A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! is a made-for-TV movie by Nickelodeon and a live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents with the characters being played by real actors. This movie premiered on July 9, 2011 on Nickelodeon as part of the tenth anniversary celebration of The Fairly OddParents.
The movie also recieved two sequels, A Fairly Odd Christmas and A Fairly Odd Summer, released in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
Life is pretty magical for 23-year-old Timmy. He's managed to avoid all sorts of responsibilities by staying a kid at heart. He's even maintained his 5th grade status to keep his Fairy Godparents, Wanda, Cosmo and Poof! But when Timmy's childhood friend, Tootie, returns to town, Timmy is forced to deal with new crushy feelings for the once-dorky-now-gorgeous Tootie. Will he have to (*gasp!*) grow up?? But what would happen to his Fairy Godparents?? Tough questions for Timmy, but that's nothing compared to his big time battle with power-hungry evil business trying to take over his beloved Dimmsdale! It just might be time for Timmy Turner to do some growing up.
- Mediocre story with a great concept poorly executed.
- Awful CGI. Timmy's fairy godparents, while accurate, look quite ugly in their fairy forms.
- Speaking of that, if Jorgen is a fairy too, why is he live action and not CGI like Cosmo, Wanda and Poof?
- Hugh J. Magnate is a bland and mediocre villain.
- Terrible special effects that clearly look fake.
- Poor grasp of the source material despite being made by Butch Hartman, the show's creator: in the cartoon, when a child turns 18, the Fairy Taxi comes to take their fairy godparents back to Fairy World, and if they refuse to go and try to resist, then the Fairy Taxi pulls out a magnet that attracts fairies to take them away immediately, but in this movie, a child only loses their fairy godparents when they receive their love's first kiss, and their fairy godparents automatically disappear and then go back to Fairy World, which means if a child doesn't receive their love's first kiss, they can keep their fairy godparents for the rest of their life.
- It didn't help that this movie was made around the same time when the show started to decline in quality.
- The live-action characters like Crocker, Vicky, or Jorgen Von Strangle barely resemble their cartoon counterparts. Even Tootie looks nothing like her cartoon counterpart, but more like Trixie Tang.
- The few flashback scenes that show Tootie as a kid clearly show Daniella Monet with Tootie's glasses and pigtails instead of getting a child actor to play the role like with the pictures of younger Timmy Turner.
- Everyone acts like Tootie was Timmy's only love interest, despite the fact that he had at least two love interests in the cartoon, one of them being Trixie Tang, who isn't even mentioned in the film, and it's never explained what happened to her.
- Sometimes, Cosmo, Wanda and Poof don't even try to disguise themselves in public.
- Some poor casting choices, like Jason Alexander as Cosmo's human form, Jesse Reid as A.J. and Daniella Monet as Tootie.
- Aside from Drake Bell, Daniella Monet and David Lewis, most of the acting is pretty bad.
- Plot hole: how was Timmy able to wish up girlfriends for Chester and A.J. if Da Rules say that magic can't create or interfere with true love?
- This movie contradicts the events of the beloved TV special "Channel Chasers", where Timmy grew up and lost his fairies. In the movie, however, he kept his fairies due to acting like a child and does not act selfish or use them for selfish purposes.
- The concept of an adult Timmy Turner having to leave childhood, say goodbye to fairies and assume the responsibilities of adulthood had the potential to be an emotional film similar to Toy Story 3. Although the concept has been poorly executed, sadly.
- While not perfect, the performances of Drake & Josh’s Drake Bell and Victorious’s Daniella Monet as Timmy and Tootie respectively are pretty good.
- The love relationship between Timmy and Tootie is pretty good, and has some cute moments.
- David Lewis is great as Denzel Crocker, and his characterization is consistent with the earlier seasons.
- The voice actors for Cosmo, Wanda and Poof reprise their roles from the cartoon. Daran Norris also plays the role of Timmy's dad like in the Nicktoon.
- At times, it feels like an episode of the original Nicktoon.
- Most of the actors imitate the voice actors from the original show very well.
- The soundtrack is pretty good, as it is composed by Guy Moon, the same composer of the original show.
- Poof speaking is somewhat funny.