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

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Screencap from the short.

Status: Partially Found

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.

Partible started with the concept of three Elvis Presley impersonators who fought crime. However, due to his time constraints and the fact that he was doing all of the work himself, it was cut down to one Elvis impersonator.

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!).


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 the Bringing Up Johnny Bravo" mini-documentary on the Johnny Bravo Season one DVD.


In January 2017, LMW user YoshiKiller2S uploaded Bringing Up Johnny Bravo" to YouTube and with it, were the mute clips of Mess O' Blues. YoshiKiller2S also discovered four animation Cels from Mess O' Blues in a completely separate documentary about Van Partible.

All Mess O' Blues clips from the mini-documentury.
LSuperSonicQ's video on the subject.

Animation Cels