Last week, the internet went berserk over an announcement that Nickelodeon was considering reviving several of its 90s Nicktoons. Such Nicktoons they’ve reportedly considered reviving are Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, and Angry Beavers. Some have reported that these and other Nicktoons will come together in an “Avengers Style” movie. Of course, this information is all still new. Facts are few and rumors are racing through the community.
These shows are all of course classics and worthy of new life (as long as they are given as much care and effort that their previous incarnations received). Yet for me and tens of thousands of others, there’s one show we are deeply saddened to not see on this list. That, of course, would be The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
I’ve previously written how I spent a solid year trying to revive Jimmy Neutron. The quick version is that myself, two writing partners (Ed and Saundra), and two former directors of Jimmy Neutorn (Mike Gasaway & Keith Alcorn) teamed up to create a plan for a fourth season of Jimmy Neutron, as well as four complete scripts. Ed, Saundra, and myself had several ideas on how to bring Jimmy back while breathing fresh life into it. Mike, Keith, and several writers from the show helped bring our scripts up to snuff and ensure we kept the old spirit of the show alive.
Essentially, our goal was to show the Jimmy Neutron gang not only continue to strengthen their friendships, but also realize that they were truly a family. Over this season the kids would have discovered how much they needed each other as they encountered both old and new villains. These villains may be planning something bigger than the kids have ever faced, but the children are also worried about fifth grade ending and everything changing as they prepare for middle school. And of course, Jimmy and Cindy’s dynamic continues to evolve as they begin to realize there is little point in continuing to pretend they hate each other.
In short, everyone involved in this project (which we dubbed Operation Phoenix) wanted to capitalize on every ounce of potential and magic the old JN series had. We did our best to exemplify this in our four scripts, which we filled with action, humor, hints of romance, and even a few heartbreaking moments the likes of which JN had never before explored.
One of these scripts, titled Deep Impacts, was planned to be the fourth season premiere. In this episode, Jimmy brings his entire class to the moon to watch an asteroid impact its surface (after making a few jokes about how Summer Break felt like it lasted 10 years, of course). This turns out to be the perfect cover for one of Jimmy’s old nemeses to strike, and the kids must band together in unique ways to take this villain down.
Another episode, titled Three’s a Crowd, dealt with Cindy and Betty shelving their feud once and for all. When Cindy finds out that Jimmy has invited Betty into his lab over Spring Break, she can’t hold back her jealousy and confronts her arch-nemesis in the laboratory. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s security system is on the fritz and the girls are attacked by an army of Jimmy’s robots. If they’re going to survive, they have to learn to work together. This won’t be easy, because Betty forces Cindy to finally admit why she actually hates her.
Despite having finished these scripts over two years ago, we’ve kept them secret on the off chance that Nickelodeon ever changed their mind about our revival effort. With a recent shake-up in Nickelodeon’s executives and their new interest in reviving old materials, we now think it’s time to garner more interest in our effort.
Here are two five-page page excerpts from our scripts. The first is from Deep Impacts. The second is from Three’s a Crowd. I’ve also copied each page from the script below in case you don’t want to leave this blog. While obviously these have not (yet) been made into actual episodes and Nickelodeon has not (yet) renewed Jimmy Neutron for a fourth season, they were fully approved by Jimmy Neutron’s co-creator and a former director of the show. We only ask one thing in return.
If you like these scripts, want to see more of them, and love Jimmy Neutron, please pass them along. Share them with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, whatever. Upvote the posts that share them on Reddit. Post them on Nickelodeon’s pages. Or just talk about them. If people love these things and want more, we might release further excerpts or whole scripts to keep the momentum going and attract more attention from Nick.
We fully understand that this plan has a very low chance of success. But it requires minimal effort from all involved, and we doubt there will ever be a better time to show Nickelodeon that there is still an audience for Jimmy Neutron.
Whether or not Jimmy Neutron is picked up, helping to write these scripts and plan a fourth season of Jimmy Neutron was one of the best times of my lives. I was so blessed to have such a great writing crew and receive so much help from the old JN team. They truly are some of not only the most talented people in their field, but also the kindest.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this and for your support.
Update: The full script for the proposed episode “Three’s A Crowd” is now available. Read the blog post about it here and read the script here! As always, please share your thoughts and spread the script around if you loved it.
Deep Impacts Excerpt
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Three’s a Crowd Excerpt