My Life as a Teenage Robot
|My Life as a Teenage Robot|
Comic science fiction
|Created by||Rob Renzetti|
|Theme music composer||Peter Lurye|
|Composers||James L. Venable|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||40 (76 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Rob Renzetti|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production companies||Frederator Studios|
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
|Original network||Nickelodeon (2003–05)|
Nicktoons (2008–09)[Note 1]
|Original release||August 1, 2003 –|
May 2, 2009[Note 1]
|Oh Yeah! Cartoons|
My Life as a Teenage Robot is an American animated science fiction superhero comedy television series created by Rob Renzetti for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Set in the fictional town of Tremorton, the series follows the adventures of a robot super-heroine named XJ-9, or Jenny, as she prefers to be called, who attempts to juggle her duties of protecting Earth while trying to live a normal human life as a teenage girl.
Renzetti pitched the series to Frederator Studios' animated shorts showcase Oh Yeah! Cartoons and a pilot titled "My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot", which aired on January 5, 1999. Viewer approval ratings led to the commissioning of a half-hour series, which premiered on August 1, 2003; after airing its first two seasons, the series was cancelled on October 17, 2005. The completed third season eventually aired on Nickelodeon's spinoff network Nicktoons from October 4, 2008, until ending its run on May 2, 2009. The series totaled three seasons, each consisting of 13 episodes.
My Life as a Teenage Robot is set in the fictional town of Tremorton and focuses on making lighthearted fun of typical teenage issues and conventions of works relating to teenagers and superheros. The series follows XJ-9 ("Jenny Wakeman", as she prefers to be called; voiced by Janice Kawaye), who is a highly sophisticated state-of-the-art sentient gynoid automaton robot girl created by her mother Dr. Nora Wakeman (voiced by Candi Milo), an elderly robotics scientist, five years before the series. Jenny is Earth's protector, armed with a wide range of weapons and devices, but simply wants to live the life of a normal teenager. She was preceded in development by eight other models; in season 1, the episode "Sibling Tsunami" introduced XJs 1–8.
Jenny's friends are her neighbors Brad (voiced by Chad Doreck) and Tuck Carbuckle (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski). Brad is outgoing and adventurous, and is the first human friend Jenny makes, while Tuck is Brad's rambunctious younger brother who usually tags along on adventures. Another one of her friends is Sheldon Lee (Quinton Flynn), a somewhat stereotypical nerd who is obsessed with her. Jenny often rejects his romantic advances, but still cares for him as a friend.
At high school, Jenny has an ongoing rivalry with the Crust cousins, Brit (voiced by Moira Quirk) and Tiff (voiced by Cree Summer), the popular girls in school. Dr. Wakeman often tries in vain to control her creation and keep her daughter focused on protecting the planet Earth. Adding to her trouble is that she is constantly being dogged by the all-robotic Cluster Empire, whose queen, Vexus (voiced by Eartha Kitt), wants her to join their world of robots (by force if necessary). Despite it all, Jenny struggles to maintain some semblance of a mostly-human life.
The special of the series, "Escape from Cluster Prime", shows that the alien planet is actually a peaceful paradise for every kind of robot. It's also revealed that Vexus has made Jenny out to be a villain because of her constant refusals to join, branding her responsible for destroying the missing components that allow robots to transform, while they are truly hidden by Vexus, to control the population.
- Jennifer "Jenny" Wakeman (Robotic Global Response Unit Model No. XJ-9) (voiced by Janice Kawaye) is a sentient XJ-9-series gynoid automaton humanoid created by Dr. Noreen Wakeman five years prior to the series, along with her quadruplet sisters colored pink, green and violet. Though she was designed to be Earth's protector armed to the teeth with a wide range of weapons, devices and transformations, she desires to live the life of a normal teenager and often makes this covet quite apparent to her friends. Jenny's personality is often kind, friendly and optimistic, though this also comes with being rather naive as to her surroundings.
- Dr. Noreen "Nora" Wakeman (voiced by Candi Milo) is an elderly robotics scientist who built the XJ robots. She is often simply referred to as "Mother" or "Mom" by Jenny and her sisters.
- Bradley "Brad" Carbunkle (voiced by Chad Doreck) is Tuck's older brother and Jenny's best friend and next-door neighbor. He is outgoing and adventurous, and is the first friend Jenny ever made.
- Tucker "Tuck" Cornelius Carbunkle (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski) is Brad's younger brother. He is usually tagging along with his brother and Jenny, though his aptitude for adventure is significantly less than Brad's.
- Sheldon Oswald Lee (voiced by Quinton Flynn) is Jenny's self-proclaimed romantic admirer and friend. Jenny refuses his romantic advances, though she does care for him as a close friend. Being skilled in robotics, Sheldon has created gadgets and modifications for Jenny, usually very unnecessarily bulky and extravagant, as well as doing minor repair work. He also occasionally masquerades as a robot superhero, the "Silver Shell".
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|Backdoor pilot||January 5, 1999||Nickelodeon|
|1||6||August 1, 2003||August 12, 2004|
|2||20||September 17, 2003||September 9, 2005|
|3||14||January 13, 2006[Note 1]||March 30, 2007[Note 1]||Nicktoons (U.S.)[Note 1]|
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Rob Renzetti moved from Cartoon Network to Nickelodeon to develop his own ideas as part of Fred Seibert's and Frederator Studios' Oh Yeah! Cartoons. At Nickelodeon, he developed a pilot called "My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot", which was the basis for the series. After brief stints working on Family Guy, The Powerpuff Girls, Time Squad, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, and Samurai Jack, Renzetti returned to Nickelodeon to start the Teenage Robot series.
Renzetti made 11 shorts during two seasons as a director on Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Five of these starred two characters called Mina and the Count and followed the adventures of a rambunctious little girl and her vampire best friend. He hoped that these characters might get their own series, but Nickelodeon rejected the idea. Faced with an empty slot where the sixth Mina short was slated to go, Fred Seibert tasked Renzetti to come up with three new ideas. One of these was about a teenage girl whose boyfriend was a robot. After further thought, Renzetti merged the two characters to create Jenny, a robot with the personality of a teenage girl.
In March 2002, Nickelodeon ordered 13 episodes of the series. The series was initially called "My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot" before settling on its final title.
The show's crew revealed on their blog on October 17, 2005, that the show had been cancelled, and that the third season would be the last: "The executives love the show but the ratings aren't good enough for them to give us more episodes." Following the series' cancellation, Renzetti returned to Cartoon Network Studios, working on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and The Cartoonstitute, before moving on to the Disney Channel to become supervising producer for Gravity Falls. The third season aired on Nicktoons from October 2008 to May 2009, officially concluding the broadcast of the series in the United States.
Broadcast and home media
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Nickelodeon premiered My Life as a Teenage Robot on August 1, 2003, at 8:30 PM EST. The show was a part of Nickelodeon's Saturday night programming block called SNICK in Fall 2003, and briefly was a part of the TEENick lineup in 2004 to June 2005. The first season ended on February 27, 2004, with "The Wonderful World of Wizzly / Call Hating".
The second season (which was originally set to air on October 1, 2004) was pushed back to December 8, 2004, with the Christmas episode "A Robot for All Seasons". A new second-season episode was not aired until January 24, 2005. In the second season, a 48-minute, two-part TV movie titled "Escape from Cluster Prime" (which was nominated for an Emmy in 2006) aired. Since the series' cancellation, reruns continued to air on Nicktoons until April 14, 2013, and again from December 13, 2015, to May 15, 2016. As of 2022, the entire series is now streaming on Paramount+.
The episodes "See No Evil", "The Great Unwashed", "Future Shock", "A Robot for All Seasons", "Hostile Makeover", and "Gridiron Glory" were released on Nick Picks DVD compilations. As of December 12, 2011, seasons 1, 2, and 3 are available on DVD exclusive to Amazon.com in region 1. The full series was released across six discs by Beyond Home Entertainment in Australia on February 5, 2012.
|Region 1||Region 4|
|1||Nick Picks #1||May 24, 2005|
|Nick Picks #2||October 18, 2005|
|Nick Picks #3||February 7, 2006|
|Nick Picks #4||June 6, 2006|
|Nick Picks: 1–3||October 17, 2006|
|The Complete First Season||December 12, 2011|
|2||Nick Picks: Holiday||September 26, 2006|
|Nick Picks #5||March 13, 2007|
|The Complete Second Season||December 12, 2011|
|3||The Complete Third Season|
|The Complete Series DVD box set||May 16, 2012|
|March 9, 2022|
Sean Aitchison from CBR wrote positively of the show stating, "Aside from the look of the show, My Life as a Teenage Robot had a fun premise that made for some great action comedy storytelling, and it definitely holds up [in modern day]. Though the show's depiction of teendom is somewhat outdated, the cliches actually end up working in favor of the humor. Though there's not a lot of story progression throughout the series, My Life as a Teenage Robot is still a whole lot of fun." Joly Herman of Common Sense Media wrote more negatively of the show, saying that, "Though it looks cool and has an upbeat energy, the show can be a bit of a drag. Some kids may enjoy it for the mindless entertainment it intends to be, but know that there are much better uses of a free half-hour."
Awards and nominations
|2004||31st Annie Awards||Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production||Rob Renzetti for "Ragged Android"||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Television Production||Joseph Holt for My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|
|Seonna Hong for My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|
|Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production||Janice Kawaye as "Jenny"||Nominated|
|Candi Milo as "Mrs. Wakeman"||Nominated|
|56th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||Seonna Hong||Won|||
|BMI Awards||BMI Cable Award||Peter Lurye for My Life As A Teenage Robot||Won|||
|James Venable for My Life As A Teenage Robot||Won|
|2005||32nd Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production||My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|||
|Best Production Design in an Animated Television Production||Alex Kirwan for My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|
|Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production||Candi Milo as "Mrs. Wakeman"||Nominated|
|2006||33rd Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production||My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|||
|Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production||Bryan Arnett for "Escape From Cluster Prime"||Nominated|
|Best Production Design in an Animated Television Production||Alex Kirwan for My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|
|2007||Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated||My Life As A Teenage Robot||Nominated|||
Jenny was featured as a playable character in the PlayStation 2/Wii and Nintendo DS versions of Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots with Janice Kawaye reprising her role as the character Jenny also appears as a playable character in the mobile game Nickelodeon Super Brawl Universe, the fighting game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl as the game's first paid DLC character, and the kart racing game Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway, with Kawaye reprising her role in the latter two games. Jenny also appears as a character skin for Smite, and was available during a July 2022 event.
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