It all began in 2001 when a young boy genius was introduced to us and the famous line he often says will never leave our minds:
That’s right, I’m talking about the one and only…Jimmy Neutron. The theatrical release started it all. Then came the TV show, “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius”.
All right, I guess that’s enough introduction. This post is meant to point out the differences between the movie and television series.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
1: Jimmy’s voice is slightly higher in the film
This is something I noticed when I watched the movie recently after seeing many episodes of the TV show. Could this be an inconsistency, or did Jimmy start puberty in between and his voice is changing?
Not sure about the latter, but maybe the voice actress (yup, Jimmy is voiced by a woman) chose to or was instructed to sound more masculine.
2: Jimmy and his friends’ outfits change in the TV series
Once the show premiered on Nickelodeon, Jimmy had long pants instead of shorts, Carl had no straps on his pants, Cindy had a ponytail instead of pigtails, khaki pants, and a halter top (which, by the way, would be forbidden at school in real life). Sheen and Libby’s clothes remain the same until after the Egyptian episode for Libby.
Not only does she wear her hair in several braids, but she also has a shirt and jeans instead of a dress. Who knows why the characters’ outfits changed?
3: Jimmy’s brain blast is out loud in the TV show while the opposite in the film
If you’ve seen the movie, do you notice how when Jimmy tries to get a brain blast, his mouth doesn’t move? That’s probably because it’s his internal thought.
However, in the series, he starts saying his brain blasts out loud. Another mystery to why the creators made that update for the TV show.
4: There are a bunch of extras in the film that don’t make it to the series
One detail I noticed about the show is that they always show the same extras and there are likely only up to twenty or so, excluding the main and major characters. And Retroville is a suburb and city, not a small town.
When I viewed the movie, I noticed a lot more extras, many which never appeared again. They could have all moved away. Or the TV show had a lower budget. The second one is possible, especially since the series only had three seasons, regardless of its popularity.
Do you notice any details about “Jimmy Neutron” that I didn’t?