Headscratchers / The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
If Professor Calamitous never finishes, how does he have a child?
With a lot of help.
Even if he pulled out half way through, pre-ejaculatory fluid can be enough impregnate a woman.
Or maybe he donated to a sperm bank.
Consider that his unability to finish things is a type of mental constraint. Ejaculation is an inevitable, physical process during sex. What I'm trying to say is, his tics doesn't have to interfere with his bodily functions. We might as well ask "How does he finish peeing?", even if he doesn't finish, his body will eventually force him to.
Jimmy has fought Chicken egg aliens, living pants, a midget mad scientist, a robot, lots of robot, has a robot dog, breathes in space, seen aliens, saved the world with a secret agent, shrunk down to the size of a bacteria to extract mitochondria from them, went to the depths of ocean, and has done many more, but HE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!
Believing in Santa Claus is just silly.
Even more silly than his father's sexual obsession with pies? I can't understand it.
And ducks. Can't forget ducks.
For the same reason some scientists believe in aliens but not God. Jimmy is a man of science, not fairy tales. Why should he believe in Santa?
Aren't Aliens usually depicted in Science Fiction stories, more importantly, the aliens got unusual anatomy or are giant eggs but a fat man in a red suit is not believable to him.
Just because you know one implausible thing exists doesn't mean you're required to believe in all implausible things. Also, not everything that is currently only known in fiction is of equal likelihood. Suppose someone were to build a sentient robot. Would you automatically decide that unicorns existed as a result? Would you assume that we had also invented Faster-Than-Light Travel at the same time?
He wouldn't believe in Santa even if he saw him. Recall his experience with fairy godparents.
Exactly! Jimmy doesn't believe in magic, which is what Santa would most likely be. As a scientist he believes in things only if science can explain them. So it makes sense to me.
The issue I have with that is the fact that he doesn't believe in magic, which science can't explain—that I get—but he also doesn't believe in lake monsters...which science can (and within the episode, did) explain.
In one episode, this was explained. He didn't believe in Santa for a reason, and by the end of the episode, he believes again.
His disbelief for Santa Claus was due to not receiving something like a dwarf star (it was several years ago). Sheen ribs it was because he was naughty. Santa reveals it was partially because of that, but mainly because the star took 5 years to cool, something he mentioned in the note.
Jimmy does admit he doesn't know if he believes in magic when he faced off against Crocker. Probably because he doesn't know what the rules of magic would entail compared to science.
Where is Ultralord from anyways? He has Japan-only merchandise, but the trappings of a western series.
If he is a parody of both at once, then is he a Power Ranger?
My sister remembers an earlier show that this was based on; Jimmy even references it in "When Pants Attack", the first episode. Can anyone offer proof?
She must be remembering the movie which was shown in theaters before the show began.
Uh,can you be more specific?
... The movie? You know, the one the show was based on...? It's either that, or those little shorts that the troper below mentioned.
This troper remembers a couple of shorts that aired on TV either before the movie or before the show aired, and is pretty sure that one was similar to "When Pants Attack".
Years before the movie, there was a pilot produced for the show (which shares a similar but not exactly the same plot as the film), which is included on one of the early compilation DVDs the show had. I have heard from numerous sources that that pilot had aired on Nickelodeon (again, years before the movie) once, though I never have seen anything official stating that.
I thought that the entire movie was originally intended as a pilot for the TV series? Apparently the Nick execs were so impressed they funded the whole movie based on the strength of that one episode.
I think she may remember something called Runaway Rocketboy. It was made by the same people, featuring a similar protagonist, but got rejected by Nick.
No, I think that was one of the shorts they made to pitch the idea of JN to Nickelodeon. It was basically Jimmy, with crappier animation, a different outfit and a Carl with zits instead of freckles.
No, I remember this episode too, it was either the first episode or it was an hour long special, in the episode Jimmy makes a chip that makes pants pick up and fold themselves, they attack.
That's the pilot for the series, which came out after the movie. The pilot everyone else is talking about came before the movie.
How is it that there are no teenagers in Retroville?
Isn't Skeet (not sure if that's his name, the kid who manages that burger place?) a teenager? And I'm pretty sure Betty's one as well.
I mean, in the movie, when all the parents were gone, it was only kids, no teenagers whatsoever.
Maybe the teenagers were off doing non-G-rated stuff.
Sheen is 13 for most (if not all) of the TV series.
They're both Nickelodeon programs, so I'm pretty sure copyright isn't an issue here.
I'd say The Fairly OddParents!. The crossover series slowly turned into "Fairly Odd Parents with Jimmy Neutron characters."
Yeah, since the 'combo' style they did for his pocket dimension was basically Oddparents style animation on CGI paper dolls. I'm not even sure they did him in Jimmy Neutron style at any point.
They did, but only for one short scene (or two, if you count when Jimmy and Timmy start designing him in Jimmy's lab).
Is Pomono Beach Debbie an actual character in Ultra Lord?
If the rewinder remote device was supposed to rewind peoples' actions, like when Cindy and Libby squirted smoothie out of their noses, how did it send Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen back in time? Wouldn't they have just gone through their lives in reverse until they were unborn fetuses or something? How did it manage to send them back in time?!
Actually, it reversed time for everything other than the user(s).
But when they kept replaying the girls squirting the smoothies Jimmy's Dad walks up behind them and watches. Plus Jimmy specifically states that it only works on what you point it at.
The remote malfunctioned due to Hugh misusing it; Jimmy neither planned for that function nor knew it was even possible in the process.
Jimmy creating a girl-eating plant. Doesn't he realize being eaten would kill them?
But the thing it, we don't know when she did it, or how long did it take her to make it. she might have worked on it ever since the last science fair, or months ago, but as we have seen time and time again Jimmy makes stuff like that almost overnight, even if they have some serious bugs.
I believe that was actually brought up in the episode itself; the machine broke down in the middle of a science fair and Cindy didn't have enough time to fix it; she had to let Jimmy fix it for her. This implies that Cindy could fix it, but it would take longer for her.
In "The Tomorrow Boys", when Jimmy and Cindy are married in the dictatorship future, why does Cindy still Jimmy "Nerdtron" if they're still married?
I'm not sure that 'bad future' marriage was such a happy one. I mean, he did spend all his time taking care of her mother's feet. That's not exactly conducive to cordiality between them.
So Jimmy is like this huge boy genius, and it seems like he knows about everything. And yet, he doesn't know that Australia is both a country and a continent? How is that possible?!?
Rule of Funny. Jimmy is a total know-it-all; him seeming to know everything is pretty much just the image he tries to project. He may be a genius at engineering, but that doesn't mean he's a geography buff as well.
Possibly he was just playing along to try to get some more alone time with Cindy.
Australia is not technically a continent. "Australasia" is, I think, but not the island itself.
The above comment is correct. Australia isn't a continent by itself. The continent is Australasia/Oceania and contains New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, etc.
Why do the games insist on giving Cindy her younger movie look?
Twonkies turn into vicious beasts when hearing good music, but go to sleep when hearing bad music. How is it that Sheen has the only bad singing voice possible to lull the Twonkies, and not Carl? His constant singing in the hour long Spy special (WE'RE SPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIES!) or his 'Folding and Hanging' song in When Pants Attack were pretty bad, but it was actually his Beeeendiiing and Steeeeetching that was the first example of a Twonky going berserk, meaning it was GOOD. That's confusing.
Well, Sheen has been shown to be a messiah of various religions! (The monks, I think in the spinoff) Of course, he can use his cosmic and otherworldly powers to soothe the Twonkies.
They turn into vicious beasts upon hearing any music, not just good music. The joke is that Sheen's singing is so bad the Twonkies don't even recognize it as music. Carl's singing is bad, just not quite bad enough to count as "anti-music" according to the Twonkies.
I remember there was an episode where Sheen was made super-intelligent and started to go on a telekinetic rampage when he reached Brain Critical Mass. Jimmy then decides that the only way to turn his friend back to normal is to trick him into wearing a brain draining crown. That's all and well, but the writers add in a fairly damning plot point when Jimmy is explaining all of this to Carl (paraphrased):
"No, you don't understand Carl! If we don't get this helmet on him... His head will explode."
What? So why bother going through the effort to trick Sheen into donning the helmet? All Jimmy has to do is explain scientifically that Sheen will die if he doesn't put on the crown!
If Sheen could read their minds, then he would have caught whiff of WHY they were trying to get him to wear the helmet. Meaning he either became psychotic with his nigh-godly IQ and new-found powers, or he was Too Dumb to Live all along, sky-high IQ or not.
This troper simply assumed he would've built one of those brain-controlled-mech suits for himself. With his A God Am I complex, it's also possible that he believed he didn't really need his body anymore (as he really doesn't use it much for anything after a while), much like how the Brain aliens from the intergalactic game show special told him that they had evolved beyond the need for their bodies.
It's also plausible that Sheen (who at this point was more-or-less omniscient) had already managed to figure out and avert having his head explode. At that point, the conflict would come not from him being in eminent danger but from his complete and utter insanity.
I know I'm not the only one who questions Jimmy's friendship with Carl and Sheen. Particularity in the episodes "The N Men" and "Billion Dollar Boy", they join Cindy and Libby and a few kids when it comes to picking on Jimmy and laughing at him. Sometimes, it makes fans wonder why Jimmy can't just dump Carl and Sheen as friends.
"I really need to expand my circle of friends." Said by Jimmy in "The Incredible Shrinking Town." Also, it's basically Kids Are Cruel and With Friends Like These..., which seems to happen in many children's cartoons.
How exactly could Jimmy read Egyptian Hieroglyphics with a "Sanskrit-to-English translator" if Sanskrit and Ancient Egyptian aren't even in the same language family?
Because "Sanskrit" sounds like "sand script". Therefore, of course, it's an ancient language from a desert-dwelling culture.
What's Jimmy's problem with Cindy's cropped pants?
He was just being a dick and wanted her to get in trouble.
My sister and I were confused about this one in "Win, Lose and Kaboom!"; Meldar insists during a race between Team Earth and Team Brain that there is no cheating allowed and confiscates Goddard. But then, during the race, the Brains use their Psychic Powers to lock the kids into a Lotus-Eater Machine. Doesn't that mean they cheated?
How has Jimmy not been recruited to a major university or lab? Yes, his tech tends to have major glitches, but the fact that he is able to turn out pierces of technology that can send people millions of years through time, switch personalities and memories between bodies with seemingly no side effects, and send people to Mars and back in a matter of days would send every major scientific institution scrambling to get him on their payroll.
If I recall correctly, the technology within the show's universe was either relatively common or rare but not unheard of. What made Jimmy stand out was the fact that he's a kid. Indeed, in "Jimmy Goes to College" it was revealed that every single student in the college in question has a jet pack, whereas back in elementary school only Jimmy did.
That very episode answers the question—he has, but chooses to stay in elementary school of his own accord.
How come the characters who wear glasses have no lenses (such as Carl, Mrs. Fowl, Principal Willoughby, Sam the bartender, and Prof. Calamatous)? How are they able to see out of those? In fact, the only character who seems to have visible lenses his glasses is Hugh. What's with that?
There are glasses in real life that have invisible lenses.
In the first Jimmy Timmy Power Hour when Timmy Turner sneaks into Jimmy's lab, one of the inventions he tries is a ray gun that turns stuff into cheese. Why would Jimmy invent a ray gun that turns stuff into cheese? That's got nothing to do with science. In fact, we never see Jimmy actually use that cheese ray.
It's either Rule of Funny, a favor to one of his friends or a failed experiment. By the way, a cheese ray? That requires the configuration of atomic bonds, atomic structure and science itself (and could solve world hunger). Now, how is that non-science?
Point taken, but other than that, the cheese ray still seems very impractical compared to Neutron's other inventions.
To help prevent world hunger, possibly: just fly over some starving country and shoot a bunch of non-edible things, and they have food. This would be a fairly quick and easy way to help people who need it. Either cheese was picked at random, cheese was easier to make, he was considering the health benefits cheese had, or it was the first in a future series of food rays.
Did Jimmy, Carl & Sheen really have to destroy all of Libby's gifts in "Tomorrow Boys"? Instead of afterwards, why couldn't Jimmy just ask Cindy (since she handled the gifts) where his "gift" was, BEFORE he jumped straight to searching?
Cindy probably wouldn't have been very helpful about it. Also, if Jimmy has time travel, why even bother traveling to after he'd given Cindy the present? Why not travel to before the day's events, and put his intended gift somewhere away from his experiments so the mixup never happens in the first place?
That would cause a paradox to happen since he removed the reason for him to travel back in time, so he didn't go back in time. Since didn't go back in time to receive it means that it did happen which means he did go back in time. So on and so forth over and over again.
Why would Stormstrucker frame Jimmy out of all people for stealing the dollar bill in "Who Framed Jimmy?"? Did he really need to break into Jimmy's lab?
Cindy once said in "The N-Men" that the reason she kept being mean to Jimmy was to hide her real feelings for him. Then why was in "Trading Faces" Carl, Sheen, or Libby didn't notice or see this memory of "being mean to hide love for Jimmy" or something along the line?
It's implied that the process of restoring their memories took hours, and a lot of it is skipped for time's sake. It could've been one of the memories that came up near the end when they were too tired to care.
Libby, who already knows, may have sought out and placed that memory when the others weren't looking so they wouldn't see it.
In "Send In The Clones", Jimmy collects rare ice crystals forming in space because they supposedly keep ice cream at the perfect eating temperature. If it's just the temperature that's important, why can't he just tinker with a freezer?
Exactly what time period is the show set in? In one episode, Jimmy goes back in time to inspire his father to invest in Mc Spanky's burger restaurant. He only went back in time 15 years earlier, yet the entire atmosphere suggests it's during the 1970s. This would mean that the show has to take place in the early to mid 90s. If counting the time when the movie came out (01-02), then it would be around 1985. You would expect an 80s aesthetic, not a 70s. Maybe the writers came of age during that era and felt more comfortable doing it? Still pretty weird for a show that's specific enough to be set in Texas.
Well, Retroville itself appears to have a bit of a 1950s-esque aesthetic (hence the name Retroville), probably to act as a tribute to classic sci-fi. 70s aesthetic is a bit of a standard for flashbacks, to the point that it makes them more instantly recognizable. In other words, the aesthetics of the show have more to do with setting atmosphere and tone rather than conforming to a specific time period.
In "Trading Faces", Carl, Sheen and Libby discard the "Dislike of girls who dislike show-offy boys who dislike girls..." thing, because they can't tell who it belongs to. However, based on the wording it's obviously Jimmy, since it clearly represents a dislike of Cindy. Why didn't they just give it to Jimmy like they clearly should've (besides plot reasons)?
They were too mentally exhausted to think entirely clearly by that point (the montage shows they've been sitting at that desk for hours and taking shifts to sleep).
Why is Jimmy and Cindy's relationship so inconsistent? In some episodes they're practically dating and in others their rivalry is just as bad as it was at the beginning.
They're kids — they don't understand their feelings or how relationships work yet. Sometimes they give in to the attraction they have for each other, and other times, they consciously fight it and suppress it. Their ratio of fighting to flirting does noticeably seem to change as the series progresses; by "Lady Sings the Blues" near the end of Season 3 (the last episode to air but probably not produced), they're no longer in denial with each other at all (although they don't like sharing their private business with everybody else).
Alternative Title(s):The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron