Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series created by Van Partible for Cartoon Network, and the second of the network's "Cartoon Cartoons". The series centers on the title character, a muscular and boorish young man who tries to get women to date him, though he is usually unsuccessful. He ends up in bizarre situations and predicaments, often accompanied by celebrity guest characters such as Adam West or Donny Osmond. Pop culture references and sly adult-oriented jokes comprise much of the show's humor.
Partible pitched the series to Hanna-Barbera's animation showcase What a Cartoon!, basing it on his senior thesis project he produced while attending Loyola Marymount University. A pilot short aired on Cartoon Network in 1995, and was followed by two more shorts; the popularity of the shorts led to the network commissioning a half-hour series, which premiered on July 14, 1997. The series was renewed for a second season in 1999, during which Partible left and the show was retooled under the direction of Kirk Tingblad. In 2003, Partible returned to the series for a fourth season, restoring it to its original format and style. It ended on August 27, 2004, with a total of four seasons and 67 episodes.
Johnny Bravo was nominated for 4 Annie Awards, 1 YoungStar Award, and 2 Golden Reel Awards. The series is notable for helping launch the careers of several cartoonists, including Seth MacFarlane and Butch Hartman. Spin-off media include comic books, DVD and VHS releases, collectable toys, and video games.
Why It Rocks
- Wacky gags and jokes that sneak in a lot of adult humor.
- Johnny Bravo is the muscular, flirty, funny, manliest, handsome and likable protagonist of this cartoon show.
- Memorable characters.
- Interesting plot for entertainment.
- Fluently smooth animation and art style.
- It had a crossover with Scooby Doo.