First Ever “Fairly OddParents” TV Movie Premieres Saturday, July 12, 2003
via Nickelodeon press release:
WITH THE WAVE OF A WAND FIRST-EVER TV MOVIE FROM NICKELODEON’S HIT ANIMATED SERIES THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS DEBUTS FULFILLING KIDS’ SUMMER WISHES OF MAGIC AND MAYHEM.
World Premiere of The Fairly OddParents TV Movie “Abra-Catastrophe” Marks Timmy Turner’s One-Year Anniversary with Fairy Godparents Cosmo and Wanda on Saturday, July 12 at 8 PM
Los Angeles, CA – June 10, 2003 – Nickelodeon’s hit animated comedy series The Fairly OddParents, delivers kids’ wishes of summertime fun with the world premiere of a TV movie based on the series. Timmy Turner celebrates his one-year anniversary with fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda in “Abra-Catastrophe,” airing Saturday, July 12, 2003, at 8: p.m. (ET/PT). The movie repeats on Nickelodeon, Sunday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
In “Abra-Catastrophe,” it’s Timmy Turner’s one-year anniversary of enjoying Cosmo and Wanda as his fairy godparents, which is a huge cause for celebration in fairydom! As a special anniversary gift, Timmy receives a Magic Muffin, which allows him a rule-free wish. In the spirit of the credo, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” his wish goes awry, he loses the magic muffin, and the world changes completely! Timmy forfeits his right to his Fairy Godparents and the right goes to the next species down the evolutionary chain– Monkeys! Then when his teacher, Mr. Crocker, gets his hands on the surprisingly foul-tasting baked good, he uses it to obtain his goal and finally capture a fairy! Now, all-powerful and crazier than ever, Crocker’s taken over the planet and is using magic to rule the world! Only a certain ten year-old kid with a pink hat can save the Earth from the total, magical chaos unleashed by the muffin…TIMMY TURNER!
“This story of a magic muffin that turns the world upside down and inside out is easily one of the most action packed adventures in Nicktoons history. I can’t wait for kids to see this. It will make them love The Fairly OddParents more than they already do,” said Cyma Zarghami, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon.
“Abra-Catastrophe is just the latest in a string of successes for Butch Hartman. I’m honored to have worked with Butch for 11 years now, and to have nurtured his great talent on the original Fairly OddParents shorts on the Nickelodeon series, Oh Yeah! Cartoons,” said Fred Seibert, executive producer of The Fairly OddParents and president, Frederator Studios.
The Fairly OddParents’ popularity has soared among kids and adults since making its debut in March 2001. Second only to SpongeBob SquarePants in popularity on all kids’ broadcast and basic cable television, the show also is a solid hit among teens and adults, who make up a third of its 3.7 million-viewer audience each week
From Oh Yeah! Cartoons creator Butch Hartman, The Fairly OddParents follows husband-and-wife sprites Cosmo and Wanda wreak mayhem as they help Timmy conquer typical kid obstacles by granting him wishes and magically fixing his problems ranging from a tough homework assignment to a bothersome babysitter. Despite the wizardry, though, these overly eager oddballs manage to mess things up every time.
Once a powerless kid at the mercy of every adult in his life, Timmy (Tara Strong) figures he finally has the upper hand when Cosmo (Daran Norris) and Wanda (Susan Blakeslee) appear unexpectedly on the scene. Fairy godparents help kids in need, and the Fairy Council saw Timmy as a client who fits their criteria and so they assigned him to Cosmo and Wanda. They constantly practice their craft on him and delight in playfully punishing his babysitting nemesis, 16-year-old Vicky (Grey Delisle), who turns mean as a snake the second Timmy’s parents leave.
Series creator Butch Hartman began his animation career as an assistant animator on An American Tail. He directed cartoons and created his own shorts for What a Cartoon!, and also wrote and directed episodes of Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo. Hartman joined Nickelodeon in 1998 where he created and produced several cartoon shorts for the Oh Yeah! Cartoons series, including The Fairly OddParents.
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