The Fairly OddParents: Season 4, Episode 8

Channel Chasers (23 Jul. 2004)

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10 year old Timmy Turner gets punished for destroying Dimmsdale with a machine known as "The Kid Crusher" from his favorite T.V. show, "Maho Mushi". After being humiliated by his dim-witted... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Timmy Turner / Paula Poundcake / Vicky's Mom / Tammy / Tommy (voice)
Cosmo / Dad / Cop #1 / T.V. Announcer / Cat / Man with Eyepatch / Comet (voice)
Vicky / Tootie / Pup Tart / Babysitter Robot (voice)
Dinkleburg / Tony Futurelli / Mr. Crocker / Chuckie Black's Friend / Jerry / Duck / Clown / Maho Mushi Announcer / Sushi Salesman / Taxi Driver (voice)
Chester McBadbat / Johnny Hunt / Jeff / Kid #2 / Kid #3 / Johnny Hunt's Bearded Friend / Snoop's Friend #1
A.J. (voice)
Big Kid / Kid #1 / Heavy Hal's Friend / Johnny Hunt's Indian Friend / Snowman / Gibberish Man (voice) (as Dee Baker)
Future AJ / Dad's Boss / Snoop / Heavy Hal / Donnie Donut / Wrestler #2 / Speed Racer's Dad / Vicky's Dad (voice)
Chet Ubetcha / Mr. Joel / Blackbird / Doug Dimmadome / Cop #2 / Tony's Dog / Politically Inaccurate Host (voice)
S. Scott Bullock ...
T.V. Host / Wrestler #1 / Bird (voice) (as Scott Bullock)
Butch Hartman ...
Race Official (voice)
Adam West (voice)
Cara Newman Ruyle ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Future Timmy (voice)


10 year old Timmy Turner gets punished for destroying Dimmsdale with a machine known as "The Kid Crusher" from his favorite T.V. show, "Maho Mushi". After being humiliated by his dim-witted parents one final time for not believing that his babysitter, Vicki is evil, Timmy wishes for a magical T.V. remote control that will transport him into the world of Television and decides to "run-away" from his family and friends. In spite of this, Timmy also starts to deal with the coming-of-age issue that when he is grown-up, that his fairy god parents will be sent back to Fairy World and that he will forget all about them by that point in his life. However, Vicki has also gotten hold of a remote and wants to use it to destroy all of mankind! Now its up to Timmy and an adult version of his former self to save the day! Will Timmy be able to gain his trust back from his parents? Will Vicki get fired from her job forever? Watch this movie and find out! Written by kidd-carl cornell

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As Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda fly through the void filled with televisions, various images that they pass on the television screens are pictures of The Fairly OddParents (2001) production staff. These images include series creator Butch Hartman, director Bob Hoynes, co-writer of "Channel Chasers" Steve Marmel, Tara Strong (Timmy Turner), Susanne Blakeslee (Wanda), Daran Norris (Cosmo), Grey DeLisle (Vicky the babysitter), and Jim Ward (Chet Ubetcha), among others. See more »


When Timmy runs into his room to escape from Vicky, a TV is clearly visible next to the door, however he then wishes for a TV in his room so that he has one to watch, despite his parents wishes. See more »


Young Timmy Turner: Older? What happens when I get older?
Cosmo: Ah, Timmy. It's time for a little talk about something we fairies like to call, "The Wands and the Wings."
[Cosmo gets out a pink sock puppet and a green sock puppet]
Cosmo: You see, when a mommy fairy and a daddy fairy love each other very much...
Wanda: Cosmo, no! Not that speech!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


If I Lived in TV
Tara Strong, Darren Norris & Susanne Blakeslee
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A creative masterpiece!
20 August 2004 | by (Milledgeville, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Creator Butch Hartman and his creative team have absolutely outdone themselves with this one. Combining the ideas of 1992's "Stay Tuned" and 1998's "Pleasantville" with the zany world of ten-year old Timmy Turner and his bumbling but loyal Fairy Godparents, Hartman has once again proven why "Fairly Oddparents" is one of Nickelodeon's highest-rated shows in the last several years.

"Abra-Castrophe," Hartman's previous full-length feature-film with "Oddparents," demonstrated what might happen if poor Timmy Turner ever lost control of the world around him and screwed everything up to a point of seemingly no return. While this was not much different than almost every episode every made in "Oddparents," the fact that the viewer was given more than a 15 minute 'mini- episode' or a 30 minute 'full-length' episode was a plus, as was the idea of trying to 'break into' the world around Timmy a little more, allowing the scene to be set showing just how carefully the magic of Timmy's fairies should be controlled.

We find that same attempt to break out in "Fairly Oddparents: Channel Chasers," a project that took Hartman and his team almost a full year to complete -- and the end product fully demonstrates how much hard work and detail went into this ninety minute special. Timmy Turner, after finding out that once he gets older and begins to "grow up" that he won't remember his best friends and Fairy Godparents Wanda and Cosmo, and tired of having his parents ignore his pleas and accusations on babysitter Vicki's evil temperament, along with being frustrated about the fact that he can't wish for anything that doesn't seem to cause his parents to yell at him or get him in trouble in some way, decides that enough bad news is enough and that he is going to run away from home and live somewhere else -- in this case, using a magic remote control, he enters the world of television, where "nobody ever grows up, and I can be a kid FOREVER!" A good idea, and one many adults out there have probably dreamt of once or twice before, but as usual things don't go according to plan.

The result is predictable, with Timmy having to fight off babysitter Vicki and prevent her from reaching Channel 298, where she will go through Dictator School and eventually take over the entire world using her knowledge of dictatorship and a copy of Timmy's magic remote control. Hartman and crew take the viewer on a world straight out of "Stay Tuned," with parody after parody of pop culture, television shows of the last four decades, and an eventual showdown involving giant robots, Japanese anime, and excessive magical powers that not even Houdini would endorse. Along the way, Timmy meets a mysterious stranger who may hold the key to his very existence -- or his own demise.

An entertaining and fast-paced romp quite literally into the world of television through the eyes of a ten-year old child and his sixteen-year old sadistic babysitter that will leave you laughing and wanting for more after each commercial break. Four starts out of five.

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