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Into the locker, around the world
By BHAVANA VANGARA
Published October 13, 2003
Movie: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: Rescue Jet Fusion
Summary: Jimmy Neutron is recruited by the well-known Big Top Secret Organization (BTSO) to track down Agent X, who is missing in action. One day at school, Jimmy is called to the principal's office but winds up sucked into a locker and into a room where he meets the BTSO leader, Commander Baker (guest voice Michael Clarke Duncan), who explains the mission to find Agent X.
Agent X's tracking device runs low on batteries and deactivates somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Jimmy takes his old pals Carl and Sheen along on the adventure as they dive into the depths of the ocean. They discover the tracking device, but Agent X apparently has been whisked away to Mount Everest.
The trio trots around the other side of the globe, reaches Tibet and "bumps" into Agent X, who turns out to be Jimmy's absolute idol, Jet Fusion, star of the recently released film, Die Again Tomorrow Forever. It turns out Jet was kidnapped by evil scientist Professor Calamitous and his daughter (voices of Tim Curry and Wendie Malick). Now, Jet and Jimmy, the boy genius with an IQ of 220, must foil a plot to flood the world.
My View: This movie, the second in the Jimmy Neutron franchise, was a total take-off on James Bond. Jimmy even says that he likes his milkshake "shaken, not stirred." Catchy phrases and secret agent-speak make this a fun movie. Most of the action is expected, but the few turns stray into a slightly different direction. The guest stars make it exciting. Tim Curry's comical dialogue with "daughter" Malick creates mild tension.
Favorite Part: One of the funny scenes was when Sheen and Carl meet the Shangri Lama. They take the two to their hillside retreat where Carl becomes the Master of the Llamas and Sheen's talent of putting his leg behind his head is finally appreciated by someone.
Recommendations: This is great for Nickelodeon viewers ages 4 to 11. The episode is airing on the same day of the release of the video game, Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: Rescue Jet Fusion. If you're a dedicated Jimmy Neutron fan or seem interested, be sure to check it out.
- Bhavana Vangara, 14, is in the ninth grade at Palm Harbor University High.