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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius logo.png
Created by
  • Keith Alcorn
  • John A. Davis
Based onJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
by John A. Davis
Characters created by John A. Davis
Directed by
  • Keith Alcorn
  • Mike Gasaway
  • Kirby Atkins
Theme music composerBrian Causey
ComposerCharlie Brissette
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes61 (122 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producersSteve Oedekerk
John A. Davis
  • Keith Alcorn
  • John A. Davis
  • Paul Marshal
  • Jon Price
  • John Wahba
  • Joe E. Elwood
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture format4:3 SDTV
Original releaseJuly 20, 2002 (2002-07-20) –
November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)
Preceded byJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Related showsPlanet Sheen

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (sometimes shortened to Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, or commonly Jimmy Neutron) is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius created by John A. Davis and Keith Alcorn.[1] It originally aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons beginning July 20, 2002, and the final episode aired on November 25, 2006. The show follows a genius 11-year-old from Retroville, the eponymous character, as he goes on adventures with his best friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Estevez.[2] Throughout the show, various mishaps and conflicts occur on these adventures, as Jimmy's various inventions go awry. The series features voices of Debi Derryberry (Jimmy), Jeffrey Garcia (Sheen), and Rob Paulsen (Carl) for the three main characters.[3]

The series has been the recipient of various nominations such as Kid's Choice "Favorite Cartoon" in 2006 and 2007, and has won an Annie award for "outstanding achievement in animated television production produced for children" as well as a Motion Picture Sound Editors "Golden Reel award".[4][5][6] A spin-off, Planet Sheen, aired from 2010 to 2013.


The show follows an 11-year-old boy named Jimmy Neutron from Retroville, Texas[7] who is a scientific genius. He frequently goes on adventures with his two best friends Sheen and Carl, usually involving his inventions going awry.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilots2September 7, 1998 (1998-09-07)[8]December 21, 2001 (2001-12-21)[8]
120July 20, 2002 (2002-07-20)[8]September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05)[8]
220September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)[8]July 9, 2004 (2004-07-09)[8]
Specials3May 7, 2004 (2004-05-07)July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21)
321November 11, 2004 (2004-11-11)[8]November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)[8]

The Fairly OddParents crossover episodes

There have also been three tie-ins with special episode crossovers involving the Nickelodeon hand-drawn style series The Fairly OddParents under the title "The Jimmy-Timmy Power Hour" (the first alone, the second and third with the subtitles "When Nerds Collide!" and "The Jerkinators!," respectively); the five main characters from Jimmy Neutron meet with the main characters from The Fairly OddParents, Timmy, his godparents, and his two best friends Chester, and AJ, and often cross between each of their worlds of 2D and 3D animation.

Pilot (1998–2001)

The pilot, named "Runaway Rocketboy," involves Jimmy testing a rocket ship that he has invented, and later uses it when he inadvertently stumbles upon a Yolkian plot to conquer Earth. The pilot was aired in short mini episodes on Nickelodeon before the film's release, and its plot was used for the film. It was later included as an extra on the "Confusion Fusion" DVD. It was originally supposed to air as a short on KaBlam!, but the show got cancelled before the episode aired.

The pilot had a few differences from the main series. In it, Jimmy did not wear his signature red atom shirt, Judy's hair was darker, the Yolkians all wore grey suits and King Goobot's crown was a different color, the theme song was longer with a few lines that were cut later, Goddard was voiced by Kim Saxon, in lieu of Frank Welker, Carl Wheezer resembled his father, Sheen Estevez was absent and the title card had a picture in the scene, not dissimilar to all the other Nicktoons.

DVD releases

Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Confusion Fusion May 27, 2003[citation needed] October 8, 2003[citation needed]
Sea of Trouble October 7, 2003[citation needed] March 24. 2005[9]
Jet Fusion February 3, 2004[citation needed] July 7, 2005[10]
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour May 11, 2004 - -
Attack of the Twonkies November 16, 2004[citation needed]
Nick Picks Vol. 1 May 24, 2005 - -
Nick Picks Vol. 2 October 18, 2005 - -
Nick Picks Vol. 3 February 7, 2006 - -
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2 March 14, 2006 - -
Nick Picks Vol. 4 June 6, 2006 - -
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3 July 25, 2006 - -
Party at Neutron's September 4, 2006[citation needed]
Nick Picks Vol. 5 March 13, 2007 - -
King of Mars July 5, 2007[11]
The Best of Season 1 September 16, 2008[citation needed]
The Best of Season 2 September 16, 2008[citation needed]
The Best of Season 3 September 16, 2008[citation needed]



Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis created Jimmy (then named Johnny Quasar) sometime during the 1980s and wrote a script titled Runaway Rocketboy (later the name of the pilot), which was abandoned. He later stumbled upon the idea while moving into a new house in the early 1990s. Davis re-worked it as a short film titled Johnny Quasar and presented it at SIGGRAPH, where he met Steve Oedekerk and worked on a television series of the short as well as the movie. Jimmy was still called Johnny Quasar before it was decided to name him Jimmy Neutron because the name sounded eerily identical to Jonny Quest.[12]


Victor Wilson was hired as the Story Editor. The main writers when the show was greenlit were Steven Banks and Jed Spingarn.


DNA Productions retooled their pipeline when moving from the film to the TV series, so they could reuse assets for the episodes. Some of the programming team at the studio programmed a special code that allowed the animators to animate scenes in Maya, which can then be rendered in Lightwave. This helped the team keep up with the deadline and avoid going over budget.[13]


The theme song was originally written by Brian Causey for the pilot episode. Pop-punk band Bowling for Soup later revamped and extended Causey's theme for the film version theme. Ultimately, the original theme was kept for the TV series intro and outro.[14][15]


Critical reception

Joly Herman of Common Sense Media gave the series 3 out of 5 stars; saying that, "Jimmy Neutron has all the trappings of a Nickelodeon show: the preteen peer pressure, the gadgets, the spacey parents. But it's clever enough and funny enough to have earned a devoted following. The script is generally well written and well executed -- the adults behind this show approach the project with apparent zeal. [...] Kids will enjoy this program, while parents might get a kick out of some of the gags as well. And though the computer animation may seem a bit freaky for old-school animation fans, it does allow for quality special effects."[16]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2003 BMI Awards BMI Cable Award Charlie Brissette Won [17]
2004 31st Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced for Children Nickelodeon and DNA Productions Won [18]
Outstanding Achievement Directing in an Animated Television Production Mike Gasaway Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Jeff Garcia as Sheen Won
10th annual NAMIC Vision Awards Children's MTV/Nickelodeon for The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nominated [19]
BMI Awards BMI Cable Award Charlie Brissette and Brian Causey Won [20]
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing in Television Animation The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Won [21]
2005 32nd Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Television Production Keith Alcorn Nominated [22]
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Carolyn Lawrence as Cindy Nominated
2006 33rd Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Television Production Christopher Painter Nominated [23]
2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nominated [24]
2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nominated [25]


A spin-off series, Planet Sheen, aired from 2010 to 2013. The show focuses on Sheen Estevez, who accidentally crash-lands on the planet Zeenu in the pilot episode.

See also


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 9. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 63–65. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Nick Animation (September 15, 2017), Episode 41: Jimmy Neutron Cast | Nick Animation Podcast, retrieved June 22, 2018
  4. ^ "Annie Awards". Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "49th Golden Reel Awards Nominees Announced". Mixonline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "2006 Host/Nominee Release - Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 Press Site". Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Season 3 Episode 3, "Stranded"
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Season 1". Zap2It. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "DVD - Jimmy neutron: sea of trouble". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  10. ^ "DVD - JIMMY NEUTRON: JET FUSION". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  11. ^ "DVD - Jimmy Neutron: King of Mars". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Frank Moldstad. "Making Jimmy Neutron, An interview with John Davis, Director and creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius".
  13. ^ Gruppetstudios (October 14, 2016), Cartoons VS Cancer Ep. 11 - (The One with John Davis!), retrieved November 24, 2017
  14. ^ "Randy Edelman, Merv Griffin, Eminem Among Honorees at BMI Film/TV Awards". May 14, 2003. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "2004 BMI Film/TV Awards". May 12, 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Herman, Joly (July 20, 2002). "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Buy Genius review". Common Sense Media.
  17. ^ "2003 BMI Film/TV Awards".
  18. ^ "31st Annie Awards".
  19. ^ Morfoot, Addie (March 28, 2004). "Namic names nominee names". Variety.
  20. ^ "2004 BMI Film/TV Awards".
  21. ^ "MPSE Announces Golden Reel Award Winners".
  22. ^ "32nd Annie Awards".
  23. ^ "33rd Annie Awards".
  24. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2006 host and nominees".
  25. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2007 host and nominees".

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