Johnny Bravo (1997-2004)
While I’ve been thinking about the shows that I enjoyed on Cartoon Network again recently, let’s have a look back at another one. This is yet another one that I remember enjoying at the time, I did watch some other channels around this time, honest. Johnny Bravo was a cartoon about a character who considered himself to be something of a ladies’ man, the joke being that the person he is in love with most is himself.
Johnny (voiced by Jeff Bennett) had a rather large blond hairstyle. He was very muscly, liked to dance, was a fan of karate, and he always wore shades and a black shirt. He also often used a comb to make sure that he was totally stylish. His voice and mannerisms were loosely based Elvis Presley, the king of rock’n’roll, and the show was set in Aron City (which was Elvis’s middle name).
When he is out on the town, upon seeing an attractive young woman, Johnny would often become rather overexcited, and he would try to seduce them, at which point he would start to raise his eyebrow and say his catchphrase “oh, momma!”. This often failed though, and he ended up embarrassed rather frequently. When Johnny does get as far as going on a date though, something rather unusual often happens, such as the woman turning out to be an antelope. Well of course.
Other regular characters in the show included Johnny’s mum and Little Suzy. Also featuring were a few celebrity guests, lots of pop culture references, plus a few characters from classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. There also would be scenes where Johnny oddly appeared to have no mouth when he wasn’t talking, in a similar style to Dilbert. The show is also notable for featuring some contributions from Seth MacFarlane who went on to create Family Guy.
I remember that Johnny Bravo was often promoted in the monthly OnDigital magazine that used to come through the door. And one issue featured an interview with the man himself, although I don’t know if anyone who actually worked on the show had anything to do with it. It just amused me that he seemed to be considered as one of the stars of the whole platform, I’m sure thousands subscribed simply to watch his show.
There were 65 episodes of Johnny Bravo in four series, and again they were split into three stories that were about eight minutes each. The animation style also changed somewhat over the years. As well as Cartoon Network, I don’t think that it was ever shown on CBBC or CITV, it might have been another one that turned up on Channel 4’s weekend mornings strand. Once again, lots of episodes were released on VHS and DVD, along with a few books and games.