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Rating
Video:   10/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   3/10

Jimmy Neutron: Super Nerd
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
6/10/2003

Jimmy Neutron made his debut on Nickelodeon in a series of 1 minute shorts prior to the 2001 theatrical film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Jimmy is just your typical 10 year old genius. He gets himself into trouble, but always finds his way back out. If he gets into too much trouble, his robo-dog Goddard is there to lend a helping hand, after all, Jimmy made Goddard to be more than just a pet. Also joining him, sometimes reluctantly, is his best friend/guinnea pig, Carl, and Sheen, the UltraLord obsessed little geek. Join Jimmy and his friends as they get themselves in and out of tight spots.

What a fun show. He gets picked on, and he's a nerd, but you just can't help but love the little geek. Sure, his inventions cause problems, but he always fixes them and makes everything right. It's a humorous, entertaining show.

Video

3D animated shows certainly have an advantage over other shows when it comes to video quality. There's no film, and no tape, so flaws can't be developed from the source. The lighting is also consistent since it's all rendered in a computer. The only flaws I found in the show were caused by the animation software used. Top marks!

Audio

I was less impressed with the audio than the video. It's adequate for a TV show, but isn't anything spectacular. There's little panning in the stereo track, which is disappointing since there are many opportunities to do so. Along with the English audio track, we also have Spanish and Portuguese stereo tracks.

Extras - How we rate extras

Jimmy Neutron Pilot Episode (13:32)
Ahh...the pilot episode. Some of the models used for the show changed a bit, but it's polished. Pretty darn funny too.

Behind the Scenes (3:06)
3 featurettes on the show. Matthew Russell, supervising animator, acts out a scene from the show in "How Hugh Moves" (1:14). Sean Jensen, head of modelling, explains how Hugh's style was easily changed in "Hugh Gets a Makeover" (1:16). "The Storyboard Artist" (0:38), Paul Claerhout, shows us some of the storyboards he's created for the show. These appear to be short bumpers used to promote the show.

Previews (4:55)
Trailers for SpongeBob Squarepants, The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Tak & The Power of Juju the video game.

Summary

Jimmy Neutron is one of those shows that's perfect for kids and adults alike. Kids will like the adventure aspect of the show while the parents will enjoy the peace and quiet as the kids watch the show. Actually, speaking as an adult, I really enjoyed the show. It's not completely immature that it becomes ridiculous, but it has humorous moments that adults can appreciate. I'll be looking forward to the next volume coming later this year.


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