Fourth in a set of Nickelodeon series crossovers, it's science vs. magic as Timmy Turner who's destined to fail at science class wishes he had the greatest lab in the universe, which just happens to be the not-so-secret lab of Jimmy Neutron. Timmy and Jimmy are teleported to Retroville and Dimmsdale respectively, where Jimmy was planning to upgrade his mechanical dog Goddard, only to have Timmy download a video game that's far more violent than even it's manufacturers expected, and somehow wins the heart of Cindy Vortex. Meanwhile, Jimmy's effort to return to Retroville has been thwarted by fairy-mad teacher Denzel Crocker who uses Jimmy's scientific knowhow to take over Fairy World.Written by
Daniel Timothy Dey
2D and 3D switch places in this hilarious pairing of FAIRLY ODDPARENTS and JIMMY NEUTRON!
Since I'm a big fan of both Nickelodeon shows FAIRLY ODDPARENTS and JIMMY NEUTRON, I was anxious to hear that a special was in the works pairing the two show's universes together! Having talked with JN creator John A. Davis (who, like me, is a big Godzilla fan), he told me that I would really love the special, and that it was "really freaky!"
I watched it on the night of its premiere (May 7th), and I thought it really rocked! I consider this to be just as great as the FOP movie, ABRA CATASTROPHE! This was a really wild and entertaining special. FOP and JN were two shows worthy of being connected (and had Cartoon Network allowed it, I would love to see FOP crossed over with another favorite show, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS!).
In this special, the two shows' main characters, Timmy Turner and Jimmy Neutron, switch places and end up in each others' universe, with Timmy rendered in 3D, and Jimmy in 2D! In many other reviews, I hear people complaining about how creepy Timmy looked in 3D, but to be perfectly honest, I thought he looked absolutely adorable! And O/DNA Productions did an excellent job realizing the 2D Timmy into 3D! (Kinda' makes you wonder what would happen if FOP were completely converted into 3D) Jimmy, meanwhile, is rendered into FOP creator Butch Hartman's wild & wacky 2D style! And the result is as funny as you'd expect FOP to be. When Jimmy becomes aware of his proportions in the FOP universe, the staff really pokes fun at 2D in a hilarious way that doesn't take itself too seriously (unless maybe you're a die-hard 2D fan)! But this proves that even with the advent of 3D, 2D certainly isn't going away forever.
Other things I liked were Timmy's romance with Jimmy's friend/rival Cindy Vortex (much to the disgust of Jimmy's best friends Sheen Estabez and Carl Wheezer, and Cindy's friend Libby Fallfax). Those two were meant for each other (although I still like Timmy's other love interests, like Tootie, Veronica and Trixie Tang). And Timmy's friends/enemies actually mistake Jimmy for Timmy (which I'll go more into in the plot summary)! Jimmy's pet robot dog Goddard turns into a giant killer robot that looks like the 1993 version of Mechagodzilla! The story is definitely loaded with references to both shows! Oh, did I mention that Cosmo and Wanda are still as silly as ever?
And now, the plot: Timmy Turner has to compete in the Dimmsdale Science Fair at school, but he never did his own project, and the most likely winner is his pal AJ Ibrahim (who, oddly, is really cruel to Timmy in this special)! Timmy is tired of being a slacker playing video games, so with the help of his wacky Fairy Godparents Cosmo and Wanda, he wishes himself into "the greatest lab in the universe," (while both fairies go to Hawaii) and guess where he ends up! In Retroville! And in 3D, no less! He plays around in the secret lab of Jimmy Neutron, who is at work upgrading his robot dog Goddard with a CD-ROM program he did. He finds Timmy, and the two have an argument, in which Timmy gets distracted, and Jimmy finds his "Poofer Pen," which Cosmo and Wanda gave to Timmy to "poof" him back into his room, which is exactly what Jimmy does, and in *2D* no less! Looking around, Timmy mistakes the upgrading Goddard for a game system, and replaces the upgrade CD with a disc of his favorite game, "Decimator." He then meets Carl and Sheen, who mistake him for a "Small Headed Jimmy," and have fun with Jimmy's inventions (and even hypnotize Jimmy's mother Judy into thinking she's Timmy's Mom's alter-ego, Mighty Mom!). And he runs into Libby and Cindy, the latter falls madly in love with Timmy and vice versa! But at the same time, Goddard turns into a rampaging robot (the Decimator from Timmy's game disc) that increases in size each time it defeats the nearest "player" it finds (including Jimmy's dad Hugh)! Can Timmy, Cindy and the others defeat the Decimator before it destroys Retroville?
And meanwhile, over over at Dimmsdale, the now-2D Jimmy is freaked out over his new surroundings, and Cosmo & Wanda, back from Hawaii, greet him with panic! To their relief, Jimmy mistakes the fairies for "computer programs," and goes through the same everyday pain that poor Timmy experiences (while Timmy is blissfully having the time of his life over at Retroville). All of Timmy's friends & foes (even AJ) mistake Jimmy for Timmy (because of one of Timmy's rare tendencies to evade school by playing other characters), even his crazed, evil teacher Mr. Denzel Crocker (who wants to discover fairies so that he can take over the world, as usual)! But when Jimmy unwittingly shows off Timmy's Poofer Pen in class, the insane Mr. Crocker suspects him, and even plots to invade Fairy World via Timmy's Poofer! Will Mr. Crocker carry out his evil scheme?
And will Timmy and Jimmy make it back to each other's worlds?
I won't spoil it for you! You've got to WATCH the special for the answer (It's readily available on DVD, 3 days after its TV premiere)! And the ending is really cool!
In summary, this special rocks! An hour's worth of fast-paced fun and excitement!
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