Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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This article is about the 2001 film. For the TV series, see The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John A. Davis
Produced by Steve Oedekerk
John A. Davis
Albie Hecht
Screenplay by John A. Davis
David N. Weiss & J. David Stem
Steve Oedekerk
Story by John A. Davis
Steve Oedekerk
Starring Debi Derryberry
Patrick Stewart
Martin Short
Rob Paulsen
Jeffrey Garcia
Frank Welker
Carolyn Lawrence
Crystal Scales
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Steve Kolbe
Chris Sherrod
Edited by Gregory Perler
Jon Price
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • December 21, 2001 (2001-12-21)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $102,992,536[1]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a 2001 American computer-animated comic science fiction film based on a few three-minute animated shorts shown on Nickelodeon between the years 1999-2002, and a pilot in 1998. The film was produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies with O Entertainment, and DNA Productions. It was produced using off-the-shelf software (messiah:studio and LightWave 6) by DNA Productions. The film was released December 21, 2001.[2]

Later, the film spun off into two television series. The first series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, premiered on July 20, 2002 and ended on November 25, 2006. The second, Planet Sheen premiered on October 2, 2010 but was cancelled on February 15, 2013.

It was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Shrek. It was the only animated Nickelodeon film to ever be nominated in that category until Rango was nominated in 2011 and won.

Plot[edit]

At an Air Force base, the military discover a UFO and they send up some F-14s to investigate. The pilots are surprised to find that it is a rocket carrying two boys and a robotic dog: Jimmy Neutron, Carl Wheezer and Goddard. Jimmy is attempting to launch a communications satellite made out of a toaster, hoping to communicate with an alien species he believes exists somewhere out in the universe. Unfortunately, the pulse rockets fail, and the rocket starts to fall back to Earth, unable to break through the atmosphere. Jimmy shakes up a soda can, tapes it to the satellite and throws it, propelling it into space. Jimmy manages to eject Carl before the rocket crash lands on his roof. He is reprimanded by his parents and misses the bus to school.

Undeterred, Jimmy then tests his latest invention, a form of bubble transportation made from a special pickle jar gum. He catches up with the school bus, but unfortunately, the bubble pops when it hits a tree. During show and tell at school, Jimmy shows Ms. Fowl and the class a shrink ray. He attempts to shrink the head of his rival, Cindy Vortex, but the ray malfunctions and refuses to work. He is teased by everyone, including the most popular boy in school, Nick Dean. Then he accidentally shrinks his teacher, Ms. Fowl (who is later attacked by a caterpillar). When walking home, Jimmy, Carl, and their friend Sheen Estevez (who is obsessed with the superhero "Ultralord") spot a poster for an amusement park, Retroland, opening that night. When they grow excited, but worried that they won't get to go, since it is a school night, Nick tells them that he's going and convinces them to come with him by sneaking out. At first they reject, but when Nick reminds them that there is "only one opening night" and leaves, Jimmy, Carl and Sheen make a plan to sneak out to the park if their parents refuse to take them. Jimmy uses various inventions in his lab (disguised as a clubhouse in his backyard) to create jewelry for his mother. He gives it to her hoping that she will allow him to go, but she unsurprisingly refuses since it's a school night. Things get worse when Jimmy's jet pack sets the living room on fire (breaking a rule that no rockets are allowed in the house), and Jimmy is now grounded. Using the shrink ray, Jimmy is able to sneak out of the house (with Goddard hiding in his bed with Jimmy's voice in case his parents look in on him) and join his friends at the park, where they have the time of their lives.

Meanwhile, the communicator is picked up by an alien race called the Yolkians. King Goobot V and his assistant, Ooblar, watch a pre-recorded message from Jimmy, featuring him introducing himself and explaining about life on Earth. Goobot pauses the video on an image of Jimmy's parents, saying that they look delicious. He sets a course for Earth and kidnaps all the parents in the city, leaving fake notes on the refrigerators to tell the kids they've gone to Florida for an "extended vacation".

On the way home, Carl spots a shooting star (actually a Yolkian ship because of the sound it makes), so he, Jimmy, and Sheen wish for no more parents so they could have fun all the time. The next morning, Jimmy spots the note and reads it. The notes are the same for everyone, and with all the children realizing all the adults are gone, they now have the freedom to do anything they choose and celebrate. They do things that parents would generally not approve of such as flooding the school and turning it into a swimming pool, eating dangerously massive amounts of junk food, making a huge flood of popcorn near the school, celebrating with fireworks, dancing, and other fun things. The next morning, Jimmy wakes up and finds school campus and the rest of town in a reckless junk yard of the things they did yesterday. However, all the kids were feeling sick or injured from doing reckless things. Jimmy is sad that his parents didn't even say goodbye before they left. Goddard plays Jimmy a heartfelt video recording of his parents telling "Jimmy" that they love him and they'll see him the next morning. Jimmy realizes that there would be no point in saying that if his parents knew they weren't going to be there and feels that something is wrong. He goes to his lab and compares the note the Yolkians left with notes his parents wrote. Goddard finds evidence of aliens on the computer, and Jimmy tracks them to another solar system. That night, Jimmy, Carl, and Goddard build another spaceship, which breaks down again. However after that moment, the kids in town go to Jimmy's backyard and confronts him, thinking he is the one who knows where their parents are. He then locates where the aliens are by Goddard's projection. Nick then says that Jimmy will take them to the aliens, and he'll take it from there. He organizes the other children in town to build spaceships from the Retroland rides to travel there and get their parents back.

While in space, they encounter a meteor shower. They break free from the shower and camp on a nearby asteroid. While camping, everyone recalls what their parents did at bedtime before they were abducted by aliens. They reach the planet Yolkus, home of the Yolkian race, the next day. Eventually they are captured by Goobot, who tells them the parents are to be sacrificed to their god, Poultra. He shows the kids Jimmy's video, thanking him for helping him find a suitable species for their ritual. The kids, now furious with Jimmy, are taken to the dungeon. Ooblar takes Goddard to his workshop to take him apart after Goddard offends Goobot. After some kind words and encouragement from Cindy, Jimmy manages to win everyone's forgiveness and comes up with a plan. He calls Goddard on Libby's cell phone and tricks Ooblar into thinking Goddard will self-destruct in a nuclear explosion. Goddard then frees the kids using a glitch in his obedience program and they make it to the sacrifice arena. After an unusual ceremony (in which the parents under mind control do the Chicken Dance), Poultra, a colossal three-eyed reptilian chicken, hatches from her egg. Nick, who previously promised that he would battle the aliens himself, runs out of the stadium screaming loudly. Jimmy's quick thinking allows him to think of a new plan. He sends Sheen to the airfield to obtain an escape ship. Jimmy manages to steal the mind controller thanks to Goddard while the rest of the children keep the guards busy in a short but victorious battle. Poultra blocks their way out of the arena but Sheen knocks her dizzy when his ship hits her in the head.

Everyone just escapes with the adults in tow, but Goobot follows them in his ship at the head of the Yolkus fleet, with Poultra not far behind. As the ships open fire, Jimmy skims the surface of Yolkus's sun. The solar flares fry the ships to a crisp and destroy all but Goobot's ship. The king sends a taunting message to Jimmy, who flies out of the ship with Goddard. He says "You steal my parents, you threaten my dog, you attack my friends, and you made fun of my size! I may be small, but I got a big brain!". He uses his shrink ray to make himself grow the size of a planet, which shocks Goobot. Goobot then calls his thing a mistake and lets them go free. But Jimmy blows the ship into an oncoming asteroid. Goobot vows revenge against Jimmy and gets cooked into an over-easy egg. The kids are reunited with their parents and Nick comments Jimmy for a great idea. Jimmy reunites with his parents, and they make it home. The movie ends with Jimmy's mother and father trying his latest invention, Burping Soda, much to everybody's glee. Judy tries to yell at Jimmy for the invention only to inflate and burp loudly and the four laugh while Goddard imitates a bird outside.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices were provided by: Jack Angel, Jeannie Elias, Bill Farmer, Philip Proctor, Rodger Bumpass, Mary Kay Bergman, Toran Caudell, Erik von Detten, Mickie McGowan, Mona Marshall, Hynden Walch, Bill Striglos and Gregg Berger.

Reception[edit]

Reviews were generally favorable. It currently holds a 75% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes,.[3] According to Metacritic, the film also holds a score of 65/100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

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.[5]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave this film a 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".[6]

Paul Tatara of CNN.com called this film "the most delightfully original children's film of 2001".[7]

Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave this film a 3/4 score, 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".[8]

Box office[edit]

The film was financially successful, bringing in $13,833,228 on its opening weekend for an average of $4,407 from 3,139 theaters, and ended up with a total of $80,936,232 domestically, and the film did better overseas bringing in $22,056,304 which made a total of $102,992,536 worldwide. It had a budget of roughly $30 million.

Awards[edit]

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

Soundtrack[edit]

The movie soundtrack was released in 2001 after the movie was released, by Jive Records and Nick Records.[9]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Leave It Up to Me"   Aaron Carter 2:59
2. "Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Remix) *NSYNC 4:13
3. "Parents Just Don't Understand"   Lil' Romeo, 3LW, and Nick Cannon 3:55
4. "Intimidated"   Britney Spears 3:17
5. "He Blinded Me with Science"   Melissa Lefton and The Matrix 3:15
6. "A.C.'s Alien Nation"   Aaron Carter 3:23
7. "Kids in America"   No Secrets 3:06
8. "The Answer to Our Life"   Backstreet Boys 3:17
9. "The Chicken Dance"   Stupid 1:32
10. "I Can Count on You"   True Vibe 3:46
11. "We Got the Beat"   The Go-Go's 2:31
12. "Go Jimmy Jimmy"   Aaron Carter 2:38
13. "Parents Just Don't Understand (Bonux Mix)"   Lil' Romeo, 3LW, and Nick Cannon  
14. "Blitzkrieg Bop"   The Ramones 2:12
15. "Jimmy Neutron Theme"   Bowling for Soup 2:08

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

No. Title Length
1. "Jimmy's Rocket Machine"   1:55
2. "Parents"   1:17
3. "Ready-To-Go-To-School Machine"   1:49
4. "Nick"   0:50
5. "Oyster & Diamond"   0:34
6. "Alien Space Craft/Jimmy's Message"   3:02
7. "Options"   0:49
8. "Sneak Out"   1:09
9. "Invasion Alert"   0:34
10. "Alien Abduction"   1:13
11. "The Wish"   0:47
12. "Launch"   2:22
13. "Beauty Of Space/Meteor"   2:25
14. "The Alien Planet"   1:12
15. "Prisoners"   1:42
16. "Cindy & Jimmy"   1:34
17. "Cell Dog Phone & Rescue"   3:09
18. "Stadium"   0:23
19. "Bring On The Humans"   0:47
20. "The Incubation"   0:48
21. "Sacrifice/The Plan"   2:18
22. "Jimmy To The Rescue"   2:02
23. "Escape From The Planet/The Big Chase"   2:42
24. "Jimmy Is The Winner/Apologise"   2:15
25. "The End"   0:13

Genius, Sheenius or Inbetweenius[edit]

An event that aired on May 25, 2007, Nickelodeon rehired the original voice actors of Jimmy, Sheen and Carl to return for a special audio commentary version of the film that features their animated counterparts' silhouettes, spoofing Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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 was seen again at some point in the TV 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.

Short Overview
Carl Squared Carl asks Jimmy lots of questions when he clones himself. The cloning machine is seen again in "Send in the Clones"'and "The Trouble with Clones."
Calling All Aliens Jimmy receives a message, thinking that it is from aliens. But when he says "school goddard", he gets teleported to school. And tries several attempts to try to communicate with the aliens. Aliens are also mentioned in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (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 Hyper Cube, to store infinite items in one small place. But, it's dinner time and they are having creamed corn, which Jimmy hides in his Hyper Cube. After Jimmy's dad thinks it's a brain teaser puzzle and breaks it, Jimmy finds out 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 after Jimmy says, "I can fix that".
Pain Pain Go Away Jimmy visits 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, and Sheen is replaced by Nick Dean.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius". RottenTomatoes.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Movie Review". Commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Review | Movie Reviews and News". EW.com. 2002-01-04. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  7. ^ "CNN.com International - Breaking, World, Business, Sports, Entertainment and Video News". Archives.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  8. ^ Emerson, Jim (2001-12-21). "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Movie Review (2001) | Roger Ebert". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Various - Music From The Motion Picture 'Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius'". Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 

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