The audio commentary for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a fan-fiction thing to make. It would've appeared on the Disney print of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius commentary with Director John A. Davis, Producer Steve Oedekerk, Music Composer John Debney, and Screenplay Writer David N. Weiss.
- JOHN A. DAVIS: Hey there, genius! Welcome to the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius DVD audio commentary. We're so great to have you here! I'm John A. Davis, the director of the film, along with being the story writer.
- STEVE OEDEKERK: I'm Steve Oedekerk, the producer of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and the co-writer of it.
- JOHN DEBNEY: I'm John Debney, the music composer of the movie.
- DAVID N. WEISS: And I'm David N. Weiss, the screenplay writer.
- OEDEKERK: Now what's most interesting about the movie is that it actually has a long history of it's development from the first idea that we pitched to what you're currently see in your living room.
- DEBNEY: I think's it's safe to say that the animation of both logos are done by Nickelodeon Animation Studios, O Productions, and DNA Productions themselves. And this music, which is what you're hearing right now, is composed by yours truly, me.
- DAVIS: When I first started on this project, I knew I had to make justice on the movie, I really had to.
- (DAVIS AND OEDEKERK LAUGH)
- OEDEKERK: This scene was actually a bit hard to animate with all those things that made it so dramatic.
- WEISS: It's not like the animators can just work on a couple of things and call it a day. No, they had to get every single one of them done.
- DAVIS: This is nothing like Pixar's films where the crew on those films can animate characters using their own software, you know. The animation software in this movie is very different. The animators on this could spent a couple of hours on 1 scene and still only get a few shots done! Now isn't that insane?
- DEBNEY: Yep.
- OEDEKERK: Now this scene was inspired by Top Gun, a film that also had officers in airplanes. We watched it at a roundtable and we were all kind of like "Wow, that movie looks great! We should put a scene like this in the Jimmy Neutron movie!" Besides, if it weren't for it, the deleted Yolkian Prologue would still be in it. You know, the scene with the Yolkians? We had to delete it because we couldn't find a way for it to open the film without ruining it altogether.
- WEISS: Yea, it would be horrifying if we kept it, so we're sure glad that the filmmakers deleted it!
- DAVIS: So here we have Jimmy's catchphrase. We used it because Jimmy has been flying in rockets a lot, so we were talking at another roundtable discussion and we thought "What if Jimmy had a catchphrase that refers to blasting off?" And that's what we came up with. You know, "Gotta Blast!" (LAUGHS)
- OEDEKERK: The scene with Jimmy, Carl, and Goddard in his Mark II rocket is actually what follows the shorts that were aired on Nickelodeon back when, like, when the film was nearing it's release. To be more specific, the final part of Calling All Aliens had them blasting off with the communication toaster, and when we first see them, they're in that same rocket with the same communication toaster that they have, too. Jimmy even remarks about how Carl should send the communication toaster to outer space so that Jimmy could get a message from the aliens. That's, like, really some total Deja Vu right there if you ask me.
- DAVIS: When we first thought up this scene, we felt like we needed to make it as remotely funny as possible. So the filmmakers made a couple of revisions and changes to it, and eventually, we ended up with the final result that you're currently seeing. And to be honest, it's actually quite hilarious to see how both Judy and Hugh Neutron talk to each other both about their breakfast and their upcoming events that they're going to be doing.
- OEDEKERK: Hugh is voiced by Tim Allen, who also brought Buzz Lightyear to life in Toy Story and played the main roles on Home Improvement and The Santa Clause. So basically, we were glad that he got to play Hugh, because he fitted the role perfectly just like with what he did on his projects, and it's just wonderful to, to hear him act this way. Also, the joke with Hugh telling his son, Jimmy, to come downstairs while quacking at the same time...
- Hugh: ...to come down! (Quacks and sings at the same time)
- OEDEKERK: ...wasn't really intended to be in the final film, as he was only supposed to say "Jimmy, time to come downstairs for breakfast!" But we kept think about the duck toy he's playing with and we thought "You know what? Let's make a joke out of the toy Hugh is playing with while keeping the original line and having him quack, too." And so that joke was added into the film shortly after that point.
- DEBNEY: And now comes the first time the viewers have ever seen Jimmy experience a Brain Blast. We had, like, 2 of those moments in the film, and it took the animators a couple of weeks just to get a perfect look of those awesome sequences. This is also probably the only time we ever got to see the Earwax Museum in the Brain Blast sequence. We wanted to do it to show the audience what a Brain Blast would look like inside Jimmy's head.
- WEISS: Here's some interesting movie magic for you to know. How are Jimmy, Carl, and Goddard able to breathe in space when they really couldn't, and while being in a rocket with no cover at the same time?
- DAVIS: Also, how is Jimmy able to launch the communication toaster into the reaches of outer space when it could possibly float out of Jimmy's hands, and probably cause them to float out of the rocket, too with no help whatsoever? It's just... off.
- OEDEKERK: The wind blowing against Jimmy and his friends was actually done using a computer software that'll allow wind to affect the characters in many ways like hair blowing in the wind, Goddard's robot ears flapping around, and, as you saw before this shot, faces being blown really hard from the wind... blowing against them. Actually, it's rather quite challenging for the animators to achieve that goal.
- WEISS: I know Carl is going to say something to Jimmy, but watch his mouth real closely, and y-you'll see that it doesn't really move at all. I-It's like he's using his mind to talk or something happened to him that's really unbelievable.
- OEDEKERK: Jimmy Neutron is like, really special to us in some way. Because me, and the other crew members of the movie had described him as being "one-third Bart Simpson, one-third Albert Einstein and one-third Jim Carrey." And the billboard promoting Retroland is some foreshadowing that the park is opening it's doors tonight and, and the kids who matter are going to be there because there's only 1 opening night and then like, no more after that.
- DAVIS: There's this whole parenting issue with Jimmy and his parents that we've been trying to accomplish during the process of working on the film. Like, imagine if you want to go on a very special event or to a friend's party, but your parents wouldn't let you. So what would you do? That's the question that puzzled us while making this movie. It's like it's really stuck in our heads, like literally. (LAUGHS)
- Jimmy: Whoops.
- DEBNEY: The house that Jimmy and Carl blasted off from in Jimmy's rocket during the final part of Calling All Aliens, which happens to be the Neutrons' house, is actually the very same house that both Jimmy and Goddard crash-landed on in the previous shot. A-and now we've arrived at the scene that showcases Judy's talk with Jimmy about, about not talking to strangers. You see, we can't just let Jimmy get away with trying to use the communication toaster to talk to the Yolkians by sending it into outer space. We got to have a actual talk about that subject in this scene and the artists and animators spent weeks separately working on it to make sure it each gets the real feeling that you're, like, actually being pestered by your parents, no matter what kind.
- DAVIS: The lesson Judy Neutron talks about here is reflecting the rules about not interacting with strangers, even if you think they're good. And in Toy Story 2, a joke was made in the film, in which Mrs. Potato Head says to the toys before leaving on their rescue mission, (IMITATING ESTELLE HARRIS) "Don't talk to any toy you don't know!", meaning the exact same thing. It was added in that movie, because it was all Estelle Harris's idea.
- DEBNEY: I actually composed the score for the "Parents" scene along with other ones as well, but that never made it to the final film, because I thought it will probably distract the audience too much, like, they won't actually hear Jimmy and his parents talk, while the score is, is playing in the background this whole time.
- (Music starts)
- DEBNEY: Speaking of which, I was responsible for scoring many of the movie's music, and, umm, I did a really magnificent job on this movie's score. The last time I can remember scoring the music for a Disney animated feature was in 2000 back when Walt Disney Feature Animation's The Emperor's New Groove was nearing it's completion. Of course, I felt really glad when I was tasked to score this, because I not only knew it was going to be a science-fiction movie, but my music would also totally fit in with the science-fiction genre. (LAUGHS)
- OEDEKERK: Some of the moments with our characters during the movie are actually based off some of our other Jimmy Neutron projects, like with this moment here, you'll probably notice it's a bit familiar. That's because it was inspired from the "Runaway Rocketboy" pilot that never came to be due to the cancellation of the Nickelodeon show KaBlam!, and the fact that we wanted it to turn it into a feature-length movie.