common in popular culture.[1] Reruns of the show are played on Boomerang.

A television movie titled Johnny Bravo Goes to Bollywood was made and aired in India in 2009, and in August 2010 in the United Kingdom. A 70-minute movie with the same title aired in Australia on November 20, 2011.[2][3]

As of March 30, 2012, this series has returned to Cartoon Network in reruns on the revived block, Cartoon Planet.[4]

Johnny Bravo has received generally positive reviews from critics and is now regarded as a cult hit.

History[edit]

The series takes its roots from a senior thesis project creator Van Partible did for Loyola Marymount University, about an Elvis Presley impersonator.[1] Mess O' Blues (1993) was shown by Partible's animation professor at the college to a friend working for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons at the time. The studio loved the film and asked him to develop it into a pitch for a seven-minute short. Partible sold the project to Hanna-Barbera shortly afterward.[5] The short would be aired on Cartoon Network's new animation showcase, World Premiere Toons.[1] Also known as the What a Cartoon! Show, the series' short cartoons (three per half-hour episode) mirrored the structure of a theatrical cartoon, with each film being based on an original storyboard drawn and written by its artist/creator.

Partible initially roomed with Craig McCracken (creator of The Powerpuff Girls), Paul Rudish (a designer on that series) and Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of Dexter's Laboratory).[1] The only two cartoonists fresh out of college were Partible and Seth MacFarlane.[1] Partible changed his character from Mess O' Blues around so that "he would be more of this '50s iconic James Dean-looking character that talked like Elvis". Partible picked voice actor Jeff Bennett to play Johnny Bravo solely based on his young, hyped Elvis impression.[1]

The short, Johnny Bravo, premiered on World Premiere Toons on March 26, 1995, and involved Johnny trying to score with a zookeeper girl by capturing a runaway talking gorilla. Partible, with a small team of animators, animated the short themselves in-house at Hanna-Barbera using digital ink and paint (the latter shorts and seasons 1 and early season 2 of the series would instead use the traditional ink and paint and film camera).[6] Two more shorts on the program followed (Jungle Boy in "Mr. Monkeyman", and Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women) and the shorts were so popular that Cartoon Network commissioned a first season of series based around Johnny Bravo, consisting of 13 episodes.

The crew of the first season of Johnny Bravo consisted of several writers, animators, and directors from World Premiere Toons, including the aforementioned MacFarlane and Hartman, Steve Marmel, and John McIntyre. Veteran cartoonist and animation legend Joseph Barbera was also a creative consultant and a mentor for the first season of the series.[7][8] Partible stated in a 1997 interview that the goal of the series was to have "animation reminiscent of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons".[8]

The series premiered on July 14, 1997,[9] and the first season completed in December of that year. The series was put on hiatus, until it was picked up for an unexpected second season in 1999. During that season, the show undertook a major creative re-tooling, in which new characters were introduced, re-designs of characters with new personalities were prevalent, and the tone and humor of the show changed considerably. Some of the changes the show experienced during the re-tooled version were the heavy emphasis on Johnny's stupidity, the removal of the Jungle Boy characters and new catchphrases. Most viewers[who?] did not take kindly to the changes while others[who?] thought the show greatly improved and took off with a slapstick style. The show kept this format until the series' third season ended in 2002. The series sat in limbo once again until it was renewed for a fourth season in 2003, which aired in 2004. The final season of the series returned to the humor of the original shorts and first season of the series (although the Jungle Boy characters from the first season never returned). The show was officially ended in late 2004.[citation needed]

After the series ended in 2004, the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet was given a special paint scheme with Johnny Bravo on the hood. It was driven by Kyle Busch in the 2005 Sharpie 500 NASCAR race. On the long lasting impact of the show, writer/director Butch Hartman states:

When Johnny Bravo first came out, I don't think a lot of people didn't have high hopes for it, and I think it was really cool that prove exactly what kind of character he was. No one really thought it was going to go anywhere. Not only has it gone somewhere, it's actually still around, it's very iconic now, 15, 16 years later.[1]

The show's creative team went on to create many successful television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including writer Seth MacFarlane, creator of the popular animated series Family Guy. Shortly after the series' first season was completed, writer/director Butch Hartman left to work on Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons, from which those shorts spun off his own success, The Fairly OddParents. Steve Marmel, writer for Johnny Bravo, has been a producer and writer for The Fairly OddParents since its premiere in 2001. In addition to Johnny Bravo, director John McIntyre directed episodes of several other Cartoon Cartoons, and more recently served as a supervising director on Cartoon Network's original series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.

Characters[edit]

Hallmarks[edit]

The series had many recognizable hallmarks, whether it is running gags or the humor revolving around Bravo's bravado itself.

Pop culture references[edit]

The series was abounding in pop culture references. The original short that preceded the series, Mess O' Blues, was based around an Elvis Presley impersonator.[1] Johnny Bravo lives in "Aron City". Aron was Elvis Presley's middle name. Even from the first season, creator Van Partible intended for the show's middle segment to be a form of "Johnny Bravo Meets...", intended as a parody of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.[1][5] An entire episode of the first season of the show is based around homages to "The Twilight Zone’’ (or, as the show dubs it, The Zone, Where Normal Things Don't Happen Very Often.) In that episode, which consisted of three Twilight Zone parodies, opened and closed by the words of a narrator, and would consist of Johnny encountering something strange, for example, being at the mercy of a boy who can seemingly alter reality at will, or fighting a personal war with a clown trying to damage a plane's wing (only to discover he was one of two clowns kept to "balance" the plane) - the episode also included a talking doll that attempted to commit murder. Additional references to the episodes spoofed included Johnny trying to inform William Shatner of the clown on the wing, with Shatner implying he had been in a similar situation before, and Johnny referring to his godlike babysitting charge as "Billy" and "Will Robinson," a reference to actor Billy Mumy who played the role in the original Twilight Zone episode.[11]

The show makes reference to horror film The Shining in an episode when he enters a bar announcing "Heeeeerrreeee's Johnny!"

In another episode, the show makes an homage to the film The Little Shop of Horrors where a small choir of women sing along in the same style and rhythm as the opening to the film.

Johnny sings the first few lines of the Depeche Mode song "Just Can't Get Enough" in "A Johnny Bravo Christmas", as well as several other songs, films, and other TV shows. Also in the intro video the text "Johnny Bravo" can be seen written in the same font and style as the Back to the Future logo. As a testament to the show's pop culture references (which lasted for the show's entire seven-year long run), one of the Village People can be seen in the background of "The Island of Beautiful Men" in the series’ third pilot episode, Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women.[6]

In a different episode, a strange little man who is always able to ask a pretty woman out when Johnny fails gives him advice on how to get them through song. The songs that the little man sung resembled songs that played in "Schoolhouse Rock!", which actor Jack Sheldon, who voiced the little man, did many of the most iconic songs.

In the episode "The Time of My Life", Johnny's song about his first love is a parody of "Da Doo" from "Little Shop of Horrors", A subsequent scene pays homage to "Grease".

The episode "The Hunk at the End of This Cartoon" is a direct parody of the 1971 book "The Monster at the End of This Book".

In the episode "A Johnny Bravo Christmas", a male pilot is named "Shirley," a reference to the famous joke in the film "Airplane!"

In "Chain Gang Johnny", the warden twice references a famous line from the movie Cool Hand Luke.

The episode "Some Like it Stupid" has Johnny and Carl dressing like females to escape getting harmed from a thug as a tribute to the film Some Like it Hot.

"The Island of Mrs. Morceau" episode is based on the H.G. Wells book entitled "The Island of Dr. Moreau".

Humor[edit]

Much of the humor of the series revolves around the antics and dimwittedness of Johnny himself. The entire series revolves around Bravo's undying desire to go on a date with a woman, and most women beat him up when he asks them. In turn, Bravo asks them in a very confident, almost cocky manner. Johnny also has been seen to do absurd things just to see a woman. Though narcissistic, Johnny has a relatively innocent nature, which, in conjunction with his lack of intelligence, can occasionally land him in the middle of others' dastardly plots (where he often remains oblivious even as they unfold). When Johnny enjoys something, usually something he tastes or sees, he often exclaims enjoyment by saying, "Mmm, (object)-y!" This joke was introduced and was most prevalent in the second season. This is similar to one of Homer Simpson and Pee-wee Herman's catchphrases.

Sly adult humor is found in many early episodes of the show. In one episode, when Little Suzy calls Johnny to ask if he wants to come over, Johnny nonchalantly tells her to "[call] back in 15 years when [she is] a co-ed." In regard to the adult humor, Butch Hartman stated "...being concerned with the content of the episodes wasn't our main focus", and creator Van Partible remembers that "No one was really watching Cartoon Network [...] As far as content, they were pretty lenient on all the kind of things that were going on."[1]

Guest appearances[edit]

The series has had numerous guest stars, which include: Don Knotts, Jessica Biel, Alec Baldwin, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Rick Springfield, Luke Perry, Farrah Fawcett, Brock Peters, Vendela Kirsebom, Adam West, Dionne Warwick, Jack Sheldon, Mick Jagger, Richard Simmons, Joey McIntyre, Mr. T, Mark Hamill, Shaquille O'Neal, Donny Osmond, Seth Green, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong, Michael Jeter, Chuck D, Jeffrey Tambor, Tia Carrere, and Laraine Newman. Initially, the goal of the first season of the show was to have popular 1970s icons (such as Osmond and Fawcett) to appear on the "Johnny Bravo Meets..." middle segment of the show, but guest stars were used informally after the second season began.[1]

The episode "Johnny Bravo Meets Adam West!" in which West guest stars, inspired Seth MacFarlane, who also wrote the episode, to incorporate a similar character into Family Guy. Other, more famous Hanna-Barbera characters have appeared in Johnny Bravo episodes, including the cast of Scooby-Doo, Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear, The Blue Falcon, Black Widow, and Huckleberry Hound.

Reception[edit]

In 2009, IGN ranked Johnny Bravo No. 71 for its Top 100 Animated Series list.[12]

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)Result
1997Annie AwardBest Individual Achievement: Voice Acting by a Male Performer in a TV Production[13]Jeff Bennett
as Johnny Bravo
Nominated
1998Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production[14]Steve Marmel
for "The Perfect Gift"
Nominated
YoungStar AwardBest Performance in a Voice Over Talent[15]Mae Whitman
as Little Suzy
Nominated
2000Annie AwardOutstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production[16]Kirk Tingblad
for "Noir Johnny"
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production[16]Mary Hanley
for "Noir Johnny"
Nominated
2001Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing — Television Animated Series — Sound[17]Glenn Oyabe, Kerry Iverson, Jesse Aruda, and John Bires
for "The Johnny Bravo Affair/Biosphere Johnny/Spa Spaz"
Nominated
2004Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music[18]Roy Braverman
for "It's Valentine's Day, Johnny Bravo"
Nominated

Media[edit]

JBVO: Your All Request Cartoon Show[edit]

JBVO: Your All Request Cartoon Show is a short-lived programming block that aired Sundays on Cartoon Network from April 2, 2000, to May 21, 2001. It was hosted by Johnny Bravo, along with some infrequent guest stars such as Chicken (from Cow and Chicken). Callers would write into the show via mail or through the Cartoon Network website[19] to call the show and request a cartoon from Cartoon Network's cartoon library, which would then be played, with an exception of half-hour-long shows. Notably, one caller of the show requested an episode of Dragon Ball Z. Being that it was a half-hour long, Johnny regretfully had to fast-forward through the entire episode with Johnny providing only expositional commentary. Afterward, Johnny apologized to the caller for the inconvenience.[citation needed]

There was also a similar spin-off of the JBVO concept itself entitled Viva Las Bravo, a summer block that aired in 2005 and 2006 in certain European variants of Cartoon Network.[citation needed] Every day Johnny would announce three cartoons, with the one getting the highest votes via email or on CartoonNetworkHQ.net would be shown for two hours the next day. He would also constantly appear in commercial breaks, cracking jokes or answering humorous emails and phone calls.

Comics[edit]

In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to produce comics based on its properties. Johnny Bravo was one of the titles announced to be published.[20]

Video game[edit]

A video game titled Johnny Bravo: Date-O-Rama! was released for the Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2 consoles.[21]

Home releases[edit]

Warner Bros. stated in an interview that they are "...in conversations with Cartoon Network" for DVD collections of various cartoons, among which is Johnny Bravo in 2006.[22] Johnny Bravo: Season 1, a two-disc set featuring the complete first season which contains all 13 episodes, was released by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand (Region 4) on October 10, 2007. On November 4, 2009, the complete second season was released. MVD Company Limited also released Season 1-5 in 2009.

A Region 1 release of the first season, with different cover art and new special features, was released by Warner Home Video on June 15, 2010. The release is first in an official release of several Cartoon Cartoons on DVD, under the "Cartoon Network Hall of Fame" name.[23]

Region 1

TitleRelease dateEpisodesDescription
Johnny Bravo: Season OneJune 15, 20101-13This two-disc release includes all 13 episodes from the first season, a look-back documentary, pencil tests, and episode commentaries.

Other releases

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Van Partible, Jeff Bennett, Butch Hartman, John McIntyre et al. (2010). Johnny Bravo: Season One. Special Features: Bringing Up Johnny Bravo (DVD). Warner Home Video. 
  2. ^ "Blog « Van Partible". Vanpartible.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Johnny Bravo Goes To Bollywood | Cartoon Network Australia". Cartoonnetwork.com.au. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ Walton, Zach (March 29, 2012). "Cartoon Network Brings Back The Classics With Cartoon Planet". WebProNews. iEntry Network. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Azar, Philip (2010-04-28). "LMU-originated 'Johnny Bravo' on DVD". Los Angeles Loyolan. Retrieved 2010-06-16. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b Partible, Van (2010). Johnny Bravo season one DVD commentary for the episode "Johnny Bravo / Jungle Boy in "Mr. Monkeyman" / Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women" (DVD). Warner Home Video. 
  7. ^ Partible, Van (2010). Johnny Bravo season one DVD commentary for the episode "The Sensitive Male! / Bravo Dooby-Doo" (DVD). Warner Home Video. 
  8. ^ a b "Drawing from Experience". 1997. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  9. ^ Boedeker, Hal (July 14, 1997). "Cartoon Network zany relief". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  10. ^ "The dead live again - as voices." Minneapolis Star Tribune. December 16, 1995. Retrieved on March 6, 2010. "Elvis speaks to kids during cartoon show! It sounds like a headline from a supermarket tabloid, but it's true. Jeff Bennett borrowed the King's voice when he spoke for the cartoon character "Johnny Bravo.""
  11. ^ Partible, Van (2010). Johnny Bravo season one DVD commentary for the episode "The Man Who Cried "Clown!" / Johnny, Real Good / Little Talky Tabitha!" (DVD). Warner Home Video. 
  12. ^ "71. Johnny Bravo". IGN. News Corporation. January 23, 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  13. ^ "25th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1997)". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  14. ^ "26th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1998)". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  15. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter's 4th Annual YoungStar Awards Hosts and Nominees Announced.". PR Newswire. United Business Media. September 2, 1999. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  16. ^ a b "28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  17. ^ "Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  18. ^ "Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  19. ^ "Cartoon Network: JBVO". Archived from the original on 2000-08-15. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  20. ^ http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/2507/
  21. ^ "Johnny Bravo: Date-O-Rama!". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  22. ^ Lacey, Gord (2006-06-07). "Home Theatre Forum Warner Bros Chat Transcript — Part 2". TVShowsonDVD.com. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  23. ^ David Lambert. "Johnny Bravo long awaited Season 1 DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 

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