Hot on the heels of " Harry Potter " comes another boy hero who leaves grown-ups standing with his remarkable abilities. This time, though, he's not a wizard but an inventor whose astounding space-age contraptions would turn Heath Robinson green with envy. Set in the all-American sitcom-style town of Retroville, in which 50s family values go hand in hand with futuristic hi-tech gadgetry, "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" introduces its eponymous hero as a fearsomely brainy know-it-all who never goes anywhere without his trusty robot dog Goddard.
Jimmy Neutron is another one of the Nickelodeon TV shows that has recently hit the big screen. Viacom is currently having this trend, it seems, that leads the to turn many of their Nickelodeon intellectual properties into movies, as witnessed by the "Hey Arnold! It is a good or a bad thing, you ask?
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One of the nominees for best animated film at Monday's Oscars, this visually clever and extremely witty flick about a wide-eyed techno-whizz should deservedly pack in the small fry and adult companions over the school holidays. Jimmy's job, once the plot starts rolling, is to rescue all the adults of Retroville - a town which exists somewhere between idyllic Happy Days and a hi-tech future world - who have been abducted by aliens to provide a sacrifice for their chicken-like god. Jimmy and the kids construct a space fleet out of the new amusement park hilarious and go in search of the aliens, adults and adventure. A good thing too because Retroland, through the eyes of Jimmy and his sometimes nerdish friends, is a pretty dull place where adults do what adults do: don't let kids have their own kind of fun.
The film was directed by creator John A. The precursor to the TV show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Geniuswhich followed shortly after, Jimmy Neutron follows the title character, a schoolboy with super-genius powers who must save all of the parents of the world from a race of egg-like aliens known as the Yolkians. The idea for Jimmy Neutron was first created by Davis in the s, in which he wrote a script for a short film titled Runaway Rocketboy and starring a prototype character for Jimmy named Johnny Quasar.
It originally aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons beginning July 20,and the final episode aired on November 25, Throughout the show, various mishaps and conflicts occur on these adventures, as Jimmy's various inventions go awry. The series has been the recipient of various nominations such as Kid's Choice "Favorite Cartoon" in andand 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".
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