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Jimmy Neutron (franchise)

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Jimmy Neutron
Created byJohn A. Davis and Steve Oedekerk
Original workJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
OwnerNickelodeon (Paramount)
Films and television
Television special(s)The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour (2004–2006)
Television film(s)Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion
Theme park attractionsJimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (2003–2011)

Jimmy Neutron is a Nickelodeon computer-animated media franchise created by John A. Davis in the 1980s and commenced in 1998 with the pilot Runaway Rocketboy. The franchise focuses on the titular Jimmy Neutron (voiced by Debi Derryberry), a young boy with a genius-level intellect.


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius[edit]

After the pilot was completed, Nickelodeon executives, who were impressed by the pilot and still enthusiastic about the show's potential, raised the prospect of creating a theatrical film to accompany the TV series, much to the surprise of Davis and his team at the studio. During the initial pitch to Nickelodeon, Oedekerk had highlighted the idea that using computer animation would allow the same models and assets to be reused between both a film and a TV show, an idea which Nick held a strong faith in.[1] Davis further suggested that the feature film be created first, since the characters being modeled could be created at a higher quality than they would have with a TV budget. Although Nick was worried that it would be more difficult to attract a movie-going audience without the TV show to build an install base for the series, these concerns were answered with a series of short TV interstitials which would begin airing in order to build up hype for the upcoming film.[1][2] The film was a box office and critical success and was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 74th Academy Awards along with Pixar's Monsters, Inc. but lost to DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek.[3]

Cancelled sequel[edit]

In February 2002, a sequel was reported in development for a summer 2004 release. Producer Albie Hecht reported to The Los Angeles Times that the sequel "would be made on the same budget as the first, but with a new batch of inventions and adventures in Jimmy's town of Retroville."[4] On June 20, 2002, The Hollywood Reporter reported that writer Kate Boutilier had signed a writing deal with Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures to write a sequel to the film, but the sequel never materialized.[5] The film was cancelled because the writers could not agree on a story and Alcorn later stated in an interview that "once the TV series came out, there wasn't a lot of incentive to make a movie when fans could simply watch Jimmy Neutron for free at home."[6]

Possible reboot[edit]

In 2016, director John A. Davis stated that he has a story for a Jimmy Neutron reboot feature that he would like to make, but he is waiting for the "right situation" to make it.[7]

When asked about a reboot in 2020, Rob Paulsen stated "Well, I've got to tell you, man. I go all over the world when we don't have the coronavirus, and people love Carl. They love Carl. I don't think it would be a bad thing at all to reboot Jimmy Neutron. I think that's one of those shows that a lot of people would love to see again. It was very good. Really smart. That wouldn't surprise me."[8]

Television series[edit]

  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (the first series): Throughout the show, various mishaps and conflicts occur on these adventures, as Jimmy's various inventions go awry. The series was well-received.[9] DNA Productions retooled their pipeline when moving from the film to the TV series, to reuse assets for the episodes. Some of the programming team at the studio programmed a special code that allowed the animators to animate scenes in Maya, which can then be rendered in Lightwave. This helped the team keep up with the deadline and avoid going over budget.[10]
  • Planet Sheen (the second series) was a spin-off focusing on Sheen. Originally designed as a series called Red Acres, it was unrelated to Jimmy Neutron, but after multiple network rejections, including Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, the series was re-developed the series to what would become Planet Sheen. The series was not well received by fans, but critics had mixed reviews. [11]


The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour is a trilogy of television crossover specials set between the universes of the animated television series The Fairly OddParents and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. The saga consists of The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide, and The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators, which premiered on Nickelodeon between 2004 and 2006, and were subsequently released to home video.[12][13] The specials combine multiple types of animation, using traditional 2D animation for the segments set in the Fairly OddParents universe and CGI for the Jimmy Neutron segments.

Video games[edit]


  • Runaway Rocket Boy, premiered in autumn 1998, during these shorts he was called Johnny Quasar.
  • Film Promotion Shorts, a number of shorts were produced many of the inventtoons were released during 1999 - 2000.


Character Voiced by Jimmy Neutron:
Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour Planet Sheen Count
1 2 3 1 2 3 1a 1b
Jimmy Neutron Debi Derryberry Main 59
Sheen Estevez Jeffrey Garcia Main 87
Carl Wheezer Rob Paulsen Main 59
Doppy Doppweiler 38
Cindy Vortex Carolyn Lawrence Main 59
Libby Folfax Crystal Scales Main 45
Goddard Frank Welker Main 57
Hugh Neutron Mark DeCarlo Main 57
Judy Neutron Megan Cavanagh Main 49
Ms. Winfred Fowl Andrea Martin Main Recurring 49
King Goobot V Patrick Stewart
S. Scott Bullock
Main Guest Guest 3
Finbarr Calamitous Tim Curry[lower-alpha 1] Also starring Main 8
Emperor Fred Tatasciore Main 44
Nesmith Bob Joles Main 38
Pinter Thomas Lennon Main 30
Princess Oom Candi Milo Main 30
Aseefa Soleil Moon Frye Main 26
Dorkus Jeff Bennett Main 22
  1. Professor Finbarr Calamitous is voiced by Ming-Na Wen and Jim Meskimen respectively in the guises of Princess Quin Shi Su and Quentin Smithee.

Rides and attractions[edit]

  • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, a simulator ride at Universal Studios Florida
  • Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer, a steel suspended family roller coaster at Movie Park Germany


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Rise of Jimmy Neutron". Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  2. Mallory, Michael (November 11, 2001). "A Boy and His Franchise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  3. "75th Academy Awards Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on February 2, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "From One Screen to Another". Los Angeles Times. 2002-02-15. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  5. "'Jimmy Neutron' Sequel Gets 'Thornberrys' Scribe". Killer Movies. June 20, 2002. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. "Keith Alcorn on JIMMY NEUTRON and PLANET SHEEN". Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  7. Gruppetstudios (October 14, 2016), Cartoons VS Cancer Ep. 11 - (The One with John Davis!), retrieved November 24, 2017
  8. Barnhardt, Adam (April 3, 2020). "Jimmy Neutron Star Says a Reboot Wouldn't Be Surprising".
  9. "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron - TV Review". 27 January 2011.
  10. Gruppetstudios (October 14, 2016), Cartoons VS Cancer Ep. 11 - (The One with John Davis!), retrieved November 24, 2017
  11. "Planet Sheen - TV Review". 29 September 2010.
  12. "'The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour' ('The Fairly Odd Parents' / 'The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron')". Amazon. 11 May 2004. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  13. "'The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide' ('The Fairly Odd Parents' / 'The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron')". Amazon. 14 March 2006. Retrieved October 31, 2015.