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  • Adored by the Network: Along with The Fairly OddParents and SpongeBob SquarePants (which only airs late at night/wee hours in the morning anyways), this is easily one of the most aired shows on Nicktoons. At one point, it took up five hours of the schedule despite being over a decade old. Even when it does get removed, it always finds its way back on the schedule.
  • Accidentally Correct Writing: Despite coasting along on Rule of Cool, the show sometimes got something right even when the writers obviously weren't even aiming for accuracy. One such highlight occured in Sorry, Wrong Era when Jimmy shattered the big diamond in an attempt to break off a chunk small enough for his jury-rigged Bamboo Technology time-warping device. Diamond, while certainly the hardest natural substance on earth, is also brittle enough to shatter using little more than a hammer, chisel, and a little bit of precision (at least the gem-grade quality stuff that goes in jewelry. Dull bort diamonds are much harder to crack).
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  • The Character Ice Cream Bar: Popsicle released an ice of Jimmy's face. It has blue gumball eyes and is cherry cola flavored. The ice has been discontinued.
  • Creator's Favorite: Rob Paulsen makes no secret of his love for Carl, and has done his voice on his podcast more than any of his other, more famous characters.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Debi Derryberry as Jimmy.
    • Also, Candi Milo as resident bad boy Nick.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: The Arabic version of the show removes pretty much anything that hints at there being anything more than just plain friendship between child characters. It's done in such a crude manner that entire scenes are reduced to just a few lines of dialogues with an awkward transition to the next and some of the more Ship Tease prone episodes end up downright incomprehensible.
  • Development Gag: In the 1998 pilot ''Runaway Rocketboy'' when Jimmy is flying his rocket he almost runs into a car, If you look closely at the driver, you can see the driver is the early design of Hugh (Jimmy's Dad) from the early The Adventures of Johnny Quasar concept.
  • Early Draft Tie-In:
    • The game for Attack Of The Twonkies uses Cindy's design from the movie instead of her older looking, pigtail-less design from the actual series.
    • There is a toy of Jimmy wearing his red-and-white shirt from the Runaway Rocketboy short.
  • Fan Nickname: Nick is known as "Sasque" in some circles, due to a famous tumblr post calling him a "Mexican Sasuke".
  • He Also Did: Mark DeCarlo, voice of Hugh Neutron, was a lot winner on the 1980s NBC run of Sale of the Century, hosted the relationship game show Studs in the early 90s, and currently appears on ABC's The Chew.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Surprisingly enough, given the show's popularity. To date, there have been no complete series releases of this show on DVD, and not every episode has been released on home media - the DVD releases it did get are compilations of episodes. Thankfully, it airs in reruns on the Nicktoons channel every once in a while, and all of the episodes can be found online on places such as Hulu and Amazon Instant Video as well.
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  • Life Imitates Art: "Retroville 9", aired 2003, shows Jimmy & Co. going to Nagoia, Japan to participate in the "Junior Baseball World Championships". No such tournament existed back then but a 12U Baseball World Cup was founded in 2011, with a 15U equivalent coming up the following year. Seeing as that was a Season 2 episode, Jimmy and others would have qualified for the former. Japan being the tournament's host also makes sense as baseball is a very popular sport there.
  • Missing Episode: Hulu, Amazon and iTunes do not have "When Pants Attack", or "Ultra Sheen/Party At Neutron's". The former is likely due to music clearance issues (as one of Aaron Carter's songs from the movie is played briefly); it's not clear why the latter is absent, though some have speculated it may be because of the "Ultra Sheen" title card being a takeoff of Sega's logo.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Meldar from "Win, Lose, and Kaboom" had his speaking voice done by Tim Allen, but his singing voice was provided by Jess Harnell.
  • The Original Darrin: King Goobot and Ooblar were voiced by S. Scott Bullock and Paul Greenberg in the original pilot. Patrick Stewart and Martin Short replaced them for the movie, but Bullock and Greenberg reprised their roles for the series.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the 2002 video game, King Goobot and Ooblar were voiced by Joe Whyte and Mark DeCarlo respectively.
    • Ultra-Lord was voiced by Jim Cummings in the film and series but was voiced by Rob Paulsen in the 2001 PC video game.
    • The mayor of Retroville was voiced by Mark DeCarlo in the episode "Normal Boy" and by Jim Cummings in all subsequent appearances.
    • Tee of the alien bandit trio was originally voiced by Maurice LaMarche, who also voiced Zix, but Kevin Michael Richardson started voicing the character in "The Incredible Shrinking Town" and onward.
    • Sheen's dad went from being voiced by Carlos Alazraqui in the movie to being voiced by Joe Lala in the series.
  • Out of Order: "The League of Villains" was the show's Finale Movie, but "Best in Show" was the last episode aired.
  • Playing Against Type: Phil LaMarr as the strange Foreign Exchange Student Bolbi.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Attack of the Twonkies- originally a spinoff game- got its own special that majorly diluted the game's plot. The twonkies became a Canon Immigrant after this, appearing every now and then as an Easter Egg.
  • Recycled: The Series: This show was the result of the successful Jimmy Neutron movie.
  • Role Reprise: While replaced by Patrick Stewart and Martin Short for the movie, the series has King Goobot and Ooblar played by S. Scott Bullock and Paul Greenberg, who played the characters in the original pilot Runaway Rocketboy.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The original storyboard was created in the 1980s. It was later revived as a 40-second test animation called The Adventures of Johnny Quasar in 1995, and later again as a short called Runaway Rocketboy in 1998. The 1998 incarnation was picked up by Nick a few years later and thus the film was made.
  • Screwed by the Network: DNA Productions shut down in 2006 after The Ant Bully flopped, so the show was cancelled by Nickelodeon after three seasons.
  • Technology Marches On: In "Time Is Money", Jimmy travels back in time to make his parents rich so he could purchase a set of print encyclopedias, which still existed when the 2002 episode was written, but the writing was on the wall for their obsolescence by a free alternative.
  • Troubled Production: According to one of the people who worked on the show, the show had INSANE deadlines (see Writing by the Seat of Your Pants).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The earliest pilot animation was going to be called The Adventures of Johnny Quasar. A test animation was created, but not much else came from it. Early designs were very different from the final such as Jimmy's parents and friends, (with an unknown character holding a basketball) but not Goddard, much. In the short, the neutron logo was a "Q" design instead of an atom design. When Nickelodeon picked it up, they requested the character's name be changed to avoid confusion with Jonny Quest.
    • Libby was a last minute inclusion but she looked very different at one point.
    • The main theme was slightly longer with a couple more lyrics.
    • There was going to be an Ultra Lord spinoff, but it never came to be. The idea for a spin-off became Planet Sheen.
    • According to the show's page on The Other Wiki, there was going to be a fourth season, which would've been Darker and Edgier. First, the season premiere episode "Deep Impacts" would've shown Jimmy's Final Battle with Evil Jimmy. Another episode would feature Cindy and Betty interacting with each other, Cindy and Jimmy would've finally become a couple, and Nick, who was basically Demoted to Extra in the show, would've gotten a larger role. Finally, there were going to be more appearances from the League of Villains. The fourth season was scrapped after it's animation studio d.n.a. Productions went out-of-business following the commercial failure of their film The Ant Bully and many of the staff team at O Entertaiment moving on to work on Barnyard and its television adaptation.
    • Johnny Quasar was originally intended to be a fully live-action short in the 1980s. Years in Development Hell turned it into an All-CGI Cartoon.
  • The Wiki Rule: Jimmy Neutron Wiki
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: d.n.a. Productions had a mere three weeks to create every episode, which is unheard of for TV animation. They were able to save a little face by having the show be CGI, meaning assets could be recycled.


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