Nearly 15 years ago on December 21st, 2001, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius blasted into theaters. It follows Jimmy Neutron on an adventure of a lifetime when his parents and all of the other adults in his hometown of Retroville are kidnapped by invading aliens called "Yolkians." Jimmy and his friends along with the rest of the neighborhood kids and his faithful robot dog Goddard blast off into space to rescue them.
The movie did very well in theaters. The total budget for the film was $25,000,000 and it made an estimated $18,554,948 during its opening weekend. When the movie had finally completed its theater run in April of 2002, its overall earnings were $80,920,948. It went on to receive an Oscar nomination. While the film lost to Shrek, this movie remains to date the only Nickelodeon computer-animated film to have received an Oscar nomination.
Source: Internet Movie Database
In the summer of 2002, the spinoff TV series of Jimmy Neutron premiered its first episode. 4.3 million viewers were watching it and it was very well-received. After the first episode aired, ratings were always very good and it was often in the top three shows (which at the time were Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly Odd Parents, and Jimmy Neutron, respectively) for the first couple of seasons.
The show followed the further adventures of Jimmy Neutron with his friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Estevez, Goddard, and Cindy Vortex and Libby Folfax who make regular appearances later on in the series.
The series started to decline in the ratings in its third season which aired from 2004-2006. Part of why this happened was because there were several other countries that were airing new episodes before the U.S. When websites like Youtube started coming to life, many of these episodes were uploaded to the internet for people to watch. This meant that fewer viewers were watching the episodes on TV when they eventually aired which in turn hurt ratings.
Around 2005 or 2006, Nickelodeon decided that Jimmy Neutron was no longer profitable and cost too much to make and used that reasoning along with the declining ratings from the third season to end the series. The reason Nickelodeon gave the animation company that worked on Jimmy Neutron was that the show had enough episodes for syndication and therefore, no new episodes needed to be made. Nickelodeon did, however, leave the door open for other possibilities in the Neutron universe.
DNA Productions, the animation company that worked on Jimmy Neutron, was shut down in 2006 after its final theatrical production, The Ant Bully, was made. Jimmy Neutron's sudden abrupt end was a huge loss to the company. DNA had no choice but to shut their doors. Most of the animators were laid off, but have since found work with other animation companies.
Education in America has been on the decline for the past 20-30 years, and a lot of the shows on television are teaching children how to bully, how to become violent, or that education in general is not important (e.g. promoting children to be lazy).
Our demands for bringing Jimmy Neutron back are as follows:
1. Jimmy Neutron was always consistently ranked as one of Nickelodeon's top three shows during the three and a half year run it was on the air.
2. Jimmy Neutron, like other popular shows such as Rugrats, Invader Zim and Hey Arnold, has a huge cult following. Several thousand fans have already liked our revival project fan page for this reason.
3. Bringing Jimmy Neutron back would give Nickelodeon a huge boost in ratings especially now when the network desperately needs it. Nick has been in a ratings decline the last several years due mainly in part to a lack of quality
4. The Jimmy Neutron movie and television series made millions of dollars for Nick and would make as much money if not more if it was brought back today.
5. The show made math and science fun and made kids want to learn.
6. It got people of all ages interested in space travel for the first time in years by making it exciting and fun all while exploring the possibilities of what space travel might be like in the future. Star Trek was able to achieve this feat years ago. Jimmy Neutron is the only other show that has been able to do this, but in a more kid/young-adult friendly way.
7. The show taught life lessons including the value of friendship, owning up to ones' responsibilities, and puberty - all of which are important parts of growing up.
There are many other reasons why we feel the show should be brought back, but these seven reasons above are what we feel are the most important reasons.
From the show's abrupt end in 2006 through now, fans have continuously expressed interest in a new season of the show. On the official Jimmy Neutron forum at Nickelodeon's official website, there have been literally dozens of posts from many younger fans, begging for the network to bring the show back. On social media sites like Facebook and tumblr, older fans (teens and adults) have also been expressing an interest in seeing Jimmy Neutron return.
Jimmy Neutron's adventures were always something fresh and new and, like a multi-chapter novel, you actually got to see Jimmy and his friends grow up. The adventures they went on together brought them closer together and strengthened their relationship. We have learned so much from these characters in the short three seasons it was on the air, but there are still many loose ends that have yet to be tied up (e.g. Jimmy and Cindy's relationship).
It saddened us to see such a great show with lots of potential end so soon and we are hoping to convince Nickelodeon to reconsider Jimmy's fate and give it another chance.
You can find more information about our cause on the following websites below.
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