Greetings fellow movie goers from across the globe. Today’s “Flashback Review” involves an animated series on Nickelodeon about a boy named, Timmy Turner who grants wishes with the help of two fairies, Cosmo & Wanda to help him with his problems at school, dodging his evil baby sitter, Vicky, attempting to win the girl of his dreams, Trixie, attempting to get what he wants, bonding with his quirky parents like his simpleton father, his frequent encounters with his over-the-top conspiracy theorist teacher, Denzel Crocker and embarking on wacky adventures. The premise I’m referring to is from “The Fairly OddParents.”
It all started in 1998 when animator Butch Hartman left Cartoon Network, he crafted 10 short cartoons based on Cinderella, centering around Timmy Turner’s early adventures with his fairy godparents Cosmo & Wanda. After meeting several production companies, Butch managed to meet producers at Nickelodeon, he pitched his concept. After producers watched the short cartoons in focus group, they approved Butch and they green-lit the show. Thus, the show became one of Nickelodeon’s iconic shows.
The Fairly OddParents aired a total of 10 seasons from 2001-2017. It spawned TV Movies, video games, merchandise, comics, action figures, t-shirts & crossover appearances with Jimmy Neutron. I used to watch The Fairly OddParents back when I was growing up. Until one terrible day, Cosmo & Wanda’s baby Poof came into the picture. He served no purpose but to shove idiotic moments down my throat. To put salt in the wound, new characters such as Chloe Carmichael & Sparky The Dog imploded the beloved series. Talk about a Triple Trouble when it comes to Poof, Chloe & Sparky. Anyways, a TV movie aired titled, “Abra-Catastrophe.”
The Fairly OddParents: Abra-Catastrophe aired in 2003. (same year Finding Nemo came out) It received positive reviews from television critics and families alike. Abra-Catastrophe spawned additional TV Movies including “Channel Chasers,” “Wishology” “Grow Up Timmy Turner,” “A Fairly Odd Christmas” & “A Fairly Odd Summer.”
A proposed crossover film involving Nicktoons is currently in the works since 2017. “Rugrats” is getting a revival and a fourth movie will be released in 2021. Netflix streamed “Rocko Modern Life: Static Change” & “Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus.” To prepare for Nickelodeon’s future Nicktoons film and Rugrats revival, I’d like to share what’s good or about the first installment of The Fairly OddParents’ film series.
Today’s review doesn’t contain any crucial SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Believable & Unbelievable Aspects
Believable: The Main Cast such as Tara Strong, Darren Norris, Susan Blakeslee, Grey DeLisle & Carlos Alazraqui reprise their roles and they all did a fantastic job for their respective voiceover performances.
Butch Hartman did a great job writing and directing the movie.
Animation retains its 2D hand drawn format, bringing the world, characters and environmental locations to life.
Humor retains its style of comedy. Back when the show was really good. Why did Poof have to ruin my childhood?
Recurring characters from the show make cameo appearances. Can you guess who’s who?
A muffin that grants wishes serves as a pivotal role. Whoever takes a bite at the magic muffin will grant him/her one single wish.
They did a jab at the most annoying Star Wars character of all time. Y’all know who it is since 1999. Coincidentally, “Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic” came out the same year as Abra Catastrophe. Perhaps Butch is a fan of Star Wars. By the way, Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Star Wars: Clone Wars” aired in 2003. Too bad it is no longer canon to the series. Kinda ironic that Butch later created Poof, making later episodes look like 5 seasons of “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Like the show, Abra-Catastrophe contains several pop culture references.
Timmy’s teacher Denzel Crocker serves as the main villain. His goal is to prove that fairies exist in our reality. You can’t forget his over-the-top catchphrase whenever he moves his body shouting, “FAIRY GODPARENTS!”
Crocker’s suit of armor resembles Galactus from Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.”
Timmy’s wears a white hood based on Moon Knight. First the movie spoofed Spider-Man, now he’s dressed up as Moon Knight? Something tells that Butch is a huge fan of Marvel alongside Timmy, he’s favorite superheroes are The Crimson Chin & Crash Nebula. Seeing Timmy & Crocker dressed as a superhero & supervillain is basically a kids version of “Unbreakable.” Thank god Abra-Catastrophe is way better than Ben Affleck’s “Daredevil” & Eric Bana’s “Hulk.” They were stinkers except “X2: X-Men United”.
Without giving too much away, The Climactic Battle gets serious. Timmy has to defend himself without his trusty allies.
The show’s opening theme song is parodied.
The film’s opening scene indicates that this is gonna be one wacky adventure.
If you own a DVD copy of the film, you can listen to commentary by Darren Norris & Susan Blakeslee in character as Cosmo & Wanda.
Unbelievable: To be honest with you guys and gals. I couldn’t find nothing wrong with the movie. I’m giving Butch Hartman & the crew an Extra Point for making a flawless TV movie as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
In my opinion, The Fairly OddParents: Abra-Catastrophe is a decent animated film as well as one of my favorite Nickelodeon based films next to Channel Chasers. Both of em’ are much better than “Rugrats Go Wild.” If you’re curious to see Abra-Catastrophe, I strongly recommend it.
If an animated theatrical movie based on The Fairly OddParents is in development, I want the show to take place after Channel Chasers and discard all episodes & TV Movies involving Poof, Chloe & Sparky. All three of them belong in Riker’s Island serving a life sentence for ruining one of my favorite shows I grew up watching! Halloween 2018 worked when every sequel was removed to start anew, how about The Fairly OddParents? Nickelodeon if your reading this, I want this to become a reality and you might redeem yourselves.
R.I.P. The Fairly OddParents 2001-2008