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JBVO

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JBVO ("your all-request cartoon show", as it was billed) now exists as little more than an interesting footnote in television history; as the previous series description stated, "No one really remembers this show." A short-lived, Sunday-airing series produced for Cartoon Network, JBVO sat cartoon star Johnny Bravo behind a desk in a TV studio (ala Space Ghost) from which he took, then fulfilled, children's requests for cartoons, drawing from a library of classic Hanna Barbarra and Warner Brothers shorts (such as those featuring Bugs Bunny and Huckleberry Hound), as well as the network's contemporary hits (The Powerpuff Girls, etc.)

JBVO was meant to be ground-breaking, in part due to its use of Kaydara, Inc's FiLMBOX software (a beta copy, in fact, as the package didn't ship 'til well after series' premiere). FiLMBOX allowed an operator to string together 2-D animated sequences (produced by Funny Garbage) in real-time, keying movements off Jeff Bennett's live conversations with callers. Further, real-time lip-sync was automated by FiLMBOX's Voice Reality, and use of live backgrounds reportedly allowed the series' producer to appear on set (though I don't recall him being anything more than an off-stage voice).

Unfortunately, I don't know that many viewers were aware of the broadcasts' technical achievements. I, for one, assumed the phone conversations had been pre-recorded over the week between shows, the result of follow-up calls to submissions sent via Cartoon Network's website and snail mail, and that animation sequences had been pieced together through more traditional methods afterward. Indeed, as I recall, at least some such conversations began with Johnny calling the child, which only reinforced (and may have given birth to) that perception.moreless
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  • A great animated talk show

    10
    JBVO ("your all-request cartoon show", as it was billed) now exists as little more than an interesting footnote in television history; as the previous series description stated, "No one really remembers this show." A short-lived, Sunday-airing series produced for Cartoon Network, JBVO sat cartoon star Johnny Bravo behind a desk in a TV studio (ala Space Ghost) from which he took, then fulfilled, children's requests for cartoons, drawing from a library of classic Hanna Barbarra and Warner Brothers shorts (such as those featuring Bugs Bunny and Huckleberry Hound), as well as the network's contemporary hits (The Powerpuff Girls, etc.)



    JBVO was meant to be ground-breaking, in part due to its use of Kaydara, Inc's FiLMBOX software (a beta copy, in fact, as the package didn't ship 'til well after series' premiere). FiLMBOX allowed an operator to string together 2-D animated sequences (produced by Funny Garbage) in real-time, keying movements off Jeff Bennett's live conversations with callers. Further, real-time lip-sync was automated by FiLMBOX's Voice Reality, and use of live backgrounds reportedly allowed the series' producer to appear on set (though I don't recall him being anything more than an off-stage voice).



    Unfortunately, I don't know that many viewers were aware of the broadcasts' technical achievements. I, for one, assumed the phone conversations had been pre-recorded over the week between shows, the result of follow-up calls to submissions sent via Cartoon Network's website and snail mail, and that animation sequences had been pieced together through more traditional methods afterward. Indeed, as I recall, at least some such conversations began with Johnny calling the child, which only reinforced (and may have given birth to) that perception.moreless
  • Such a good exclusive CN show!

    10
    I remember when this show used to come on every Saturday. I thought it was pretty cool that it was actually hosted by a charactor from a CN show instead of some live action people or a mascot. I loved 'Cartoon Cartoon Fridays' too because it was cool seeing different charactors from different CN shows hosting. I thought it was cool how Johnny Bravo hosted 'JBVO' and it was nice of CN to do a show where you could request them to play any Cartoon Cartoon short or any Classic Looney Tunes shorts. Sadly, this show didn't last long and most shows that where on it are no longer even on CN. Not even Johnny Bravo himself has his own cartoon anymore. Now on CN, there are no more shows being hosted by charactors from CN cartoons since now 'Cartoon Cartoon Fridays' has been replaced with 'Fridays' which is hosted by live action people instead. I really miss the Classic CN alot!moreless
  • A show that know one will probley ever remember.

    6.0
    This show is sort of like a mystery. It is just a thing in tv time that was not even noticable . I remember when it first came out everyone thought it was going to be really big . but they were wrong . I dont really think it was a bad show but it shouldnt just shown old cartoons I think that it shouldve had a real list of shows that was going to be next and you could of picked any show shown on cartoon network or something but I guess they didnt and as far as I think no one will ever appreciate the show. just a part of history that will never be remembered as a big thing.moreless
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