Western Animation: Schools Out The Musical
School's Out! The Musical
is a Made-for-TV Movie
from the series The Fairly OddParents
. It aired in 2005.
The movie starts a few years before the series, HP and his assistant Sanderson coming off a defeat from the Fairies when they come across a baby clown who's parents had thrown him off a train in an effort to save him (the train was approching a gap in the track but it switched to a stable one at the last minute). Thus HP starts scheming of a plan to use the baby for later.
In present time, summer has started and school's out to the dread of the adults of Dimmsdale as the kids start running amuck. Helped along but the Pixies to make their actions more destructive. In comes a man named Flappy Bob who offers to take care of the kids in his "Fun Camp" which is an over-sterilized, over protective and an educational-laden dull place. When the kids are forced to go there, Timmy comes to the conclusion that "adults ruin everything" and wishes kids were in charge of the world.
Seems like a good enough wish, right? Of course if you know this show, it naturally leads into unforeseen consequences engineered by HP himself and Timmy has to find a way to set it right.
School's Out! The Musical provides examples of:
- Big Bad: HP, and the Pixies in general.
- Big "NO!": Timmy's reaction to the Flappy Bob/Pixie controlled world, an incredibly dull place where everyone dresses in casual office attire, and the kids are stuck in Flappy Bobs edutainment summer camp their whole vacation.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: HP's song convincing the adults to drop their kids off at Flappy Bob's Learn-a-Torium had a scene of Timmy's dad in jail with a fellow inmate looking at him with bedroom eyes. It doesn't help that the line accompanying it was, "You can learn to love your cellmate..."
- Gross-Up Close-Up: For Chester's bare feet.
- Hidden Depths: This is the first time the Pixies show their hip-hop rapping skills.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Pixie's sending Flappy Bob to law school results him in finding the loophole needed to beat their contract. See Exact Words below.
- Exact Words: HP's iron clad contract with Flappy Bob states that the world will be shaped according to Flappy Bobs wishes. Too bad Timmy helped Flappy return to his fun-loving roots.
- Lighter and Softer: While it still has its darker moments, it's certainly much more light-hearted than the previous two films.
- Manipulative Bastard: The Pixies, having raised Flappy Bob from birth and subtly manipulated him his entire life into a boring, plain business man, in a 37 year plan to take over the Fairy World and Earth.
- Made-for-TV Movie: One of several for The Fairly OddParents.
- Monster Clown: While not necessarily monstrous or evil, Flappy Bob is not what you call a humorous clown and, until his Heel-Face Turn, he definitely is not interested in being funny.
- Musical Episode: Obviously
- Non-Ironic Clown: Flappy Bob's parents are implied to be this. Flappy Bob becomes this after he embraces his clown heritage.
- Naked People Are Funny: Chester, once again.
- Plot Hole: In one episode, Timmy was shown to be afraid of clowns. They're one of his greatest fears. However, in this movie, not only does Timmy seem unafraid of clowns, but he encourages Flappy Bob to embrace his clown heritage.
- Shout-Out: Flappy Bob's origin.
- Take That: Flappy Bobs father mentions that one of the place's they searched for him was in Congress and that "it was full of clowns, but none of them were fun."
- The joke about how Florida is still voting, even though Timmy Turner was named President of Kid World (a reference to the voting fiasco during the 2000 U.S. President election, which is how George W. Bush came into power).
- Teenage Wasteland: While they're technically not teenagers, this complies with the definition of the trope since Timmy wishes that the kids were in charge. He becomes president and delegates authority to the various kids.
- However, this is a subversion due to the world being better when the kids are in charge. World peace even happens in a day!
- Unwitting Pawn: Both Timmy and Flappy Bob for the Pixies.