Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (sometimes shortened to Jimmy Neutron) is a 2001 American computer-animated comic science fiction film produced by Nickelodeon Movies, O Entertainment, and DNA Productions, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by creator John A. Davis and written by Davis and producer Steve Oedekerk, with voice talents by Debi Derryberry, Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Rob Paulsen, and Jeffrey Garcia. The precursor to the TV show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which followed shortly after, Jimmy Neutron follows the title character, a schoolboy with super-genius powers who must save all of the parents of the world from a race of egg-like aliens known as the Yolkians.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was released on December 21, 2001. Backed by a strong pre-release campaign, the film was a box office success, grossing $103 million worldwide. It was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001, ultimately losing to Shrek; it was the only animated Nickelodeon film to ever be nominated in that category until Rango (2011).
The film's success led to a spin-off television series called The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which premiered on July 20, 2002, and ended on November 25, 2006. Another spin-off series called Planet Sheen was produced, focusing on Jimmy's friend Sheen Estevez. This series premiered on October 2, 2010, and ended on February 15, 2013.
History with the Macy's Parade
As mentioned above, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was garnered attention with its strong pre-release campaign. This included a series of eight short films, merchandising, and a giant helium balloon of the titular character; Jimmy Neutron, in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Jimmy Neutron balloon would debut in 2001 as one of five brand-new giant balloons that year. The design shows him on his Thanksgiving hiatus from his home in Retroville, gussied up with his signature styled hair and iconic red t-shirt as he blasts down the Parade route, in hopes of finding new discoveries along the way. The balloon would make two more appearances in 2002 and 2003. The balloon was then retired and hasn't made a public appearance since. But with his show's cancellation and his fade into obscurity, he will likely never make another appearance.
The same year of his debut, he appeared in walk-around form on the Toon Balloon-Abration float, alongside other current and retired balloon characters.
Jimmy Neutron Theme by Bowling For Soup (2001-2003)