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Western Animation: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The movie poster, complete with V-Formation Team Shot, Evil Overlooker, and Dreamworks Face.

The predecessor to Nickelodeon CGI series The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, this 2001 movie was originally going to be simply a pilot episode for the series. Instead, the Nickelodeon executives were so impressed they gave it funding for cinematic release.

Ten-year-old boy genius Jimmy Neutron has an IQ of 210. He invents rockets in his spare time, for launching satellites to communicate with alien races. (Of course.) Jimmy also has a robotic dog called Goddard that can do pretty much anything, a disproportionately large head and a strange hairdo - a fact constantly brought to the surface by his rival, Cindy Vortex. He's just living his ordinary life (get up, get his robot to do his hair for him, travel to school via gum that turns into a transportation bubble, show off his shrink ray in Show And Tell, etc.) when the communication satellite he launched at the beginning of the movie is intercepted by some egg-shaped aliens named 'The Yolkians'. (The King is voiced by Patrick Stewart, and his brother/comic sidekick Ooblar is voiced by Martin Short.)

Character Sheet is here if wanted, but be warned - there are multiple spoilers for the series itself in there.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Judy accidentally drinks a beverage that causes her to belch endlessly, she at first is angry at Jimmy, but soon after finds herself laughing at the situation.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: A lot of girls, especially Cindy, have a crush on Nick for this reason.
  • Alpha Bitch: Cindy.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Nick Deen when he sees the Big Bad for the first time.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Poultra, the Yolkian god, is a 50-foot chicken.
  • Adorkable: Jimmy
  • Adults Are Useless: Taken to its literal extreme, There Are No Adults, in the movie, when the entire grown-up population of Retroville is kidnapped by aliens.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The Yolkians.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: Notable for being the first film and series animated entirely with over-the-counter programs.
  • An Aesop:
  • Anime Hair: Jimmy's. This is lampshaded pretty regularly.
  • Area 51: Appeared in the movie.
  • A Planet Named Zok: Yolkus, home of the Yolkians.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Played straight in the movie, Lampshaded in the series.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The wish to get rid of all parents comes back to bite the kids after one day.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Jimmy and Cindy.
  • Black Best Friend: Libby to Cindy.
  • Brick Joke: Burping Soda. In the beginning of the film, it's part of Jimmy's invention displays. It comes back in the last scene.
  • Bumbling Dad: Hugh.
  • Casting Gag: Patrick Stewart and Martin S Hort are in this film as Goobot and Ooblar respectively. They had previously starred together in The Prince Of Egypt three years before.
  • Catch Phrase: Jimmy - "Gotta blast!"
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Shrink Ray.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Carl's gaffe during show and tell comes back as significant in the Yolkus arena when Carl blinds one of the aliens with his inhaler and the alien crashes into a wall.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Jimmy's blast gun, used in one of the early scenes by Jimmy to fire at an invention that makes his bed for him, is later used by one of the kids in the climax to take out one of the aliens.
    • Purple Flurp.
    • Many of the rides at Retroland.
    • As described above, Carl's inhaler.
    • The toaster.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Goddard playing dead (when told to play dead, he detonates in a small explosion before reassembling himself).
  • Comic Trio: Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl.
  • Death Glare: Jimmy to Goobot after Goobot mocks Jimmy's size. Happens twice. The second time it happens, Jimmy's the size of a planet and Goobot's ship nearly crashes into him.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Goddard.
  • Dueling Movies: With Recess: School's Out (Though they didn't compete with each other- School's Out had already been released on video)
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Cindy's hair; pigtails in the movie, ponytail in the series that came after. All the kids had different character designs. Jimmy wore shorts and loafers instead of sneakers and jeans, Carl wore suspenders, and Sheen had collars on the end of his sleeves.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Jimmy realises mid-sentence that Judy won't let him go to Retroland.
  • Foreshadowing: As the kids in their rockets see the sun before the meteor shower, Jimmy and Cindy briefly share a smile before each of them turn away.
  • Funny Background Event: While watching Jimmy's message, Ooblar absentmindedly munches on the piece of toast he had enthusiastically greeted earlier in the scene, getting a rather disturbed look from King Goobot in the process.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Jimmy's whole puberty talk with Carl on how one day they'll have to start liking girls against their will.
    • Of course we know what the theme for the ride "Bat Out of Heck" is going to be.
    • "I'm peeing in the shower!"
  • Girls Have Cooties: Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl all exhibit this sentiment from time to time. Especially Jimmy, who engineers a man-eating plant to target girls with pigtails.
  • Gone Horribly Right: All Jimmy wanted to do at the start of the film was to make contact with an advanced alien civilisation. He succeeded, all right. Turned out the aliens picked up the satellite and abducted the parents in Retroville to use them as sacrifices for Poultra. Oops.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Goddard's "Play Dead" mode, which is a Self-Destruct Mechanism. Although fixing that was on Jimmy's to-do list, he decided to "make that bug a feature" after it helped bust the kids out of the dungeon.
  • Jerk Ass: Nick.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cindy.
  • Kick the Dog: In his opening scene, King Goobot devours an adorable alien. In his second scene, he gets a Bad Boss moment.
    • Ooblar later tries to do the same to Goddard. He fails miserably.
  • Large Ham: Both King Goobot and Ooblar have their moments. "HELLO, TOAST!"
    • I guess you could say the entire race is a bunch of Ham and Eggs?
  • Meaningful Echo: "Now, you gotta admit, that is pretty cool."
  • Meaningful Name: James 'Jimmy' Isaac Neutron is not surprisingly, interested in science.
    • Sheen Estevez; a Shout-Out to Martin/Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez.
    • Not to mention Retroville. Even the science fiction aspects of the movie have a Raygun Gothic feel.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Ooblar.
  • Missing Mom: Sheen. Word Of God says his mother died when he was young - they don't say her cause of death, however.
    • Fits also with Early Installment Weirdness: Sheen's mom is clearly present in the end scene with Sheen's dad. His dad also displays a very different attitude from his few appearances later in the series (he's much... more fatherly than he later was shown to be.) She just suffered Chuck Cunningham Syndrome that was retroactively remade into her having died when Sheen was little.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Pretty much everything in the teaser. Justified, as a lot of it is very early test footage. Most of the scenes got recycled for smaller shorts that premiered during commercial breaks on Nickelodeon around the time the film came out.
  • Newscaster Cameo: A variant: Entertainment Tonight hosts Bob Goen and Mary Hart voice "Yolkian Tonight" anchors, commenting on the sacrifices to Poultra.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Jimmy sending the aliens information about Earth against his parents' orders is a very bad idea.
  • Oh, Crap: A fair bit of it.
    • Jimmy gets one after his rocket sets the curtains on fire.
    • He also gets one later after his satellite is picked up and the aliens find out about the parents from it. Oops.
    • Jimmy, Carl and Sheen get one on the Bat Outta Heck! ride at Retroland before plummeting into darkness.
    • Jimmy and Carl when confronted about the missing parents (with flaming torches, for Pete's sake!). Carl's reaction is very funny.
    • Nick gets quite a funny one in the arena after Poultra's eyes hatch out of the egg.
    • Goobot gets one after Jimmy uses The Shrink Ray on himself to make himself the size of a planet.
  • Parents in Distress
  • Pet the Dog: Rather than being condescending, Jimmy is very nice to the rather dopey Carl and nerdy Sheen, not being a wet blanket when Carl shows him a picture of a frog or talks about wishing on a star.
  • Punny Name: Ms. Fowl has a few bird-like attributes
  • Retro Universe: Retroville.
  • Robot Buddy: Goddard.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Libby.
  • Schmuck Bait
  • Science Hero: Jimmy, who solves the problems his inventions create.
  • Science In Genre Only
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Goddard has one, though he can reassemble himself.
  • Sequel Hook: Odd version used in one of the audio tracks. Leave it Up to Me includes half a verse about it, complete with the rather blatant lyrics:
    Aaron Carter: "Big people listen up, relax now, we're equal; and if the money's right then we might make a sequel."
  • Shout-Out:
    • Nick describes The Blair Witch Project to the rest of the kids at the camp on the asteroid.
    • The first thing Jimmy does in his alien transmission is the Vulcan salute.
    • The second trailer's opening is a huge one to Top Gun, down to using "Danger Zone".
    • During 2007, Nickelodeon aired a special version of the movie, with Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl riffing on the movie as an extended reference to MST3K, complete with "Shadowrama" versions of the cast.
  • Space Does Not Work That Way
  • Tsundere: Cindy. In the original movie she explains that she only became one to Jimmy, because she was jealous of his better grades and hated his tendency to show off his intelligence on every given occasion.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Averted, Retroville is in Texas.

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alternative title(s): Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius
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