Jimmy Neutron
Owen Gleiberman
January 04, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
84 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/21/01
performer
Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, David L. Lander, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Patrick Stewart
director
John A. Davis
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
John A. Davis
genre
Animation, Comedy

We gave it a B+

There’s a galaxy of difference between old-fashioned clever and information-age clever. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a lickety-split, madly packed, roller-coaster entertainment that might almost have been designed to make you scared of how much smarter your kids are than you. In this digital-animated gizmo, Jimmy, the outrageously matter-of-fact young brainiac, seems to have crammed all the knowledge in the world into his genial, oversize, Ace Ventura-coiffed head.

Jimmy is a new kind of cool-geek wizard, and the shiny-as-a-bubble Jimmy Neutron is packed with more nimble and ingenious gags than all two and a half hours of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Jimmy, when he isn’t inventing atomic domestic gadgets, foils an attack by squishy green aliens who live in clear synthetic eggs; it’s Peter Pan meets Men in Black. Best scene: Jimmy and his pals go on a rampage of fun—to the Ramones’ ”Blitzkreig Bop.” B+

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