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A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! is a Made-for-TV Movie that is the second Film Adaptation (Live-Action) of one of Nickelodeon's cartoons - in this case, The Fairly OddParents!.

The film is set thirteen years following the events depicted in the original series, but nothing has changed for Timmy (played here by Drake Bell) except for his physical age now being 23. He still lives at home with his parents, attends Mr. Crocker's fifth grade class, and rides a tiny children's bicycle to school. Timmy's arrested development stems from his desire to keep his fairy godfamily, Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof, for as long as possible. "Da Rules" state that every child must eventually give up his or her Fairy Godparents when they become an adult, but Timmy has found a loophole around this rule by acting like a child.

But Timmy's carefree life takes an unexpected change when he comes across his former Stalker with a Crush, Tootie (Daniella Monet), who has grown up to become a brave, beautiful nature-loving woman. While seeing Tootie protesting the plans of an evil oil tycoon named Hugh J. Magnate Jr. (Steven Weber) to tear down the old Dimmsdale Park, Timmy finds himself developing romantic feelings for her, and he has to decide whether he should keep being a child to keep the fairy family he has known for so long, or grow up and be with the woman he loves. As if that isn't enough, Magnate joins forces with Mr. Crocker (David Lewis) to capture Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof, planning to use them to fuel his maniacal ambition.

The film first aired July 9, 2011. A sequel titled A Fairly Odd Christmas came out in December 2012. The movie featured Drake Bell and Daniella Monet reprising their roles as Timmy and Tootie. Following this is A Fairly Odd Summer released in 2014.

This TV movie includes examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Magnate doesn't bother to remember Tootie's name.
    Tootie: The name's not Saffron Sippin' Grass Gurglin' anything; it's Tootie!
  • Actor Allusion: Live action Cosmo is played by Jason Alexander, best known for his role in a show with another character named Cosmo. Additionally, live action Wanda is played by Cheryl Hines, best known for her role in said show's spiritual successor.
  • Advertised Extra: During the lead up to the movie, the promos made a big deal about having Jason Alexander and Cheryl Hines playing as Cosmo and Wanda. However they only appear as the "human" versions of them and it's for only one scene in the restaurant where they try to ruin Timmy and Tootie's little get together. After which they go back to normal and aren't seen for the rest of the film.
  • All There in the Script: Timmy's classmates who alert him about Tootie being kidnapped are named Mouse, Howie, Katie, and Ravi. Mouse is the only one who is addressed by name onscreen.
  • Alternate Continuity: This, as well as the following movies, are set in their own continuity from the TV show.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: To try and get Tootie to marry Timmy, his parents offer her money, livestock, and raisins.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Magnate betrays both Crocker and the black guard before the climax.
  • Basement-Dweller: Timmy still lives with his parents as part of his plan to keep his Fairy Godparents by acting like a child. There's a scene near the beginning of the movie where his parents get him a magazine with a job advert and another one with home rental listings as presents for his twenty-third birthday to send him the message that he needs to move out and get a job. He refuses.
  • Big Bad: Hugh J. Magnate Jr. is the central antagonist, as Timmy and Tootie get together from getting mixed up in his land development schemes and he ends up conspiring with Mr. Crocker to capture Timmy's fairies and use their magic to fulfill his every whim.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Timmy saving Tootie from falling off the bridge and into the bottomless ball pit by swinging on a rope and grabbing her.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Timmy and Tootie kiss toward the end of the movie, which gives the fairies their powers back, but causes Timmy to lose his fairies.... temporarily.
  • Big Damn Movie: Averted, compared to the many animated specials of The Fairly Oddparents. This is just about as low-key and relaxed as your average episode, with a change in medium (the movie is live-action with some use of CGI) as the only thing that makes it "different"
  • Bird-Poop Gag: One scene has AJ get bird droppings on his head.
  • Bottomless Pits: Magnate wishes up a bottomless ball pit, fitting with his Psychopathic Manchild personality.
    • Though it's not truly bottomless- Crocker lands in the Turners' front yard at the end.
  • Brick Joke: Crocker falling down the bottomless ball pit.
  • Broad Strokes: How the movie approaches most of the series' continuity. The characters and the premise are mostly intact, but the details of particular episodes are often lost.
  • Broken Aesop: The whole message of Timmy letting go of his childhood is kind of invalidated when the Fairy Council gives back Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof anyway after he embraces adulthood (symbolized by him kissing Tootie, which makes Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof disappear).
  • Call-Back: The entire premise of Timmy acting like a kid to keep his Fairy God Parents is one to the first standalone episode of the series, "The Big Problem!", where Timmy wishes himself to be an adult and nearly loses his fairies since only kids can have them, but exploits a loophole that an adult that is a 'kid at heart' can keep his fairies.
  • Casting Gag: Daran Norris as Timmy's Dad, who voiced him in the series and was modeled after him.
  • Catchphrase: Chester: "Jealous?"
  • Chekhov's Gun: Timmy's toy yo-yo is later used by Tootie to escape from the cage.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Jorgen, Crocker, and Magnate for sure. Vicky as well. That scenery must be delicious!
  • Childhood Memory Demolition Team: Magnate and his men trying to tear down the Dimmsdale Dogwood, which Tootie chains herself to.
  • Composite Character: Magnate seems to be a combination of Doug Dimmadome (Oil Tycoon) and Flappy Bob (Businessman with Daddy Issues).
  • Community-Threatening Construction: The plot to tear down Dimmsdale park
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Cosmo and Wanda cover up Poof's eyes at the sight of Timmy and Tootie embracing, Tootie dragging Timmy by a kite he's holding onto and one of Magnate's henchmen wearing a dress.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Magnate is an oil tycoon who is shifty enough that he's willing to kill Tootie if she tries to interfere in his land development by chaining herself to the tree.
  • Creator Cameo: Butch Hartman appears as the maitre d'.
  • Death Glare: Poof guilt trips Cosmo and Wanda into saving Tootie with one of these.
  • Demoted to Extra: Vicky, Chester, and AJ. None of them are in the original cut. In the extended version, Vicky doesn't even have a minute of screentime, and the latter two have about three minutes.
  • Distant Finale: The events of the movie take place thirteen years after the cartoon's time frame, with Timmy Turner being 23.
  • Dramatic Curtain Toss: When Hugh J. Magnate Jr. reveals his concepts for the mine.
  • Duet Bonding: Drake Bell (Timmy) and Daniella Monet (Tootie) sing the song "Lookin' Like Magic", which plays during their date montage.
  • Exiled from Continuity: This slowly started happening to the movie as the series went on, but Season 10's Dimmsdale Daze officially made the movie non-canon, as it shows Timmy can't have Cosmo and Wanda if Chloe dossn't have them. The only version of this movie that can still exist in the show's timeline is a rewrite with Chloe added in. Sparky probably got bored and ran off.
  • Eye Pop: Cosmo and Wanda do this in sync with Timmy's Spit Take.
  • Film Adaptation (Live-Action): A live-action Distant Finale to The Fairly OddParents!.
  • First Girl Wins: Tootie, the first love interest introduced in the series turns out to be the one he loves in the end
  • Freudian Excuse: In the scene where they first visit Magnate's evil lair, he starts to explain the reason his evil lair is "colorful" because he didn't have a childhood because his father made him work as a kid and didn't allow him to have friends.
  • Friend Versus Lover: The main premise of the movie: Timmy has to choose between keeping his fairies or being with Tootie. Timmy ultimately chooses to grow up and be with Tootie. Because of this, and how much Timmy loved his fairies, Jorgen ultimately allows him to keep them, on the condition that he's less selfish with them.
  • Garnishing the Story: The pirate battle at the beginning.
  • Glove Snap: Cosmo's idea of a 'full examination'.
  • Granola Girl: Tootie has become interested in helping animals and the environment.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Ultimately subverted. As Timmy ends up being happy grown up, and thanks to how much he loved his fairies, Jorgen adds a loophole so he can keep them. Timmy and Tootie then use them to help others at the end of the film.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Timmy "borrows" a motorcycle in order to get to Magnate's hideout.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Crocker kicks one of Magnate's minions into the bottomless ball pit, then is wished by Magnate to fall into the pit himself.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: During the pirate battle at the beginning, Cosmo asks him "If you die, can I have your bike?"
  • Institutional Apparel: The kids in Vicky's daycare service are wearing prison uniforms. Best not to think too deeply about that.
  • Irony: Chester and AJ spend most of their screentime trying to make Timmy feel jealous of them by making fun of him for being a Manchild and by bragging how they're successful adults "getting looks from the ladies". This is funny when you consider that at times they're no more mature than he is (possibly even less), and they weren't getting the kind of looks from the ladies that they wanted. At least AJ probably had a prestigious job.
  • Jerkass: Timmy can be like this in the first half of the movie. The whole 'blah-blah-blah, your needs' attitude isn't so cute anymore when he's a 23 year old live action character.
  • Karma Houdini: While Timmy still likes to mess with her, Vicky clearly hasn't gotten any punishment for her actions in the past. Indeed, she's gone from a small babysitting service to a full blown daycare center. Complete with babies in prison jumpsuits!
  • Kissing In A Tree: Timmy and Tootie sit together and nearly kiss in the dogwood tree that Tootie saved earlier, but are interrupted by Wanda. If one looks very closely, they can also see names carved on the tree: Timmy/Tootie and Timmy's Dad/Timmy's Mom, the latter being quite humorous when one considers it was probably written there before Timmy was even born.
  • Key Under the Doormat: How Chester opens the door to Magnate's headquarters.
  • Large Ham:
    • Again, Jorgen, Crocker, and Magnate all chew the scenery.
    • Vicky's few scenes give her the opportunity to be hammy, especially when she goes after Jorgen while under the effect of Cupid's arrow.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Quite possibly for Timmy's parents. In one of the previews, Timmy is seen telling his smiling parents that he's never going to leave home. They quickly lose their smiles One reason this may be karma is that many long time fans of The Fairly OddParents! know that Timmy's parents are pretty neglectful. In addition to this, both his mom and his dad have implied, and in many cases outright told Timmy that having a child has been a drag and a burden. Apparently, they not only are stuck with raising a child through his teenage years. They're now dealing with the prospect of him never leaving home
  • Live-Action Adaptation: A live-action film based on an animated television show.
  • Loophole Abuse: How Timmy manages to keep his fairies for so long since as long as he acts like a kid, he's allowed to keep them (this is also sort of a Call-Back to the first episode which also used this.) Jorgen ultimately uses this as well to let the fairies stay with Timmy.
  • Magic Skirt: Tootie has one when she flips over the barrier, rushing to the tree.
  • Manchild: Timmy Turner, referenced by name from Crocker. Also Magnate when get his hands on the fairies power, but of the evil and insane kind.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Magnate uses Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof to wish one up out of an action figure.
  • Medium Awareness: Twice in the movie, Timmy briefly recalls how Tootie looked as a kid using a thought balloon, and both times, Cosmo, Wanda and Poof see it coming and move out of the camera to give it space.
  • Negative Continuity: With respect with many events and characters of the series.
  • Noodle Incident: Magnate's remark about people like Tootie moving when he tries to tear what they're protecting down...most of the time, implies he's actually gone through with it when they haven't moved... What exactly happened to them and how Magnate wasn't in prison for this has never been explained.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mr. Crocker actually helps Magnate in capturing Timmy's fairies and harnessing their magic.
  • Opt Out: Magnate's assistant chooses to leave before the climax really gets going.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Quite possibly for Wanda because she is generally known as the responsible one and The Only Sane Woman, yet in the movie she is trying to prevent Timmy from falling in love with Tootie so he can hold on to his godfamily as long as possible even though this is clearly not in Timmy's best interests. On the other hand, there is the fact that Timmy wished up Poof for them and life with Timmy is the only life the fairy baby has ever known so she may be reluctant to separate the two godbrothers.
    • Also, Timmy takes the fairy-keeping condition that he never makes another wish for himself surprisingly well.
  • Potty Emergency: Timmy wishes for Crocker to have "the atomic runs".
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Magnate turns out to be one. Once he has access to Cosmo, Wanda and Poof's magic, he makes wishes to fulfill a lot of childish whims, such as a bottomless ball pit and turning an action figure into a cyborg slave that dances.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Or in Magnate's case, a bunny
  • Running Gag: Jorgen trying (and failing) to hit Timmy with Cupid's arrows.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Tootie. Yes, seriously. They even compare with a former childlike image to how she is now. To say she grew out of her nerdiness is a understandment.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mostly inverted - Cosmo & Wanda spend much of the first half of the movie trying to prevent Timmy and Tootie from getting together, as it would make Timmy grow up and lose them. But this begins to change after the below-mentioned What the Hell, Hero? moment, and by the end of the film, they're happy that Timmy and Tootie are finally together.
    • Mom and Dad too - just so Timmy can move out.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Crocker tells Magnate to meet him at a restaurant at the corner of Hall and Oates.
    • The Wishful Thinking van taking off into the sky at the end mimics the closing shot from Back to the Future.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Crocker and Magnate almost kiss by sucking on the same strand of pasta during their initial meeting.
    Crocker: I didn't plan that.
  • Spit Take: Timmy's reaction when Tootie says the above Accidental Misnaming line.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Cosmo does this when posing as Timmy's waiter.
    Cosmo: Good evening, everyone. We're your perfectly normal not-magic-fairy human waiters with unbelievably super-hairy legs and underarms!
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: Timmy eventually decides to grow up and be with Tootie. But Jorgen creates a new loophole that allows Timmy to keep his fairy family, as long as he's not selfish with them.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Mr. Crocker gets taken seriously for a change.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In their human forms, Wanda is taller than Cosmo.
  • Title Drop: Tootie gives one of these after Timmy denies her a kiss after things started to move for them romantically.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: A behind-the-scenes promo posted on Nickelodeon's website shows a brief shot of the scene where Tootie meets Cosmo, Wanda & Poof. Indeed, the trailers shoved so much in - right before the show started - you had to ignore the screen.
  • The Triple: Timmy's parents attempt to offer gifts to Tootie:
    Mr. Turner: We'll give you money!
    Mrs. Turner: Livestock!
    Mr. Turner: Raisins!
  • Villain Team-Up: Crocker and Magnate join forces.
  • Vocal Dissonance: When Poof talks at the very end, he does so in the very deep voice of Randy Jackson.
  • Waxing Lyrical: While watching Timmy fight pirates, Cosmo chants, "To the right! To the left! Everything you own is in a box to your left!"
  • Wham Line: The quote in Accidental Misnaming also doubles as this is since it's the first time in years that Timmy has seen Tootie and she's nothing like how he remembered.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to that security guard who fell into the ball pit?
    • Probably fell out onto the Turner residence' front lawn minutes before Crocker.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Poof manages to non-verbally call out his parents on interfering with Timmy's love life simply by staring at Cosmo and Wanda.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Magnate drops a random Mook and Crocker down the bottomless ball pit he used Cosmos, Wanda, and Poof to wish up. And then he embarrasses his other Mook out of the room by wishing him into a dress soon after.