Johnny Quasar (partially found prototype "Jimmy Neutron" animated short; 1994-95)


Johnny Quasar
The first screenshot showing Johnny Quasar.
The first screenshot showing Johnny Quasar.
Status Partially Found

Johnny Quasar, sometimes known as The Adventures of Johnny Quasar is a 40-second demo that is a precursor for Jimmy Neutron. It was created sometime in 1994-95 by John Davis and his partner Keith Alcorn with initial designs by Paul Claerhout. The demo was first shown publicly at the 1995 SIGGRAPH conference, and won two awards for the LightWave 3D engine- called "Waveys". The demo won awards in two categories; Best in Character Animation and Best in Show.

Impressed with the demo, series producer Steve Oedekerk partnered with DNA Productions and helped with the production of a new, 13-minute pilot to pitch to Nickelodeon. The new pilot (titled Runaway Rocketboy) marked the first appearance of Jimmy Neutron. Apparently, his name was changed to avoid parallels being drawn to other popular characters Jonny Quest and Captain Quasar.

Current status and search

Despite how notable it was at the time, only the first 11 seconds of the 40-second demo have surfaced to this day, and what has surfaced is of very poor quality. The first 3 seconds lack original audio and were found on a 1994 VHS demo reel for LightWave 3D. The following 8-second clip came from the old DNA Productions website, from sometime after 1995.

In addition, several poor quality stills featuring Johnny Quasar were also on the old DNA website. Previously, they are often presumed to be part of the original demo animation. However, this has been confirmed false by series character designer and storyboard artist Paul Claerhout.

Additionally, several magazine articles have been discovered talking about this animation to varying degrees of detail, sometimes accompanied by images from the demo, scans are available below.

For a time, it was thought the lost demo might've been on a rare CD-ROM from the 1995 SIGGRAPH conference, but it has since come out that this is- in fact, false. (It was confirmed by Redditor /u/siliconclassics and the V&A Archive of Art and Design- who both have copies of the discs)

Fortunately, Youtube User LSuperSonicQ has apparently made contact with series co-creator Keith Alcorn, who talked to Davis briefly about the demo, and found that he believes it's in a particularly large file storage area. Alcorn also said that he'll look in when he has the chance, so there may be hope yet of the full demo surfacing, someday.

Most recently, Lost Media Wiki user CheatFreak made contact with Paul Claerhout about the possibility of him having a copy- sadly he didn't seem to have one, but he did give several new details about the demo, the character designs, and the aforementioned renders from the DNA website.

According to Paul, these stills are actually early production test renders for the later pilot Runaway Rocketboy- and were made to help sell the pilot to Nickelodeon. They were produced a bit before the revised designs were put into full effect, a bit before the switch to the Jimmy Neutron name, and were thus discarded when they adopted the new designs that Claerhout and Alcorn came up with.

The initial character designs for Johnny Quasar pictured below were inspired by George Pal's Puppetoons, a series of 1940s stop motion puppet show films. The revised designs that were eventually used (also shown below) were created in collaboration between both Claerhout and Alcorn together.

The actual demo features only Johnny Quasar flying in, introducing himself and Goddard before looking into the camera saying "Gotta Blast!" and flying off into space- a line later reused for tons of promotional material and other Jimmy Neutron media.

Footage, stills, and artwork

3 seconds of footage at 1:10 (without the original audio.)
8 seconds of footage following the 3 second clip.(with the original audio.)

Magazine and booklet scans

Scans courtesy of computerarchive.org, redditor /u/siliconclassics and a 4chan anon.

Comments


avatar

Anonymous user #1

17 months ago
Score -14++
Ur dum
avatar

Anonymous user #16

3 months ago
Score 0++
How is he dumb
avatar

Mimitchi33

17 months ago
Score 6++
Is it me, or does he look like a toddler in this version?
avatar

Tomatohentai

2 months ago
Score 2++
Johnny Quasar, toddler genius.
avatar

Anonymous user #2

15 months ago
Score 0++
greatt
avatar

Anonymous user #3

15 months ago
Score 2++
Hi I'm not sure if this will help you guys out but back in the 90s I was at SIGGRAPH I didn't see this short but I walked past the area they showed it and I saw a clip that wasn't this clip it was Johnny quasar or Jimmy neutrons parents talking to him or something like that I remember it looked bad even at the time so I was leaving the event butt I did see about a minute of this short ask me if you need more info I'll try to remember all I can.
avatar

Aranea

15 months ago
Score 0++
This was SIGGRAPH 1995?
avatar

Anonymous user #15

4 months ago
Score -1++
Well, the animation of the actual show and planet sheen didn't blow my socks off wither. I guess they really like making shows in source filmmaker.
avatar

Anonymous user #3

14 months ago
Score 1++
Yes
avatar

Anonymous user #3

14 months ago
Score 1++
They were talking about him going to space and saying that he could get killed out their
avatar

Anonymous user #4

13 months ago
Score -6++
Ass
avatar

Anonymous user #5

13 months ago
Score 1++
No spamming
avatar

Anon

13 months ago
Score -1++
avatar

A Person

12 months ago
Score 0++

You guys remember that old Nick show Jimmy Neutron, right? The funny cartoon about a smart kid who does crazy stuff with his friends and family that spinned-off into that crappy Planet Sheen show? Well, back in the late 80’s to early 90’s, before it was a show called Jimmy Neutron, it was just a pilot and concepts codenamed “Johnny Quasar.” The concept was the same, smart kid and crazy adventures, but not much is really known about the original Johnny Quasar. Search it up online and the most you’ll find is some concept art, a few screenshots and even a 9-second clip of the original pilot.

Well, if you were a kid like me, then you’d remember the whole pilot. Back in 1994, when I was 6 years old, my dad took me to go to some conference called SIGGRAPH, but since I couldn’t go to the conference itself, I was sent with the other children to another location. This place was where some of the CG animations would be viewed to entertain kids while their parents went off to check out other exhibits. While I was there, us kids saw a lot of stuff, but what would happen soon would put a stop to bringing children to SIGGRAPH.

The next animation would be of “Johnny Quasar”, and since this animation actually seemed like a cartoon a kid would watch, everyone was excited. The pilot started up just like the 9-second clip you see now-a-days, with Johnny introducing himself and his dog Goddard. As it continued, Johnny’s ship was being shot at by some aliens, you know, the kind of stuff that’d be shown off later in Jimmy Neutron. The thing Johnny did was pull out a stick and throw it towards the UFO’s, telling Goddard to fetch and then play dead. When Goddard caught the stick, which was on one of the UFO’s, he exploded and the screen cut to a white for a good 2 minutes. Well I found that on 4chan by an anonymous user you can find it from here I think https://yuki.la/x/17734645 I hope that might of helped.
avatar

Anonymous user #7

10 months ago
Score 2++
I saw the whole post, and it seems to me to be more of a creepypasta than a true story. It has all the same characteristics that you would see on a creepypasta about a "Lost" episode of a children's show, like the screen cutting to white/black for a while The only thing that I found accurate was the part about the monkey named Paul would, that part of the credits would always freak me out after watching Jimmy Neutron.
avatar

Nodog

10 months ago
Score 1++
Plus, the board this was posted on was /x/: paranormal.
avatar

Anonymous user #6

11 months ago
Score 1++
Imagine what Jimmy Neutron would be like if DNA productions continued with Johnny Quasar...
avatar

Anonymous user #8

9 months ago
Score 0++
Isn't LightWave that 3D thing from the Video Toasters?
avatar

Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
Score 0++
I think you guys haven't noticed that, but Johnny Quasar's Dad appears at the Runaway Rocketboy episode, which was the pilot episode of The Advemtures of Jimmy Neutron.
avatar

Anonymous user #10

7 months ago
Score -1++
As the guy who posted on Jingaroo, I thought this was a parody a few months back. Now I know for a seventh grader.
avatar

Anonymous user #11

6 months ago
Score 1++
LOOK AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD
avatar

Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
Score 0++
LOOK AT HIS LIPS!
avatar

Anonymous user #12

5 months ago
Score 0++
Shouldn't this be listed as partially found.
avatar

Anonymous user #13

5 months ago
Score 0++
I got more content, the name change from Johnny Quasar to Jimmy Neutron happened between 7th October 1997 and 24th of June 1998.
avatar

Anonymous user #14

4 months ago
Score 0++
Where is this?
avatar

Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
Score 0++
The link to it on the Internet Archive is broken
avatar

Anonymous user #22

24 days ago
Score 0++
well...
avatar

Anonymous user #18

3 months ago
Score 0++
it feels like I seen this before.... or maybe I was thinking about something else (no its nor dexter)
avatar

CheatFreak

2 months ago
Score 0++

Did a significant rewrite to provide some additional details on Jimmy Neutron's conception and how quasar relates to it- also added a scan of an article that prominently features Johnny Quasar due to it winning two awards for the LightWave 3D animation software.

People should probably improve my writing further- since I'm not perfect.
avatar

RRTheGamer

2 months ago
Score 2++
I found more cncept art: https://s-me...9f910384.jpg
avatar

Mynameismeh

2 months ago
Score 1++
Nice find
avatar

CheatFreak

2 months ago
Score 0++
Looks like whoever uploaded it totally wrecked the quality. Updated the file in much better quality.
avatar

CheatFreak

2 months ago
Score 0++

I contacted series character designer and artist Paul Claerhout about the possibility of him having a copy of the demo- sadly he doesn't seem but but said he'd look anyway.

I did get some additional detail from him about the demo though for the article. Thanks Paul!

here's the emails for those that want some proof: http://i.imgur.com/a0Em7WE.png
avatar

Anonymous user #19

2 months ago
Score 0++
Why is there memes of this now?!
avatar

Gorillaz27

1 months ago
Score 0++
Why is every name italicized? I'll fix it, but I want to know.
avatar

RRTheGamer

1 months ago
Score 0++
I found even more concept art: http://www.p...3d43c1c5.jpg I also found this:https://vign...160507015952 With a little of concept art in it.
avatar

Mynameismeh

1 months ago
Score 0++
Can you zoom in on the second image?
avatar

RRTheGamer

1 months ago
Score 0++
More concept art: http://paulc...3d43c1c5.jpg
avatar

RRTheGamer

1 months ago
Score 0++
Nevermind, I uploaded that image.
avatar

Anonymous user #20

1 months ago
Score 0++
when will we see the full short
avatar

Mynameismeh

1 months ago
Score 1++
never
avatar

Steve107

1 months ago
Score 2++

I have new information regarding Johnny Quasar. I recently emailed Paul Claerhout, and I'll post the new information and screenshots of the email here.

Firstly, the voice of Johnny Quasar was done by Keith Alcorn's nephew.

Secondly, Paul spoke with John Davis. John said he would be going back to Dallas this fall and one of the things he will be looking for is Johnny Quasar to upload to YouTube.

Screenshots of Email:

http://imgur.com/XmhRNoT

http://imgur.com/hJ9n9jM
avatar

Anonymous user #21

29 days ago
Score 0++
Ass
avatar

Anonymous user #23

19 days ago
Score 0++
He looks creepy...
Add your comment
The Lost Media Wiki welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.


This site is best viewed at 1920x1080 screen resolution.
Powered by MediaWiki Creative Commons Licence