A Fairly Odd Christmas is a made-for-TV movie by Nickelodeon and a live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents and a sequel to A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! with the characters being played by real actors again. This movie premiered on November 29, 2012 on Nickelodeon.
The movie also received one more sequel, A Fairly Odd Summer, released in 2014.
Life is still pretty magical for the now 24-year-old Timmy. He still has his Fairy Godparents, Wanda, Cosmo and Poof, now with their newest family member, Timmy’s girlfriend, Tootie. Together, they drive around the world with their business called “Wishful Thinking”, granting wishes for people who really need them, so it’s safe to say that Timmy has grown up well. However, during the holiday season, they end up going to the North Pole, because Timmy has actually been making wishes for people, but without thinking if there were any dangers or consequences of those wishes. While Santa was giving a lesson to Timmy on how to use his power responsibly, the gift wrapping machine becomes broken. When Timmy tries to use his fairies to fix it, the magic went haywire, since fairy magic normally doesn’t work in “an elf made building”, this turns into a problem, as a blast sends Santa into the machine, and a hit to the head gets him amnesia! Uh oh! Then the workshop is shut down because of lack of Christmas spirit! Jorgen Von Strangle comes to tell Timmy that he must now be Santa, since the real Santa cannot do his job now. However, because of Timmy’s bad actions he has done, he is on the naughty list, and can’t be Santa until he’s on the nice list again! The elves tell Timmy he must journey to Elmer the Elder Elf to get him off the naughty list, and Timmy can’t use his fairies to get there, since their magic is nullified at the North Pole. So, Timmy, Tootie, his fairies, two elves, and even Mr. Crocker all go on a very dangerous journey to get to Elmer, get Timmy off the naughty list, and help save Christmas. Can they survive and make it back in time before Christmas is doomed forever?
Why It Sucks
- Mediocre Christmas story with a great concept poorly executed.
- Like the first movie, 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?
- The elves, Christmas Carol and Dingle Dave, are very annoying.
- Terrible special effects that clearly look fake, like the first film.
- Poor grasp of the source material despite being made by Butch Hartman, the show's creator: after a child loses his fairies at 18, they move on without ever remembering them, but Timmy is still with his fairies because of that "special" rule from the previous film.
- It didn't help that this movie was made after the original series’ Season 8 finale, "Meet the OddParents", which would have been a perfect ending for the franchise.
- Like the first film, 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.
- Like the first film, everyone still 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, like the first film, Cosmo, Wanda and Poof don't even try to disguise themselves in public.
- Some poor casting choices, similar to the first film, like Daniella Monet as Tootie.
- Aside from Drake Bell and Daniella Monet, everyone else's acting is pretty bad, like in the first film.
- Predictable ending where Timmy ends up learning his lesson, getting taken off the naughty list, and everyone saving Christmas.
- This continues the awful trilogy of the live-action Fairly OddParents movies.
- The idea of Timmy learning his lesson to use his fairies power’s responsibility during an adventure to save Christmas is a good idea, but could have been executed better.
- While not perfect, Drake & Josh’s Drake Bell and Victorious’s Daniella Monet's performances as Timmy and Tootie respectively are pretty good, like in the first movie.
- Like the first movie, the love relationship between Timmy and Tootie is still pretty good, and has some cute moments (especially when they kiss under the mistletoe).
- Like the first movie, David Lewis is great as Denzel Crocker. Also, Denzel Crocker is the best thing of this movie.
- Like the first movie, the voice actors for Cosmo, Wanda and Poof reprise their roles from the cartoon, and Daran Norris also plays the role of Timmy's dad like in the Nicktoon.
- At times, it feels like a Christmas special of the original Nicktoon.
- Most of the actors imitate the voice actors from the original show very well, like the first movie.
- The soundtrack is pretty good, as it is composed by Guy Moon, the same composer of the original show and the first movie.
- Poof speaking was really adorable, especially since he said “God bless us, everyone”. That was so cute.