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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.


The movie, Re-Animated, contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Milt Appleday treated Sonny as his least favorite child, even though he was an only child.
  • All Animation Is Disney: invoked Milt Appleday created Captain Ersatzes of Tom and Jerry and the Transformers, even though he died in 1977 when Transformers came out in The '80s.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Pickles.
  • 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 was preserved in a lunch 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: 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.
  • Bumbling Dad: Jimmy's dad, to a T.
  • 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 fired. 30 years later.
  • Extreme Doormat: Jimmy is shown to be this case for everyone at his school (even his best friend Craig!) due to his inability to stand up for himself.
    Tux: Poor Jimmy, you should really change your name to "Matt". Because you're getting walked all over! Zing!
  • 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 "founder's brain hidden in the theme park" angle was based on an urban legend which involved Walt Disney's body being cryogenically frozen after he died and hidden within the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland.
  • 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.
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: When Jimmy's classmates try to force him to search for Milt Appleday's brain, one of them invokes this trope in order to convince him that the urban legend is true.
  • Manchild: Jimmy's dad, full stop. He's too preoccupied eating sugary cereal and laughing at cartoons to remember to finish getting dressed or to take his son to school (where he also works).
  • 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.
    • There's also Milt's death, which is said to have happened 30 years prior to the movie. However, it's treated as though he only died last year, since Sonny's still somehow the president until Jimmy comes along, people are still watching Milt's cartoons, and the theme park is still the most popular thing in the movie's universe. Even still, there are still elements such as Milt's surgeon holding the brain for all that time that make it more convoluted than it would have been otherwise.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Animated Actor Golly fits this.
  • Nonindicative Name: Crocco is actually an alligator.
  • Ocular Gushers: Dolly "floods" Jimmy's kitchen this way upon coming to the conclusion he hates her.
  • Rescue Romance / Chained to a Railway: Happens twice. The first time is with Golly and Dolly shown in a cartoon 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, among other animals.
  • Shout-Out: During the first minutes of the movie, Logan can be seen playing a Game Boy Advance in class.
  • Simpleton Voice: Crocco, courtesy of Brian Posehn.
  • 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: It's implied 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.

The show contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Personality Change: A few characters go through this to some extent, but the biggest example is Robin who goes from just being Appleday's biggest friend to the Voice of Reason for Jimmy whenever he starts acting like a dingleberry. She's also not afraid to join in on any fun Jimmy might be having, and she is shown to not like it when she's treated differently due to being a girl.
  • Art Shift: A few episodes had Jimmy completely going into the cartoon world briefly to solve a problem.
  • Ascended Extra: Kevin (the Friend to All Living Things kid), the Easily Excited Kid, Becky, and Logan from the movie. While they didn't make main character status, they appeared in recurring roles and got more screen-time than they did in the movie.
  • Eighties Aughties Hair: Jimmy. Justified since kids actually have hair like that.
  • Award-Bait Song: Parodied during a skating lesson in the cartoon world in the episode "Skate Night," turns out Crocco was singing it.
  • Black Best Friend: See Race Lift below.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tux, due to telling unfunny jokes and is usually followed by boo's and tomatoes thrown at him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jimmy's parents.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Unlike the rest of Jimmy's family, Louisa (his mom) only appeared on a recurring basis. The explanation was that she was away at work.
  • Companion Cube: Mittens, the bag of cash.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Despite being a Mad Scientist, Sonny evidently needs his father's brain to take over the world rather than simply use his other inventions.
  • Deranged Animation: Thanks to the cartoons' redesigns for the series, some of their movements and expressions can look downright strange at times.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At the end of “Mascot”, Jimmy gives his dad a Golly version of the Crocco suit that nearly got him killed......all because he embarrassed him in gym class.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Golly first briefly appeared in a Space Jam-inspired poster for “Astro Slam” in the TV movie Good Wilt Hunting.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The fact that Yancy is an alien is rarely brought up by anyone other than herself.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Tux.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: One of Sonny's many insane plots. As a result, he gets to switch with Jimmy's body, while Robin is switched with her piano teacher, and Jimmy's dad trades places with a parakeet.
  • Groin Attack: In "Talent Show", Becky's grandfather gets a cannonball straight in the crotch.
  • Hypno Trinket: The Crocco suit Jimmy wears in “Mascot”, and the Golly suit his dad wears.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Tux's speciality.
  • Laugh Track: In reruns. Initial broadcasts lacked them.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: All the characters Jimmy sees are parodies of the classic Disney characters. Golly and Dolly Gopher are Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Crocco the Alligator is Goofy, Tux is perhaps supposed to be Donald Duck, and Prickles and Pickles are... Tom and Jerry, maybe?
    • Which is bizarre because Cartoon Network owns the last two. It was probably done for consistency (there's also the fact that T&J are MGM).
  • Mad Scientist: Sonny Appleday, Milt Appleday's evil son.
  • Mr. Alt Disney: Milt Appleday, Sonny's father.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Even though Word of God says the toons can't interact with the world outside of Jimmy's imagination, several times they do, such as in "Detention", where Golly digs a tunnel to help the kids escape school, and "Sleepover", where Crocco bites Yancy's arm and Dolly gets brutally trampled by a crowd.
  • Only Sane Man: Yancy and Jimmy.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Yancy dates one who isn't that aggressive (or frightening) as werewolf lore states.
  • Produce Pelting: The usual response to Tux's jokes.
  • Race Lift: Craig and Robin were changed from Asian to African-American.
    • Specifically, from Japanese-played-by-Chinese.
  • Reality Ensues: In one episode, Jimmy does a talent show performance with Tux, complete with music, animated flowers and special effects and all sorts of wacky imagery...which only Jimmy can see, hear or interact with. The audience is left watching him singing and dancing with nothing and no music in the background, and they're as confused as you'd expect them to be.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Yancy, who is green and has antennae.
  • Same Character, but Different: Craig and Robin. In the movie, Craig was desperate for popularity and willing to do whatever others asked of him, while Robin was an Appleday fangirl. In the show, Craig is a snarky troublemaker and schemer, while Robin is a comically serious overachiever.
  • Shout-Out:
    • It lasted long enough in Canada to have an episode that has Golly briefly appearing with his own Lagann unit.
    • In "Princess", Yancy mentions her werewolf boyfriend is away at a convention in London.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Golly and, to a lesser extent, the other toons.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Yancy" or "Yancey"?
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Parodied. Dolly losing her bow and Golly putting it on is treated as a Gender Bender plot among the toons.
  • Tomboyish Name: Yancy, an Always Male name. Also, she's a space alien.
    • It was probably a (poor) attempt at making an alien version of the name Nancy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Basically everyone except the only sane people Jimmy and Yancy.
    Sonny: Never buy a monitor from a fruit stand.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Jimmy's dad arguably got even dumber on the show.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Craig and Golly, at least compared to the movie.
  • Toon Town: The world inside Milt Appleday's childhood drawings, as seen in the Halloween Special.
  • Toothy Bird: Tux has teeth in this series but not in the movie.
  • Widget Series: You could probably count the content in this show that actually makes sense on one hand.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Even worse than the movie; all that was mentioned for this trope above is still the case, plus Yancy is Jimmy's alien sister. There's also the casual lunar travel.
  • With Friends Like These...: Craig often gets Jimmy into trouble and often talks down to him, though he's usually punished for it if it goes too far. Also, Golly regularly abuses a blissfully unaware Crocco.


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