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 $103 million[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 Nickelodeon Movies, O Entertainment, and DNA Productions, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was produced using off-the-shelf software (messiah:studio and LightWave 6) by DNA Productions. The film was released December 21, 2001.[2] 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. The success of the film led to a spin-off television series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which premiered on July 20, 2002 and ended on November 25, 2006. A second spin-off, Planet Sheen, premiered on October 2, 2010, but was cancelled on February 15, 2013.

Plot[edit]

The film starts off with a rocket carrying two boys and a robotic dog: Jimmy Neutron (Debi Derryberry), Carl Wheezer (Rob Paulsen) and Goddard (Frank Welker). 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. Unknown to anyone, the satellite is picked up near the planet Yolkus, home to an alien race called the Yolkians. King Goobot V (Patrick Stewart) and his assistant, Ooblar (Martin Short), watch a pre-recorded message from Jimmy, featuring him introducing himself and explaining about life on Earth.

Jimmy, Carl, and their friend Sheen (Jeffrey Garcia) spot a poster for an amusement park called "Retroland." However, Jimmy's parents, Mr. Hugh Neutron (Mark DeCarlo) and Mrs. Judy Neutron (Megan Cavanagh), refuse to let him go that night because it is a school night, and Jimmy ends up grounded in his room after accidentally causing a fire with one of his inventions. Jimmy, Carl and Sheen subsequently choose to sneak out and visit the park without their parents' knowledge.

As the three are at the park, the Yolkians set a course for Earth and kidnap 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". Coincidentally, Carl spots a shooting star (actually a Yolkian ship), so he, Jimmy and Sheen wish for no more parents so they can have fun all the time. The next morning, the kids are initially overjoyed upon discovering that their parents have all disappeared, but eventually become despondent over their absence. After hearing a message from his parents that Goddard had recorded while posing as Jimmy last night, Jimmy becomes suspicious of the fact that his parents said they would see him in the morning instead of being there. He soon discovers what has really happened.

Jimmy organizes the other children in town to build spaceships from the Retroland rides to travel to Yolkus and get their parents back. Eventually they are captured by Goobot, who tells them the parents are to be sacrificed to their goddess, Poultra. He shows the kids Jimmy's video, thanking him for helping him find a suitable species for their ritual, before having the children locked up in their cells.

With Jimmy feeling guilty over the fact that his actions led to the Yolkans abducting the parents in the first place, his love interest Cindy Vortex convinces him to help the rest of the kids escape from their cell. After breaking out with the help of Goddard, the children, in accordance with Jimmy's plan, manage to stop the parents from being sacrificed to Poultra.

Everyone escapes aboard a Yolkian ship, but Goobot follows them in his ship at the head of the Yolkian fleet. With the exception of Goobot's ship, all of the Yolkian ships are destroyed when Jimmy baits them into flying too close to Yolkus' sun. Jimmy and Goddard then use a shrink ray to grow to the size of a planet, and blow Goobot's ship into an asteroid. Jimmy reconciles with his parents, and they make it home.

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]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 75% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critics consensus: "What Jimmy Neutron lacks in computer animation, it makes up for in charm and cleverness".[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.[citation needed] 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.[9]

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.

Home media[edit]

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was released on VHS and DVD on July 2, 2002. It was re-released by Warner Home Video on DVD on January 1, 2013. A Blu-ray release has not been announced yet.

Soundtrack[edit]

Official edit[edit]

The movie soundtrack was released in 2001 after the movie was released, by Jive Records and Nick Records.[10]

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"   Nobody 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

Original score[edit]

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

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Jimmy Neutron Theme"   Bowling for Soup 2:08
2. "Leave It Up to Me"   Aaron Carter 2:59
3. "Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Remix) *NSYNC 4:13
4. "Parents Just Don't Understand"   Lil' Romeo, 3LW, and Nick Cannon 3:55
5. "Intimidated"   Britney Spears 3:17
6. "He Blinded Me with Science"   Melissa Lefton and The Matrix 3:15
7. "A.C.'s Alien Nation"   Aaron Carter 3:23
8. "Kids in America"   No Secrets 3:06
9. "The Answer to Our Life"   Backstreet Boys 3:17
10. "The Chicken Dance"   Stupid 1:32
11. "I Can Count on You"   True Vibe 3:46
12. "We Got the Beat"   The Go-Go's 2:31
13. "Go Jimmy Jimmy"   Aaron Carter 2:38
14. "Parents Just Don't Understand (Bonux Mix)"   Lil' Romeo, 3LW, and Nick Cannon  
15. "Blitzkrieg Bop"   The Ramones 2:12
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/Apologise"     2:15
53. "The End"     0:13
54. "End Credits"     7:27
Total length:
82:58

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. ^ "Smallest Second Weekend Drops". boxofficemojo.com. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Various - Music From The Motion Picture 'Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius'". Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 

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