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|title=<center>''The Adventures of Johnny Quasar''</center>
|imagecaption=Title card of the 1995 demo.
|datefound=14 Aug 2017
|foundby=[https://youtube.com/user/wizknocker Hilal H.]
|status=<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''</span>
'''''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.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/19970112045247/http://www.dnahelix.com:80/johnnyq.mov The 8 second clip from DNA Productions's website] Last retrieved September 19 2017</ref>
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)<ref>[https://www.reddit.com/r/vintagecgi/comments/63fnzg/looking_for_lost_johnny_quasar_40second_short/dg2pqew/?st=j7s4a6zk&sh=02530a93 siliconclassics's Reddit post] Last retrieved September 19 2017</ref><ref>[https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/data/gb73-aad%2F2009%2F19%2Faad%2F2009%2F19%2F20%2F1%2F20 Page describing V&A Archive of Art and Design's ownership of said CD-ROM] Last retrieved September 19 2017</ref>
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 [[User:CheatFreak|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 [https://youtube.com/user/wizknocker Hilal H.].
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===Concept Art===
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File:Needsmorejpeg.jpg|The earliest production artwork for the ''Johnny Quasar'' characters by series designer and artist Paul Claerhout.
File:jimmyjqMoonwalk.gif|A screenshot from the second 1997 demo of Johnny Quasar, featuring Johnny and Goddard walking in the moonlight.
File:jimmy_jqfamily.gif|Another one, showing Johnny and his family.
File:quasar.jpg|Later production art with early versions of Sheen, Nick, Cindy, and Carl, produced by Paul Claerhout in collaboration with Keith Alcorn, shortly before the name change.
File:Concept Art Johnny Quasar.jpg|Concept art that features early sketches of Johnny and his robotic dog, Goddard.
===Magazine and booklet scans===
Scans courtesy of computerarchive.org, Redditor /u/siliconclassics and a 4chan anon.
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Video_Toaster_User_Issue_36_1995_Nov_Page_044,045.jpg|Pages 46 and 47 from a 1995 issue of Video Toaster, an article about the Wavey Awards, of which Johnny Quasar is prominently featured.
Video_Toaster_User_Issue_36_1995_Nov_Page_046,047.jpg|Pages 48 and 49 from a 1995 issue of Video Toaster, the rest of that article showing John Davis accepting his award that Johnny Quasar won.
UnknownQuasarScan.jpg|A perspective corrected photo of an unknown book or magazine talking briefly about ''Johnny Quasar''.
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Computer Graphics World Feb96 Vol 19 Issue 2 Page 52.jpg|Pages 52 of a 1996 issue of Computer Graphics World, showing some high-quality images from the demo.
NewTekniques Issue 17 2000 Jan Feb Page 11.jpg|Page 11 of NewTekniques Issue 17 featuring an article on how DNA Productions came to creating ''The Adventures of Johnny Quasar'', and how it evolved into what we know today as ''Jimmy Neutron''.
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