Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
This film is about the alien-ation that happens in families and the sense of responsibility that the children often feel. Jimmy disobeys his parents resulting in evil outer space aliens taking his parents away (sin = alienation). Through acknowledgment of his wrong doing (repentance), Jimmy brings his family back together by getting his friends to help him (community)..
Reviews by David Bruce and Mike Furches


Jimmy Neutron:
Boy Genius
(2001
)

This page was created on December 21, 2001
This page was last updated on
May 21, 2005

Credits

Directed by John A. Davis
Story by John A. Davis and Steve Oedekerk
Screenplay by John A. Davis, David N. Weiss, J. David Stem and Steve Oedekerk

Megan Cavanagh .... Mrs. Neutron (voice)
Mark DeCarlo .... Mr. Neutron (voice)
Debi Derryberry .... Jimmy Neutron (voice)
Carolyn Lawrence .... Cindy Vortex (voice)
Andrea Martin .... Mrs. Fowl (voice)
Candi Milo .... Nick Dean, Cindy Vortex (voice)
Rob Paulsen .... Carl Wheezer (voice)
Crystal Scales .... Libby (voice)
Martin Short .... Ooblar (voice)
Patrick Stewart .... King Goobot (voice)

Produced by Keith Alcorn (executive producer) John A. Davis (I) (producer) Albie Hecht (producer) Steve Oedekerk (producer) Julia Pistor (executive producer) Gina Shay (co-producer) Original music by John Debney Film Editing by Gregory Perler Jon Price

Rated PG

Trailer
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Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
Various Artists

1. Leave It Up To Me - Aaron Carter 2. Pop (Deep Dish Remix) - NSYNC 3. Parents Just Don't Understand - Lil' Romeo, 3LW & Nick Cannon 4. Intimidated - Britney Spears 5. He Blinded Me With Science - Melissa Lefton 6. AC's Alien Nation - Aaron Carter 7. Kids In America - No Secrets 8. The Answer To Our Life - Backstreet Boys 9. The Chicken Dance - Stupid 10. I Can Count On You - True Vibe 11. We Got The Beat - Go Go's 12. Go Jimmy Jimmy - Aaron Carter 13. Parents Just Don't Understand (Bonus Mix) - Lil' Romeo, Nick Cannon & 3LW 14. Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones 15. Jimmy Neutron Theme - Bowling For Soup 16. Hidden Track
SYNOPSIS
Click to enlargeJimmy Neutron is "just your average everyday pre-teen supergenius." His best friend, Goddard, is a dog-like robot pet who follows Jimmy everywhere. Parents Jim and Judy Neutron come pretty close to being George and Judy Jetson, but his best friend, the allergic Carl Wheezer, doesn't resemble anybody in recent sci-fi animation history. A sleek-looking, computer-animated children's adventure, JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS delivers equal doses of kid fun and family values.
REVIEW BY
DAVID BRUCE
Web Master, Hollywood Jesus
This film is about the alien-ation that happens in families and the sense of responsibility that the children often feel. Jimmy disobeys his parents resulting in evil outer space aliens taking his parents away (sin = alienation). Through acknowledgment of his wrongdoing (repentance), Jimmy brings his family back together by getting his friends to help him (community). The film, for me, was an allegory of the guilt that children carry with them -often for a lifetime- due to the alienation of (or from) their parents (e.g. separation, divorce, untimely death, parental suicide). This film can speak to the guilt fantasies harbored by Generation X (i.e. "the children of the divorced"): "If only I would have... maybe every thing would have turned out better... if I... if I... if I..."
Click to enlargeJIMMY'S PARENTS
Meet Jimmy's parents. They are happy and committed. Jimmy has a pleasant home atmosphere. Every kid's dream.
Click to enlargeJIMMY'S DISOBEDIENCE
This is Jimmy disobeying his parents by talking to strangers. In this case he is making contact with alien forces in outer space. This contact with the evil alien forces creates a traceable radio link to Jimmy's happy home. Interesting, because it gives a spiritual (other worldly) and cosmic (universal) dimension to personal sin/choices.
Click to enlargeJIMMY'S TEACHER
Jimmy disobeys other adults too. Jimmy and his friends decide to cut school. It is during their unofficial day off that the aliens take all the parents away. This scene portrays the corporate nature of sin among friends (shared responsibility).
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Click to enlargeClick to enlargeJIMMY TO THE RESCUE
Having learned his lesson about disobedience, Jimmy sets out to rescue his parents from the alien(ation) forces.
MINDLESS PARENTS
Jimmy's otherwise intelligent parents have had their brains taken over by these evil alien forces. The idea here is that children often are aware (or at least they think they are) of the reasons why their family breakup has occurred. And indeed, they sometimes can see the alienating forces more clearly between their parents.
HAPPY ENDING.
Like most children's stories Jimmy Neutron has a happy ending. Jimmy takes responsibility for his own stuff, deals with it and takes the necessary steps to correct his wrong doings. And ultimately that is the only thing that any of us can do. This film is about the delightful consequences of repentance. Highly Recommended.

Review by
MIKE FURCHES

mike@furches.org

Web site
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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."

My son recently dragged me to the discount movie theater to see the movie "Jimmy Neutron." I was reluctant, but as any good dad I realized that I needed to give in to the occasional desire of my son. I did not know that the movie was a Nickelodeon release when I attended, if I had I probably wouldn't have taken him and that would have been my mistake.

Click to enlargeTo say the least I was pleasantly surprised at this Academy Award nominated animation film. In the past there have been many projects by Nickelodeon that arguably question parents' authority in raising their children. Jimmy Neutron breaks that mold and shows a wonderful tale of love between children and their parents.

Click to enlargeWhile the children in this film are mischievous they ultimately recognize their love for their parents and literally launch an all out effort to save them from evil captors from another planet. Led of course by Jimmy and his group friends. In scenes somewhat similar to Something Wicked This Way comes by Ray Bradbury the group is lured into a local carnival in an attempt to fight against the evil forces that would take them from their families. From here they use the genius of Jimmy and the carnival rides to make spaceships that will carry the children on this ultimate adventure.

Click to enlargeJimmy Neutron is more than just animated fare. It is a film that looks at the relationships between adults and children. There are characters that will keep the children's attention but it is also a story that will keep the interest of the parents. I would highly recommend that you check out this video/DVD release once it comes out. As far as my house goes, I enjoyed the film so much with my son that we are planning on purchasing a copy of the DVD. Personally, I don't mind the message that children need their parents; frankly, this film shows that we need each other and that is a message for parents and children.

On a scale of 1-10 I'll blast this one with a Jimmy Neutron wonder blast of 7.5.

God Bless,
Mike Furches
Luke 15
www.furches.org

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