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Director Savage Steve Holland has worked on both those series and cartoons including "Eek!
the Cat," which he co-created, and "Camp Lazlo." The film, which premieres Saturday, starts out well, as Wanda, Cosmo and Poof give Timmy his birthday present — a pirate battle in his bedroom.
For its latest, hour-long TV movie, "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner," Nickelodeon has taken its venerable cartoon series "The Fairly Odd Parents" and blown it up, like a balloon, into three plump dimensions.
Godparent fairies Wanda and Cosmo and their baby fairy Poof are rendered rounded in CG animation; real people play the other parts.
This creative decision pays the immediate dividend of letting adult Nickelodeon human resource Drake Bell, of "Drake & Josh" fame, play the lead.
It is a place we recognize at once as different from the one we have to live in; as rendered in "The Fairly Odd Parents," it is a world louder, brighter, faster and flatter than our own.
The second significant change is that Timmy, the fairy-protected protagonist of the piece, is no longer a 10-year-old fifth-grader.
He is now a 23-year-old fifth-grader, living at home and sleeping in horsey pajamas, having contrived not to grow up in order not to lose his fairy pals, to whom he is closer than his own ridiculous — one wants to say, "cartoonish" — parents.
The human cast do generally successful turns on their cartoon counterparts; to note Mark Gibbon as power-fairy Jorgen Von Strangle and David Lewis as Timmy's fairy-obsessed teacher, Mr. As to Bell, though Timmy's reluctance to grow up and leave home may be seen as a metaphor of the actor's own Nick-dominated career, the evidence suggests he should give the wider world a try.
Still, this sort of messing with a thing that does not cry to be messed with is not necessarily a recipe for disaster.
Cartoon Network did a nice job with a couple of "Scooby-Doo" movies not long ago, and this project would have looked good on paper, having been written by Butch Hartman, who created the cartoon, with Scott Fellows, creator of Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and "Big Time Rush," which adapt cartoon values to live-action comedy.