The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius logo.png
Genre
Created byJohn A. Davis
Based onJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Characters created by John A. Davis
Directed by
  • Keith Alcorn
  • Mike Gasaway
  • Kirby Atkins
Starring
Theme music composerBrian Causey
Composer(s)Charlie Brissette
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes61 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steve Oedekerk
John A. Davis
Producer(s)
  • Keith Alcorn
  • John A. Davis
  • Paul Marshal
Editor(s)
  • Jon Price
  • John Wahba
  • Joe E. Elwood
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original releaseJuly 20, 2002 (2002-07-20) –
November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)
Chronology
Preceded byJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Followed byPlanet Sheen

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (sometimes shortened to Jimmy Neutron) is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It originally aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons beginning July 20, 2002, and the final episode aired on November 25, 2006. A spin-off of the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the show follows a genius 11-year-old from Retroville, James "Jimmy" Isaac Neutron, as he goes on adventures with his friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Estevez. 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.[1]

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".[2][3][4] A spin-off of the show was produced in 2010 known as Planet Sheen, and premiered in October of that year, ending in February 2013. Reruns premiered on NickSplat on January 9, 2019.

Summary[edit]

The show follows an eleven-year-old boy named Jimmy Neutron from Retroville, who is a scientific genius. He frequently goes on adventures with his two best friends Sheen and Carl, usually involving his inventions going awry.

Media[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilots2September 7, 1998December 21, 2001
120July 20, 2002 (2002-07-20)[5]September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05)[5]
220September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)[6]July 9, 2004 (2004-07-09)[6]
Specials3May 7, 2004 (2004-05-07)July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21)
321November 11, 2004 (2004-11-11)[7]November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)[7]

The Fairly OddParents crossover episodes[edit]

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.

Pilot (1998–2001)[edit]

The pilot, named "Runaway Rocketboy," involves Jimmy 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 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The pilot 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 cancelled before the episode aired.

The pilot had a few differences from the main series. In it, the clothes were different, 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, in lieu of Frank Welker, Carl Wheezer resembled his father, Sheen Estevez was absent and the title card had a picture in the scene, like all the other Nicktoons at the time. Also, the DNA Productions logo with their original mascot, Helix the purple cat-like creature wearing a lab coat and a bow tie, was shown.

DVD releases[edit]

Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Confusion Fusion May 27, 2003[citation needed] October 8, 2003[citation needed]
Sea of Trouble October 7, 2003[citation needed] March 24. 2005[8]
Jet Fusion February 3, 2004[citation needed] July 7, 2005[9]
Attack of the Twonkies November 16, 2004[citation needed]
Party at Neutron's September 4, 2006[citation needed]
King of Mars July 5, 2007[10]
The Best of Season 1 September 16, 2008[citation needed]
The Best of Season 2 September 16, 2008[citation needed]
The Best of Season 3 September 16, 2008[citation needed]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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. He 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 "Johnny Quasar" sounded too similar to Jonny Quest.[11]

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, due to the scheduling of the episodes. Some of the programming team at DNA Productions 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.[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 Awards BMI Cable Award Charlie Brissette Won [16]
2004 31st Annie Awards Outstanding 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 Awards BMI Cable Award Charlie Brissette and Brian Causey Won [19]
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing in Television Animation The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Won [20]
2005 32nd Annie Awards Outstanding 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 Awards Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Television Production Christopher Painter Nominated [22]
2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Nominated [23]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Nominated [24]

Cancellation[edit]

Although the producers originally wanted to make a fourth season, all plans for this season were scrapped due to DNA Productions' closing as the result of the lackluster performance of The Ant Bully. Four scripts were written for the season, but two of these scripts were not revealed. The new season was planned to be more serious and darker than the previous. The premiere of the season, entitled "Deep Impacts", would be the return of Evil Jimmy, who would have struggled with Jimmy in their definitive last encounter during a battle on the moon. Another episode entitled "Three's a Crowd" was planned to be part of this season to explore the relationship of Cindy and Betty. Nick Dean was also set to return as part of the main cast, Cindy and Jimmy would have become an official couple, new and old villains would have returned and appeared, and the League of Villains would have made more appearances. It was thought of that the series, in terms of year runs, would have been the third longest running Nicktoon series behind SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents, but such a production and assets to O Entertainment and DNA Productions would have been too costly.[25]

Spin-off[edit]

Eight years later, a second spin-off series, Planet Sheen premiered. The show focused on Sheen Estevez, who accidentally landed on the planet Zeenu in Planet Sheen's pilot episode. 26 episodes were produced by O Entertainment but further episodes were not being released due to DNA Productions' going bankrupt.[26] Along with fellow Nicktoon T.U.F.F. Puppy, Planet Sheen debuted on October 2, 2010. As of 2013, the spin-off has been cancelled due to low ratings, production costs and several writers moving on; with the final episode having aired on February 15, 2013.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Animation (September 15, 2017), Episode 41: Jimmy Neutron Cast | Nick Animation Podcast, retrieved June 22, 2018
  2. ^ "Annie Awards". annieawards.org. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "49th Golden Reel Awards Nominees Announced". Mixonline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "2006 Host/Nominee Release - Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 Press Site". www.nickkcapress.com. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Season 1". Zap2It. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Season 2". Zap2It. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Season 3". Zap2It. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "DVD - Jimmy neutron: sea of trouble". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "DVD - JIMMY NEUTRON: JET FUSION". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  10. ^ "DVD - Jimmy Neutron: King of Mars". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  11. ^ Frank Moldstad. "Making Jimmy Neutron, An interview with John Davis, Director and creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius".
  12. ^ Gruppetstudios (October 14, 2016), Cartoons VS Cancer Ep. 11 - (The One with John Davis!), retrieved November 24, 2017
  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.
  18. ^ Morfoot, Addie (March 28, 2004). "Namic names nominee names". Variety.
  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. ^ http://thebeanholes.podbean.com/e/a-beanholes-extra-jimmy-neutron-season-4-interview/
  26. ^ "Nick Orders Neutron Spin-off, T.U.F.F. Puppy Series". Animation Magazine. June 11, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2018.

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