The new G-rated animated movie, JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS, is smart, funny, exciting, entertaining, and full of great moral messages that will have audiences cheering. In the story, the precocious Jimmy and his friends decide to sneak out of the house to go to a new amusement park. They have so much fun that they wish they didn’t have any parents. When their parents are kidnapped by aliens, however, Jimmy and his friends find out they not only need their parents, they actually want them back!
This simple introduction to the plot of JIMMY NEUTRON does not do the movie justice. There is much to commend in JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS. It is a dramatically rich movie with layers and layers of good morals and good writing. It is funny and poignant at the same time. The animation is terrific, as is the voice acting. Despite some evolutionary comments, the movie has a strong moral worldview with many redemptive moments, including a pro-life message. Together with LORD OF THE RINGS, JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS is the family antidote for HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE. JIMMY NEUTRON blasts off into the stratosphere of great family films.
(BBB, C, Ev, L, V) Pro-family, moral worldview with many redemptive moments & some evolutionary comments; 2 uses of the word butt & some very mild scatological humor such as robot dog messes by dropping bolts & parents drink juice which causes them to burp; threat of human sacrifice to big chicken god, lots of cartoon action violence such as rocket crashes into wall but characters always survive & the violence is not realistic; parents love each other but no sex; no nudity; asthmatic boy needs to use inhaler; and, pro-life message, be careful what you wish for message & a good warning about over-indulgence.
It seems like the best-written movies of 2001 have been animated features. JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS is one of the best. It is smart, funny, exciting, entertaining, and full of great moral messages that will have audiences cheering. Together with LORD OF THE RINGS, it’s the family antidote for HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE.
The movie opens with Air Force jets scrambling to intercept a bogie, or unidentified plane. What they find is that Jimmy Neutron, his robot dog Godard and his best friend Carl Wheezer are zooming off to space in Jimmy’s homemade rocket ship so that Jimmy can launch a homemade satellite to find alien life. After launching the satellite, Jimmy heads back and crashes the rocket into his roof. Jimmy’s father is understanding of his boy genius. His mother, however, is horrified at Jimmy’s reckless ways.
On the way to school in Retroville, Jimmy finds out that there is a new Retroland Amusement Park opening. Jimmy and his friends decide to sneak out of the house to go to the amusement park. There, they have so much fun that they wish they didn’t have parents.
At the same time, unknown to Jimmy, his satellite has attracted the attention of yuckie aliens called Yokians. These egg-shaped aliens have evolved beyond the need for a body, so their gooey essence resides in egg-like robotic bodies. From Jimmy’s satellite, they learn about humans and think that they’ll be perfect sacrifices to their Chicken god Poultra. King Goobot, voiced by Patrick Stewart, and his sidekick Ooblar, voiced by Martin Short, round up all the parents in Retroville and leave the children notes that their parents went to Florida on vacation.
When Jimmy and his friends get home, they are ecstatic that there are no parents. However, after a day of over-indulgence, they find themselves not only sick but missing their parents’ love. Jimmy figures out what’s happened and leads the children of Retroville into space to rescue their parents from the evil Yokians.
This simple introduction to the plot of JIMMY NEUTRON does not do the movie justice. It is a dramatically rich movie with layers and layers of good morals and good writing. It is funny and poignant at the same time. It has wonderful lines like, “If all of your friends were named Cliff, would you jump off them?”
Jimmy’s nemesis at school is Cindy Vortex, who used to be the smartest kid at school until Jimmy came along. She is attracted to the toughest rebel on campus and puts Jimmy down in order to make herself more attractive. By the end of the movie, she realizes that you can’t judge the book by the cover, and she learns how to be compassionate and kind. She even helps Jimmy rediscover his self-worth.
The parents in this movie occupy minor roles. Even so, they love each other and they love their children. They are not just a foil for the children’s jokes.
The animation in JIMMY NEUTRON is terrific. It is done in a future retro style that looks like the 1950s were transported into the 22nd Century.
There is much to commend in JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS. Despite some evolutionary comments, the movie has a strong moral worldview with many redemptive moments. JIMMY NEUTRON blasts off into the stratosphere of great family films.
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