in the all-American sitcom-style town of Retroville, in which 50s
family values go hand in hand with futuristic hi-tech gadgetry, "Jimmy
Neutron: Boy Genius" introduces its eponymous hero as a fearsomely
brainy know-it-all who never goes anywhere without his trusty robot
never happier than when he's launching satellites made from toasters
or making his teachers minuscule with his shrinking device, much
to the annoyance of his tolerant but long-suffering parents. But
when he inadvertently summons a species of egg-shaped aliens to
Earth who abduct Retroville's entire adult population, Jimmy and
his pals have to swap school for an intergalactic rescue mission.
an action-packed, frenetic voyage into outer space, enlivened further
by Martin Short and Patrick Stewart's vocal contributions as the
Yokian villains and a bizarre chicken god that would give Godzilla
a run for his money.
by cable channel Nickelodeon as a means of entertaining children
too old for the Rugrats, "Jimmy Neutron" will eventually
spawn its own progeny of small-screen off-shoots. There's nothing
wrong with aiming a cartoon squarely at kids: after all, they used
to be this genre's target audience. But as frothily entertaining
as this caper is, it's unlikely to prove as popular with grown-ups
as "Shrek" and the "Toy Story" movies.
Neutron - Boy Genius" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 22nd March
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Reviewed by Neil
Smith , BBC Films