The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (often shortened to Jimmy Neutron and promoted as Jimmy Neutron: The Series) is an animated series that premiered on Nickelodeon on July 20, 2002. It was made as a follow-up to the theatrical motion picture Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. This is also the first computer-animated Nicktoon. The series was animated by DNA Productions in Dallas, Texas, as was the movie. The show ended in 2006.
The show is about Jimmy Neutron, a 10-year-old boy genius who gets in and out of trouble by inventing extraordinary gadgets and fighting evil enemies along the way. His main catchphrase seems to be "Brain Blast!", which usually comes after Jimmy comes up with an idea, accompanied by a visual of the activity in his brain. He's often joined by his best friends; Goddard, Carl Wheezer, Sheen Estevez, Cindy Vortex, Libby Folfax and Nick Dean. Together, these seven friends make up Team Neutron and are always off on new and fun adventures, whether it's discovering something about history or fighting evil villains.
At the end of the first season, the show started to evolve more into a comedic adventure show, with Libby's new look (received in the nineteenth episode, "Beach Party Mummy") standing out most of all. Soon enough, the protagonists started getting more character development and coming out of their shells. Villains such as Professor Calamitous started appearing more as well, and there would be darker and more serious stories (such as "The Trouble With Clones", "Win, Lose and Kaboom!", and "Sheen's Brain"). The plot lines of the first season was mainly targeted for children ages 7-10 while the succeeding seasons of the show had plot lines that were more appropriate for older audiences mainly between the ages of 8-15.
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- Nickelodeon (original run, July 20, 2002-November 25, 2006; reruns, November 26, 2006-December 15, 2012)
- NickToons (January 6, 2003-April 1, 2021)
- TeenNick (January 9, 2019-July 25, 2020)
The development of Jimmy Neutron first begin in 1995, when John A. Davis decided to make CGI short about a boy called "Johnny Quasar", a nine year old boy genius. When he realized that Johnny's name sounded too much like Jonny Quest, he changed it to "Jimmy Neutron" when he was discussing it with his wife.
Later, he met Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk, who decided to help him redo the series from scratch. They had many inspiration from different sources such as:
- Sheen was based off of Japanese fanboys and named after the Estevez family of actors (Ramon and Carlos to be exact). Since no one could do anything Japanese, they made him Mexican.
- Hugh and Judy were based off bumbling fathers and housewives from the 1950's.
- Retroville was designed to resemble the 50s.
In 1998, the trio showed a 13 minute pilot for the series called "Runaway Rocketboy!" to Nickelodeon. Nick liked it so much, that they decided to make it into a movie and release the show later (due to the trend of CGI in animated films).
Several changes were given to the show when it was being developed; one prime example being Cindy's outfit and hairstyle. At one point, they had plans to give Jimmy a sibling (a little sister, who was a music and art genius, opposite to his math and science genius), but it didn't do well with fandom, so they canned the idea.
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Paramount Home Video released five VHS tapes and four single-disc DVDs for the series from May 2003 to November 2004. While the first DVD, Confusion Fusion, featured the same episodes on the first two tapes, When Pants Attack and Time Warp, the latter three DVDs included episodes not featured on their adjacent VHS releases. Select Jimmy Neutron episodes also appeared on the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour DVDs and the Nick Picks DVDs. Three manufacture-on-demand two-disc sets collecting select episodes from each season were made available exclusively on Amazon.com from September 5, 2008, to June 4, 2021. A Complete Series set will be released by Shout! Factory on October 26, 2021.
In its early days, the series was falsely accused of ripping off Dexter's Laboratory (a show from rival network Cartoon Network). But overtime, people saw how the show developed its own identity and have praised it for its character development, wonderful stories, continuity and animation. To this day, it is considered one of the last great Nicktoons ever made and one of the most iconic ones, as well.
There was supposed to be a new season, but due to the failure of The Ant Bully, DNA Productions went out of business and it never came to be.
In the planned fourth season, there would have been an overarching story about the gang starting middle school, including an episode about Cindy and Betty becoming friends. Jimmy and Cindy's relationship would've continued growing and they would've stopped fighting, Evil Jimmy would have returned, there would be more serious and dark stories, the characters would evolve more (to the points of their personalities and relationships no longer being inconsistent), and in the series finale, the newly rebuilt League of Villains would've returned to deliver the final blow to Jimmy, and his friends would team up and defeat them once and for all. Four scripts were finalized, but the creators have kept them in secret until further notice.
- Nickstory Archives: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
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- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius at TV Tropes
|The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius|
|Characters||Main characters||Jimmy • Goddard • Carl • Sheen • Cindy • Libby|
|Supporting characters||Hugh • Judy • Nick • Britney • Butch • Betty • Bolbi • Miss Fowl • Sam|
|Villains||King Goobot • Ooblar • Poultra • Yokian Fleet Commander • Finbarr Calamitous • Beautiful Gorgeous • Jimmy Negatron • Eustace|
|Productions||Interstitial shorts • Movie prelude • Movie (Soundtrack • Score) • The Secrets of the Jimmy Neutron Movie • Episodes (Seasons: 1 • 2 • 3) • Video releases • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast • Planet Sheen (Episodes)|
|Video games||Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius • Vs. Jimmy Negatron • Jet Fusion • Attack of the Twonkies|