Nicktoons with Eric: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Who says something smart can’t be funny? Before The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius hit the small screen, it started out as the theatrical movie entitled Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and I thought it was decent. While I enjoyed the premise and moral, I didn’t think a lot of the characters were memorable and the jokes could be hit and miss. But the series introduced a new spin on the movie. It had a different kind of humor and even included a little drama here and there.
The series stars Jimmy Neutron; a boy genius. Who would’ve guessed that, right? While he has an incredibly high I.Q., Jimmy often puts his town in danger with his scientifically misguided inventions. And though Jimmy is somewhat of a likable character, it’s his friends who get the most laughs out of me, especially Carl and Sheen. Libby always got a kick out of me too. There’s just something about her personality that seems relatable. But if I had to pick a favorite, I would pick Sheen. Usually when a character is weird, it means that character is likable. And Sheen defines that character. You ever wonder what it would be like if he got his own show?
… Oh yeah. We’ll get to that when the time comes.
If there’s one thing I have to nitpick about the characters, it’s Jimmy and Cindy’s relationship. Cindy started out as just the girl who would pick on Jimmy for him being so educated and excelling above herself. This would gradually result in a love-hate relationship between the two, which began to grow into an actual relationship, which I didn’t care for that much. I know a lot of shows try to represent that when a boy or girl hates you, it means she or he likes you, but it just didn’t work for me. I don’t hate the two together, I’m just neutral on it.
The other characters who stole the show were the villains. Professor Calamitous definitely succeeded as an awesome ineffectual enemy, and Tim Curry, who voiced Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberries, perfected his voice. In fact, a lot of voice actors from other Nicktoons had a part on this show. Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence, and Candi Milo all did voice work on The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants, and ChalkZone respectively.
While I thought that the first part of the introductory season started off decently, the humor and adventures really began in the second half. Plenty of the characters developed, a lot of the situations became more tense, and an onslaught of the jokes hit hard. But like most Nicktoons, this series also had the advantage of having a hilarious parent, and Mr. Neutron is the perfect fit. Even his background music gets a smile when I hear it. And what was up with duck and pie fetish? Cartoons are weird.
So for what it is, Jimmy Neutron is a pretty good series, and probably the best CGI animated Nicktoon. It had memorable characters and a lot of funny jokes. Though the show does have its flaws, they aren’t big enough to bring the series down. It’s actually one of the few educational Nicktoons that really works. I mean, of course a lot of things on the show are scientifically impossible, but several of the historical scientists and events mentioned are legitimate, so you have to give it props for that. So besides a mediocre first season, the rest of it worked out. But fortunately, Jimmy Neutron lived to become a sequel. Unfortunately, I have the displeasure of reviewing it. See you in a few weeks, Planet Sheen.