Series / Out of Jimmy's Head

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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 the Alligator, 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 Craig'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, today it remains one of Cartoon Network's most infamously worst-received original programs, and has been routinely mocked as the live-action trend continued in its wake.

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The movie, Re-Animated, contains examples of:

  • Anthropomorphic Food: Pickles.
  • Art Major Biology: Jimmy retains all his personality traits because the doctors were able to save his "personality gland".
  • Artistic License Biology: Let's just say that a brain transplant is not only possible but can also be performed by just any doctor in only a few hours, without even cutting Jimmy's hair. 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".
  • Artistic License Physics: Even if you'd be willing to believe that the injury Jimmy received would need a Brain Transplant, there's the problem that the train he's hit by is not nearly traveling fast enough to send Jimmy flying - the train would more likely push Jimmy aside; at best, it would crush Jimmy like a steamroller.
  • Brain in a Jar: Milt Appleday's brain is preserved in a cooler for thirty years.
  • Brain Transplant: Jimmy is hit by a train and the only way to save him is transplanting the brain of the company founder.
  • 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.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Sonny, in spades. Even Professor Fate would tell him to tone it down a little.
  • Deus ex Machina: Jimmy's alien half-sister Yancy zaps Sonny out of existence at the end. She mentions having some powers, like receiving AM radio, but nothing like that.
  • 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.
  • Dork Age: invoked Sonny Appleday ended up putting Golly and his friends through a Totally Radical stage in their lives once, complete with Special Effects Failure and Synchro-Vox. Golly is mortified upon seeing this, and it's why Sonny was kept under ice (literally).
  • Extreme Doormat: At the start, the purpose of the movie was to show Jimmy breaking out of this.
    Tux: Wow, Jimmy, you should change your name to "Matt". Because you're getting walked all over!
  • Freudian Excuse: Being neglected by his father and seen as his "least favorite son" despite being an only child, it's no wonder Sonny's not exactly sane.
  • 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.
  • It's All About Me: Golly was already egotistical, but he gets worse when he sees how the more recent cartoons damaged his public image.
  • Jerkass: Both Craig and Golly start out like this. They get better later.
  • Manchild: 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.
  • Narcissist: Milt Appleday.
    Milt Robot: Hiya, kids! I'm Milt Appleday, the greatest man who ever lived!
  • 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.
  • Ocular Gushers: Dolly floods Jimmy's kitchen this way upon coming to the conclusion he hates her.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: All Belgians are really good jugglers, for some reason. Also, one of Jimmy's classmates has many pets, including a python, a llama, and a goat.
  • Shout-Out: During the first minutes of the movie, Logan can be seen playing a Game Boy Advance in class.
  • 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 as Golly before he notices her bow.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The end implies that what Sonny really wants is his father to not see him as that "little booger".
  • 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?
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sonny, if you really think about it. He was seen as a screw-up by his father, pushed around by his coworkers and despite his attempts to carry on his father's legacy, he was seen as a failure and a joke for his initial (admittedly bad) attempt. It's hard to blame him for losing his mind the way he did.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Sonny has no problem decapitating or running a 12-year-old over with a train.

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