The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
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Format Animated television series
Created by John A. Davis, Keith Alcorn, Steve Oedekerk
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60
Production
Executive producer(s) Steve Oedekerk
Keith Alcorn
Distributor Nickelodeon
Running time 22 minutes (11 minutes per segments)
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon (United States)
Original Air Date September 10, 1998 (pilot)
July 20, 2002 –

November 25, 2006 (series)

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (originally promoted as Jimmy Neutron: The Series) is an American television series, based on the film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The series continues the lives of Jimmy Neutron and his five best friends: Carl Wheezer, Sheen Estevez, Goddard, Cindy Vortex, and Libby Folfax.

The series first aired on July 20, 2002 and the final episode aired on November 25, 2006. The series spawned three seasons (with 20 episodes per season), it also did a crossover with The Fairly OddParents in a special called the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour which aired on May 7, 2004 during the show's second season. It was so successful that it spawned two sequels: When Nerds Collide and The Jerkinators, which aired on January 16, 2006 and July 21, 2006, respectively. The series was critically acclaimed with viewers and TV critics alike.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episodes

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Cast

Production

The early prototype of Jimmy was "Johnny Quasar: Boy Genius". John A. Davis produced a short film of the character in early 1995 and was pitched at SIGRAPH 1995. However, since the name sounded too much like Jonny Quest, he changed the name to "Jimmy Neutron".

Then, John met Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk and they decided to work together and revamp John's idea for the series.

The pilot, "Runaway Rocketboy!" was produced for Nickelodeon and was supposed to start the series. However, since CGI was becoming popular for movies (as well as the roaring reception for the pilot), they made the movie, and the show was made afterwards. The producers had a mere three weeks to slam together an entire episode once the series was picked up.

Reception

Since its premiere date, Jimmy Neutron has become one of the most iconic Nicktoons of all time. To this day, it has remained one of the most popular 2000s Nicktoons along with Danny Phantom, Invader Zim and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Even though the movie was popular while in theaters and being shown on Nick, many consider the show to be better than the movie. Also, due to the movie playing often on Nickelodeon long after it had left theaters, some people believed that it was released during or after the show.

The series had the most-watched television premiere on Nickelodeon at that time with 4.3 million viewers.

Cancellation

A fourth season was planned, but plans for this season were scrapped after DNA Productions went bankrupt, due to the lackluster performance of The Ant Bully. Cancelling the series was a big loss for the company, so producing the fourth season would have been too costly and Nickelodeon couldn't purchase the company to continue the production. Four scripts were finalized for this season, but two of them have yet to be revealed. Another reason was because the show had been doing well in syndication.

In this proposed season, the tone was going to be darker and more serious. The premiere episode, "Deep Impacts", would've featured the return of Evil Jimmy, who would've had his final battle with Good Jimmy on the moon. In another episode called "Three's a Crowd]]", Cindy and Betty would've made up their differences and become friends. There would be an overarching story about the kids starting middle school, while at same time encountering new and old villains.

Spin-Off

Planet Sheen

A spin-off series called "Planet Sheen" ran from October 2, 2010 to February 15, 2013 with only one season and 26 episodes. It focused on Sheen getting stranded on another planet after stealing Jimmy’s experimental rocket ship. The series was panned by both critics and audiences.

Broadcast

Nickelodeon (original run July 20, 2002-November 25, 2006, reruns (November 26, 2006-December 15, 2012)

Nicktoons (January 6, 2003-April 1, 2021)

NickRewind (January 11, 2019-July 26, 2020)

Trivia

  • Since the series takes place a year after the film, the characters received several design changes for the show:
    • Jimmy now wears blue jeans and white sneakers.
    • Judy no longer wears an apron.
    • Cindy now wears a green halter top, beige khakis, a single ponytail and her eyelids are now grayish purple. This became more well-known by fans.
    • Carl doesn't wear suspenders anymore. However in season one, his pants look like they're still pulled up. This goof was corrected in Make Room for Daddy-O.
    • The ends of Sheen's sleeves and collar become lighter.
    • Libby kept her old outfit until Beach Party Mummy, where she received Egyptian dreads and in the next episode, she changed her blue dress to a pink striped shirt, blue flared trousers, brown shoes and her eyelids became darkish pink.
    • Nick kept his blue jacket officially up to Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion, starting in Jimmy for President, he started wearing a black leather jacket. However, due to his blue one being so much more remembered by fans, it appeared in two episodes later in Holly Jolly Jimmy and Love Potion 976/J.
    • Brittany no longer wears bracelets.
    • Sasha Vortex now wars a purple dress.
    • It should be noted that despite Nick and Libby's design changes, they still have their original designs in storybooks.
  • The series was actually supposed to be released before the movie and that the movie was going to be based on the series, but there wasn't enough time, so the shorts were created and the film spun the series a year later.
  • Had the series continued, it would've become the third longest running Nicktoon (along with The Fairly OddParents and SpongeBob SquarePants) in terms of years.
  • Jimmy, Carl and Sheen are the only characters who appear in all the episodes.
  • Keith Alcorn has said in a few tweets that a possible revival film is being written.
  • Debi Derryberry, Crystal Scales, and Daran Norris all previously appeared in the main cast of Oswald.
  • Although the show finished its original airings in 2006, all episodes (excluding the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy) were completed by 2003.
  • When Pants Attack, Party at Neutron's, Ultra Sheen, and Holly Jolly Jimmy were not included on any digital platforms, until the full series was released on Paramount+.
    • However, those episodes got removed from Paramount+ on March 24 2021 for some reason. Though it's not conformed, there may be a chance those episode may come back like the SpongeBob SquarePants episode The Great Snail Race came back as Paramount+ is always working hard to make seasons and episode available on Paramount+.

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