Paramount // 2006 // 128 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 15th, 2006
2D vs. 3D
Two of Nickelodeon's big names in animation, Timmy Turner of The Fairly Oddparents and Jimmy Neutron of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, team up in this super-sized collision of two worlds. Is it gold, or yet another jumbo headache?
* "When Nerds Collide"
Timmy submits his wish to return to Retroville, Jimmy Neutron's stomping grounds, in search of a date for his Friday the 13th dance. His object of desire: the lovely and manipulative Cindy Vortex. Problem is, Jimmy Neutron himself has eyes for Cindy and wants to take her to his Friday the 13th dance. As soon as Timmy arrives in Retroville, he and Jimmy go at it, their competitiveness toward Cindy outweighing their camaraderie as diminutive, hyperactive pixels of animation.
Through a few feats of strength, a mental acumen contest or two, and loads of barbs, Timmy and Jimmy try to outdo one another and land Cindy. Little do they know, but the nefarious Dr. Calamitous has plans of his own. Desperate to defeat his nemesis Jimmy Neutron, he hatches a plan to tap into the powers of the fairies, finally giving him the juice he needs to defeat a small boy.
His meddling, unfortunately, throws Fairy World out of whack, and the legions of imprisoned "anti-fairies" (or evil fairies) escape and invade Timmy's universe. Their plan: to keep the Earth permanently stuck on Friday the 13th, the bad luck fueling their evil machinations.
Timmy and Jimmy must put aside their egos -- as well as their burgeoning hormonal system -- and find a way to defeat the anti-fairies. But even that may not be enough, as Dr. Calamitous has one more trick up his sleeve...
Let me start by saying this: thank the Lord there were no musical numbers. That fact alone elevates this episode far above similar extended installments of The Fairly Oddparents. Overall, this is a pretty good piece of 50-minute animation. Though I despise Jimmy Neutron with the venom of a billion snakes, Timmy and company bring much-needed charm and wit to offset that little bastard and his ilk. The switching between Jimmy's CGI world and Timmy's two-dimensional existence was clever, and it was a kick to see Timmy rendered in 3D (though he looked like a deformed trout). The story was typically ADHD, but the enjoyable writing and out-there sight gags were there. A solid treat for fans of both series.
The Fairly Oddparents
* "A Mile in My Shoes"
After an argument, Jimmy and his godparents switch places, with Wanda and Cosmo living the life of a small boy and Timmy absorbing the powers and responsibilities of a fairy. Needless to say, both gain a new respect for the rigors of their respective jobs. This was typically great Fairly Oddparents, with loads of surreal gags, my favorite being Timmy's dad's competition to build a better mech than his neighbor. Weird and funny.
* "Most Wanted Wish"
Timmy feels ignored, and wishes he could be the most wanted kid in the universe. At first he's loving the attention, but when all the other fairies want Timmy as their godchild, Wanda and Cosmo have to fight to retain custody. A good show, made better by the awesome Arnold Schwarzenegger fairy-lord.
* "Miss Dimmsdale"
Timmy's mom (and dad!) compete for the crown of Miss Dimmsdale, but a scornful and jealous Vicki wants the title -- and will stop at anything to get it. The highlight: Adam West reprising his role as the washed-up superhero Catman.
Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
* "I Dream of Jimmy"
Jimmy builds some kind of a dream machine or something. Jimmy Neutron sucks.
* "Nightmare in Retroville"
Jimmy builds another machine, this one making awesome Halloween costumes for him and his friends. Jimmy Neutron can bite me.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 128 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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