I usually do with movies aimed at children, I brought my 4 year old
grandson to help me judge "Jimmy Neutron". But as the film played on I realized that I brought another
child – well, my memories of childhood any way. Though "Jimmy Neutron" uses the latest in computer
generated animation and presents a story about building modern day
inventions, it has a lot of old fashioned story telling qualities.
The film reminded me of my childhood daydreams of space exploration,
heroism and science.
The story is about a suburban boy genius who routinely invents
near-great gizmos to make his life better and to impress his
friends. I say
“near-great” because as fabulous as the inventions are, they
never quite work properly. For
example, he invents bubble gum that allows you to blow bubbles
so large you can step into them and bounce great distances.
The problem is, it is difficult to steer so you might run
into obstacles and – well it is just a bubble that can pop at
anytime. Jimmy’s parents are used to the many failed attempts, and
accept them fairly calmly. After
one disastrous rocket flight, the father says calmly to his wife
“Hmmm sounds like we lost another chimney.”
The main plot of the film is that very peculiar looking space
creatures have abducted all of the grown ups in Jimmy’s town. Jimmy and his friends build an armada of spaceships, travel
across the universe and battle the creatures.
I thought the humor was plentiful, the animation pleasing, the
characters amusing and the story good.
I know it is probably not a proper comparison, but I enjoyed
this fairly simple film much more than I did "Star Wars:
Episode 1.” My
grandson liked "Jimmy Neutron" as well, and wants me to
take him to see it again (and I am happy he does.)
( 3 out of 4 pops )
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