jimmy neutron revival project

Spotlight on Fan Artist EmanDP98

I thought I’d take a moment to recognize a phenomenal fan artist who came up with this awesome design of Jimmy Neutron!

This particular fan art by a user on twitter (E-man) has been getting a lot of attention on social media and of course on my twitter account and Facebook page. The official Nickelodeon twitter account, the Nick Animation twitter account, and even Debi Derryberry’s twitter account have given this tweet likes. There are over 830 likes and 270 retweets on the image as well.

When the fan art was shared on The Rise & Fall of Nickelodeon fan page on Facebook, the likes surpassed over 1600. On my own Facebook page, it received 150 likes  - the most likes I’ve had on a post in a long time.

I really wouldn’t mind seeing a new season of Jimmy Neutron like this. I like his more modern look. He looks like he could easily be 12 or 13 here. Seeing the group in 6th grade or even 7th would be interesting to watch!

Nickelodeon, if you’re watching, this guy should be one of the animators for a Jimmy Neutron revival!

Who else would like to see a new season or a TV movie with this cool redesign?

Jimmy and Cindy’s first kiss - analysis

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.

We can’t wait anymore! Why won’t Nick revive Jimmy Neutron?!

I shared this on twitter recently and thought I’d make a blog entry out of it.

I understand everyone’s frustration with trying to revive Jimmy Neutron. We’ve been doing this for years, why hasn’t Nickelodeon noticed? Why aren’t enough people signing the petition? Why isn’t there enough support?

It took years for the fans of Invader Zim, Rocko, and Hey Arnold! to get revival movies. Years of writing letters, signing petitions, the whole nine yards. None of these revivals happened overnight. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the fanbases.

We must stay the course and not give up hope. If we lose all hope, then nothing will ever be accomplished. I still believe we have a chance of getting the show back, but it will take a lot of hard work from the fanbase to make it happen.

Keep signing the petition, writing to Nick, and voting in the Nick revival poll, and most importantly, let’s do everything we can to make sure Jimmy Neutron is relevant on social media and even try to get it to trend on twitter.

We can do this! Don’t give up hope, everyone. :)

The Nick Animation Jimmy Neutron Podcast - DISCUSSION

I thought I’d spend some time discussing the recent Nick Animation podcast that came out in September with the three main cast members from the show. There’s a few specific parts of the podcast I’m going to break down and analyze in today’s blog entry.


DEBI DERRYBERRY DISCUSSES THE JIMMY NEUTRON REVIVAL PROJECT

Right after the podcast begins, the very first question Hector Navarro asks is directed towards Debi Derryberry, one of my biggest supporters of our revival project. And as one might guess, it was regarding the revival movement.

To briefly paraphrase, here is how she answered the question:

“There’s more than just a few of them, and they’re crazy, they’re so excited, and I think I get e-mails every day about what can I do to make it happen. Well, the goal is it’s not like I’m not in power, right, but I would like to make it happen, and it would be super fun. I know all of us are on board. Rob, Carolyn, everybody would love for it to happen again. You know, the script’s ready, we’re ready to go.”

Additionally, she discussed what I think was the People’s Choice poll - not entirely sure, but it makes the most sense because at the time, Jimmy Neutron had the top spot (which I’m trying to make happen again - visit this post for the link to the poll if you haven’t voted. It only takes less than a minute). Reaching the top spot, even if only briefly, was and still is a pretty major deal. It’s something that makes me very proud of every single Jimmy Neutron fan.

THE BREAKDOWN/MY THOUGHTS: It was humbling to receive an endorsement for not only my project, but the entire movement as a whole from someone who has supported my efforts for several years now. When my Facebook page got started in 2011, I had maybe a handful of likes. 50-100, something like that. I was doing a lot of heavy promotion and advertising on Facebook to get the word out about the project. It was tough work. It took me a long time to get much of a following. I knew the fans were out there, however, and by 2013, I reached almost 20,000 likes on my Facebook page. It was a great accomplishment. I also have well over 1000 followers on my twitter account and 720+ followers on this tumblr blog. I cannot thank everyone enough for the support you have given me over the years. It really means a lot.

I took it upon myself to do all of this - the blog, the Facebook page, twitter, and instagram accounts, because this is a show that truly means a lot to me. To be honest, after the show ended, I never really moved on. I couldn’t. I’ve been a passionate fan of the Jimmy Neutron franchise for nearly 15 years now. This project is a labor of love for me and I can’t see myself being involved with anything else. Until our mission is accomplished, I’m staying the course. I still feel really good about the show coming back. 

We can make a revival happen, but it will take a lot of effort from the fanbase to convince Nickelodeon. Keep signing the petition, writing letters to Nick, and voting in important polls. You may not think Nick pays much attention to these minor things, but they do. Don’t stop doing them! A huge reason why we have so many people from the show including Debi Derryberry supporting this project is because of the many things we’ve done to show Nick why we want Jimmy Neutron to come back. 

WHAT THE VOICE ACTORS WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN A REVIVAL

Towards the end of the podcast, Hector asked the cast what they would want to do if the show was revived. Jeff Garcia mentioned a very interesting idea about Sheen possibly crash-landing on earth (bringing him back from Zeenu). 

Debi’s answer was also a very good one - her proposal was to bring him into present-day which would work since a lot of his inventions haven’t actually been invented in real life yet. There’s only a few slight updates that would need to be made to put Jimmy into present-day, but for the most part, everything else from the original series would still work as well today as it did in 2001-2002.

THE BREAKDOWN/MY THOUGHTS: I think that any of these ideas or a combination of them would work. 

I primarily want the series to pick up where the third season left off over rebooting the entire show and starting all over from scratch. With all of the unanswered plots and storylines regarding past villains Jimmy has faced, Jimmy and Cindy’s will they or won’t they relationship including a confession of their love for each other, as well as involving the five friends in more serious situations or adventures that would bring them closer together, a 4th season would work just as well now as it would have a decade ago.

Remember - Hey Arnold’s Jungle Movie airing this Thanksgiving on Nickelodeon takes place 12-13 years after the original series ended, resolving many plot lines left over from the last season of the original show. Proof that any show revival can pick up where things left off and be very successful no matter when you bring it back.


So there you have it - my thoughts and the breakdown of two very important parts of the Jimmy Neutron podcast. Hopefully, Nickelodeon will decide at some point to bring it back. We’re all still very excited for an announcement to be made!

JIMMY NEUTRON REVIVAL PROJECT - UPDATE 22

Hello all. 

Life happens, I’ve been busy, and some things in my personal life with school did not work out as planned. A brief summary of my absence. 

I’m posting my first update in over a year to clear up speculations that so many people have had about the recent news regarding the revival of some of Nick’s Nicktoons which has generated a lot of buzz over the last couple of days.


NICKELODEON REBOOTING NICKTOONS FROM THE 90′S

This is extremely good news for fans of Nicktoons from the 90′s and I know Hey Arnold fans who have wanted the film, The Jungle Movie to finally be made are very optimistic about this. Shows like Hey Arnold, Doug, and Rugrats were huge hits in the 1990′s and are shows Nick is considering reviving in the very near future.

ARE 2000′S NICKTOONS ON THE SHORTLIST FOR REVIVAL?

Jimmy Neutron, while the movie and even a few shorts had begun work in the late 90′s, is considered to be a 2000′s Nicktoon. No mention of any 2000′s shows have been made on any of the articles I’ve read so far, although for some reason they threw in Victorious (a sitcom), which is only a few years old. That was the only exception, however.

BUT I KNOW JIMMY IS COMING BACK! NICK SAID THEY WERE REVIVING MOST OF THEIR SHOWS!

So many people are jumping the gun right now by saying this, and a few fans have even made speculations that Jimmy Neutron and other shows made in the early 2000′s were indeed returning. From the articles I’ve read including the one that is the most factual from Variety, other than what was said about the Victorious sitcom, all of their Nicktoons they have made a mention of so far have been from the 90′s. What this means folks is, don’t get your hopes up. If 90′s Nicktoons are the only cartoons Nick is planning on reviving, there is a strong likelihood that Jimmy Neutron or any of your other favorite cartoons from the 2000′s might not be on their shortlist for being revived, at least at this time with what little we know so far.

Plus I know some of the people who did work on the show - they have provided me with no news about Jimmy Neutron except that they have so many times stated they would love to work on it again. If I do have any news from anyone from the show, I will pass it along.

I really don’t want to see any fans become majorly disappointed if Jimmy Neutron is not on the shortlist of shows Nick is considering bringing back. I know this is something we have wanted for years and something that we have fought for for quite some time, but until we even see a press release, everything we are reading right now has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Which brings me to my next point.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASES - THE GOSPEL OF NICKELODEON

Press releases are about the only thing we can truly put our faith into. These are gospel and can be and should be treated as such, because Nickelodeon’s PR department is the one who will be making that official announcement at some point as to which Nicktoons they are considering reviving. Once we finally get that press release, a lot of our questions will be answered. 

DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP, BUT BE OPTIMISTIC

This does not mean, though, that we should not be optimistic. Don’t get your hopes up because as I said before, Jimmy may come back or it may not and if it doesn’t, if you do get your hopes up, fans may end up becoming disappointed. But definitely be optimistic regardless. Write letters to Nickelodeon as well as I’ve asked so many of you all to do in the past. Sign the petitions. Be active. Definitely continue to do all of these things.

DEBI DERRYBERRY NOW SUPPORTING THE PROJECT

Meant to pass this along earlier in the year, but I got a bit too busy. In February, Debi Derryberry, the voice of Jimmy Neutron, found my project on twitter and is now following. It is great to know that in addition to having voice actress Carolyn Lawrence, director/producer Keith Alcorn, and many other directors and animators on board that we now have the real Jimmy Neutron voice on board as well!


This will do it for now. Stay vigilant and hopeful, everyone. When a press release is released or if I do have any other information from the Jimmy Neutron crew, I will pass that information along in the next update.