So i was rewatching the original Jimmy Neutron movie and the original Runaway Rocketboy pilot few weeks ago and this idea came to my mind and i thought it would be funny if Jimmy and Lisa are travelling in space, and since in the Jimmy Neutron series they never wear any space suits, i figured i could have Lisa asking how this is even possible.
Fun Fact: Isaac Newton is one of Himmy Neutron’s namesakes.
Aaaayyyy so I found a post where someone shared their top 20 favorites and I decided I wanted to make my own to xD I made this template myself and I have a blank one (tho without text at all, I can input the “Top 20 Favorite Shows” if anyone wants me to). If you wanna do your own with my template, just shoot me an ask or PM!
Hit the read more if you really want to know my opinions on each. I suck at summarizing so it is a bit of a read, sorry about that heh
With Adventure Time Season
8 wrapping up tomorrow night with the broadcast of “Three Buckets,” fans of the
series are faced with a scary prospect: one more season before the end. The
inevitability of the series eventually coming end doesn’t make things any less
sad, but if the forthcoming season follows the progression of those leading up
to it, it will be very special indeed. On the air for over seven years, the
show is very nearly an institution at this point, and recent highlights like
the Elements miniseries make it hard
to remember that it wasn’t always so. Poised as we are at the beginning of the
end, I decided to take this opportunity to rewatch the show in its entirety,
tracing its development from lolz random!!!1 pilot to the work of art it is
today. First, a bit of context is in order.
There was never a show quite like Adventure Time. The years leading up to it had seen the Western
animation industry in a state of flux: after the long, depressing dark ages of
low-budget, low-effort Saturday morning garbage that followed the collapse of
theatrical shorts distribution in the early 60s, the animation industry began
to show signs of revival in the 90s when a new wave of animators began to
produce more challenging material. The
Simpsons paved the way for this development, demonstrating that cartoons
could capture a prime-time audience by appealing to kids and adults alike – but
while The Simpsons was, essentially,
an animated sitcom, these new shows looked back further still. Channeling the
anarchic humor of 40s shorts by the likes of Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, shows
such as Ren & Stimpy, Beavis and Butthead or even South Park presented darkly satirical takes
on life, the universe and everything, reveling in a no-holds-barred,
anything-goes approach that shocked and offended the prevailing sensibilities
of the day. While other networks mostly treated these success stories as
one-offs, Nickelodeon – previously a failing children’s channel – accelerated into
prominence by following up with a number of lesser-tier but commercially
successful shows, now only remembered nostalgically by people roughly my age: Hey Arnold!, CatDog, AAAHH!!! Real
Monsters and the like. Nickelodeon scored an occasional hit with titles
like SpongeBob SquarePants or The Fairly OddParents, but these broadly
followed the same pattern: goofy, ultra-cartoony cartoons, mostly without pretensions
to continuity or character development and often reliant on frankly dumb humor.
No one ever accused these shows of being sophisticated.
Cartoon Network entered the scene in 1992, broadcasting
titles from the Turner back catalog, producing their first original animated
series in 1994: Space Ghost Coast to
Coast. Reusing recycled cells from old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, the show
wasn’t exactly an artistic achievement, but its postmodern deconstruction of
talk radio brought with it a sense of hipster irony that came to be reflected
in much of Cartoon Network’s catalog. After a few early successes, which shared
Space Ghost’s pop art sensibilities (Dexter’s Lab, and Powerpuff Girls, both created by animation luminary Genndy Tartakovsky)
and a later string of not particularly challenging work (Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, Courage the Cowardly Dog,)
Nickelodeon launched Tartakovsky’s Samurai
Jack in 2001. From the time it debuted, this show was clearly something
else. Previous animated TV mostly looked to back to the 1930s-50s Golden Age of
Animation for inspiration, with a side of 1960s-80s alternative comix; Samurai Jack, in comparison, was at its
soul a bushido revenge story, following the adventures of a wandering ronin
cast adrift in a fantasy world. It was wildly imaginative, gorgeously animated,
and (crucially for our purposes) marked by narrative continuity and featuring
developing, maturing characters, even if the picaresque story structure allowed
plenty of time to explore the show’s bizarre world.
Seriously, this show was just the coolest.
Following Samurai Jack,
a change gradually crept over the TV animation industry. Nickelodeon, though
continuing to produce more of the same sort of fundamentally unimaginative work
that had marked its catalog from the mid-90s onward (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, ChalkZone,
etc.) also debuted 2005’s Avatar: The
Last Airbender, an epic animesque Bildungsroman,
while Cartoon Network experimented with style (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and narrative continuity
(Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars,
which succeeded at the titanic task of making the Star Wars prequel universe compelling.) Cartoon Network’s late-night
[adult swim] block, which continued in the vein of Space Ghost by specializing in hipsterish shows for teens and young
adults, scored a string of cult (almost-)hits such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Boondocks, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law and
The Venture Brothers.
At this point an improbably-named animator, Pendleton Ward,
entered the scene. Having attended CalArts along with J.G. Quintel and Alex
Hirsch (creators of Regular Show and Gravity Falls, respectively,) Ward
attracted the attention of a Frederator Studios exec directly out of school,
who encouraged him to produce a short for Frederator’s Random! Cartoons anthology series. The result was the Adventure Time pilot, a whacky exercise
in randomness that, while falling far below the standards of worldbuilding and
narrative that characterized the later show, nonetheless captured something of
the Internet-meets-pop-culture Zeitgeist
of the late 2000s. This approach payed dividends when the short leaked online,
going viral in short order. Building on his success, Ward pitched the show to
Nickelodeon, who rejected it twice, before approaching Cartoon Network. After Ward
storyboarded an episode (Season 1’s “The Enchiridion!”) to demonstrate that the
short’s success could be built off, Cartoon Network approved the show, which
entered into production in September 2008.
The rest, as they say, is history. Eight seasons of Adventure Time have been produced to
date, following Jake the Dog and Finn the Human’s adventures – beautiful,
silly, scary, heartbreaking – through the world of Ooo. The show grew into
Cartoon Network’s flagship property, paving the way for the latter-day TV animation
renaissance we currently find ourselves in, launching careers and enabling the
production of beautiful, even profound series like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, and Rick and Morty.
Over the next few months, I’ll be tracing the show’s development,
episode by episode. So c’mon, grab your friends…
We’re going to very
With Jake the Dog and Finn the Human,
The fun will never end,
Totalqt13 posted this comment on ChannelFrederator’s 107 Jimmy Neutron facts video a few days ago and I wanted to share it with everyone here in the community because it touched upon some of the same things I have been stating and advocating for a long, long time.
I absolutely adored this show as a kid, (cough and still binge watch it occasionally cough), now that we’re finally getting a Hey Arnold movie revival, a revival of this show doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. One thing that always bugged me about the last episode of JN was Jimmy and Cindy’s first kiss. It was really kind of an underwhelming pay off for two previous seasons worth of build-up. And, before you accuse me of implying anything inappropriate - it took place within the last 10 seconds of the episode, and wasn’t even placed center-screen. If you blinked - and quite a few of my friends did - you would’ve missed it.
A BRIEF ANALYSIS
How many other fans were disappointed with the kiss in LSTN? I was just as disappointed with the kiss on the cheek in “League of Villains” probably even moreso because personally, that would have been the perfect opportunity to have the kind of meaningful, long-lasting first kiss that fans like myself were absolutely DYING to see. Plus this final TV-movie was a foreshadowing of things to come had there been a 4th season, which was, according to the 107 facts video, supposed to take a much darker turn.
The kiss would have made sense if it had happened in a more serious situation like “League of Villains” instead of just randomly thrown in at the end of a regular season episode just because, which was the case with LSTN. There was no rhyme or reason to it because the entire episode of LSTN was way too random, almost to the point where it was like watching an episode of Ed, Edd, ‘n Eddy or Animaniacs. I loved both of these shows like crazy, by the way, but romance was something that didn’t exactly fit in those shows because of how fast-paced and zany a majority of the episodes were. If you were looking for a silly fast-paced episode, LSTN was most certainly that.
The producers and everyone behind the show knew that Jimmy was ending. This episode was thrown together rather quickly because they were uncertain of the show’s future and wanted to try to do something for the fans to give them some kind of an ending should it not return for another season. But even the people behind the show knew it wasn’t going to be the kind of sendoff we truly wanted.
All-in-all, LSTN was not the episode most fans wanted. We got it because it was not likely that Jimmy Neutron was going to get a 4th season. Nickelodeon did not renew the show. And sadder still, DNA Productions shut down in 2007 because the film, The Ant Bully, was not very successful at the box office which cost the company money and ultimately resulted in laying everyone off.
WHY NICKELODEON ALMOST DIDN’T ALLOW THE (SHORT) KISS TO HAPPEN
It was actually Nickelodeon who felt that any kind of long-winded kiss between Jimmy and Cindy was too inappropriate and asked the animators to trim the kiss back, hence why it was only 10 seconds long. Nick really didn’t want the kiss to happen, period and it took a lot of convincing from show staff (mainly the producer) to allow even a short kiss to happen. While the show staff complied with their request to keep the kiss short, they knew it was not going to make fans very happy. Everyone got the short end of the stick.
I have seen kisses on other Nick shows in the past. As Told by Ginger is probably a good example of where I’ve seen a longer kiss. The titular character had a boyfriend at some point on the show - one she was serious about. I saw part of one episode many years ago where she and him shared a kiss - and it was not some 10-second thing. It was the long, meaningful kiss that was the talk of the fandom back then. This was the kind of kiss we wanted to see with Jimmy and Cindy. For the network to say it was okay for a kiss like this to happen in one show but not another is ridiculous and in a lot of ways, unfair.
Another random fact - “How to Sink a Sub/LSTN”, “King of Mars” and at least one or two other episodes only aired on Nickelodeon once in 2006 and have not aired since on their sister network, Nicktoons. Another mind-boggling thing that has never made sense. So the only way you can even watch some of these is if you buy them on Amazon or iTunes individually.
MY TAKE - WHAT REALLY SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED
One of two things should have happened.
POSSIBLE OUTCOME #1: This really goes back to Nickelodeon here - the show staff should have been warned in advance that season 3 was going to be it if season 4 was not something the network wanted to do. At the time everyone was working on season 3, no one knew what the show’s future was. Not even the producer or director. They had not been given any word on season 4, which left them feeling very concerned as so many of us fans were over a decade ago.
Had Nickelodeon given the staff proper notification about the show’s future, the last few episodes of the season, and especially the series finale, would have turned out a lot better. We would have gotten the ending we wanted. We would have maybe even gotten the kiss we wanted. And I’m sure the producer of the show would have fought his hardest to be sure that we got the kiss that would have made several seasons worth of tension and buildup all worth the wait in the end.
POSSIBLE OUTCOME #2: Despite DNA Productions closing down, Omation studios in California was still up and running and doing well. Nickelodeon should have taken a serious look at the ratings which would have been quite clear that Neutron had a fanbase, and a strong one at that. Season 4 still could have been done at Omation the way Planet Sheen was. Now granted, the animation would have been somewhat different, and more bright and vivid. But at the end of the day, the animation on PS wasn’t really all that bad. It would have been fine. And besides that, if you’re really hooked into an episode, do you really care if Omation or DNA is behind the animation as long as it still looks decent?
A darker, more serious season like the show creators had been thinking about doing would have given us a chance to explore Jimmy and Cindy’s relationship a lot more than we did in the previous seasons. Not only that, but some of the more dangerous situations the gang might have been in would have brought all of them closer as friends.
It’s also pretty easy to admit you’re in love with someone if you’re in a difficult situation you might not make it out of. As I type this, I actually just pictured a rough situation Jimmy and Cindy were in, and a fairly decent kiss between them to boot.
The possibilities are endless, really, but the darker season is something I’m already on-board with and if the show were to come back I’d love to see something a little darker and more serious with Jimmy and Cindy and his friends.
Either way, the kind of kiss we should have gotten regardless of what outcome had happened with the show, is one that had meaning to it. A 10-second peck has no meaning to it. It’s too short. There was no depth to it. No love. No…anything really.
To sum everything up, we need this kiss done the right way the next time around. And in order for it to happen, we need Jimmy Neutron back on the air for another season.
I loved this show growing up and have missed it ever since. It’s odd yet
entertaining and educational theme always invested me as a child and I
think it would invest many other children of the new generation as well!
Planet sheen was okay but it’s always best to get back to basics. I
want season four! let’s hope Jimmy Neutron has “Gotta Blast” right back
to our screens!
Libby Folfax from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (voiced by Crystal Scales)
Libby is Cindy’s best friend who is sassy, wealthy, and loves music and dancing. She is the long-sought after crush of Jimmy’s friend Sheen, to whom she eventually ends up in a relationship with. As the series progresses,she becomes closer and closer to Jimmy and his group of friends as well as changing her wardrobe and hairstyle to better match her great-grandmother’s.
These tweets, which were also popular topics on the JN Revival Facebook page, have led to some speculation regarding Jimmy Neutron’s revival - is something around the corner? Is Jimmy finally coming back?
Of course this is understandable considering that Nick is reviving three properties for TV movies and Chris Viscardi in a recent article has hinted at more revivals he can’t go into much detail with right now.
MY THOUGHTS: These tweets posted almost back-to-back appear to be a good sign that something could be around the corner. But if that is indeed the case, anyone affiliated with Neutron is going to be tight-lipped about it until they are allowed to spill the beans.
Right now, though, there is not enough information for me to go on. These tweets give our project hope which is a very good sign, but until we get additional information I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic. We’re in no way finished with our efforts - if we want the television show back fans need to keep writing letters to Cyma at Nickelodeon. We also need to continue signing the petitions on care2 and change.org as well.
Speculation is always fun and I was excited to see all of the fan engagement surrounding these tweets. We need to let Nick know that Jimmy Neutron deserves a comeback. We want a season that will tie up the loose ends season 3 left behind. We want to know what happens with Jimmy and Cindy and continue Jimmy’s adventures.
So far, we’ve been doing a good job keeping this fandom active and relevant on social media and elsewhere online. I still think 2017 is the year we may finally get some much-awaited good news.
One way we can continue to keep Jimmy Neutron relevant on social media is by having fan weeks. One fan is doing just that - she started a tumblr blog called Jindy Week. Later on this month, we will be having a special week to celebrate our favorite couple on the show - Jimmy and Cindy!
The event will be taking place later in July from the 23rd-29th. You can visit a blog created for this event here.
JIMMY AND CINDY’S FIRST KISS ANALYSIS
I am extremely pleased to note that my Jimmy and Cindy analysis blog entry from April got the most likes of any of my blog entries on tumblr. I am pondering continuing this analysis in a later blog entry because Jimmy and Cindy’s relationship is not only interesting but quite complex. I can’t wait to write more about it and share it with all of my followers.
These are all of the updates I have for now. Keep the faith, guys, and don’t give up hope!