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Nick Picks Volume 4

Paramount // 2006 // 162 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 21st, 2006

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All Rise...

If Judge David Johnson ever sees Jimmy Neutron crossing the street, he's accelerating.

The Charge

Fat Nick.

The Case

Man, there is no shortage of Nickelodeon product for parents to shell out greenbacks for. We're into our fourth installment of "Nick Picks," and this one is as bulky as they come. Nickelodeon and Paramount has crammed in 162 minutes of animated action, courtesy of old favorites like SpongeBob and Jimmy Neutron (that ass clown), as well as newcomer spy family The X's. In all, you get eight episodes from seven shows:

All Grown Up
"RV Having Fun Yet?"
This two-parter has popped up in other Nick anthology releases, so it's kind of a cheap ploy double-dipping here. All Grown Up follows the adventures of the Rugrats, now older and sans diapers. This jumbo episode (a shade north of forty minutes) follows the 'rats as they ride with their moms on a cross-country road trip. It's a lot of bang for your buck (provided you don't already own it on another compilation) and the show is well-written.

• SpongeBob Squarepants
"Have You Seen This Snail?"
Look, another double dip! We've spotted this episode before on DVD, too! SpongeBob and his pet snail Gary have a fight, and Gary takes off to live with an old woman who can't stop feeding him. SB needs to rescue his pal before he becomes fatally obese. The repeat showing hurts it, but the show is typical looniness from the ultra-absorbent, omnipresent sponge mogul.

• The Fairly Oddparents
"Where's Wanda?" and "Imaginary Gary"
Two shots of Timmy and his troublesome wishes. The first episode follows the well-known TFO formula of spoofing movies, with Timmy entering a movie-making contest. The second finds Timmy in a load of trouble after wishing his imaginary friend was real. Solid stuff from a dependably amusing show.

• The X's
"Photo Ops"
I've never seen this show before, a cross between The Incredibles and Spy Kids, where a family of secret agents fight evil and do their homemaking thing. This brief episode has The X's away to have their family portrait taken, and instead face off with their nemesis, Glowface. The show's pretty funny, actually.

• The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
"The Big Pinch"
Shut the hell up Jimmy Neutron, you annoying little toad. That voice, that haircut, that humongous forehead—blecchh, this kid needs to be taken in out back to the playground and wrapped around the monkey bars. Here, you'll have to endure 20 or so minutes of Jimmy trying to transport Thomas Edison back in time.

• Danny Phantom
"Teacher of the Year"
This hyperactive show follows Danny Phantom, a regular boy-turned-superhero who must balance his world-saving duties with school work. This dynamic is clearly evidenced in this episode, where Danny hast to defeat the evil Technus before he infiltrates the Internet through a video game, while struggling to pass his English test in the real world. I can't believe I just used the word "dynamic."

• My Life as a Teenage Robot
"The Great Unwashed"
In this weird little show, Jenny, the titular teenage robot, has to deal with intolerant bullies who think that just because she's a glorified Swiss Army Knife, she shouldn't be allowed to be normal and go to parties like the other girls.

That's a lot of viewing material there. I don't like the two shows popping up again, as I think it short-changes dedicated Nick DVD buyers, but 160+ minutes of decent-to-good (not you, Neutron) is a pretty neat deal. My favorite of the batch: I'm going to go with the rookie, The X's, derivative sure, but funny nonetheless.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English
Running Time: 162 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• All Ages
• Animation
• Television

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