The Fairly Odd Parents was, perhaps, my favorite childhood cartoon growing up. I watched it from when it first came out in 2001, at the age of 7, up until right after turning 13, when I lost interest. But now I have regained a passion for it again.
Anyway, one thing I noticed about the show’s content in recent years has wandered my mind for a while. And that is… is everyone in the FOP universe as happy as the US? And by that, I mean both economically and culturally.
Now I won’t go into politics, obviously. In fact, everything I mention will only be about the world in the FOP universe, not ours. And there will be spoilers!
1: Timmy’s Friend, Chester shouting, “I’m the most miserable kid in the world!” in the special, “Fairy Idol”
This may be, perhaps, the biggest clue. What I remember is that his dad became famous and he knew how to play the banjo. But in real life, that would have made him considered to be one of the HAPPIEST kids in the world.
If you think about it, Chester was NOT as poor (or unlucky) as some people living in some countries where they constantly have to worry about survival and struggle to get their basic needs. There was also no war going on in Dimsdale, another instance where Chester would be a LOT more miserable as his safety would most likely have been jeopardized.
The same level of misery might apply if he lived in a society where the government controlled and restricted things for their citizens (such as travel and Internet). And the last thing is that he was in pretty good health as he hadn’t any diseases or injuries.
2: The names on the unwished wish lockers in the unwished wish episode (I can’t remember the name of that episode) – I recall famous names like Walt Disney and Tina Turner.
While I can’t remember all of them, I do acknowledge that those people were all living like Timmy – not that they necessarily had evil babysitters or neglectful caregivers. But they had every aspect that I mentioned in the first hint above: good wealth, safety, and health statuses as well as being under a free government-rule.
3: Every child who has or had fairy godparents – From Timmy Turner to Remy Buxeplemy, and many more, they also have have what I listed above. So, if you think about it, you should notice what they have or had in common.
Which brings me to an important point…
If the FOP universe were like ours, all the fairies would be assigned to kids who are in stronger need than those like Timmy or Chester. Most would be helping kids living in extreme poverty, war, certain controlling government systems (like fascist or communist), with severe diseases or injuries that would last them for a really long time.
Fewer children living in a place like the US would have fairies, and they would be in much more critical and serious conditions than what Timmy lives through in the series. That means, unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t have or need Cosmo and Wanda. Having a nasty babysitter wouldn’t really be enough.
That being said…
One person in a YouTube video pointed out how fairies have to keep their existence secret – which is why they only get assigned to those in first-world countries. I consider that an interesting theory, as well.
But, of course, only the creators could confirm or debunk either my or the YouTube user’s theories.
So, with all this hints… do you think the Fairly Odd Parents Universe is happier than our universe in real life?