Parents' Guide to

Jonny Quest

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Classic cartoon adventures for grade-schoolers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

So good! But may scare younger kids.

I loved Jonny Quest as a kid back in the 70s and couldn't wait to share it with my daughter. She is 7 now and we are really enjoying these shows. She hasn't seen "The Invisible Monster" episode yet though and I am unsure if it is too scary. It scared me as a kid but this was 40 years ago and I have this sneaking suspicion she will think the monster is "cute." The way the show is conceived, designed and drawn is truly wonderful. Each scene is a work of comic art. Also, this show is (refreshingly) not politically correct. Lots of shooting, some fighting, people and animals are killed (though not graphically and it is not shown on screen), you know, like real life? Just make sure you have the right kind of kid and at the right age.
age 6+

mildy wild adventures

For all the talk you've made about stereotyping on this series, you've conveniently forgotten about Hadji. At the time it was rare for any Arab character to be portrayed in a positive light rather than a derogatory light. But Hadji was a positive character, even bringing some special skills to the others. As for what you say about the villians being portrayed in a stereotypical light, they weren't. I can see why you and perhaps others think they were, but I think otherwise because the villians were always that country's "locals". In other words, the villians in Egypt were never from Canada, the villians from Japan were never from Mexico, etc. In Egypt, the villians were always Egyptians, in Japan the villians were always Japanese, etc. But if you're concerned that younger children might see it the way you do and pick up on it, the best thing to do is to watch with younger children and then talk to them about it. Jonny is only 11 or 12 and can't be on his own full-time yet. That's why Race Bannon comes along to help Dr. Benton Quest, Jonny's father. The various locations are interesting. Even the violence is rather tame compared to what's in many of today's cartoons. A fine choice for kids who know fantasy from reality but aren't yet ready for stronger action-adventure movies or cartoons or other such tv shows.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
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Overall, this classic series provides lots of vintage humor and a surprisingly contemporary take on family life, given the Quests' atypical (for the '60s, anyway) family unit. But keep an eye out for futuristic weapons and glamorized violence (fights among villains sometimes include robots and scary mummies), as well as some awfully dated stereotyping.

Many of the show's foreign characters are one-dimensional; you may want to explain to kids that the concept of political correctness didn't exist back in Jonny's day, and tell them why labels and clichés aren't OK. On the plus side, the serial- and comic book-inspired Jonny Quest is filled with exciting adventures, and it succeeds in sending the message that "family" can take many forms.

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