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Running Time: 120 minutes
Retail Price: $16.99
Features: Jimmy Neutron Storyboards, Previews. DVD-ROM: Game Demo
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Frame, English Dolby Stereo Surround, English Closed Captions
Released: May 11th, 2004
It's been a good while since there's been a cartoon crossover (the last memorable one I can think of is "The Flintstones Meet The Jetsons" from the late 1980s), or hell, a television show crossover in general. Love 'em or hate 'em, I think crossovers can be pretty fun business. You never expect certain worlds to collide - and of course they do - and usually in crossovers, things go haywire in each world and things must be set right by the opposite protagonist (or at least usually). And everyone learns a fun lesson in the end. But crossovers on TV can be fun for networks: it gets audiences excited which means ratings and it also gives them a shot to advertise two properties at once!
In this case, Nickelodeon has taken two of their very popular animated shows - "The Fairly Oddparents" and "The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" - and merged their worlds and characters into a solid hour (okay, less then that excluding commercials). This means the very average and very lazy Timmy Turner gets to be computer animated and meet the citizens of Retroville, while Jimmy goes 2-D when he is transported to Dimmsdale and gets in touch with Timmy's fairy godparents. (Speaking of the animation, it was pretty interested to see Jimmy really simple and Timmy blown up in three dimensions and looking dorkier than ever.)
No time is wasted in setting up all of this: Timmy neglects to do his science project, but his godparents Cosmo and Wanda can't help him with it. So when Jimmy decides to go to the best scientific laboratory in the universe, he ends up in Jimmy's lab. A little tussle breaks out thanks to Timmy's ignorance, and with a wrong realization by Jimmy, the crazy boy genius gets transported to Timmy's world. A lot of confusion happens (which is pretty amusing), and yes, things go crazy all over and those things need to be set right, and it's all wrapped with fun and a tidy lesson. Instant crossover success!
I'm more of a Jimmy fan than Timmy fan, as I think the humor is a bit smarter on Jimmy's show, but "The Fairly Oddparents" can be fun and gets most of its laughs from more obvious humor. Some of the plotting in this crossover is rushed, but for the most part the whole thing works. The mishmashing also works: even if it's expected, the initial confusion of what's going on is enjoyable and you get two types of humor: smart laughs when it comes to Jimmy characters, and the less subtle and slapsticky kind when it comes to those who dwell in Dimmsdale. Nothing here expands either of the universes of the characters, but it's all in good fun and nothing here is disastrous (or ruins the franchises). Oh, and this crossover episode made me realize that Timmy is certainly no genius and he's really, really dumb and impatient. And there's also so many characters jumping to conclusions.
This crossover isn't something I would recommend for people to rush out and watch, but if you are fans of both or either of the shows featured, you'll definitely have a good time with it (I'm sure you'll get the most out of it you're familiar with each series). Also included on this disc are three separate "The Farily Godparents" cartoons ("Tim Visible," "The Switch Glitch" and "Cosmo Con") and three "The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron" cartoons ("Crime Sheen Investigation," "Sleepless In Retroville" and "Maximum Hugh"). With that said, if you're a Nick animation fan, you'll have a blast with all this.
The crossover show and the cartoons are in 1.33:1 full screen, as broadcasted on TV, and they look quite good. Even if there is 2-D animation and computer animation here, the same can be said for both: colors are finely tuned and pretty bold, detail is rather fine and the image quality is pretty sharp overall. But contrast is up a bit high, particuarly when it comes to Jimmy's world, so there's lots of noise to be found which is a bit distracting. Other than that, everything is pretty fine here.
As usual for releases like this, we get some English stereo surround tracks. While they are not as powerful as your standard 5.1 mixes, you'd be surprised in just how discrete they are and how they do pack some nice little punches into the speakers. For all of Timmy's wandzapping, things definitely come to life with Jimmy's inventions: lasers, jetpacks and things go awry... the whole nine yards. The power the surrounds bring are quite welcome and spice things up a bit, while the musical notations do help too. Dialogue is crisp and quite clear, so that's a plus. In short, it's fine stuff for these animated shows (and the crossover). English closed captions are available.
Not much. Besides all the previews, there are Storyboards for the three bonus "Jimmy Neutron" episodes included. These are animatics (storyboards strung together) with the voice tracks. It's interesting to see how the show is visualized - in 2-D no less - before leaping to computers. And for you PC DVD-ROM users, there's a Game Demo of "The Fairly Oddparents - Breakin' Da Rules."
Yet another Nicktoons DVD for you fans to buy... Jimmy Neutron and Timmy Turner fans, more specifically. The shows look nice and the sound tracks for each are fine, but extras are a bit slim. If you're a fan and can get this discounted from the retail price (you definitely can), then it's probably something you'll want to look into for a purchase. And possibly watch again, again and again.