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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
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Oct 5, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius order
Director:
John A. Davis

Actors:
Patrick Stewart
Debi Derryberry
Martin Short

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Young genius Jimmy Neutron launches a toaster/communications satellite deep into space and before you know it, an armada of ships containing dangerous poultry-worshipping aliens is on its way to Earth with the idea to kidnap all the parents in town. It's up to Jimmy now, and his pals to fly to their planets and get their folks back.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Not bad fare for the kids but nothing spectacular either, although the characters are more than just fairly entertaining. Jimmy and his two buddies, the geeky Carl and the Ritalin-deprived Sheen are good for more than just a fair share of laughs and giggles and there's no denying the treat which is Patrick Stewart as an evil egg-shaped alien. The film starts off gangbusters with an action-packed sequence followed by some laughs but somewhere in the middle it tails off and slows down considerably. Fortunately though, I may have noticed that but I doubt a 10-year old will even care what's happening as long as he gets to see the goofy looking kids on screen. The movie has a short running time (82 minutes) and will hold any kid to attention from beginning to end. Another good thing is that while some pretty complex details may appear throughout the film, the basic storyline is fairly simple and the little ones won't have trouble following it.

Visually, the film is pretty cool to look at. I've never been a huge fan of 3D computer animation (I prefer the old-school Disney style myself) but the characters are pretty funny and well made and the colors are nice and bright. The aliens look especially funny in this one and Jimmy's pal Carl is a picture of geekiness. If your id is a red-headed asthmatic nerd, this film may scar him for life. The flick also comes with a pretty cool soundtrack (depending on whether Aaron Carter is your shtick or not, of course) and some fun sounds. Fun for everyone provided they're not older than twelve!
THE EXTRAS
Some decent extras which you can access through a very cool menu. The thing about animated films is that you pretty much limit yourself to a making-of feature and the rest is usually just a derivative of showing off the animation. This one is no different.

"The making of Jimmy Neutron" is the first stop you'll encounter. Lasting about 15 minutes, it contains a brief intro to the characters, some of the technical details of the animation as well as Patrick Stewart being charming. You can also catch a glimpse of Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart and Bob Goen, who have a small role in the film as the voice of, what else, the hosts of a show. You'll also get some background on the story. Next up is a set of music videos. The first one is called "Leave it up to me", by Aaron Carter, younger brother of Backstreet boy Nick. Not really my thing but if you enjoy pre-teen rap, then it may be yours. The second one is "Kids in America", by No Secrets, a girl group consisting of pre-pubescent little girls. While they may be young though, they really don't act it or look it and unfortunately, I think I'll have to stop here since I may be arrested for the thoughts I had while watching this.

The last stop on the tour is a Promotional Spots section, featuring 7 interstitials and 5 cliffhangers. Pretty cool to look at if you have nothing to do, they add a bit of salt to the DVD. Nothing special though but the animation is cool and the spots containing mega-geek Carl are funny to watch. Other than that, you can check out the teaser trailer & theatrical trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Look at it this way: if you have very young kids, go out and buy this because most of them will be able to watch it over and over again for a good little while, so if healthier activities such as sports or playing outside aren't part of their schedule, then Jimmy boy can take care of some babysitting. For grown-ups though, the film packs limited punch and you may want to rent it out to show your new girlfriend how cute you can be.
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