Mess O' Blues (partially found "Johnny Bravo" prototype animated short; 1993)


Mess O' Blues
Screencap from the short.
Screencap from the short.
Status Partially Found

Mess O' Blues was the original thesis short for Johnny Bravo created by Van Partible in 1993.

Origins

While working at Loyola Marymount University, Partible decided to pursue a career in animation, and so he started working on a senior thesis project called Mess O' Blues.

The short about an Elvis Presley impersonator, (originally three impersonators, before it was shortened to one due to time constraints and lack of a budget), who would later become Johnny Bravo.

Becoming Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo.
Dan McLaughin (Partible's animation professor) showed the short to a friend working at Hanna-Barbera Productions.


The studio saw the short and loved it so much they asked Partible if he could do a pitch for a seven-minute short cartoon, with Mess O' Blues as the inspiration. This became the original Johnny Bravo short.

The character was changed so that, as Partible put it, " he would be more of this '50's iconic James Dean-looking character that talked like Elvis."
Other changes include his hairstyle, name, physical appearance and personality.

This new pilot was later aired on World Premiere Toons (also known as What a Cartoon!).

Resurfacing

Despite its success, Mess O' Blues has never been released or even seen publicly, unlike the widely available and similarly made What a Cartoon predecessor The Whoopass Girls - which would later become The Powerpuff Girls.

The only footage that has ever been made available are some short, mute clips in a Johnny Bravo Documentary on the Johnny Bravo Season one DVD.

Update

LMW user YoshiKiller2S uploaded the Johnny Bravo Documentary that contains footage of Mess O' Blues, and uploaded four animation cels from the short as well.

The full Documentary.

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See also

Comments


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TsukiCondor'91

10 months ago
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If Mess O' Bluses Is Lost Where Did That Photo Come From ?
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Dycaite

10 months ago
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That screenshot is from the documentary included on the Season 1 DVD, as mentioned above.
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Anonymous user #4

1 months ago
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We need to gather more info ASAP
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Anonymous user #1

10 months ago
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Actually, footage does exist if they showed it on the DVD
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Heya Babah!
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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I Wish The Mass O' Blues Short Will Be As A Bonus Feature On Johnny Bravo Goes to Bollywood DVD.
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Yoshikiller2S

3 months ago
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I managed to get the Season 1 DVD of Johnny Bravo, so I ripped the Documentary and put it on YouTube https://www....ure=youtu.be
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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how on earth did this guy got a hold of those cells??
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Yoshikiller2S

2 months ago
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First *Cels second I get them from the Johnny Bravo season 1 DVD
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Kablamoid

3 months ago
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Welp, incase this page gets taken down *doubt it will* or the video gets taken down, i have the animation cells, and video stored on a "Lost media folder" on my computer
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Kablamoid

3 months ago
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  • cels*
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KingQuagsire

2 months ago
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Wait Who Wrote Mess O Blues?
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