The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman about the adventures of a strange boy with large buck-teeth who has two fairy godparents. It is produced by Frederator Studios, and as of 2008, Billionfold Studios, for the cable network Nickelodeon, where it is currently one of the most popular shows (second only to SpongeBob SquarePants). The television series is also distributed outside the United States by the Canadian animation company Nelvana, the same as Danny Phantom (also created by Hartman). The show makes heavy use of satire and slapstick, and is full of pop culture references. The show is currently airing its sixth season.
In some episodes, they show the history of Timmy Turner, a miserable kid because of Vicky, his evil, 16 year old babysitter. After a while, he went to his room and he saw Cosmo and Wanda by surprise, Cosmo and Wanda introduced themselves and Timmy's misery has diminished.
The Fairly OddParents first aired as a short film on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, and then Butch Hartman made nine more short films for the show. Oh Yeah! Cartoons was cancelled in 2001, but Nickelodeon offered to pick up the franchise. This offer was accepted by creator Butch Hartman. The show began airing its own full-length episodes as its own series on March 30, 2001, alongside Invader Zim. On April 11, 2006, Nickelodeon UK aired nine Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts in three episodes. These stories include "Where's the Wand", in which Vicky uses Wanda's wand, and "Too Many Timmys", in which Timmy makes copies of himself. Each pilot episode lasts for about 7 minutes. Unlike the half-hour series, the animation in the shorts is not as smooth, and the designs are notably different (including Timmy's parents Mr. and Mrs. Turner, who were partially "unseen" in the pilot episodes). Other notable differences include voices like Timmy Turner, who was voiced by another actor (Mary Kay Bergman), instead of Tara Strong (Timmy's voice was dubbed by Tara for re-running of the shorts on the show). Also Cosmo and Wanda had different personalities. Both Godparents were originally dimwitted, but in the half-hour episodes Cosmo has gotten even dumber and his voice got higher and Wanda has become the much smarter (yet just as silly) spouse.
Early 2002 and 2003 was the peak of popularity for The Fairly OddParents. Ratings sky-rocketed, and it briefly passed SpongeBob SquarePants. The show saw its quick rise to the top and fall in Australia and United States in summer of 2002 and 2003 when the show's first TV special, Abra-Catastrophe!, was aired. The film was a success and many products were merchandised.
After Abra-Catastrophe!, creator Butch Hartman created a new project for Nickelodeon called Danny Phantom.
A second Fairly OddParents TV special was made, titled Channel Chasers. Since then, there have been other specials, like The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker, Crash Nebula, School's Out: The Musical, Fairy Idol, the "Jimmy Timmy" crossovers, and the recently released Fairly OddBaby.
Nickelodeon ceased the production of the show late in 2005, with The Jerkinators (The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3) as the actual season finale of the sixth season, though in the U.S the episode "Timmy the Barbarian!/No Substitute for Crazy!" was shown after The Jerkinators as the 6th Season finale. Butch Hartman made the official announcement on his forum on January 24, 2006. However, Butch announced on February 2, 2007 on his forum that Nick has granted Fairly OddParents twenty more episode slots and that the show has resumed production. Cosmo and Wanda also appeared in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
A theatrical movie was planned for release by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, but was eventually dropped due to a regime change by Paramount, though the script was written. Hartman stated on his website that he would like to release the movie to DVD one day, but did not have any definitive plans to do so. The Fairly OddParents have appeared in a $50 Best Western travel card over the 2006 summer period and again over the 2007 summer period.
|Season||Episodes||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 0||10||September 4, 1998||March 23, 2001|
|Season 1||21||March 30, 2001||November 30, 2002|
|Season 2||20||January 30, 2003||November 21, 2003|
|Season 3||16||February 16, 2004||November 27, 2004|
|Season 4||14||January 17, 2005||June 10, 2005|
|Season 5||12||October 3, 2005||November 25, 2006|
|Season 6||13||February 18, 2008||TBA, 2009|
Later in December 2007, Nick showed a commercial telling of things that were going to happen in 2008. This commercial had a short preview, of Fairly OddBaby which included Cosmo in a hospital gown holding a baby, aired February 18, 2008.
The official dubbings in spanish for the series were made in Miami by The Kitchen Studios. The characters of Mrs. Turner and Chester McBadbat were dubbed in spanish by Venezuelan actress Maria Elena Heredia (seasons 3,4,5,6)
Nickelodeon Celebrates The Fairly OddParents' 10th Anniversary With Live-Action TV Movie, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Saturday, July 9, at 8 P.M. ET/ PT.
Jul 06, 2011; Nickelodeon celebrates 10 years of The Fairly OddParents' Timmy Turner and his wand-wielding fairies with the network's...