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Lights! Camera! Danger!

The title card for Lights! Camera! Danger!.

Episode 6
Season 3
Airdate November 27, 2004
Previous Fundemonium
Next Who's Your Mommy

Lights! Camera! Danger! is the second episode of Season 3.


When Jimmy and his friends see an ad for a contest where one can make a screenplay, Jimmy crabs at the others for being so excited. Cindy tells him that he's just jealous because he doesn't have any artistic talent, due to being a math and science type of guy. Jimmy (being too arrogant to admit it) gets mad and tries to prove them wrong by writing a screenplay, but instead of coming up with his own ideas, he ends up watching the most successful movies at Hyper-Speed (including Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Forrest Gump, The Empire Strikes Back, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Home Alone, The Wizard of Oz and even his own movie) and then borrows several elements from the movies to write the best screenplay ever. 

The next day, the gang is turning their stuff in and then wait a few weeks later for Quentin Smithee, the movie director, to come and pick the winner. Jimmy's screenplay wins, and he and the gang get in the movie too. The film will also be shot in Retroville. Jimmy's confused while the rest of them are real excited about it. When Quentin is about to leave, Hugh begs him for a part. Quentin tells him he can be Donut Boy who will bring doughnuts to the set. Unfortunately for him, Hugh is convinced that Quentin means the movie is going to be starring him as "Donut Boy," an undercover cop who goes by his own rules.

The first day, they are doing the scene on a rooftop, which Jimmy complains it doesn't work with the script (the scene is supposed to be set on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean). The wires the gang is on to get them to fight fly, drops them off the rooftop and Jimmy uses his shoes to save everyone from hitting the ground. Quentin—who also doesn't seem to know much about filming—appears to feign surprise at the incident before urging the kids to move on with the rest of the filming. Jimmy's friends get suspicious about this, but Jimmy doesn't listen to them, out of pride. 

The next scene features them on a roller-coaster (Jimmy notices that this has nothing to do with his script; the cast was actually supposed to be on a misty mountain with the crew riding white horses), Cindy didn't know her script is a love scene and that she has to kiss Jimmy. The coaster begins to move, but Jimmy realizes that the roller-coaster track is broken. Goddard gives them a crashpad and they jump to safety. Libby wonders if this Quentin Smithee guy is even a real director and Jimmy says he is, but he can't think of anything he's done. Goddard looks him up, but there is no match and Jimmy tries to make up a stupid excuse, but his friends walk away. 

Inside his trailer, Quentin Smithee is actually revealed to be Professor Finbarr Calamitous, who is once again plotting to do away with Jimmy and his friends. 

The next day, Calamitous tells them that they are going to do a musical number (despite Jimmy never putting one in his script) and they do the performance, but when the hats come to life, they start trying to kill the gang. Jimmy destroys the hats with the laser hidden in his watch. The others consider quitting, but Jimmy convinces them otherwise when he reminds them of all the fame and money they will get if they do not quit. 

The final movie scene is a part at the wizard school of Pigpimples, when Calamitous tries to activate kill mode with his remote control, but end up malfunctioning and Jimmy finds out the truth, but since Calamitous took care of Jimmy's inventions, stopping a dangerous robot snake is up to "Donut Boy" (Hugh) who shortens out the Snake's systems with his donuts. The snake malfunctions and smashes Calamitous. 

Calamitous is sent back to jail and once again, vows revenge on Jimmy. Jimmy apologizes to his friends for the way he acted and then tells them that maybe, they can finish his movie, since they still have the camera and film and this time, they will do the movie exactly the way he wrote it, but Cindy doubts it because she found out that it will fully lead her, Carl, Sheen and Libby to great danger, so Cindy tells Jimmy that, in order to stay safe, they do their movies that time and by that, she means fusing them into one, which Carl, Sheen and Libby agree to her with.

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  • This episode features various movie references such as The MatrixTitanic, FantasiaChicago, Lord of the Rings, Harry PotterToy Story, Finding Nemo, and others.
  • One of the movies Jimmy watches is his own, breaking the fourth wall.
  • A running gag throughout the episode, Hugh keeps interrupting Calamitous by doing scenes for his character, Donut Boy.
  • In this episode, Jimmy does poorly at art, but in the movie, he is shown to have drawn excellent blueprints. This shows that he could draw, if he was not so lacking in artistic creativity.
  • Carl, Sheen, Cindy, Libby and Hugh's movies are based on Mission Impossible, American Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, The Matrix, and Shaft, respectively.
  • Chelsea, the leader of Graystar makes a cameo in the Candy Bar scene.
  • This is the second time Jimmy beats Cindy in a contest, the first was in Billion Dollar Boy.
  • This episode was produced after Fundemonium and before Who's Your Mommy/Clash of the Cousins.
  • The sorcerer's hat Jimmy wears is almost identical to Sorcerer Mickey's hat from Disney's Fantasia.
    • On that note, Carl's hat in the same scene is identical to Quirinus Quirrell's hat from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • When Jimmy kiddingly (and condescendingly) asks Carl if his name is Rob, he is referring to Rob Paulsen.
  • Jimmy mentions that Retroville is in Texas to Quentin Smithee.
  • The episode also features an inspiration of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo with Goddard in place of their mascot, Leo the Lion, and barking in a manner similar to his roar.
  • Quentin Smithee is a caricature of Quentin Tarantino, due to his resemblance.
    • Quentin Smithee's last name is also a reference to Alan Smithee, a pen name for directors, producers or actors who no longer want their name attached to a film, foreshadowing his true identity.
  • The scene where Carl asks "Um, yes.. are you going to finish that croissant?" in response to Quinton Smithee became an internet meme, likely due to Carl's mispronunciation of the word "croissant".
  • Throughout the episode, Jimmy, Carl, and Hugh keep portraying annoying components. Jimmy for constantly not hearing the creative differences Smithee has, Carl for constantly complaining and refusing to eat anything due to stress of the movie, and Hugh for having the delusional idea that the movie is about Donut Boy, and completely neglecting the fact that they are filming Jimmy's movie
  • This is the second episode Professor Calamitous uses a human disguise. The first was in The Great Egg Heist.
  • The Donut Boy Theme Song is a parody of the Shaft Theme Song.
  • Even though the contest was a scam, Jimmy's film would not have won either way, because he stole ideas from other movies and could have gotten sued for copyright violation.
  • "Pigpimples" is a parody of "Hogwarts", a wizard school in the franchise Harry Potter. The name "Pigpimples" is made from two separate synonyms of "hog" and "warts" respectively.
  • The title is a pun on the phrase, Lights! Camera! Action!
  • This episode aired on Steve Oedekerk's 43rd birthday.
  • This episode aired before the premiere of The N-Men.
  • Although this episode was released in 2004, you can actually see "Copyright 2003 Viacom International, Inc." at the end of the credits. This means that the episode was produced in 2003.


  • Despite Jimmy smashing his head on his keyboard, no text appeared on his screen.
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Season 3
Attack of the Twonkies (movie) | Lights! Camera! Danger! | Fundemonium | Stranded | Jimmy Goes to College | The N-Men | The Tomorrow Boys | My Big Fat Spy Wedding | Who's Your Mommy | Clash of the Cousins | Crouching Jimmy, Hidden Sheen | The Incredible Shrinking Town | One of Us | Vanishing Act | The Trouble with Clones | The Evil Beneath | Carl Wheezer, Boy Genius | Who Framed Jimmy Neutron? | Flippy | King of Mars | El Magnifico | Best in Show | How to Sink a Sub | Lady Sings the News | The League of Villains (movie)