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Original air date: 7/12/2003 (produced in 2002)

Episode number: 27-29

Abra-Castastrophe! is the first Made-for-TV Movie of The Fairly Oddparents.

Because Timmy has managed to keep his fairies for a whole year without allowing anyone to find them, all the major magical creatures he's met by this point throw him a Fairy-versary Party in celebration. Among a number of gifts he receives, the Fairy-versery Muffin is the most potent. Essentially, eating it will allow for one rule-free wish.

What could possibly go wrong?

The movie shows examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: There are a few instances, including the school catching on fire and The Sphinx when it's brought to life.
  • 555: During Timmy's flashback, the phone number for Vicky's Babysitting Service is 555-LOVE.
  • Alliterative Name: Muffin Monday.
  • Arch-Enemy: This is arguably the most dangerous that Crocker has ever been to Timmy.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Timmy creates a nuclear explosion by spitting a single atom in a pencil eraser. An atomic bomb needs to split many trillions of atoms of uranium or plutonium, which are not found in a typical pencil.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: While at school, Bippy was kept in a cage and looked very depressed, so Timmy let him out. Bippy remembers this in the monkey-ruled Alternate Universe and saves Timmy from being dissected.
  • Big Bad: Crocker is the main villain of the film, as he ends up using the Fairyversary Muffin to capture Wanda and use her magic to conquer the world.
  • Big Damn Movie: Becomes this in the third act, once Crocker eats the muffin, captures Wanda and enslaves the world. From that point on, the action and stakes are far higher than anything the series has seen until then.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Invoked by Timmy. He tells Crocker that all "Great Evil Villains" grant last requests in order to con him into letting him have one final word with his parents, which he then uses to reveal his fairies in order to depower Crocker.
  • Breaking Old Trends: For the first time since "A Wish Too Far", Timmy does not lose his memory of Cosmo and Wanda after revealing their existence to his parents so he can defeat Crocker. Justified, as he was revealing them on purpose.
  • Break the Cutie: Timmy does not take The Reveal his parents lied about Vicky that well, especially since that was their first lie ever which also sparked the whole show.
  • Brick Joke: When he first hears of Crocker's takeover, Jorgen orders the fairies to scramble. When questioned on the necessity of this order, he simply replies "I LIKE TO SCRAMBLE THE FAIRIES". After falling victim to the Forget-Me-Knob at the very end, Cosmo tells him that he was about to scramble the fairies and Jorgen replies with the same line.
    • When first showing up his powers, Crocker attacks two students transforming them into ice sculptures. When he actually wanted to turn them into ashes. At the end of the movie, Crocker threatens Timmy to surrender or else he will transform his parents into ice sculptures...and then send them to the sun!
  • Call-Back:
    • The way Cosmo and Wanda wake Bippy up after the "Fairly OddPrimates" intro is similar to how they did it to Timmy at the beginning of "The Big Problem".
    • The flashback scene of Timmy meeting Cosmo and Wanda (Timmy throwing a magic 9 ball at the wall in frustration, Cosmo and Wanda coming out of it and making a dramatic introduction), is the exact sequence out of the Oh Yeah! pilot, but redone in the show's proper animation.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Cosmo flees in terror at the sight of Crocker's new powers, then comes back with a sudden Heroic Build he got from a workout tape within only five seconds to help Timmy against Crocker. Unfortunately, he too ends up imprisoned in Crocker's scepter like Wanda after he lets his guard down and Timmy is forced to fight Crocker alone again.
  • Chekhov's Armory/Chekhov's Gift: In order to combat Crocker in the climax, Timmy uses the presents he got from his Fairy-versary as Improvised Weapons.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Forget-Me-Knob. Introduced as a Hand Wave to allow Timmy to get away with having a bunch of loud fairies in his room without being caught. Later allows him to get out of trouble with his parents after Crocker's takeover, cluing Timmy in to the fact that magical items still work afterward. Sees its last use at the very end when getting hit by it being thrown makes Jorgen forget he was about to take Timmy's fairies away.
  • Chekhov's Gun: "If it flies and has wings, a butterfly net can catch it."
  • Chekhov's Lecture: Early in the movie, Timmy is reminded that when a kid's fairy godparents are revealed, they have to go away forever. When Crocker captures both Wanda and Cosmo, Timmy must admit they are his godparents, thus depriving Crocker of his power source.
  • Consummate Liar: Timmy's parents prove themselves to be this to him in the movie, and it's deconstructed because Timmy calling them out about lying to him so much ends up making them go back through years and years of home movies to see how much they've lied to him. The count goes at least up to 3,013. It's rather telling when Timmy's first experience of a "little white lie" was Timmy's father playing like they were going to abandon him to travel to parts unknown and feed spinach to kids there.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: Everything Jorgen does in response to Crocker capturing a fairy. As Binky tells him, there was no reason to scramble the fairies when he destroyed the bridge ("I LIKE to scramble the fairies!"), but regardless, since fairies can teleport to Earth, there was no point in destroying the bridge in the first place ("I LIKE to destroy the bridge!").
  • Covers Always Lie: Done in-universe during Timmy's flashback, as his mother shows his father the poster for Vicky's Babysitting Service, which depicts Vicky as a loving babysitter. The real Vicky is a Babysitter from Hell.
  • Crapsack World: Slavesdale, Crocker's magically-twisted version of Dimmsdale, is a Real Is Brown surveillance state (contrary to the show's normally vibrant color palette) where he rules as dictator and makes everyone his mindless slave.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The reason Vicky is Timmy's babysitter is because he called her himself, after thinking his parents were going to abandon him to go off traveling when he was 8.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the TV series. Crocker manages to take over the universe, captures Timmy's godparents along with his biological parents, and nearly kills Timmy. In addition, Timmy is forced to reveal his fairy godparents to his parents and temporarily lose them.
  • Darkest Hour: The consequences are really threatening. Crocker is more evil and almost achieves his goals. In fact, Timmy has no choice but to deal with it without the help of his fairy godparents.
  • Delivery Stork: When Timmy confronts his parents about always lying to him, the parents decide to test this by fibbing over the home videos to see how many lies they told; one of them being that they told him he was delivered by (or babies come from) a stork.
  • Discouraging Concealment: Crocker spying on Timmy from inside a van camouflaged as an ice cream truck. When the truck attracts too much attention from children, he changes its disguise to a spinach truck, which drives off the children… but instead attracts a crowd of sailors.
  • Dramatic Thunder: When Vicky first introduces herself to the Turners' in the flashback, lightning flashes behind her.
    Timmy: Anybody else notice the lightning?
  • Dream Intro: The movie begins with Timmy having a series of dreams with pop-culture references as he suffers trying not to tell his secret.
  • Either "World Domination", or Something About Bananas: Named the trope when Cosmo is granting Bippy the monkey's wish.
    "Uh, it was either 'Free Timmy, make humans the dominant species on Earth again and remove all traces of Monkey World on the planet', or something about wanting a banana. I forget which, I might've paraphrased."
  • Evil Wears Black: Lampshaded by Vader (AKA Cosmo) in Timmy's Star Wars dream in part 1. He says if he joins the bad side, he would get to wear black.
  • Exact Words:
    • Timmy's dad says that he'll tear apart Crocker with his bare hands. Crocker non-chalantly snaps his fingers and gives him bear hands.
    • The Fairy-versary muffin is an example of this taken to its logical conclusion. It can grant any wish, even ones that defy the established rules of fairy magic, for anyone who eats it, with a single exception: you can't wish for a better-tasting muffin. On the surface, this wording implies it's impossible for a better-tasting muffin to exist, but what it really means is that you literally aren't allowed to wish for a better-tasting muffin. The Fairy-versary muffin itself tastes terrible.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Timmy's arrow doesn't hit Crocker. Timmy aimed at an atom.
  • Food Fight: To keep Crocker from getting the Fairy-versary Muffin, Timmy provokes one.
  • For Want of a Nail: The entire series happened because Timmy's parents lied to him about Vicky; they assumed she would be friendly according to her poster, but once they're gone, Vicky turned out to be a Babysitter from Hell and made his life a nightmare, combined with Parental Neglect, which resulted in the arrival of Cosmo and Wanda. Timmy was heartbroken to hear his parents lied a long time ago.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During the Spider-Man parody dream, Timmy hit Green Goblin!Cosmo with the Jar Jar Binks expy.
  • Hope Spot: Count 'em, four of 'em. The first is when Timmy is just barely prevented from catching the Fairy-versary muffin when he trips on Chester's muffler which just fell right behind him at that exact moment, so Bippy gets his hands on it. The second is when he catches up with Bippy and actually grabs the muffin, only to be trapped in a cage by the apes two seconds later, dropping it. The third is when Cosmo takes a level in badass and starts beating up Crocker, even getting his hands on his staff, but is distracted for just long enough for Crocker to recover it and capture him, too. The last one is when Timmy fights Crocker on the asteroid belt, and breaks his helmet, only for Crocker to escape back to Earth's atmosphere just in time.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Mostly in the monkey-ruled Alternate Universe. It got so bad that Timmy made a note to wish for a world without puns if he got out of his current mess.
  • Jungle Japes: This is what becomes of the world after Bippy wishes that monkeys ruled the world. In his world, humans act like cavemen, live in treehouses, and hunt for their food.
  • Kick the Dog: Crocker gets to this point when he kidnaps and tortures Wanda to use as a source of power.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: During the Fairy-versary in the beginning, the fairies enchant Timmy's doorknob into a "Forget-Me-Knob" so that anyone who touches it forgets what they are doing and leave, to protect their identities.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Timmy has one where he loads up on the magical items he had received from his Fairy-versary in order to take on Crocker.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • The Fairy-versary muffin is supposed to grant one rule-free wish... but there's no rule saying you have to eat the whole thing, so Timmy's ends up granting three, albeit to different people.
    • Crocker discovers that he can't use his new powers to reduce people to ash like he was hoping, but transforming people into ice sculptures and sending them to the sun is just as effective.
    • After revealing Cosmo and Wanda's existence, causing them to go away forever, Timmy uses his rule-free wish from the Fairy-versery Muffin to get them back and then restore the world and his secret. However, Jorgen then appears saying that whether or not it was rule-free, Timmy still revealed his fairies, and almost lost them until he hit Jorgen with the Forget-Me-Knob.
  • MacGuffin: The Magic Fairy-versery Muffin, which grants whoever eats it one rule-free wish.
  • Magic Staff: Crocker traps Wanda (and later Cosmo) in a scepter that allows him to harness their magic. After Timmy reveals their existence, forcibly causing them to go back to Fairyworld and removing them from the scepter, it is rendered powerless.
    Crocker: Well, I suppose I can still smack you around with this.
  • Make a Wish: The Fairy-versary muffin is like the fairies, only it does not follow Da Rules; it allows whoever consumes it to make one rule-free wish, and that means anyone.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: Features one for comedic effect. The movie is also the Former Trope Namer, and the trope used to be referred to as "Crocker Tea Breaker".
  • Mondegreen Gag: Crocker misunderstands what Timmy's Dad meant with his threat. In particular, he threatened to tear him apart with his bare hands, and Crocker gave him bear hands instead.
  • The Movie: This was the first Made-for-TV Movie for The Fairly OddParents!.
  • Near-Villain Victory: This movie is the closest Crocker has even gotten to winning.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: After losing his Fairy-versary muffin, Timmy tries to get it back before Crocker finds it, figuring it shouldn't be too hard to find one little muffin... unfortunately, it turns out to be Muffin Monday in the cafeteria.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: After giving Crocker a beatdown, it looked like Cosmo had saved Wanda and stopped him...only for Crocker to use his scepter to trap him as well.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Crocker receives this from Timmy's parents after Cosmo and Wanda return to Fairy World and Crocker is powerless.
  • Noodle Incident: In Cosmo and Wanda's commentary on the DVD, the two fairies that were taken by Da Rules are named Denise and Greg... who don't invite the pair over to their fishbowl anymore due to something Cosmo did involving an elephant. Cosmo states that it was funny and it was worth it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Crocker is at his most dangerous in this film.
  • Ocular Gushers: During Timmy's flashback, Timmy sheds sprinkles of tears when his parents repeatedly ditch him.
  • Old-Timey Cinema Countdown: Barry Cowlick Jr. puts Timmy in a cinema chair and turns on a projector to show what people wish for during his musical number. Before the projection starts, there is a black-and-white countdown from 3 to 1.
  • Opening Shout-Out: When Jorgen assigns Cosmo and Wanda to Bippy, we get a monkey version of the show's opening theme.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Timmy gets Groucho Glasses from April's Fool as one of his presents at the Fairy-versary, which he later uses to conceal his identity while fighting Crocker. Justified as the glasses are magical in that the wearer can't be recognized.
  • Power Glows: The consumer of the magic muffin is bathed in gold light as they make their rule-free wish.
  • Running Gag: Anytime someone eats the magic muffin, they spit it out in disgust before making their rule-free wish because of how horrible it tastes to them.
  • Sequel Episode: To "TransParents!", the episode that first introduced Crocker. In that episode, Crocker stated that his main goal was to capture a fairy and harness its magical powers to become a supreme magical ruler, with an Imagine Spot of him dressed in a villainous winged suit and wielding a mystical scepter, living in a golden palace and reducing Principal Waxelplax and Miss Pluckner to ash (the two constantly made fun of him, even when he was standing right beside them). In this movie, when he captured Wanda, he traps her in a scepter to harness her magic, dresses in a villainous winged suit, transforms the school into a golden palace, and upon demonstrating his power by transforming two students into ice sculptures, he commented that he was going for smoking piles of ash.note .
  • Shot for Shot Remake: Timmy's flashback ends with the scene of the arrival of Cosmo and Wanda, completely reanimated from the original short from Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Earth ruled by monkeys and apes?
    • Several during Timmy's Dream Sequence at the start. These include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Jurassic Park.
    • A couple to Nineteen Eighty-Four: Crocker mentions that Fairies can make 2 + 2 = Fish, putting this into action once he kidnaps Wanda and becomes ruler of he world. Within his dictatorship, everyone wears identical overalls and gathers in one place to praise Crocker. The "Obey the Ape Overlords" slogan in Bippy's monkey-fied world is similar to "Big Brother is Watching You," too.
    • When Timmy and Crocker battle each other, Timmy is dressed like the titular Moon Knight and Crocker is dressed like the titular Galactus.
    • Crocker's armor and hegemonic manner also bring Raoh to mind.
    • When Crocker changes his van's cloaking from ice cream mode to spinach mode to scare kids away, it attracts sailors.
    • While fighting Crocker, Timmy claims to be one of the world's most beloved comedy entertainers. Crocker then refers to him as "Shemp". For bonus points, Timmy is wearing a pair of magical Groucho glasses when he says this.
  • Simple Solution Won't Work: Following Timmy losing the Fairy-versary Muffin, capable of granting any wish (even one's that defy the rules that bind Fairy God Parents) to whoever takes a bite out of it, at one point Cosmo asks why Timmy doesn't simply wish for the Muffin back. Timmy congratulates him on the great idea, only for Wanda to reveal they can't as the Muffin is so powerful that its beyond the point where their magic can effect it in any way. Turns out Cosmo knew this, he just wanted to know why Timmy hadn't tried the obvious solution yet.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Crocker catches Wanda, Timmy tries to think what would be the first thing he would do now that he finally caught a fairy.
    Timmy: Rubbing it in the face of my students.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Cosmo is revealed to understand monkey language so he can talk to Bippy fluently.
  • Spoiler Cover: The VHS and DVD covers spoil Crocker becoming a supreme magical ruler, even shows his city in the far background.
  • Status Quo Is God: The only way to save his godparents from Crocker is to admit their existence to his parents, thereby causing Cosmo and Wanda to go away forever...when Timmy just eats the Fairy-versary Muffin and wishes the two back, and with them pressed the Reset Button. Double Subverted as Jorgen tries to take Timmy's fairies away anyway after everything is magic'd back to normal, but Timmy throws the Forget-Me-Knob at him to make him forget that Timmy broke Da Rules.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Crocker passes his van as a spinach truck to make kids leave and it works—though he ends up attracting sailors in their place.
  • Surprise Party: After a series of dreams, Timmy wakes up to his surprise Fairy-versary party.
  • Take That!: The dream sequence at the start depicts the Jar-Jar Binks expy as a Butt-Monkey who only serves to annoy Timmy, taking part in the massive public backlash against Jar-Jar in the wake of The Phantom Menace.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Crocker, normally depicted as an ineffectual nut whose fairy-capturing schemes always backfire, successfully captures Wanda (thanks to the Magic Muffin) and uses her powers to make himself an all-powerful dictator, becoming such a genuine threat that Cosmo has to go through rigorous physical training to stand a fighting chance against him.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: This is where they introduce the fact that fairies can be trapped and made powerless under a butterfly net. As they explain, if it floats and has wings, a butterfly net can catch it.
  • When It All Began: We get to see how Vicky first started torturing Timmy when he was 8 and she was 14, as well as the arrival of Cosmo and Wanda years later.
  • World-Healing Wave: Used twice:
    • First when Bippy wished away Monkey World and returned earth to normal.
    • Second was at the end when Timmy wishes the world were back to normal and everyone forgot he had fairy godparents.
  • You Are Fat: After Cosmo and Wanda grant Timmy's wish that his parents wouldn't lie to him.
    Cosmo: (To Wanda) You've gained weight.
    Wanda: You know, we can still lie to each other.
    Cosmo: (Casually) Yeah, I know.
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: As Crocker yells when Timmy and Cosmo are running away from him, there's nowhere in the world to go to if it's Crocker's world.


All-Powerful Crocker

After finally capturing a fairy (namely Wanda), Crocker fulfills his goal of becoming a supreme magical ruler.

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