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Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius (2001)



Critic Consensus: What Jimmy Neutron lacks in computer animation, it makes up for in charm and cleverness.

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This animated feature from Nickelodeon is the story of ten-year-old genius inventor Jimmy Neutron, whose penchant for gadget-creation gets him and his robot dog, Goddard, into trouble at home and school. However, when the parents of Jimmy's hometown are kidnapped by the gooey green aliens known as Yokians, it's up to Jimmy, his best friend, Carl Wheezer, and his arch rival, Cindy Vortex, to rally their fellow kids for a rescue effort. Patching together a ragtag armada of interstellar spacecraft, the kid invasion force sets out to rescue the moms and dads who love them and get them home in time for dinner. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) features the vocal talents of Debi Derryberry, Carolyn Lawrence, Rob Paulsen, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, and Patrick Stewart.more
Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: J. David Stern, John A. Davis, David N. Weiss, J. David Stem, Steve Oedekerk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 2, 2002
Box Office: $80.9M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Debi Derryberry
as James 'Jimmy' Isaac ...
Patrick Stewart
as King Goobot
Megan Cavanagh
as Mrs. Neutron
Mark DeCarlo
as Hugh Neutron
Andrea Martin
as Mrs. Fowl
Jim Cummings
as Ultra Lord
Bob Goen
as Male Newscaster
Mary Hart
as Female Newscaster
Rob Paulsen
as Carl Wheezer/Carl's ...
Carolyn Lawrence
as Cindy Vortex
Candi Milo
as Nick Dean/Britanny/P...
Frank Welker
as Goddard/Orthgot/Worm...
Jeff Garcia
as Sheen Estevez
David L. Lander
as Yokian Guard/Gus
Kimberly Brooks
as Zachery/Reporter/Ang...
Jeannie Elias
as Little Girl/Camera P...
John A. Davis
as Octapuke Kid/Guard/B...
Keith Alcorn
as Bobby/Kid/Control Yo...
Richard Allen
as Digital Voice
Brian Capshaw
as Screamer
Cheryl Ray
as Screamer
Mark Menza
as Yokian Incubator Ope...
Billy West
as Poultra/Girl Eating ...
Matthew Russell
as Hyperactive Kid/Aren...
Carlos Alazraqui
as Sheen's Dad
Dee Bradley Baker
as Norad Officer
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Critic Reviews for Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (26)

This little charmer both celebrates and kids the corny conventions of family sitcoms.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Jimmy Neutron just doesn't have enough power to sustain itself to feature length, though children -- the movie's real audience -- may be so dazzled by the spectacle of Jimmy flying through space with his robot dog that they won't notice.

Full Review… | January 6, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[W]hen they went into the outerspace adventure it just got so silly and it didn't really go anywhere and it just kind of lay dead there.

Full Review… | January 3, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Stylish 3-D computer animation, good characters.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Like a rollicking adventure from the fevered boyhood imagination of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes: the gooey aliens, the boy-genius gadgetry. Except with Jimmy it's real.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Decent Films Guide

...[an] engaging and entertaining animated feature.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius

Good and funny movie. Lots of laughs.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Two days ago, I sent my fellow RT friends a list of films I wanted to review and this was one of them. This got the most requests so now I'm here reviewing it. "Jimmy Neutron" is a film that I enjoy everytime I see it. I saw twice in the theaters and was a avid watcher of the TV series that spawned from this.

Jimmy Neutron is a very intelligent 4th grader who sends a message to some extraterrestrials wanting to know more about our planet that we they know what to expect when they invade it. When the aliens learn about Earth's large supply of parents, the kidnap them and are about to use them as a sacrifice to a god named Poultra. When the kids are informed on this, Jimmy takes the children of Retroville (funny name) out into the far reaches of space to reclaim their mommies and daddies.

The film dosen't have the best when it comes to the plot. Its a kids movie financed by Nickelodeon so you shouldn't expect greatness. But Nickelodeon did acheive greatness last month with "Rango". Its a kids movie with a kiddish premise. Children looking for their parents. We've seen this at least once in our movie-watching days. But wheter you're a kid or adult, there has to be something in this film that elates you. Could it be the robotic dog, the pop soundtrack, or Jimmy's ecstatic fanboy friend, Sheen? It has to be either one of those. While the premise is silly, the film is witty, charming, and has many moments plus funny lines. The film has a good script.

The film's animation is done by O Entertainment. The ones who did "Barnyard" and those Thumbnation short films like "Bat Thumb" "Thumb Wars" and "The Blair Thumb Project". They were the ones who introduced us into the animation technique where you can put the voice actor's voice into an object (i.e. "The Annoying Orange"). But when it comes to a full-length computer animated films, they don't reach the highest standards. But I think the animation was acceptable for its time. Many studios at the time of this film's release try to recreate the success of Pixar's films. If this movie came out around today, I probably would be disgusted by the visuals.

The voice acting and characters were very funny. Jimmy is always fun, Carl is very likable, Sheen is hilarious, Cindy is funny, etc. The characters are mostly voice by voice actors from cartoons but we do get some A-listers. Patrick Stewart is pretty funny as the alien king and Martin Short as well. He was funny also. We also get cameos from the two host from "Entertainment Tonight" and that is pretty funny as well. Lastly, the soundtrack. It was mostly 90's and early 2000's pop from Aaron Carter and The Spice Girls. Catchy tunes but nothing special.

You either enjoy this or dislike it. It isn't love it or hate it. I really enjoy it because I love good animated films. Its funny, well paced, and memorable. But it just depends on how you act towards it. One of my faves. Thanks for all your requests, guys. I had fun reviewing this.

"My clothes don't match, my clothes don't match. I'm out in public and my clothes don't match!"

Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

As a kid, this was my life. This movie is so entertaining for kids and has a great story.

Grade: B+

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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