|The Fairly OddParents|
The Fairly OddParents series title card
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||Butch Hartman|
|Developed by|| Nickelodeon Studios|
Nelvana (International distributor)
|Starring|| Mary Kay Bergman|
Ibrahim Haneef Muhammad
Gary LeRoi Gray
|Opening theme||"The Fairly OddParents" by Butch Hartman and Ron Jones|
|Ending theme||"The Fairly OddParents" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin|| United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||131 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)|| Butch Hartman|
Scott Fellows (season 6–present)
|Producer(s)|| George A. Goodchild|
Frederator Studios (2001-present)
Billionfold Studios (2008-present)
|Running time||23 minutes (approx.)|
|Picture format|| SDTV 480i (2001-Present)|
HDTV 720p (2009)
|Original airing|| Nickelodeon|
|Official website||Official website|
|There is more information available on this subject at The Fairly OddParents on the English-language Wikipedia.|
The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman about the adventures of Timmy Turner, who is granted fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda. The series started out as cartoon segments that ran from September 4, 1998 to March 23, 2001. It is produced by Frederator Studios for the cable network Nickelodeon, where it is currently the second most popular show, next to SpongeBob SquarePants. The television series is distributed by MTV Networks. In 2009, Time magazine named the series one of the greatest television shows of all time. The sister shows to FOP are Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
Timmy Turner is a short, buck-toothed 10-year-old boy with a pink cap who lives in Dimmsdale, a small suburban town with his dim-witted parents. His life is constantly miserable; He is bullied by Francis and the popular kids at school, His insane teacher, Mr. Crocker, constantly fails him (and shows enjoyment out of it), his neglectful parents are never home, and he is babysat by a greedy, self-obsorbed, torturous teenager named Vicky, and that generally, no one understands him (as indicated by the show's theme song). But when he is left in Vicky's care for a whole night, everything changes; he receives two fairy godparents: foolish and hyperactive Cosmo and his wife, crazy yet more responsible Wanda, and they eventually (season 6; Fairly Odd Baby) have a fairy child together named Poof whom becomes Timmy's godbrother. Timmy learns that his fairy godparents are capable of granting him any wish he wants, within certain limits. However, Timmy's immature and reckless nature causes him to often ask for wishes that unintentionally result in disaster and he and his fairy godparents must find a way to "unwish" the wish. Timmy also learns that one day, he will lose his fairies when his life is no longer deemed "miserable". Until then, Timmy must keep his fairies identity a secret, specifically that they are his.
Over the course of the series, Timmy also makes many enemies. His first mortal enemy is Vicky, the very babysitter that caused him to gain his fairies. Vicky neglects Timmy, gives him terrible chores, and eventually begins to downright torture him and blame him for acts he does not commit. With fairy magic, Timmy often attempts revenge. Despite this, however, he also feeds on Vicky's torture as a way to keep his fairies even longer. His teacher, Mr. Crocker, in contrast with other adults in the series, firmly believes in fairy godparents and has been searching for them for a very long time, suspecting that Timmy has fairy godparents. He is dangerous to Timmy, as according to "Da Rules", a large rulebook that defines what children can and cannot wish for and how fairy godparents must behave, if the child reveals that he has fairies, they will lose the fairies forever. Mr. Crocker, who has already discovered Timmy's fairies, is no longer covered by this rule, however, his obsession to expose his fairies does. Jorgen Von Strangle, an enormous and tough fairy with an Austrian-German accent, is the leader of all fairy godparents (and possibly all fairies) and personally dislikes Timmy and his fairies. Not only does he bully them often, but has occasionally even tried to take Timmy's fairies away, although, in "Teeth for Two" he claims Cosmo and Wanda are his closest friends, and eventually becomes a nicer person. Cosmo's mother, Mama Cosma, also acts as an enemy due to her extreme attachment to Cosmo and her desire to break him from Wanda and Timmy. Her obsession has lowered since Poof's birth.
The names of Timmy's parents are never revealed. A running joke in the show is that whenever the Turner parent's names are mentioned, they are blocked out by noise, or otherwise simply referred to as "Timmy's mom" or "Timmy's dad". In the beginning of the series (Oh Yeah! Cartoons) they didn't show the parents' faces, but as the show progressed they did.
The show has also introduced several other reoccurring characters and villains. These include Remy Buxaplenty, a snobby boy who is filthy rich and ignored by his parents enough to be granted a narcissistic fairy named Juandissimo Magnifico, who happens to be Wanda's ex-boyfriend. There is also Dark Laser, a goofy parody of Darth Vader; Dr. Bender, the evil, prejudiced dentist who believes people are classed by the perfection of their teeth; The Anti-Fairies, a group born as an evil counterpart to the Fairies and spread dark magic every Friday the 13th; the Pixies, emotionless, boring magical creatures who treat magic like a business. Shallowgrave the hitman-like truancy officer; Mr. Bickles the flamboyant drama teacher; and Big Daddy, Wanda's mobster-like father who thinks Wanda deserves better than Cosmo and Timmy.
Live action adaption
- Main article: A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
In 2011, to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of the Fairly OddParents as a Nicktoon series, a live action television movie was broadcasted on Nickelodeon. Thirteen years into the future, Timmy Turner is now a 23-year old adult who still lives in the same house, sleeps in the same bed, has never had a girlfriend, and still attends Mr. Crocker's fifth grade class. Timmy's arrested development stems from his desire to keep his beloved fairy godparents, Cosmo, Wanda, and their son Poof, since Da Rules dictate he will lose them as soon as he starts to act like an adult. All of Timmy's friends have grown up and moved onto better things now. Tootie, a nerdy girl that always loved Timmy, has returned home a smart and beautiful woman, and Timmy starts to fall in love with her, but a grown up relationship with her would mean the end of his adventures with his fairies. Timmy must make a choice between growing up and falling in love with the woman of his dreams, or keep acting like a child and stay with the best friends he has ever had. Meanwhile, an oil tycoon named Hugh J. Magnate discovers the existence of fairies and seeks to gain their power for his own greedy purposes.
The full cast list and appearances is unknown so far. Drake Bell will play Timmy Turner. Daniella Monet will play Tootie. In a short sequence where Cosmo and Wanda temporarily became human, they will be played by Jason Alexander and Cheryl Hines respectively. Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof will otherwise appear in CGI in form for the rest of the movie and will be voiced by their original voice actors. David Lewis will play Mr. Crocker. Devon Weigel will play Vicky. Jorgen Von Strangle will also be played by Mark Gibbon and will have a CGI crown.
- Main article: List of The Fairly OddParents characters
- Mary Kay Bergman as Timmy Turner #1 Creampuff #1/Mrs. Bigfoot .Original Voice of Timmy Turner from the Oh Yeah! Cartoons
- Tara Strong as Timmy Turner#2, Poof, Tad, Blonda, Princess Mandie, Vicky's Mom and Britney Britney
- Daran Norris as Cosmo, Mr. Turner, Jorgen Von Strangle, Anti-Cosmo, The April Fool, George Washington and Pappy
- Susanne Blakeslee as Wanda, Mrs. Turner, Anti-Wanda, Mrs. Dinkleberg, and Ms. Sunshine/Ms.Doombringer
- Carlos Alazraqui as Denzel Crocker, Juandissimo, Mayor, Chompy the Goat, Sheldon Dinkleberg and Hank the Rhino
- Grey DeLisle as Vicky the Babysitter, Tootie, Veronica, Chad, Principal Waxelplax, Tooth Fairy, Happy Peppy Betty and Ms.Sunshine|Ms. Doombringer
- Frankie Muniz as Chester McBadbat #1 (2001–2003)
- Jason Marsden as Chester McBadbat #2 (2003–present), Gary
- Ibrahim Haneef Muhammad as AJ #1 (2001–2003)
- Gary LeRoi Gray as AJ #2 (2003–present)
- Dee Bradley Baker as Elmer, Sanjay, Binky Abdul, The Bronze Kneecap, Thomas Jefferson, Remy Buxaplenty, Shallowgrave, and Mr. Turner (as a kid)
- Faith Abrahams as Francis
- Dionne Quan as Trixie Tang
- Rob Paulsen as Mark Chang, King Gripploun, Bucky McBadbat and Happy Peppy Gary
- Jim Ward as Mr. Bickles, Doug Dimmadome, Vicky's Dad, Chet Ubetcha and Dr. Rip Studwell (Hard Copy)
- Jane Carr as Mama Cosma
- Tony Sirico as Big Daddy
- Tom Kenny as Cupid
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Dark Laser and AJ's Dad
- Ben Stein as The Pixies
- Chris Kirkpatrick as Chip Skylark
- Adam West as Himself (Catman)
- Jay Leno as the Crimson Chin and the Nega Chin
- Gilbert Gottfried as Dr. Bender and Wendell
- Robert Cait as Norm the Genie (Fairy Idol)
- Norm Macdonald as Norm the Genie (Other appearances)
- S. Scott Bullock as Flappy Bob
- Method Man as Pixie Rapper
- Alec Baldwin as Older Timmy
- Steve Irwin as Bad Parent Hunter
- Daisy Carson as A.J.'s Mom
- Butch Hartman as Dr. Rip Studwell (Other appearances)
- Laraine Newman as Queen Jipjorrulac
- Tom Arnold as Santa
- Robert Costanzo as Easter Bunny
- Diana Degarmo as Cosmo's Singing Voice (Fairy Idol)
Throughout the course of the show, many famous actors have guest starred on The Fairly OddParents. Some of the most notable are recurring characters Adam West (Catman) and Jay Leno (Crimson Chin). Some other famous stars were Norm Macdonald (Norm the Genie), Alec Baldwin (older Timmy), Ben Stein (the Pixies), Gilbert Gottfried (Dr. Bender and Wendell), and Tom Arnold (Santa).
Though not featured as guests on the show, references have been made to other public figures, including Bill Gates (shown as a child with Cosmo and Wanda as fairy godparents in the episode "Father Time"), Tina Turner (also one of their godkids), Britney Spears (parodied as "Britney Britney"), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone (parodied as "Arnold Schwarzengerman and Sylvester Calzone), and George W. Bush (a U.S. president was depicted in the episode "That old Black Magic", and he bore resemblance to then-president Bush).
Early origins (1998-2001)
Producer Butch Hartman originally created The Fairly OddParents as a seven-minute short film entitled Fairy Godparents, one of 39 short cartoons in the first season of Fred Seibert's Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Butch Hartman made nine more short films for the show in the second and third seasons as well. Nickelodeon agreed to a six episode order (consisting of two 11-minute stories) of "The Fairly Oddparents, which began airing on March 30, 2001, in the half hour after Invader Zim. On April 11, 2006, Nickelodeon UK aired nine Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts in three episodes. These stories include "Where's the Wand?", in which Vicky uses Wanda's wand, and "Too Many Timmys", in which Timmy makes copies of himself. Each episode lasts for about 7 minutes. Unlike the half-hour series, the animation in the shorts is not as smooth, and the designs are notably different (including Timmy's parents Mr. and Mrs. Turner, who are only seen from the neck down in the pilot episodes). Other notable differences include voices like Timmy Turner, who was voiced by another actress (Mary Kay Bergman), instead of Tara Strong
Early popularity (2001-2004)
The Fairly OddParents was immediately popular around its first year, greatly increasing its lead-in rating from Invader Zim. In fact, no matter what time slot Nickelodeon placed the show in, Nick's ratings soared. The series attracted a wider than anticipated audience, appealing to all ages, a feat only matched by Spongebob Squarepants. Other than SpongeBob, it was later Nickelodeon's highest rated show. Early 2002 and 2003 was the first peak of popularity for The Fairly OddParents. Ratings sky-rocketed, and it briefly passed SpongeBob SquarePants. The show saw its quick rise to the top in Australia and United States in summer of 2002 and 2003 when the show's first TV special, Abra-Catastrophe!, was aired. The film was a success and many products were merchandised.
After Abra-Catastrophe!, creator Butch Hartman created a new project for Nickelodeon called Danny Phantom. A second Fairly OddParents TV special was made, titled Channel Chasers. Since then, there have been other specials, like The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker, Crash Nebula, School's Out: The Musical, Fairy Idol, the "Jimmy-Timmy" crossovers, Fairly OddBaby, Wishology, Anti-Poof, and most importantly A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
End and resumption of production (2005-2007)
Nickelodeon ceased the production of the show late in 2005, with The Jerkinators (The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3) as the actual season finale of the sixth season, though in the U.S the episode "Timmy the Barbarian!/No Substitute for Crazy!" was shown after The Jerkinators as the 5th season finale. Butch Hartman made the official announcement on his forum on January 24, 2006. However, Butch announced on February 2, 2007 on his forum that Nick has granted Fairly OddParents twenty more episode slots and that the show had resumed production. Cosmo and Wanda also appeared in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
A theatrical movie was planned for release by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, but was eventually dropped due to a regime change by Paramount, though the script was written. Hartman stated on his website that he would like to release the movie to DVD one day, but did not have any definitive plans to do so. The Fairly OddParents have appeared in a $50 Best Western travel card over the 2006 summer period and again over the 2007 summer period.
After a one year hiatus, Nickelodeon announced on TV that they would begin the broadcast of a television movie called Fairly OddBaby as the beginning of at least 20 episodes of Season 6, and to carry the show to at least the year 2010. A huge hit, Fairly OddBaby aired on February 18, 2008, becoming the top entertainment program across broadcast and basic cable TV for the year among kids. Also, four new episodes aired each day at 5:00 p.m. EST beginning on Monday, March 10 after a rerun of the Fairly OddBaby special, and ending on Thursday (3–13) of that week. It was reported that 8.81 million people watched this movie when it originally aired. Another new episode week aired from May 12–16, 2008. The Fairly Oddlympics aired on August 1, 2008, as part of the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics, which began on August 8, 2008. Another premiere week aired through August 11–15, 2008. Four new episodes of The Fairly OddParents aired during Super Stuffed Nicktoons Weekend.
The next three Fairly OddParents movies, Wishology, aired in three one-hour installments during the first weekend of May 2009. This is the first Fairly OddParents movie to be nearly three hours long (or, excluding commercials, 144 minutes) and to be presented in HD and widescreen, and they are the last episodes of the season.
Another Fairly OddParents special was released on Nickelodeon entitled Anti-Poof. This was the tenth Fairly OddParents special and it followed a week of brand new Fairly OddParents episodes airing from July 6 to July 9, 2009. The special followed all of the new episodes aired in succession and was only episode length itself. It premiered on July 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm est. And on August 10–14 there was a premiere of brand new episodes of the Fairly Oddparents at 6:00 P.M. est. On September 28, 2009 @ 4/3c, Nickelodeon started airing 5 new 15-minute Fairly OddParents episodes. On October 16, 2009 two new episodes aired. Then on Feburary 6, 2010 two new episodes aired as part of Secret Crush Weekend. On April 5–9, 2010 five brand new episodes were aired as part of "Spring it On". More episodes were aired in late September. In 2011 the series makes it's tenth year anniversary, and, as a celebration, the live action movie was released in July 2011.
After the airing of "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!" in July, more episodes aired between seasons 7 and 8, throughout the month of July and August 2011. It was also announced that new specials would air in the Fall of 2011, starting with the double length episode titled "When L.O.S.E.R.S. Attack", airing in October, and later followed by the recent 1 hour length movie called "Timmy's Secret Wish!", that aired in November, during the week of Thanksgiving (the movie aired on different days of November throughout other countries). The third announced title, "Meet the OddParents", aired in December, and showed Timmy's Godparents being seen by Timmy's parents. The featured headgag was Dudley Puppy, the main character of "T.U.F.F. Puppy".
Movie sequel and future (2012-present)
On March 14, 2012 the series was renewed for a ninth season, with new episodes that were scheduled to air in 2012, and a sequel to the 2011 live-action TV movie, "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!", called "A Fairly Odd Christmas", was also confirmed. The sequel premiered on November 29, 2012.
The only season 7 episode that was unaired in the US, "Farm Pit", was first aired on August 5, 2012, completing season 7 and 8's run. Season 9 started on March 23, 2013 with a special titled "Fairly OddPet", introducing Sparky, Timmy Turner's fairy-dog and second addition to the show's main cast - after Poof in 2008.
- Main article: List of The Fairly OddParents episodes
|Season||Episodes||First airdate||Last airdate|
|Season 0||10||September 4, 1998||March 23, 2001|
|Season 1||6||March 30, 2001||December 12, 2001|
|Season 2||14||February 24, 2002||July 27, 2002|
|Season 3||20||April 27, 2003||November 9, 2003|
|Season 4||20||November 16, 2003||February 10, 2005|
|Season 5||20||July 18, 2005||November 25, 2006|
|Season 6||20||February 18, 2008||August 12, 2009|
|Season 7||40||July 6, 2009||August 5, 2012|
|Season 8||6||February 12, 2011||November 29, 2012|
|Season 9||26||March 23, 2013||TBA|
Fairly OddParents TV movies
- Abra-Catastrophe! (three parts, 2002/2003)
- Channel Chasers (three parts, 2003/2004)
- School's Out! The Musical (two parts, 2004/2005)
- Fairy Idol (two parts, 2006)
- Fairly OddBaby (two parts, 2008)
- The Fairly OddParents: Wishology (three double-length parts, 2009)
- A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (live-action, 2011)
- Timmy's Secret Wish! (two parts, 2011)
- A Fairly Odd Christmas (live-action, 2012)
Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy
- The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour (2004)
- The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide (2006)
- The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators (2006)
There were six shorts featuring the Crimson Chin, Timmy's favorite action hero that were made for Nickelodeon's website. They are now available exclusively on the Superhero Spectacle DVD release, although they occasionally air on Nicktoons Network.
Lucky 7 marathon
On July 7, 2007, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Nickelodeon showed viewers' favorite Fairly OddParents episodes, voted for on TurboNick. That was the third time Nickelodeon allowed viewers to vote for their favorite episodes; the first occasion was SpongeBob SquarePants' Best Day Ever event and the other time was Jimmy Neutron's "Genius, Sheenius or Imbetweenius" event. However, unlike the previous two, no new episode was aired. Instead, 77 secrets were revealed. The 77th secret stated that a new characteris joining the Fairly Oddparents cast and gave hints such as showing Cosmo in a diaper, 'pooing' himself and then people going "Aww". This indicated that Cosmo and Wanda were going to have a baby. That is one of the only Fairly OddParents marathons. Later in December 2007, Nick showed a commercial telling of things that were going to happen in 2008. This commercial had a short preview, of Fairly Odd Baby which included Cosmo in a hospital gown holding a baby, aired February 18, 2008.
DVD and VHS
- Main article: List of The Fairly OddParents DVD and VHS
Due to the show's mass popularity, several video releases have been marketed. More information can be found by clicking here
- The Fairly OddParents is seen in 113 countries and territories in 27 languages around the world.
- In Latin America and Brazil, the first episode to be broadcasted by Nickelodeon was "Mooooving Day". All previously episodes, except for the "Jimmy Timmy Power Hour" trilogy, were broadcasted by "Jetix", a network owned by Disney, that later in 2009 became Disney XD. Untill today, in this territories, all episodes 'till "Mooooving Day" are property of Disney, and are still broadcasted by Disney Channel and Disney XD.
- Recurring voice guest-stars include Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) as the Crimson Chin, Adam West (Batman) as Catman and Norm McDonald (Saturday Night Live, The Norm Show) as Norm the Genie. Other celebrity guest voice stars have included Alec Baldwin, Frankie Muniz, Ben Stein, Gilbert Gottfried, Dana Carvey, Brendan Fraser, Tom Arnold, Jackie Mason, Julie Chen, Scott Hamilton, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
- To date, Nickelodeon has ordered 152 The Fairly OddParents episodes, which include 12 TV specials and nine TV movies, two of them being in live-action.
- "The Fairly OddParents" is the third longest-running Nicktoon, behind SpongeBob SquarePants and Rugrats. By January 29th, 2014, if the show is still ongoing, it'll beat "Rugrats", being on air for more than 12 years and 9 months, and become the 2nd longest running Nicktoon.
- The Fairly OddParents has consistently ranked among Nickelodeon’s top programs since the show’s premiere on March 30, 2001.
- The show's main characters, Timmy, Wanda, and Cosmo, can be compared to the main characters of the SpongeBob series; Timmy representing Spongebob, Wanda representing Squidward, and Cosmo representing Patrick.
- It's possible that this show will make it pass ten seasons well into the future.
- ↑ "The Fairly Oddparents Movie Ordered by Nickelodeon". http://www.tvguide.com/News/Fairly-Oddparents-Movie-1020888.aspx.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Macomb Community College Macomb's very own and Anchor Bay High School grad Butch Hartman, creator, director and executive producer of the animated Nickelodeon series "The Fairly OddParents" and "Danny Phantom," and the new "Tuff Puppy" shares his perspective on creativity and innovation.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Butch Hartman website". http://www.butchhartman.com.
- ↑ "The OddParents are coming the OddParents are coming". http://frederatorblogs.com/odd/2007/12/20/the-oddparents-are-coming-the-oddparents-are/.
- ↑ "Cynthia Turner's Cynopsis - Cyn Kids 2/21/08". http://www.cynopsis.com/content/view/3256/53/.
- ↑ "Nickelodeon Unveils Plans at Annual Upfront for More than 650 New Episodes Across Every Genre (NYSE:VIAB)". http://ir.viacom.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=657348.
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