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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

This article is about the 2001 film. For the TV series, see The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. For the video game based on the film, see Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (video game). For the character, see Jimmy Neutron.

2001 computer-animated film by John A. Davis

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a 2001 American computer-animatedscience fiction comedy film produced by Nickelodeon Movies, O Entertainment and DNA Productions, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by John A. Davis and written by Davis and producer Steve Oedekerk. Its voice cast includes Debi Derryberry, Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Rob Paulsen, and Jeffrey Garcia. The film follows the title character, a schoolboy with super-genius intelligence, who must save all of the parents of his hometown from a race of egg-like aliens known as the Yolkians.

The idea for Jimmy Neutron was first created by Davis in the 1980s, in which he wrote a script for a short film titled Runaway Rocketboy and starring a prototype character for Jimmy named Johnny Quasar. After coming across the abandoned script several years later, Davis decided that it would be a good idea to revisit it and retool it as a computer-animated short and potential TV series. A 40-second demo was animated using LightWave 3D and gained popularity at the 1995 SIGGRAPH convention where it was shown off, grabbing the attention of Oedekerk and leading DNA Productions to develop an extended TV Pilot. After a successful pitch to Nickelodeon, a 13-minute-long TV episode was developed, and Nickelodeon, impressed with both the character and the 3D technology, raised the possibility of making both a TV series and a full-length feature film. Davis, in turn, suggested that the film be made first, so that the development team could create the assets at theatrical quality and reuse them in the TV series. Production officially began in early 2000 and was completed in roughly 24 months, with the studio considerably raising its staff count and expanding its studio space. Animation was done entirely using commercial software, including LightWave and project:messiah.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was released on December 21, 2001.[1] Backed by a strong pre-release campaign, the film was a box office success, grossing $103 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. It earned generally positive reviews for its animation. It was nominated for the inaugural Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001, ultimately losing to Shrek. It was the only animated Nickelodeon film to be nominated in that category for nearly a decade until Rango (2011) was nominated and won.

Due to its success, the film was spun off into an animated television series called The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, which premiered on July 20, 2002 and ended on November 25, 2006. Four years later, another spin-off series (as well as a spin-off of the original) called Planet Sheen was produced, focusing on Jimmy's friend Sheen Estevez. This series premiered on October 2, 2010 and ended on February 15, 2013.

A simulator ride based on the film called Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast was set to take place after the events of the film and featured guest appearances by other Nicktoons characters. It opened at Universal Studios Florida on April 11, 2003 and closed on August 18, 2011.

Plot[edit]

Eleven-year-old boy genius Jimmy Neutron lives in Retroville with his parents, Judy and Hugh, and his robot dog, Goddard. Jimmy's friends are overweight Carl Wheezer and hyperactive Sheen Estevez, and his long-standing rival, intelligent classmate Cindy Vortex, teases him for his small stature. After Jimmy launches a communications satellite into space, hoping to contact alien life, he crashes his makeshift rocket into his house's roof, upsetting his mother. When Jimmy, Carl and Sheen learn of the opening of Retroland, an amusement park, popular kid Nick Dean convinces the boys to sneak out and attend. Judy refuses to let him attend the park that night. After his jetpack accidentally starts a fire in the house, she grounds him. Taking Nick's advice, Jimmy uses his shrink ray invention to sneak out and meets Carl and Sheen at Retroland for a night of fun.

Meanwhile, Jimmy's satellite is intercepted by the Yolkians, a race of egg-like aliens from the planet Yolkus. Their leader, King Goobot, views Jimmy's message and notices a picture featuring his parents, declaring his search complete. The Yolkians arrive on Earth and abduct all the adults in Retroville, except Miss Fowl (because of her small size after being earlier shrunken by Jimmy's shrink ray). As their ships return to space, Jimmy, Carl and Sheen mistake their departure for a shooting star, prompting Jimmy to wish their parents were gone. The next morning, all the children notice the parents are missing and party recklessly. The following day, the children are miserable and realize they need their parents. Jimmy learns that his satellite has been found and deduces the parents have been abducted. He enlists the children to create rocket ships out of Retroland's rides and they blast off into space after their families.

After braving a meteor shower and camping on an asteroid, Jimmy and company eventually reach Yolkus and find the parents with mind control devices attached to their heads. When Jimmy tries to get the mind-control helmet off of Hugh, Goobot captures them and reveals that Jimmy had led the Yolkians directly to Earth to take their parents, whom they intend to sacrifice to their god Poultra. Jimmy is separated from Goddard by Goobot's bumbling assistant, Ooblar, and is locked in a dungeon with the other children, who blame Jimmy for their predicament. Taking pity on Jimmy, Cindy confesses she and the other children need him and encourages Jimmy to fix things by helping them escape. Using a cellphone owned by Cindy's friend, Libby Folfax, Jimmy contacts Goddard, who escapes from Ooblar and frees the children.

Jimmy and company reach the Yolkians' Colosseum where a giant egg is hatched, releasing Poultra, a gigantic three-eyed alien chicken. As Goobot arranges the parents to be eaten using a mind control remote, Jimmy rallies the children to storm the colosseum and battle the guards while Sheen retrieves an escape vessel, which knocks Poultra on the head upon his return. Jimmy steals the remote from Goobot and the children escape Yolkus with the parents. Goobot arranges a fleet to pursue them, which is all destroyed when the children fly their ship around the surface of the Sun, save for Goobot's vessel. When Goobot and Ooblar mock Jimmy's short size, Jimmy charges at Goobot's ship with Goddard in a flying bike form and uses his shrink ray to enlarge himself into the size of a planet. He then blows Goobot's vessel away into an asteroid, destroying it. Goobot survives and vows revenge. On the return trip to Earth, Jimmy reconciles with his parents, admitting that despite his intelligence, he still depends on them. The next day, Jimmy and Carl have eggs in an egg cup for breakfast, when Jimmy’s parents drink one of his scientific experiments, which causes significant belching, thinking it is a real soda can. They all laugh out loud while Goddard is seen outside flying to chase a bird.

In the mid-credits scene, the still-shrunken Mrs. Fowl is seen riding on an apple worm, named Mr. Wiggles, on her way to the cafeteria in the elementary school hall.

Cast[edit]

Main article: List of Jimmy Neutron characters

  • Debi Derryberry as Jimmy Neutron
  • Patrick Stewart as King Goobot V
  • Martin Short as Ooblar
  • Carolyn Lawrence as Cindy Vortex
  • Rob Paulsen as Carl Wheezer, Mr. and Mrs. Wheezer (credited as Carl's Mom and Dad), Kid in Classroom
  • Jeffrey Garcia as Sheen Estevez
  • Crystal Scales as Libby Folfax and Courtney Tyler
  • Frank Welker as Goddard (uncredited), Poultra, Worm, Demon, Girl-Eating Plant, Oyster
  • Candi Milo as Nick Dean, Britney, PJ
  • Megan Cavanagh as Judy Neutron (credited as Mom), VOX, Mrs. Vortex (credited as Cindy's Mom)
  • Mark DeCarlo as Hugh Neutron (credited as Dad), Pilot, Arena Guard, Mr. Vortex (credited as Cindy's Dad)
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Mr. Estevez (credited as Sheen’s Dad)
  • Kimberly Brooks as Zachery, Reporter, Angie
  • Andrea Martin as Ms. Winfred Fowl (Credited as Ms. Fowl)
  • Billy West as Bobby's Twin Brother, Butch, Old Man Johnson, Robobarber, Yolkian Officer, Jailbreak Cop, Anchor Boy, Flurp Announcer
  • Bob Goen and Mary Hart as Yolkian newscasters
  • Dee Bradley Baker as NORAD Officer
  • Greg Eagles as Mr. Folfax (uncredited)
  • David L. Lander as Yolkian Guard, Gus
  • Jim Cummings as Ultra Lord, Mission Control, General Bob
  • Paul Greenberg as Guard
  • Laraine Newman as Hostess
  • Jeannie Elias as Little Girl, Camera Person
  • Michael Hagiwara as Chris
  • Keith Alcorn as Bobby, Kid, Control Yolkian
  • Richard Allen as Digital Voice
  • Brian Capshaw as Screamer
  • Cheryl Ray as Screamer
  • Mark Menza as Yolkian Incubator Operator
  • Matthew Russell as Hyperactive Kid, Arena Yolkian

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The idea for a series about a boy with super-genius powers was first conceived in the 1980s by John A. Davis, who scripted and storyboarded a short narrative titled Runaway Rocketboy, centering around a character named Johnny Quasar (inspired by a facetious nickname that his summer co-workers had coined for him in his youth)[3] who builds a rocket ship and runs away from his parents.[4] Davis stated in an episode of the Nickelodeon Animation Podcast that he initially wrote the concept with the intention of creating it as a live-action film with special effects and matte shots, even going so far as to apply to receive a grant in order to fund the project, but found that getting such an investment was difficult since the film was not educational or informative.[3] The idea laid dormant for several years until Davis came across the abandoned script while in the process of moving.[3] Around the same time, Davis' Dallas-based studio, DNA Productions, had just begun experimenting with the use of computer animation after obtaining copies of LightWave 3D. In turn, Davis realized that the film would be fitting as a CGI film, since all of the science fiction set pieces could be entirely modeled in 3-D.[3]

Davis, alongside studio co-founder Keith Alcorn, created a 40-second proof-of-concept demo film which depicted Johnny and his robot dog, Goddard, flying through an asteroid belt and greeting the viewers. Simultaneously, Davis and Alcorn worked to create a story bible outlining a potential television series. The demo short was shown off in 1995 at the SIGGRAPH CGI convention, where it was entered into a competition for LightWave films. The demo quickly garnered notability in the computer animation industry, receiving frequent press coverage in magazines and winning two "Wavey" awards- one for Best Character Animation and another for Best in Show. Among people who caught wind of the film was Steve Oedekerk, the founder of O Entertainment, who saw a still shot of Johnny and Goddard in a CGI magazine. Oedekerk, a strong backer of computer animation, was impressed by the characters' designs – he stated in an interview that the image particularly stood out to him because it "seemed fun" compared to the mostly-photorealistic work being done with computer animation at the time.[5] He cold-called Davis requesting to see a tape of the full short. After watching the demo, as well as seeing the show bible which Davis and Alcorn had developed, Oedekerk expressed interest in helping to pitch their concept to different networks.[4][6]

After teaming up with O Entertainment, the company began working on developing a full-length episode for a TV series, titled The Adventures of Johnny Quasar, writing an expanded version of the original Runaway Rocket story and tweaking aspects of Johnny's design to make him look more like a child. In Fall 1995, the idea was pitched to Nickelodeon, who expressed immediate interest in the idea. Albie Hecht, the then-president of Nick, was particularly impressed- coining him to be "half Bart Simpson and half Albert Einstein," he strongly praised Johnny's blended personality as an adventurous and intelligent character and one grounded in the reality of childhood, which, according to him, made him "the perfect Nick kid."[5] Following positive reception, Nickelodeon commissioned for a 13-minute pilot episode to be created.[4] After several years of going through the review process, the episode began production in late 1997, and was completed in 1998. The name "Johnny Quasar" was changed at the request of Nickelodeon, who did not want the character to be confused with similarly-named ones such as Jonny Quest and Captain Quazar, so Davis brainstormed other character names while walking his dog around the neighborhood block, eventually coming up with the final name, "Jimmy Neutron."[3]

After the pilot was completed, Nickelodeon executives, who were impressed by the pilot and still enthusiastic about the show's potential, raised the prospect of creating a theatrical film to accompany the TV series, much to the surprise of Davis and his team at the studio. During the initial pitch to Nickelodeon, Oedekerk had highlighted the idea that using computer animation would allow the same models and assets to be reused between both a film and a TV show, an idea which Nick held strong faith in.[4] Davis further suggested that the feature film be created first, since the characters being modeled could be created at a higher quality than they would have with a TV budget. Although Nick was worried that it would be more difficult to attract a movie-going audience without the TV show to build an install base for the series, these concerns were answered with a series of short TV interstitials which would begin airing in order to build up hype for the upcoming film.[4][6]

With a budget of roughly $30 million, production of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was greenlit in Fall 1999, and work began on a script for the film. Production officially started in February 2000 under the direction of Davis. In order to speed up the pace of work for a feature film, the company’s staff count was considerably increased from 30 to around 150 employees, and the studio's workspace was also reformed in order to fit such a team of filmmakers.[5] The film was completed in 24 months- roughly half that in which most other CGI films were completed.[4][6]

Writing[edit]

The screenplay for Jimmy Neutron was written by Davis and Oedekerk, as well as Rugrats show-writers David N. Weiss and J. David Stem.[6] In creating the many ideas in Jimmy Neutron, Davis and Oedekerk thought back to their childhoods, trying to think about "what a kid would create if he had the ability to create any kind of gadget."[4] The film was largely inspired by Davis' own love of science fiction which he had since childhood, drawing influence from various sources including Thunderbirds and Ray Harryhausen's stop motion work. Oedekerk's 6-year-old daughter, Zoe, came up with the idea for "burp soda," which ultimately appeared in the movie as one of Jimmy's many inventions.[4] According to Davis, the Ultralord-obsessed Sheen Estevez was inspired by Davis' own love of collecting.[3] Sheen was initially intended to be Japanese, as he was named after the nickname of a Japanese employee who had worked for Davis, but the filmmaking team had trouble finding a good Japanese voice actor. Incidentally, they changed the character's nationality to Mexican after opening the role to a broader category and eventually settling on Mexican stand-up comic Jeff Garcia.[3][7]

Animation[edit]

Jimmy Neutron was the first computer animated film to be created entirely using commercial animation programs rather than proprietary software, with most animation done using both Lightwave and project:messiah.[4] Characters were first modeled in Lightwave, after which they were rigged and animated in Messiah. Texture painting was done via Adobe Photoshop, while compositing work was completed in Maya Fusion.[5] In addition to serving as executive producer, Alcorn was the film's lead character designer, and created actively simplistic and cartoonish designs in order to avoid overcomplicating production. To animate crowd scenes, methods of simplification were used to make animation less time-consuming- characters that were farther from the camera had less articulation, and animators would duplicate the same characters, offset them to different areas, and change their body parts to differentiate them. One particular scene shows a crowd of 6000 Yolkians, each of which uses one of 30 distinct animation loops.[5]

According to Davis, the character models were intentionally given a "sculpted, graphic look," both to avoid making them look overly realistic and to circumvent the prospect of having to deal with simulating cloth or hair.[5] The over-the-top character designs, in turn, influenced the film world's aesthetic (e.g. cars were modeled to be able to fit the characters' stylistically large heads).[5] Off-the-shelf shaders were favored over ones which created more photorealistic lighting in order to maintain a cartoonish appearance throughout.[5]

Casting[edit]

Nancy Cartwright, Pamela Adlon and E. G. Daily were all considered for the role of Jimmy Neutron before Debi Derryberry was cast for the film and subsequent series. The film was Derryberry's biggest acting role at the time, as previously she had mostly provided minor roles in films and TV shows.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

Official soundtrack[edit]

The movie soundtrack was released by Zomba Music, Jive Records, and Nick Records on November 20, 2001, a month prior to the film's release.[9][10] It includes covers of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's "Parents Just Don't Understand", Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science" , and Kim Wilde's "Kids In America".

Original score[edit]

Additionally, a promotional CD containing the score by John Debney was released for Academy Award consideration.

1."Jimmy Neutron Theme"Bowling for Soup2:08
2."Leave It Up to Me"Aaron Carter2:59
3."Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Remix)NSYNC4:13
4."Parents Just Don't Understand"Lil' Romeo, 3LW, and Nick Cannon3:55
5."Intimidated"Britney Spears3:17
6."He Blinded Me With Science"Melissa Lefton and The Matrix3:15
7."A.C.'s Alien Nation"Aaron Carter3:23
8."Kids in America"No Secrets3:07
9."The Answer to Our Life"Backstreet Boys3:17
10."The Chicken Dance"Werner Thomas1:32
11."I Can Count on You"True Vibe3:46
12."We Got the Beat"The Go-Go's2:31
13."Go Jimmy Jimmy"Aaron Carter2:39
14."Parents Just Don't Understand (Bonux Mix)"Lil' Romeo, 3LW, and Nick Cannon3:52
15."Blitzkrieg Bop"The Ramones2:12
16."Nickelodeon Logo" 0:14
17."Air Force" 1:00
18."Jimmy's Rocket Machine" 1:20
19."Parents" 1:17
20."Ready-to-Go-to-School Machine" 1:49
21."The Plan (Part 1)" 0:37
22."The Plan (Part 2)" 0:17
23."Nick" 0:50
24."The Worm" 0:20
25."RetroLand Theme Park!" 0:40
26."Oyster & Diamond" 0:34
27."Alien Space Craft/Jimmy's Message" 3:02
28."Options" 0:49
29."Sneak Out" 1:09
30."Invasion Alert" 0:34
31."RetroLand Main" 0:14
32."Good Night" 0:58
33."Alien Abduction" 1:13
34."The Wish" 0:47
35."Say Goodbye/Angry Mob & 75/Launch" 7:07
36."Beauty of Space/Meteor" 2:25
37."The Alien Planet" 1:12
38."Flying Jimmy" 0:50
39."King Goobot's Shock" 0:20
40."Poultra: God of Wrath (Part 1)" 0:10
41."Poultra: God of Wrath (Part 2)" 0:20
42."Prisoners" 1:10
43."Cindy & Jimmy" 1:34
44."Ooblar's Danger/Cell Dog Phone/Rescue" 3:09
45."Stadium" 0:23
46."Bring on the Humans" 0:47
47."The Incubation" 0:48
48."Sacrifice" 0:29
49."The Plan" 1:40
50."Jimmy to the Rescue" 2:02
51."Escape from the Planet/The Big Chase" 2:42
52."Jimmy Is the Winner/Apologize" 2:15
53."The End" 0:13
Total length:82:58

Release[edit]

Theatrical release[edit]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was released in theaters on December 21, 2001,[1] by Paramount Pictures.

Home media[edit]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was released on VHS and DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment on July 2, 2002.[11][12] It was re-released on DVD on June 22, 2011 and re-released again on DVD on April 25, 2017. The film has yet to be released on Blu-ray.

Film promotion[edit]

These shorts were used to promote the film. They have all been released on the official Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius DVD release of the film. All of the inventions in each short were seen again at some point on the television series (except for the Pain-Transference helmet). Clips from similar versions of these shorts, along with clips from the unaired "Runaway Rocketboy" pilot, appeared in the teaser trailer for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The biggest difference between the clips seen in the trailer and the original shorts is that Jimmy wears the white and red striped shirt he wore in the pilot, rather than his trademark shirt.

Shorts[edit]

Short Overview
"Carl Squared" Carl asks Jimmy many questions when he clones himself. The cloning machine is seen again in "Send in the Clones" and "The Trouble with Clones".
"Calling All Aliens" (Parts 1-5) Jimmy receives a message, thinking that it is from aliens. But when he says "school Goddard", he gets teleported to school. He tries several attempts to try to communicate with the aliens. Aliens are also mentioned in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It serves as the prologue to the movie.
"Cookie Time" Jimmy has a remote control that controls time. He asks his mom for a cookie and gets it. He keeps rewinding but Goddard bites the remote and sends them back to the prehistoric era. The remote is seen again in "Sorry, Wrong Era".
"Hyper Corn" Jimmy invents his HyperCube, to store infinite items in one small place. But, it is dinner time and they are having creamed corn, which Jimmy hides in his Hyper Cube. After Jimmy's dad thinks it is a brain teaser puzzle and breaks it, Jimmy finds out that he likes it after all. The Hyper Cube makes appearances in the episodes "Hypno Birthday to You" and "Holly Jolly Jimmy", although it looks different from in the original short.
"New Dog, Old Tricks" Jimmy introduces his robotic dog, Goddard, to Cindy and her dog, Humphrey, who Cindy says is the best dog in Retroville. However, after showing each other new tricks, Goddard wins the argument. Humphrey makes brief cameos in other episodes. Note: A clip from a slightly different version of this short appeared in the original theatrical trailer for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. This version ends with Goddard putting himself back together when Jimmy says, "Good boy Goddard."
"Pain Pain Go Away" Jimmy visits Dr. Pane, the dentist, using his Pain-Transference Helmet to transfer the pain to Cindy. He gets in trouble, though, when Cindy snatches the helmet the next day and retaliates by injuring herself and sending the pain to Jimmy.
"Sea Minus" Jimmy accidentally uses his Matter Transporter to move the Neutron's House underwater! The Matter Transporter is seen again in "My Son, the Hamster".
"Ultralord vs. The Squirrels" Sheen gets his new Ultralord Action Figure in a tree. Jimmy must get it back with his Hypno Ray invention to keep it away from the squirrels. The Hypno Ray is seen again in "Hypno Birthday to You". Note: A clip from a slightly different version of this short appeared in the original theatrical trailer for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. In the trailer version, the scenes take place in the park, rather than in Jimmy's backyard, while Sheen is replaced by Nick Dean.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 74% based on 76 reviews, with an average rating of 6.40/10. The critics' consensus reads: "What Jimmy Neutron lacks in computer animation, it makes up for in charm and cleverness."[13] According to Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

Rita Kempley of Washington Post praised the film, saying that "this little charmer both celebrates and kids the corny conventions of family sitcoms". Nell Minow of Common Sense Media enjoyed the "stylish 3-D computer animation, good characters", giving the film 3 out of 5 stars.[15] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave this film a grade of "B+", calling it "a lickety-split, madly packed, roller-coaster entertainment that might almost have been designed to make you scared of how much smarter your kids are than you".[16] Paul Tatara of CNN.com called the film "the most delightfully original children's film of 2001".[17]Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, saying that "it doesn't have the little in-jokes that make Shrek and Monsters, Inc. fun for grown-ups. But adults who appreciate the art of animation may enjoy the look of the picture".[18]

Box office[edit]

The film was financially successful, grossing $13,833,228 on its opening weekend in third place behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Ocean's Eleven and ended up with a total of $80,936,232 domestically, and the film did better overseas grossing $22,056,304 which made a total of $102,992,536 worldwide. It had a budget of roughly $30 million. It is one of only twelve feature films to be released in over 3,000 theaters and still improve on its box office performance in its second weekend, increasing 8.7% from $13,832,786 to $15,035,649.[19]

Awards[edit]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, losing to Shrek. It was the first release from Nickelodeon Movies to receive an Academy Award nomination.

Expanded franchise[edit]

Cancelled sequel and possible reboot film plans[edit]

In February 2002, a sequel was reported in development for a summer 2004 release. Producer Albie Hecht reported to The Los Angeles Times that the sequel "would be made on the same budget as the first, but with a new batch of inventions and adventures in Jimmy's town of Retroville."[20] On June 20, 2002, The Hollywood Reporter reported that writer Kate Boutilier had signed a writing deal with Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures to write a sequel to the film, but the sequel never materialized.[21] The film was cancelled because the writers could not agree on a story and Alcorn later stated in an interview that "once the TV series came out, there wasn't a lot of incentive to make a movie when fans could simply watch Jimmy Neutron for free at home."[22]

In 2016, director John A. Davis stated that he has a story for a Jimmy Neutron reboot feature that he would like to make, but he is waiting for the "right situation" to make it.[23]

When asked about a reboot in 2020, Rob Paulsen stated "Well, I've got to tell you, man. I go all over the world when we don't have the coronavirus, and people love Carl. They love Carl. I don't think it would be a bad thing at all to reboot Jimmy Neutron. I think that's one of those shows that a lot of people would love to see again. It was very good. Really smart. That wouldn't surprise me."[24]

Television series spin-offs[edit]

Due to the film's successful box office performance, it led to a spin-off television series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, that ran from July 2002 to November 2006. Four years later, another spin-off series (as well as a spin-off of the original) titled Planet Sheen, focusing on Sheen Estevez, ran from October 2, 2010 to February 15, 2013.

Other media[edit]

Genius, Sheenius or Inbetweenius[edit]

An event that aired on May 19, 2007, Nickelodeon rehired Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia and Rob Paulsen to return for a special audio commentary version of the film that features their animated counterparts' silhouettes, spoofing Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Theme Park Attraction[edit]

A simulator ride called Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast opened at Universal Studios Florida on April 4, 2003 and was operated until August 18, 2011. It was set to take place after the events of the film and featured guest appearances by other Nicktoons characters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Neutron:_Boy_Genius

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius

This article is about the TV series. For the 2001 film, see Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (sometimes shortened to Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius or commonly Jimmy Neutron) is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius created by John A. Davis, Keith Alcorn, and Steve Oedekerk.[1] It originally aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons beginning July 20, 2002, and the final episode aired on November 25, 2006. The show follows a 11-year-old genius from Retroville, the eponymous character, as he goes on adventures with his best friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Estevez.[2] Throughout the show, various mishaps and conflicts occur on these adventures, as Jimmy's various inventions go awry. The series features voices of Debi Derryberry (Jimmy), Jeffrey Garcia (Sheen), and Rob Paulsen (Carl) for the three main characters.[3]

The series has been the recipient of various nominations such as Kid's Choice "Favorite Cartoon" in 2006 and 2007, and has won an Annie award for "outstanding achievement in animated television production produced for children" as well as a Motion Picture Sound Editors "Golden Reel award".[4][5][6] A spin-off, Planet Sheen, aired from 2010 to 2013.

Premise[edit]

The show follows a boy named Jimmy Neutron from Retroville, Texas[7] who is a scientific genius. He frequently goes on adventures with his two best friends Sheen and Carl, usually involving his inventions going awry.

Series overview[edit]

Main article: List of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius episodes

The Fairly OddParents crossover episodes[edit]

Main article: The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour

There have also been three tie-ins with special episode crossovers involving the Nickelodeon hand-drawn style series The Fairly OddParents under the title "The Jimmy-Timmy Power Hour" (the first alone, the second and third with the subtitles "When Nerds Collide!" and "The Jerkinators!," respectively); the five main characters from Jimmy Neutron meet with the main characters from The Fairly OddParents, Timmy, his godparents, and his two best friends Chester, and AJ, and often cross between each of their worlds of 2D and 3D animation.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis created Jimmy (then named Johnny Quasar) sometime during the 1980s and wrote a script titled Runaway Rocketboy (later the name of the pilot), which was abandoned. He later stumbled upon the idea while moving into a new house in the early 1990s. Davis re-worked it as a short film titled Johnny Quasar and presented it at SIGGRAPH, where he met Steve Oedekerk and worked on a television series of the short as well as the movie. Jimmy was still called Johnny Quasar before it was decided to name him Jimmy Neutron because the name sounded eerily similar to Jonny Quest.[9] The pilot involves Jimmy Neutron testing a rocket ship that he has invented, and later uses it when he inadvertently stumbles upon a Yolkian plot to conquer Earth. The pilot was aired in short mini-episodes on Nickelodeon before the film's release, and its plot was used for the film. It was later included as an extra on the "Confusion Fusion" DVD. It was originally supposed to air as a short on KaBlam!, but the show got canceled before the episode aired.[citation needed]

The pilot had a few differences from the main series. In it, Jimmy did not wear his signature red atom shirt, Judy's hair was darker, the Yolkians all wore grey suits and King Goobot's crown was a different color, the theme song was longer with a few lines that were cut later, Goddard was voiced by Kim Saxon, instead of Frank Welker, Carl Wheezer resembled his father, Sheen Estevez was absent and the title card had a picture in the scene.

Writing[edit]

Victor Wilson was hired as the Story Editor. The main writers when the show was greenlit were Steven Banks and Jed Spingarn.

Animation[edit]

DNA Productions retooled their pipeline when moving from the film to the TV series, to reuse assets for the episodes. Some of the programming team at the studio programmed a special code that allowed the animators to animate scenes in Maya, which can then be rendered in Lightwave. This helped the team keep up with the deadline and avoid going over budget.[10]

Possible reboot/revival plans[edit]

In 2016, director John A. Davis has stated that he has a story for a Jimmy Neutron reboot feature that he would like to make, but he is waiting for the "right situation" to make it.[11]

When asked about a reboot in 2020, Rob Paulsen stated "Well, I've got to tell you, man. I go all over the world when we don't have the coronavirus, and people love Carl. They love Carl. I don't think it would be a bad thing at all to reboot Jimmy Neutron. I think that's one of those shows that a lot of people would love to see again. It was very good. Really smart. That wouldn't surprise me."[12]

Theme[edit]

The theme song was originally written by Brian Causey for the pilot episode. Pop-punk band Bowling for Soup later revamped and extended Causey's theme for the film version theme. Ultimately, the original theme was kept for the TV series intro and outro.[13][14]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Joly Herman of Common Sense Media gave the series 3 out of 5 stars; saying that, "Jimmy Neutron has all the trappings of a Nickelodeon show: the preteen peer pressure, the gadgets, the spacey parents. But it's clever enough and funny enough to have earned a devoted following. The script is generally well written and well executed -- the adults behind this show approach the project with apparent zeal. [...] Kids will enjoy this program, while parents might get a kick out of some of the gags as well. And though the computer animation may seem a bit freaky for old-school animation fans, it does allow for quality special effects."[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2003 BMI AwardsBMI Cable Award Charlie Brissette Won [16]
2004 31st Annie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced for Children Nickelodeon and DNA Productions Won [17]
Outstanding Achievement Directing in an Animated Television Production Mike Gasaway Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Jeff Garcia as Sheen Won
10th annual NAMIC Vision Awards Children's MTV/Nickelodeon for The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nominated [18]
BMI AwardsBMI Cable Award Charlie Brissette and Brian Causey Won [19]
Golden Reel AwardsBest Sound Editing in Television Animation The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Won [20]
2005 32nd Annie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Television Production Keith Alcorn Nominated [21]
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Carolyn Lawrence as Cindy Nominated
2006 33rd Annie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Television Production Christopher Painter Nominated [22]
2006 Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nominated [23]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nominated [24]

Home media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Main article: List of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius episodes § Home media

SeasonTitleRegionRelease date
1Confusion Fusion1May 27, 2003
2October 8, 2003
Sea of Trouble1October 7, 2003
2March 24. 2005[25]
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour1May 11, 2004
Nick Picks #21October 18, 2005
Nick Picks #31February 7, 2006
Nick Picks #41June 6, 2006
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 31May 11, 2004
Party at Neutron's2September 4, 2006
King of Mars4July 5, 2007
Best of Season One1September 16, 2008
The Complete Series1October 26, 2021[26]
2Jet Fusion1February 3, 2004
2 July 7, 2005[27]
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 21March 14, 2006
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 31July 25, 2006
Best of Season Two1September 16, 2008
The Complete Series1October 26, 2021
3Attack of the Twonkies1November 16, 2004
Nick Picks #51March 13, 2007
King of Mars4July 5, 2007[28]
Best of Season Three1September 16, 2008
The Complete Series1October 26, 2021

Spin-off[edit]

Main article: Planet Sheen

A spin-off series, Planet Sheen, aired from 2010 to 2013. The show focuses on Sheen Estevez, who accidentally crash-lands on the planet Zeenu in the pilot episode.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 9. ISBN .
  2. ^Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 63–65. ISBN .
  3. ^Nick Animation (September 15, 2017), Episode 41: Jimmy Neutron Cast | Nick Animation Podcast, retrieved June 22, 2018
  4. ^"Annie Awards". annieawards.org. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  5. ^"49th Golden Reel Awards Nominees Announced". Mixonline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^"2006 Host/Nominee Release - Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 Press Site". www.nickkcapress.com. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  7. ^Season 3 Episode 3, "Stranded"
  8. ^"The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Season 1". Zap2It. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  9. ^Frank Moldstad. "Making Jimmy Neutron, An interview with John Davis, Director, and creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius".
  10. ^Gruppetstudios (October 14, 2016), Cartoons VS Cancer Ep. 11 - (The One with John Davis!), retrieved November 24, 2017
  11. ^Gruppetstudios (October 14, 2016), Cartoons VS Cancer Ep. 11 - (The One with John Davis!), retrieved November 24, 2017
  12. ^https://comicbook.com/anime/2020/04/04/jimmy-neutron-reboot-is-possible-rob-paulsen-says/
  13. ^"Randy Edelman, Merv Griffin, Eminem Among Honorees at BMI Film/TV Awards". BMI.com. May 14, 2003. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  14. ^"2004 BMI Film/TV Awards". BMI.com. May 12, 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  15. ^Herman, Joly (July 20, 2002). "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Buy Genius review". Common Sense Media.
  16. ^"2003 BMI Film/TV Awards".
  17. ^"31st Annie Awards". annieawards.org.
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  19. ^"2004 BMI Film/TV Awards".
  20. ^"MPSE Announces Golden Reel Award Winners". ProSoundNetwork.com.
  21. ^"32nd Annie Awards". annieawards.org.
  22. ^"33rd Annie Awards". annieawards.org.
  23. ^"Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 host and nominees". www.nickkcapress.com.
  24. ^"Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 host and nominees". www.nickkcapress.com.
  25. ^"DVD - Jimmy neutron: sea of trouble". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  26. ^https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Jimmy-Neutron-Boy-Genius/dp/B09C2YZPSG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Adventures+Of+Jimmy+Neutron%2C+Boy+Genius%3A+The+Complete+Series&qid=1628692215&s=movies-tv&sr=1-1
  27. ^"DVD - JIMMY NEUTRON: JET FUSION". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  28. ^"DVD - Jimmy Neutron: King of Mars". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.

External links[edit]

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It's nearly been twenty years since Jimmy Neutron: Boy Geniushit theaters and the better part of 15 since The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the animated series based on the movie on Nickelodeon aired its final episode. As you know by now, it's never too long for Hollywood to revive a property for a reboot and in the ever-expanding world of streaming video, revivals are now more possible than ever.


When a fan of the hit Nickelodeon series and movie asked Jimmy Neutronwriter, director and co-creator Keith Alcorn on Twitter if there were any plans to either revive or reboot Jimmy Neutronwith a new season or movie, Alcorn replied saying "I'm going to say YES! ;)"!


The news follows director Alcorn revealingthat had pitched a couple of ideas for a Jimmy Neutronreboot to the executives (who happen to have had a long history with the Jimmy Neutronfranchise) at Nickelodeon.

Now, this doesn't confirm that Nickelodeon are working on a Jimmy Neutronrevival, however, it seems like there are some sort of plans in motion to bring the property back.

In an interview earlier this year, Rob Paulsen, who voiced Carl Wheezer in the movie and series, revealedthat he thought that a Jimmy Neutronrevival was a great idea, saying: "I don't think it would be a bad thing at all to reboot Jimmy Neutron. I think that's one of those shows that a lot of people would love to see again. It was very good. Really smart. That wouldn't surprise me."

However, Paulsen added that he had "not heard anybody mentioning anything about it,", adding "but that certainly is one that I think could stand a reboot, and I think would do okay. I think that it's not too dated. I think that it would be fine. The characters I think would work fine in an updated version."

Another fan of Jimmy Neutronrecently Tweeted some incredible 2D Jimmy Neutronfan-art on Twitter, which has garnered an amazing response for other fans, boasting 20,000 Retweets and over 117,000 likes. The fan-art has also received Nickelodeon's seal of approval, with the official Nickelodeon, NickRewind and Nickelodeon Animation Twitter accounts praising the art.


Nickelodeon reviving Jimmy Neutronwouldn't be surprising, as the network has been reviving quite a few of its iconic properties over the past few years. Rugratsfor example, is being rebooted for not only a Nickelodeon TV show, but maybe a CGI/live-action movie as well. Nickelodeon has also brought back Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Lifeand Invader Zimfor new TV movies, Are You Afraid of the Dark?for a miniseries - which was recently renewed for a second - and Double Dareand All Thatfor new series. Nickelodeon is also reimagining Avatar: The Last Airbenderas a live-action series for Netflix, and has also formed a new, multi-year output deal with the streamerto produce original animated feature films and television series - based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as all-new IP - for kids and families around the world.

Jimmy Neutronfollows James "Jimmy" Isaac Neutron, Retroville's resident Boy Genius. Jimmy (Debi Derryberry, AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, Oh Yeah! Cartoons, CatDog, Rocket Power, ChalkZone, and Random! Cartoons) creates amazing inventions designed to make his life easier and more interesting--and when they work the way they're supposed to, they do just that! Which is rare. But for Jimmy, his robot dog Goddard and his pals Carl Wheezer (Paulsen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Sheen Estevez (Jeffrey Garcia, Back at the Barnyard, Happy Feet Two), every short circuit is a new adventure!

Created by John A. Davisand based on several Jimmy Neutronand Johnny Quasarshorts, Nickelodeon Movies, O Entertainment, DNA Productions and Paramount Pictures' Jimmy Neutron: Boy Geniusmade its debut in theaters on December 21, 2001. Following its success, a spin-off series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Geniuspremiered on July 20, 2002 and ran for 63 episodes over three seasons. The success of the film and TV series spawned another spin-off, Planet Sheen, as well as three crossovers with The Fairly OddParentsunder the name The Jimmy-Timmy Power Hourand a ride as Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

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Jimmy Neutron Star Says a Reboot Wouldn't Be Surprising

It's nearly been twenty years since Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius hit theaters and the better part of 15 since its spin-off series on Nickelodeon aired its final episode. As you know by now, it's never too long for Hollywood to revive a long-dead property for a reboot and in the ever-expanding world of streaming video, revivals are now more possible than ever. Earlier this week, we spoke with Jimmy Neutron alumnus Rob Paulsen about his expansive career and according to the seasoned voice-acting pro, the property has as good of a chance as any to receive the reboot treatment.

Shortly after Paulsen pulled the voice of his character Carl Wheezer out and had this writer in stitches over the phone, the actor says the show has as far of a reach as any of the other properties he's had a pleasure of being part of. "Well, I've got to tell you, man. I go all over the world when we don't have the coronavirus, and people love Carl," Paulsen says. "They love Carl. I don't think it would be a bad thing at all to reboot Jimmy Neutron. I think that's one of those shows that a lot of people would love to see again. It was very good. Really smart. That wouldn't surprise me."

That's when Paulsen told us he didn't have any inside information, nor has he been contacted to reprise his role as the youngest Wheezer in any sort of continuation.

"I've not heard anybody mentioning anything about it," he adds. "But that certainly is one that I think could stand a reboot, and I think would do okay. I think that it's not too dated. I think that it would be fine. The characters I think would work fine in an updated version."

Outside of Jimmy Neutron, Paulsen also says he particularly enjoyed his role in Biker Mice From Mars and would enjoy seeing that reimagined for the modern age. The series about crime-fighting mice ended up running in syndication for three seasons for a total of 65 episodes in the early 1990s. "That was a pretty cool action-adventure show with some cool music. A lot of humor," Paulsen concludes. "There have been rumors about maybe that being rebooted, with a whole bunch of different characters."

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