The Fairly OddParents

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The Fairly OddParents
The Fairly OddParents logo.svg
Genre Comedy
Animation
Kids[1]
Created by Butch Hartman
Written by Kevin Arrieta
Will Schifrin
Sindy Spackman
Kevin Sullivan
Starring
Theme music composer Ron Jones
Butch Hartman
Opening theme "The Fairly OddParents" by Butch Hartman and Ron Jones
Ending theme "The Fairly OddParents" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Guy Moon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 152 (aired) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Butch Hartman[2]
Fred Seibert
Producer(s) Ray DeLaurentis
Randy Sabit
George Goodchild (supervising producer)
Editor(s) Mishelle Fordhem
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Billionfold Inc.
(season 6–present)
Frederator Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Distributor Viacom Media Networks
Nelvana (Seasons 1–4) (International)
Release
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format SDTV 480i (2001–2011)
HDTV 1080i (2013–present)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release March 30, 2001 (2001-03-30) – present (present) [3]
Chronology
Preceded by Oh Yeah! Cartoons
External links
Website
Production website

The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the everyday adventures of Timmy Turner, a boy who is granted two fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda.

The series originated from shorts on the animation showcase, Oh Yeah! Cartoons, airing from 1998 to 2001. It was later picked up as a series due to its popularity. Originally, it ended in 2006 totaling five seasons, but resumed production in 2007. It is produced by Frederator Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studios and, as of season 6, Billionfold Inc.

The Fairly OddParents is the second longest-running Nicktoon, behind SpongeBob SquarePants. On August 17, 2015, Nickelodeon confirmed a tenth season is in production.[4]

Overview[edit]

The series centers on Timmy Turner, a young boy who is neglected by his parents and tortured by his babysitter, Vicky. One day, he is granted two fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, who grant his every wish to improve his miserable life. However, these wishes inadvertently causing problems that Timmy must fix. In the beginning of the series, Timmy's babysitter Vicky was the main antagonist. As the series progressed, more villains were added. For example, his teacher, Mr. Crocker, firmly believes in fairy godparents and has been searching for them a very long time, correctly suspecting that Timmy has fairy godparents. He is dangerous to Timmy because, according to "Da Rules", a large rulebook that defines what children can and cannot wish for and how fairy godparents must behave, no one else can know about his fairy godparents, or else they will be taken away from him (although he does not remember, Cosmo and Wanda were once Crocker's fairy godparents, as the rule does not apply to people who currently have their own or once had fairy godparents).

At his school, Timmy is often bullied by Francis, a vicious boy who claims to be the toughest student in school, but reveals to Timmy that he only takes out his anger on him because of his rough home life and abusive parents, proving he is somewhere in-between as a protagonist and an antagonist. Jorgen Von Strangle, an enormous and tough fairy with an Austrian accent, often described like Arnold Schwarzenegger, personally dislikes Timmy and his fairies, but often has to assist them in fixing their problems.

Later in the series, Timmy wished that Cosmo and Wanda would have a baby, whom they later named Poof. More recently, Timmy got a pet fairy dog named Sparky. For every fairy, there is also an anti-fairy. The anti-fairies are similar to the real ones, but with opposite personalities and character traits. For example, Anti-Cosmo is intelligent and speaks with an English accent while real Cosmo is dim-witted. Similarly, Anti-Wanda is also dim-witted and speaks with a Southern American accent while Wanda is intelligent. When Poof was born, his anti-fairy was created. Anti-Poof's name is Foop (Poof spelled backwards). While Poof is a sphere in body-shape, Foop is instead shaped like a cube. Foop's goal in life is to cause mayhem and destroy his nemesis Poof.

Setting[edit]

The Fairly OddParents is set in the fictional city of Dimmsdale which, as revealed in the special "Fairy Idol", is located along the coast of California. The city appears to be average sized, with a downtown containing large buildings and a city hall but also containing uptown areas with residences (including the house where Timmy and his parents and godparents live) and businesses (including Timmy's school; a hospital; stores; a sports complex named the Dimmadome, named after its founder and owner; the local TV channel; and various restaurants and stores) as well as a park in the center of the city. The city also appears to have rural farmland located somewhere outside of the city. The adults in the city are notably moronic and often settle situations with things like angry mobs, but they do still form a structured and complex society capable of working as a city. In the episode "Which Witch is Which", it was revealed that Dimmsdale was founded in the 1630s after Dale Dimm managed to defeat a witch hunter who was secretly a witch named Alden Biterroot (ancestor of Denzel Crocker).

When the show needs to, it switches its location to Fairy World, the magical realm and home of the fairies which is a floating world located within the sky and colored with an abundance of pink. The fairies have a civilization like that of the humans, but with a source of power being magic, which also keeps the world afloat. A large rainbow acts as the bridge between Fairy World and the Earth. Another location sometimes seen is the city of Chincinatti, the home town of Timmy's favorite comic book superhero, the Crimson Chin. Other locations include the dark and twisted Anti-Fairy World, the dark counterpart of Fairy World where the anti-fairies live, the dull and gray metropolis of Pixies Inc., home of the pixies, and Ugopatamia, where an alien, Mark Chang, lives, who is also Timmy's friend.

Cast[edit]

Throughout the course of the show, many celebrities have guest starred on The Fairly OddParents, including most notably Adam West and Jay Leno. Some celebrities that voice characters include: Norm Macdonald, Chris Kirkpatrick,[5] Alec Baldwin, Ben Stein, Jackie Mason, Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Clarke Duncan, Brendan Fraser, Patrick Warburton, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tom Arnold, and Scott Hamilton.

Production history[edit]

Butch Hartman, the series' creator.

Origins (1998–2001)[edit]

A postcard for The Fairly OddParents segment on Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons

Producer Butch Hartman originally created The Fairly OddParents as a seven-minute short film entitled "Fairy Godparents", one of 39 short cartoons in the first season of Fred Seibert's Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Butch Hartman made six more short films for the show in season 3. Nickelodeon agreed to a six episode order (consisting of two 11-minute stories) of "The Fairly Oddparents", which began airing on March 30, 2001, in the half hour after Invader Zim.

Unlike the half-hour series, the animation in the shorts is not as smooth, and the designs are notably different (including Timmy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Turner, who are only seen from the neck down with their faces hidden in the pilot episodes and appear to be more intelligent than they appeared to be in the proceeding series, yet still easily duped by Vicky's abhorrent actions). Other notable differences include the voices like Timmy Turner, who was voiced by Mary Kay Bergman instead of Tara Strong. Cosmo is significantly more intelligent than he appears to be in the proceeding series. Wanda is shown to be less intelligent and less of a nag. Vicky is much less evil than in the current series. She also calls Timmy by his name as opposed to the more often used "twerp".

Originally, Hartman wanted Timmy to wear a blue hat, but since he ran out of blue ink, he decided to make it pink. Wanda was originally going to be named "Venus", but instead named her Wanda. Her middle name was and still is "Venus."

Original run (2001–06)[edit]

The title card of the show (Season 9-present).

The Fairly OddParents was immediately popular, greatly increasing its lead-in rating from Invader Zim. In fact, no matter what time slot Nickelodeon placed the show in, Nick's ratings soared. The series attracted a wider than anticipated audience, appealing to all ages, a feat only matched by SpongeBob SquarePants.[6] Other than SpongeBob, it was later Nickelodeon's highest rated show. Early 2002 and 2003 was the first peak of popularity for The Fairly OddParents. Ratings skyrocketed, and it briefly passed SpongeBob SquarePants.[7] The series appeared in a $50 Best Western travel card during summer 2006 and again in summer 2007.[8]

A theatrical movie film was planned for release by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, but it was eventually dropped because of a management change at Paramount, although the script was written. Hartman stated on his website[9] that he would like to release the film on DVD one day, but there were not definitive plans to do so.[9]

On January 24, 2006, Butch Hartman announced on his forum that Nickelodeon had ceased production of the show. "The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators" was intended to be the fifth season finale and series finale in production order, airing on July 21, 2006. However, Nickelodeon broadcast the episode "Timmy the Barbarian!/No Substitute for Crazy!" after "The Jerkinators" as the fifth season finale, on November 25 of that year.

Revival and tenth anniversary (2007–11)[edit]

Hartman announced on his forum on February 2, 2007 that Nick granted Fairly OddParents twenty more episode slots and that the show resumed production.

After a one-year hiatus, Nickelodeon announced on TV that they would begin the broadcast of a television movie called Fairly OddBaby as the beginning of at least 20 episodes of Season 6, and to carry the show to at least the year 2011.[10] A huge hit, Fairly OddBaby aired on February 18, 2008, becoming the top entertainment program across broadcast and basic cable TV for the year among kids.[11]

Movie sequel and future (2012–present)[edit]

On March 14, 2012, the series was renewed for a ninth season with new episodes that were scheduled to broadcast that year.[12] Additionally, the second live action film, A Fairly Odd Christmas, aired in November 2012. The ninth season premiered the same day as the 2013 Kids Choice Awards. The new season introduces the new main character, Timmy's fairy dog, Sparky. Season nine is also the first season to be formatted in high definition. In 2013, it was announced there would be a third installment called A Fairly Odd Summer with Drake Bell and Daniella Monet reprising their respective roles. The movie premiered on August 2, 2014.[13]

New episodes were confirmed by Fred Seibert on April 11, 2015.[14] On August 17, 2015, a tenth season was officially announced, and will introduce another new character, named Chloe Carmichael, Timmy's new neighbor and fellow godchild of Cosmo and Wanda.[15]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Shorts 10 September 4, 1998 March 23, 2001
1 7 March 30, 2001 December 9, 2001[16]
2 13 March 1, 2002 January 20, 2003
3 20 November 8, 2002 November 21, 2003
4 20 November 7, 2003 June 10, 2005
5 20 July 2, 2004 July 7, 2007
6 20 February 18, 2008 August 12, 2009
7 20 July 6, 2009 August 5, 2012
8 6 February 12, 2011 December 29, 2011
9 26 March 23, 2013 March 28, 2015
Films 3 July 9, 2011 August 2, 2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2001 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement for an Animated Production Produced for the Internet[17] "The Crimson Chin" webisodes Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Special Project[17] Main title sequence Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Production[17] The Fairly OddParents Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production[17] Butch Hartman
for episode "Chin Up"
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music Score an Animated Television Production[17] Guy Moon Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production[17] Tara Strong
as Timmy Turner
Nominated
2002 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI Cable Award Butch Hartman, Ron Jones, and Guy Moon Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Music and Lyrics[18] Butch Hartman, Steve Marmel, and Guy Moon
for song "I Wish Every Day Could Be Christmas" from "Christmas Every Day"
Nominated
2003 Annie Award Outstanding Music in an Animated Television Production[19] Guy Moon, Butch Hartman, and Steve Marmel Nominated
BMI Film & TV Award BMI Cable Award Butch Hartman, Ron Jones, and Guy Moon Won
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation Michael Warner, Mary Erstad, Matt Corey, and Michael Petak
for "Action Packed" and "Smarty Pants"
Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Music and Lyrics[18] Guy Moon, Butch Hartman, and Steve Marmel
for song "It's Great to Be a Guy" from "Love Struck"
Nominated
Guy Moon, Butch Hartman, and Steve Marmel
for song "What Girls Love" from "Love Struck"
Nominated
2004 Annie Award Outstanding Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production[20] Dave Thomas
for "Pipe Down"
Won
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production[20] The Fairly OddParents Won
BMI Film & TV Award BMI Cable Award Butch Hartman, Ron Jones, and Guy Moon Won
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation Robert Poole II, Mary Erstad, and Matt Corey
for "The Crimson Chin Meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad"
Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Music and Lyrics[18] Guy Moon, Butch Hartman, and Steve Marmel
for song "Wish Come True!" from "Abracatastrophe"
Nominated
TCA Award Outstanding Children's Programming The Fairly OddParents Nominated
2005 Annie Award Character Design in an Animated Television Production[21] Benjamin Balistreri
for "Crash Nebula"
Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Television Production[21] Butch Hartman and Steve Marmel
for "Channel Chasers"
Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation[18] Gordon Hammond
for "Shelf Life"
Won
2006 Annie Award Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production[22] Ernie Gilbert
for "The Good Old Days"
Won
Best Directing in an Animated Television Production[22] Gary Conrad
for "The Good Old Days"
Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation Robert Poole II, Mary Erstad, Robbi Smith, Guy Moon, and Craig Ng
for "The Good Old Days/Future Lost"
Nominated
2007 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production[23] The Fairly OddParents Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated
2009 Annie Award Best Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production or Short Form[24] Butch Hartman
for "Mission: Responsible"
Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated
2010 Annie Award Music in a Television Production[25] Guy Moon
for "Wishology: The Big Beginning"
Won
Storyboarding in a Television Production[25] Brandon Kruse
for "Fly Boy"
Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action and Animation[26] Michael Beiriger and Ray Leonard Won
Outstanding Individual in Animation[26] Dave Thomas
for "Dadbracadbra"
Won
Outstanding Writing in Animation[26] William Schifrin, Kevin Sullivan, Ed Valentine, Butch Hartman, Joanna Lewis, Charlotte Fullerton, Amy Keating Rogers, Gary Conrad, Thomas Krajewski, Scott Fellows, and Ray De Laurentis Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation Heather Olsen, Roy Braverman, Robbi Smith, J. Lampinen, and Mishelle Fordham
for "Wishology: The Big Beginning"
Nominated
2011 Annie Award Best Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production[27] Dave Thomas Nominated
2012 Annie Award Voice Acting in a Television Production[28] Carlos Alazraqui
as Denzel Crocker
Nominated
Daran Norris
as Cosmo
Nominated
Tara Strong
as Timmy Turner
Nominated
Writing in a Television Production[28] Ray De Laurentis, William Schifrin, and Kevin Sullivan
for "Invasion of the Dads"
Nominated
2013 Annie Award Best Animated Television Production for Children[29] "Farm Pit" Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated
Neox Fan Awards Best Neox Kidz series[30] Nominated
2014 Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television Animation[31] Heather Olsen, Roy Braverman, Robbi Smith and J. Lampinen
for "Dumbbell Curve"
Won
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[32] Eric Bauza Nominated
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon The Fairly OddParents Nominated

DVD and VHS releases[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Doraemon - a Japanese Manga and Anime series produced by Fujiko Fujio with a similar premise
  • Danny Phantom - A second Nickelodeon animated series created by Butch Hartman
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy - Another Nickelodeon animated series created by Butch Hartman

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