Out of Jimmy's Head

Common Sense Media says

Toons talk to junior high hero in fun tween show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The multicultural cast includes two African-American characters in main roles. The lone parental figures are goofy and out of touch with both reality and their son. As a counselor at his son's junior high school, the dad enjoys good-naturedly mocking students and drawing attention to his son's lack of popularity.

Violence & scariness

Occasional cartoon violence includes blows to the head and exaggerated falls, but there's no injury.

Sexy stuff

Mild flirting between two characters.

Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this follow-up series to the Cartoon Network's original movie Re-Animated continues the story of a tween who can see and communicate with cartoon characters. While the adult characters are still a bit detached (mom's always busy with her space travels, and dad is a junior high counselor so out of touch that he could use some counseling of his own), the main character is now slightly more confident and able to stand up against peer pressure. Parents may not buy into the far-fetched plot, but there's nothing here, content-wise, to keep tweens from tuning in.

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What's the story?

Based on the Cartoon Network's original movie Re-Animated, OUT OF JIMMY'S HEAD continues the story of junior high student Jimmy Roberts (Dominic Janes), whose life was forever changed when a brain transplant gave him the mind of cartoon mogul Milt Appleday -- and the ability to see and communicate with the cartoon characters Appleday created. The series picks up shortly after the movie's end. Jimmy's life has settled into a routine now that he's gotten used to the constant interruptions of his cartoon entourage. Whether Jimmy is at home, at school, or at play, Golly (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui), Dolly (Ellen Greene), Tux (Tom Kenny), and the rest of the animated gang are always ready to shake things up, making Jimmy stand out among his peers (from their vantage point, it looks like he's talking to himself) and turning him into a frequent target for their ridicule. Only his best friend, Craig (Jon Kent Ethridge II), and his secret crush, Robin (Tinashe Kashingwe), know the truth about his unique ability.

Is it any good?

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As if a constant barrage of cartoon personalities wasn't enough, Jimmy's family makes his animated friends look almost normal. His astronaut mom is in outer space (literally and figuratively), his adopted alien sister has little to do with him, and his dad (who's also a counselor at Jimmy's school) thinks the best way to resolve his son's popularity problems is by drawing maximum attention to them. To top it all off, Appleday's ne'er-do-well son Sonny (Matt Knudsen), who lives with the Roberts family, hasn't given up on forcibly extracting Jimmy's cartoon visions in his quest for success in the family business. With all this mayhem, it will be a wonder if Jimmy survives junior high in one piece.

Tweens who enjoyed Re-Animated will no doubt be glad to tune into Jimmy's continuing adventures. Aside from the outlandish plot and exaggerated characters (which account for much of the show's comedy), there's nothing here that's likely to concern parents; that said, the series is equally lacking in quality content -- it's just fun fluff. It is worth noting that the show is an improvement on the movie in terms of Jimmy's increased confidence and ability to fend off peer pressure, which is certainly a welcome change.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to get picked on by peers. Tweens: Have you ever been the brunt of jokes from classmates? How did it feel? How did you respond to it? Did it affect your self-confidence or make you look at yourself differently? Do you usually judge yourself by others' standards or your own? Have you ever picked on anyone else? If so, what made you do it? Why do you think people are so judgmental of others? Families who've seen Re-Animated can compare the movie and the show. Which do you like better, and why?

TV details

Cast:Dominic Janes, Jon Kent Ethridge, Tinashe Kashingwe
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byashleyrk247 April 9, 2008
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i was on the show

i was on the show two times and they r fliming it at the same place they r fliming Idiana Jones. The people on the show are.. nice but the set isit that great.
Adult Written byxalisae April 9, 2008
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Dumbest Show Ever

This is quite possibly the dumbest show in the history of television. It is terrible. Nothing about it is good. The comedy is unfunny at best, the dramatic/romantic situation is just stupid, and feels tacked-on solely in an attempt to appeal to tweens. If they were smart, they'd see this for what it is: a sad and pathetic attempt to cash in on their demographic. For that alone, they'd be wise to skip this steaming pile.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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I HATED THIS SHOW!!!

THIS SHOW IS AWFUL! There is no violence but it is sooooooo dumb!!!!!

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