The Adventures of Johnny Quasar (found prototype "Jimmy Neutron" animated shorts; 1995-1997)


The Adventures of Johnny Quasar
Title card of the 1995 demo.
Title card of the 1995 demo.
Status Found
Date found 14 Aug 2017
Found by Hilal H.

The Adventures of Johnny Quasar (also known as simply Johnny Quasar) is a 40 seconds long demo that is a precursor for Jimmy Neutron. Created in 1995 by John Davis and his partner Keith Alcorn with initial designs by Paul Claerhout, it was first shown publicly at the 1995 SIGGRAPH conference, winning two awards – Best in Character Animation and Best in Show – for the LightWave 3D engine called "Waveys". Another demo of the same title was produced in 1997, featuring the titular character confronting aliens.

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 had surfaced, and what had surfaced was of very poor quality. The first 3 seconds lack original audio 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.[1]

In addition, several poor quality stills featuring Johnny Quasar were also on the old DNA website. Previously, they were 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 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)[2][3]

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.

On August 14th, 2017, Johnny Quasar's voice actor uploaded the full 1995 and 1997 demos on his YouTube channel Hilal H..

Gallery

The full 1995 demo.
The full 1997 demo.

Concept Art

Magazine and booklet scans

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

References

  1. The 8 second clip from DNA Productions's website Last retrieved September 19 2017
  2. siliconclassics's Reddit post Last retrieved September 19 2017
  3. Page describing V&A Archive of Art and Design's ownership of said CD-ROM Last retrieved September 19 2017

Comments


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Mimitchi33

19 months ago
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Is it me, or does he look like a toddler in this version?
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Tomatohentai

4 months ago
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Johnny Quasar, toddler genius.
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Anonymous user #1

17 months ago
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greatt
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Anonymous user #2

17 months ago
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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.
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Aranea

17 months ago
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This was SIGGRAPH 1995?
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Anonymous user #12

6 months ago
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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.
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Anonymous user #21

1 months ago
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Can you remember any thing else
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Anonymous user #2

16 months ago
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Yes
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Anonymous user #2

16 months ago
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They were talking about him going to space and saying that he could get killed out their
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Anon

15 months ago
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A Person

14 months ago
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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.
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Anonymous user #4

12 months ago
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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.
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Nodog

12 months ago
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Plus, the board this was posted on was /x/: paranormal.
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Anonymous user #31

29 days ago
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I like how now we found the actual full version we know you bullshitted half of the story
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Anonymous user #3

13 months ago
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Imagine what Jimmy Neutron would be like if DNA productions continued with Johnny Quasar...
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Anonymous user #5

11 months ago
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Isn't LightWave that 3D thing from the Video Toasters?
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Anonymous user #6

9 months ago
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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.
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Anonymous user #7

9 months ago
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As the guy who posted on Jingaroo, I thought this was a parody a few months back. Now I know for a seventh grader.
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Anonymous user #8

8 months ago
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LOOK AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD
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Anonymous user #14

6 months ago
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LOOK AT HIS LIPS!
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Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
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Shouldn't this be listed as partially found.
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Anonymous user #10

7 months ago
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I got more content, the name change from Johnny Quasar to Jimmy Neutron happened between 7th October 1997 and 24th of June 1998.
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Anonymous user #11

6 months ago
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Where is this?
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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The link to it on the Internet Archive is broken
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Anonymous user #18

2 months ago
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well...
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Anonymous user #15

5 months ago
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it feels like I seen this before.... or maybe I was thinking about something else (no its nor dexter)
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CheatFreak

4 months ago
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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.
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RRTheGamer

4 months ago
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I found more cncept art: https://s-me...9f910384.jpg
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Nice find
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CheatFreak

4 months ago
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Looks like whoever uploaded it totally wrecked the quality. Updated the file in much better quality.
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Anonymous user #29

1 months ago
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Good job capton ovius
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CheatFreak

4 months ago
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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
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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Why is there memes of this now?!
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Josesito8

1 months ago
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Becouse of his big, really big head
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Gorillaz27

3 months ago
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Why is every name italicized? I'll fix it, but I want to know.
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RRTheGamer

3 months ago
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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.
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Ryanskii

3 months ago
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Can you zoom in on the second image?
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RRTheGamer

3 months ago
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More concept art: http://paulc...3d43c1c5.jpg
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RRTheGamer

3 months ago
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Nevermind, I uploaded that image.
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Anonymous user #17

3 months ago
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when will we see the full short
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Ryanskii

3 months ago
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never
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Anonymous user #28

1 months ago
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Spoke too soon
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Studman

1 months ago
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ahaha bro
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Steve107

3 months ago
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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
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Anonymous user #19

2 months ago
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He looks creepy...
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MrDenton

2 months ago
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I also contacted Paul Claerhout, he stated there is ANOTHER VERSION of Johnny Quasar. Here is the email: https://driv...CYVRIXy1KY28
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MrDenton

1 months ago
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This second version of Johnny Quasar is about one minute long, it featured Johnny and Goddard in their rocket being chased by large UFO's. Large guns pop out of the UFOs and fire at the rocket.
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MrDenton

1 months ago
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So after the conversation with Paul Claerhout, I came to a few conclusions. There were two test pilots made for Jimmy Neutron. The first one is what the 8 second clip is from. The second test pilot is about a minute long and once again is in the DNA storage facility. The screenshots of Jimmy and Goddard flying in their rocket with spaceships behind them are from the second test pilot. As is the screenshot with the big UFOs. The mock up screenshots are the ones with Jimmy and Goddard standing in front of the moon and Jimmy with his parents. Paul was also nice enough to allow me to release these two pictures of a Johnny Quasar sculpture. Here are the pics: https://driv...4Q2dNdlJrWm8 https://driv...4Q2dNdlJrWm8

Also, here is the conversation I had with Paul about Johnny Quasar: https://driv...CYVRIXy1KY28

https://driv...zek5CSEZGSms
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Basicaneer

1 months ago
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Heads up, you said 2 photos but only linked one, twice, lol. (Quasar1)
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MrDenton

1 months ago
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Here is the actual second pic: https://driv...tcDBKNDR0OXc
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Anonymous user #30

1 months ago
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Does that mean the 97 version is longer
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Anonymous user #20

1 months ago
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I didn't see this mentioned anywhere but a clip of this definitely aired on Nick as part of the Jimmy Neutron "Making Of" special. For whatever reason when they decided to include it on the DVD it was cut. But I remember seeing it and I'm sure there's a VHS recording of it floating around somewhere.
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Anonymous user #21

1 months ago
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Is there any one else who has any more in formation on this pilot
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Anonymous user #22

1 months ago
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There are two versions
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MissingNo.

1 months ago
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cerrently contating more people ill tell you more when they responed
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MrDenton

1 months ago
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Who else are you contacting?
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Anonymous user #23

1 months ago
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Any news?
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Teddykledbold

1 months ago
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Teddykledbold

1 months ago
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https://www....=08qCKcRugzw Here is another one
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KPEX

1 months ago
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NICE!
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Anonymous user #24

1 months ago
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PoopToobYou uploaded a video today with the pilots of johnny quasar from 1995 to 1997!!
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Anonymous user #25

1 months ago
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He wasn't the original though, The person who originally uploaded it was the voice actor of Johnny Quasar
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Markiegee50X

1 months ago
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i know psst i'm #28 just i forgot to sign in
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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I've edited this to say that it's been found, now I just need someone to move the page.
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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Alright, thanks Tomysshadow/senaUW.
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MrDenton

1 months ago
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I just told Paul Claerhout about the shorts being found, he said he'll let Keith and John know.
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KPEX

1 months ago
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Another piece of lost media, found! I love the triumphant feeling of a piece of lost media resurfacing.
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MrDenton

1 months ago
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Same here!
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Anonymous user #26

1 months ago
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Now I'm left wondering whether that family picture is legit or not? Like where did that come from? There could definitely be content that wasn't used in film but is that real?
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SenaUW

1 months ago
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Probably just a production render to showcase how the characters would look like in CGI.
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Anonymous user #26

1 months ago
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That's what I would assume but now I'm just curious where it came from :D
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KPEX

1 months ago
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was just a test render for the Runaway Rocketboy pilot.
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Anonymous user #27

1 months ago
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The pic of the Quasar family is from DNA Production's website.
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Anonymous user #23

29 days ago
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Vailskibum94 predicts that there may be more animation tests, but I doubt it.
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Happy Brian

16 days ago
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That picture was probably never meant to be a part of any of the two prototype shorts anyway; I think its more of a picture shown on their website in case viewers are curious to see what Jimmy's parents look like as they never appear on-screen in any of the two shorts.
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Happy Brian

16 days ago
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  • Johnny, sorry.
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Anonymous user #32

14 days ago
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Huh. Good point.
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Anonymous user #29

1 months ago
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Good job capton ovius
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William8456

1 months ago
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Isn't this supposed to be up in the notice board?
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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The notice board was updated before this was found. When the notice board is updated next month, this will be up there.
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