Following the success of Cartoon Network
's two-hour live-action
/animation original Made-for-TV Movie Re-Animated
comes Out of Jimmy's Head
. The story continues directly from the film with Jimmy Roberts, who's received a brain transplant after a train collision at the famous Gollyworld theme park (and somehow is not only fully functional, but has grown back his long, shaggy hair almost immediately thereafter
). Jimmy ends up receiving the frozen brain of famous cartoonist Milt Appleday
, which leads to Jimmy being able to see all of Milt's cartoon characters in the real world - Golly Gopher, his girlfriend Dolly Gopher, Crocco, Tux the Penguin and Pickles and Prickles. Milt's son and dastardly evil resident villain, Sonny Appleday, wants his father's brain so he can create cartoons like his father.
Jimmy's family have allowed Sonny to take up residence under the impression that he's a college student, so now he plots effortlessly to nab Jimmy's brain with a bunch of "evil" schemes. The family itself consists of a middle school principal for a dad, an astronaut for a mother, and an alien sister. Jimmy is best friends with Craig, who effortlessly tries to be part of the cool crowd, and crushes on his best friend's sister Robin, an obedient overachiever.
The series itself lasted for only two seasons; some believe it was due to the Writer's Strike of 2007, but all of the episodes were finished by then. The producers only wanted to make twenty episodes of the series in the first place, as well (so they claim anyway). Ratings and critical reception of the show were mediocre, partly due to viewers being skeptical of having live action shows on an animation channel, among other things. Despite this, the show may have influenced Cartoon Network to gain more live-action shows like Level Up
. However, it has since gained a reputation as one of Cartoon Network's worst received original programs, and has been routinely mocked as the live-action trend continued in its wake.See it here.
The movie, Re-Animated, contains examples of:
- Adult Child: Jimmy's dad, full stop. He's too pre-occupied eating sugary cereal and laughing at cartoons to remember to finish getting dressed or to take his son to school.
- Anthropomorphic Food: Pickles.
- Art Major Biology: Jimmy retains all his personality traits because the doctors were able to save his "personality gland".
- Brain in a Jar: Lucky they had one lying around right when the kid needed a brain transplant.
- Broken Aesop: In the movie, Jimmy is portrayed as being selfish and unfaithful to his friends when he spends more time with his cartooning career than with Craig. All well and good, but nobody seemed to care that Craig was pretty much treating Jimmy like dirt throughout the story, and constantly using him as a lackey so he could get in with the popular kids.
- Cement Shoes: Prickles and Pickles do this to Jimmy to stop him from giving up his seat to a rude classmate.
- Deal with the Devil: The plot gets set in motion after Jimmy agrees to letting the toons help him stick up for himself, in return for making them famous again.
- Extreme Doormat: Jimmy at the start, the purpose of the movie was to show him breaking out of this.
Tux: Wow, Jimmy, you might as well change your name to "Matt" 'cause you're getting walked all over.
- Fountain Tears: Dolly floods Jimmy's kitchen this way upon coming to the conclusion he hates her.
- Hair Reboot: Despite having brain surgery, Jimmy's hair is perfectly intact.
- Illogical Safe: The toons introduce themselves after jumping out of a safe that crashed on Jimmy's head.
- Inspired By: The whole "brain hidden in the theme park" thing was based on an almost forgotten rumor which involved Walt Disney's brain being taken out after he died and hidden in the Matterhorn at Disney World.
- Jerkass: Both Craig and Golly start out like this. They get better later.
- Negative Continuity: There's an interesting bit of information one of the producers gives out on the commentary of the DVD. The cartoons only exist in Jimmy's mind and therefore cannot manipulate or touch objects. This is apparently forgotten in the series. See Not-So-Imaginary Friend below.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Animated Actor Golly fits this.
- Narcissist: Milt Appleday:
Milt Robot: "Hiya, kids! I'm Milt Appleday, the greatest man that ever lived!"
- Rescue Romance/ Chained to a Railway: Happens both in animated form with Golly and Dolly at the beginning of the film, and later done near the end with Jimmy and Robin.
- Simpleton Voice: Crocco
- Synchro-Vox: Used briefly. Overlaps with in-universe Special Effects Failure when we see the ''Golly Raps'' cartoon that Sonny created.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Lampshaded. Jimmy at first mistakes Dolly for a second Golly before he notices her bow.
- Artistic License - Biology: Let's just say that a brain transplant is not only possible but can also be performed by just any doctor. After his entire brain has been removed from his noggin and replaced with a completely different brain, Jimmy retains his memories, his personality, his motor skills, and his sanity (well, most of it). For this to be even remotely possible, this donor would have to be exactly like Jimmy in every way except for hallucinating cartoon characters.
- Hand Waved in intentionally implausible fashion by claiming they managed to save his memory and personality glands.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: A kid gets a brain transplant and ends up seeing cartoons in his head, and he apparently doesn't at least get some serious psychiatric treatment?
- Would Hurt a Child: Sonny has no problem decapitating or running a 12 year old over with a train.
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