Mess O' Blues (partially found "Johnny Bravo" prototype animated short; 1993)
|Screencap from the short.|
Mess O' Blues was the original thesis short for Johnny Bravo created by Van Partible in 1993.
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 is 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
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!).
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.
In January 2017, LMW user YoshiKiller2S uploaded the Johnny Bravo Documentary that contains footage of Mess O' Blues, and uploaded four animation cels from Mess O' Blues as well.
- Billy and Mandy in Trepanation of the Skull and You, another Cartoon Network animated series' prototype animated short (for The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) that was long lost and then found.