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Genuine quality on the whole, if occasionally shaky.
Despite coasting on Rule Of Cool for 98% of its run, a few sub-par crossovers and involving little-to-no actual science, this was a quality show. I grew up with Silver Age Nickelodeon cartoons, and Jimmy Neutron was one of the best.

It had a few terrible themed episodes, admittedly. ("Raising the Oozy Scab" springs to mind.) There were a few irritating characters and stupid plots, but when it was good, it was AWESOME. Sheen's silliness was the perfect accompaniment to Jimmy's dottings of TV Genius pseudo-scientific babble, and Carl...well, Carl was there. Libby always seemed a little black-caricature-y for my tastes (that's a bit rich in this series, admittedly, but true), but the thing that really kept me coming back was Jimmy and Cindy's Toy Ship. Call it what you will, but I think that was one of the best-developed aspects of this show. I liked how the two characters weren't sugarcoated to the extreme, like many other pairing characters seem to be. I don't know, in my opinion the whole thing was adorable - especially the episode "Stranded". Youtube it and Squee.

When you consider that the whole thing was pretty much made on a dime, with off-the-shelf software, you sort of have to admire what they did. There was a visible upswing in the graphic quality by season 3, although the caricaturey-ness still remained. The solid hairdos (especially the infamous 'fudge swirl'), the lack of necks on certain characters, the extreme height differences and Jimmy's Texas-sized head looked weird at first. (At first?) Ok, they looked a bit weird the whole way through, but that was part of the fun! (And consistently Lampshaded.) You'd be amazed how much emotion they managed to get from those CG faces.

It had heaps of references, and was pretty much consistently funny, if only (at times) because of Sheen's Ultralord obsession and all-round Cloudcuckoolander-ness. It had some genuine character and art development, and original plots. Jimmy was a great hero, and the series ended gracefully on an understated, happy note, instead of fizzling out. This is a great series, and I'd recommend that everyone give it a chance at least. (It still has some good fanart/fics out there, too, if you're into that kind of stuff.) Look past the childishness, the occasional shaky footing. Give it a few chances, and I think it'll surprise you. I hope you'll enjoy it.
I did...even Syndrome adopted the infamous fudge-swirl hairdo with a little Heat Miser thrown in! I agree, the whole thing was cute, especially Jimmy in his Hall Monitor getup in that one episode.
comment #12087 Frankiefoster 29th Dec 11 (edited by: Frankiefoster)
I pretty much agree with you 100%
comment #15669 Lucymae2 5th Aug 12
"the series ended gracefully on an understated, happy note, instead of fizzling out."

And then Planet Sheen happened.
comment #15670 son 5th Aug 12
You are right in that the quality is pretty good for something made with a cheap program. I rewatched the old episodes... The movement in the characters (in episodes like "Lights, Camera, Danger!") is fluid enough that it doesn't look unnatural. And if you have to complain about the CGI... Look at the pilot episode. Now look at the series. Suddenly the series doesn't look that bad... The pilot literally looks like something out of Video Brinquedo!
comment #21165 Aldo930 17th Sep 13
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