Hey, baby! If you never heard of Johnny Bravo, then you're not a 90's kid.
Johnny Bravo is an iconic cartoon that aired on Cartoon Network from 1997 until the show's demise in 2004.
Johnny Bravo follows a beefcake buffoon who rocks a pompadour hairstyle and never takes off his black sunglasses. He loves the ladies and tries to get a new girl every episode - he inevitably fails.
Johnny Bravo started off as a short in Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons.
Its popularity led to a full series.
Woah, mama! Are you a die-hard Johnny Bravo fan? Do the monkey and read these 10 facts about the Johnny Bravo cartoon!
1. Johnny Bravo Was Based On Different Characters
Johnny Bravo is buff, handsome, and has style. Yet, he's stupid, egotistical, and no woman wants him. It's no surprise that Johnny Bravo was the influence of multiple different cultural figures.
The most obvious of them is legendary singer Elvis Presley. Johnny has Elvis' iconic deep voice. Johnny even rocks Elvis' moves and even steals some of his quotes like, "Thank you, thank you very much!"
The two other characters that influenced Johnny are James Dean and Danny Zuko from the movie Grease. This is where Bravo's cocky attitude comes from.
2. Johnny Bravo Appeared in Different Cartoons
Johnny Bravo wasn't just the star of his own show. Fans would spot the legendary blonde pompadour and black sunglasses in a variety of other cartoons.
Among the most famous was Scooby Doo.
The episode, "Bravo Dooby-Doo," actually appeared in the first season of the Johnny Bravo cartoon. Bravo's aunt goes missing and the gang helps him out. The rest of the episode is filled with ghosts and Bravo trying to score Daphne.
3. Johnny Bravo Is One of the Original Cartoon Network Series
For all 90's kids and the newer generation of kids, Cartoon Network seems like decades old. In reality, Cartoon Network isn't even 30 years old yet!
Today, Cartoon Network hosts popular shows such as Adventure Time.
While shows such as Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken are classics, many toon fans don't realize these were among the first Cartoon Network shows.
Not only is Johnny Bravo one of the most popular Cartoon Network shows in history, it's one of the first.
Specifically, Johnny Bravo was one of the first original five shows aired on Cartoon Network. The other five include Cow and Chicken, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Powerpuff Girls, and Dexter's Laboratory.
4. Johnny Bravo Was Supposed to Be a Live-Action Film
In 2002, Warner Bros. secured the rights to create a live-action Johnny Bravo film. This film was supposed to star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Johnny Bravo. Unfortunately, the film fell through.
Don't lose all hope - there are still talks of a Johnny Bravo live action film.
Instead of The Rock playing the role was Bravo, producers are saying the role will go to Channing Tatum.
5. Johnny Bravo Has Conspiracy Theories
What's a popular show without a few ridiculous conspiracy theories? Popular cartoons such as Spongebob Squarepants have been the target of a few conspiracy theories. And Johnny Bravo is included.
While Johnny Bravo was on the air for seven years, there was no constant storyline. There's even a lot of mystery behind the Johnny Bravo character.
None of us knows how old he is and there's not much information about his past.
Here are two popular conspiracy theories:
- Johnny Bravo is eight years old (the same age as his neighbor Suzy)
- Johnny Bravo isn't real - he imagines all of the episodes
These theories actually make sense. The only person who talks to Johnny and enjoys his company is Suzy. She even has a crush on him!
But Johnny has no interest in her. Instead, he chases after older women, who have no interest in him.
Some episodes, such as the Scooby Doo episode, are completely crazy and don't relate to the show as a whole. This is why many fans believe Johnny Bravo is just an imagination from the characters (could be Johnny or even Suzy).
6. Johnny Bravo Featured Some Famous Animators
Johnny Bravo was developed by Van Partible. He worked on a cartoon in college about Elvis impersonators, which later led to Johnny Bravo.
But did you know there were some amazing animators behind the Johnny Bravo cartoon?
Among them include Seth McFarlane, who was one of the crew members of Johnny Bravo.
He helped write the show, served as a storyboard artist, and even did some voiceover work. This show, as well as other Cartoon Network shows, started his career.
In case you're living under a rock and don't know who he is, McFarlane is responsible for the shows Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show.
Johnny Bravo helped launch the career of Butch Hartman, who's famous for creating The Fairly Oddparents series. Hartman was one of the directors of Johnny Bravo.
7. Hiya! Who Voiced Johnny?
Did you know many actors auditioned for the role of Johnny Bravo? Among them were Elvis impersonators! But only one scored the role: Jeff Bennett.
But he didn't win based on his Elvis skills. Bennett does great karaote-chopping sound effects.
All Johnny Bravo fans know, when he shows off his pecs and skills, he has to make all sorts of karate sound effects. Bennett can make these sounds and in the next second craft a clever punchline - all without skipping a beat.
Enough About You, Let's Talk About the Johnny Bravo Cartoon!
You can't think of 90's Cartoon Network without thinking of the Johnny Bravo cartoon.
But this show is more amazing than all 90's kids think. Johnny Bravo was responsible for the careers of many modern animators, it was one of the first Cartoon Network originals, and is even the target of many conspiracy theories.
Why don't we go home and stare at Johnny Bravo? It's time to get your inner kid out and do the monkey!Want some vintage Johnny Bravo merch? Take a look at our Johnny Bravo shirts and other Cartoon Network classics