A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Racial stereotyping occurs, though it's played off as part of life, rather than something to dwell on.
Positive Role Models
It's nice to have a super-smart kid be at the center of the action, and even nicer that his female rival, Cindy Vortex, is just as smart as Jimmy. Some of the show's lesser characters are a little stereotypical: i.e. Jimmy's mom is a self-sacrificing happy little housewife, Jimmy's pal Nick Dean is a handsome galoot that all the girls squeal over. But parents will appreciate the lack of colorful, glamorized bad guys, since Jimmy's conflict is usually saving the townspeople of Retroville from his own futuristic inventions.
Products & Purchases
Gadgets are very important to the characters on this show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is a lot of yelling and some stereotyping, but because the program has a vaudeville element, these facts do not detract from the quality of the viewing. In fact, the show has the cadence of a slapstick Broadway show and the energy of Bugs Bunny. Though it's not an educational half-hour in front of the television, the show features well-developed characters, humor, adventure, and a good sci-fi punch, which makes it superior viewing compared to other programs in its genre.
Is It Any Good?
Jimmy Neutron has all the trappings of a Nickelodeon show: the preteen peer pressure, the gadgets, the spacey parents. But it's clever enough and funny enough to have earned a devoted following. The script is generally well written and well executed -- the adults behind this show approach the project with apparent zeal. And even though it's not a subtle show, the faults are outweighed by the effort put into it. Kids will enjoy this program, while parents might get a kick out of some of the gags as well. And though the computer animation may seem a bit freaky for old-school animation fans, it does allow for quality special effects.
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