The Fairly Odd Parents
by Amy Finley
The Fairly Odd Parents: not just a cartoon for kids
The Fairly Odd Parents, created by Butch Hartman and launched on Nickelodeon in 2001, is still going strong. If you’ve never seen the show, it is filled with hilarious comedy that both kids and adults alike can enjoy.
The basis of the Fairly Odd Parents is the mishaps that occur in ten-year-old Timmy Turner’s life as a result of his off-the-wall fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda. Add into the mix Timmy’s marvelously evil baby-sitter Vicky, friends A.J. and Chester, superhero ‘the crimson chin’ (played by the voice of Jay Leno), and the character of ‘April Fool’ (a parody of Jerry Seinfield’s character on Seinfeld), and the Fairly Odd Parents is a thirty-minute batch of laughs you can’t afford to miss.
The Fairly Odd Parents, which airs on Nickelodeon Fridays at 8:30/7c pm and Saturdays 1/12c pm, has received great reviews from people of all ages. One of the reasons for the popularity among a wide variety of age groups is that while there is ample humor for the younger crowd, there are also plenty of jokes in the Fairly Odd Parents best appreciated by a slighter older crowd (high school, college age, and adults).
The Fairly Odd parents and the college crowd
Despite its clean humor, the Fairly Odd Parents has also proved to be a huge hit among the college crowd. The wackiness of the characters and ‘inside’ jokes make this show something dozens of college-agers don’t want to miss.
In fact, the Fairly Odd Parents line includes tons of things that are perfect accessories for a hip and funky dorm room. The Fairly Odd Parents plush fish bowl pillow (around $8), the Fairly Odd Parents gold fish bowl (complete with bobbing Cosmo and Wanda figures, gravel, water filter, conditioner, and fish food sample, under$30), the Fairly Odd Parents metal lunch box (under$10), and the Fairly Odd Parents funky comforter (under$40) are just some of the Fairly Odd Parents merchandise popping up in dorm rooms across the country.
Great gifts and free shipping
The Fairly Odd Parents merchandise includes dozens of other things that make great gifts – from stickers, wall clings, plush dolls, and Italian charm bracelets to dishes, key chains, customized watches, and board games. An especially neat gift is the Fairly Odd Parents personalized poster, ‘signed’ by some of the characters. The Fairly Odd Parents video games can be found for x-box, game cube, gameboy advance, and CD-Rom for the computer.
If you’re in the market for movies, the Fairly Odd Parents DVD’s are around $15, and VHS can be found for around $10. There are currently four titles in the Fairly Odd Parents movie series: Timmy’s Top Ten Wishes, Channel Chasers, Abra-catastrophe, and Superhero Spectacle. Underway is also a major motion picture of the Fairly Odd Parents, to be released sometime in 2005.
Whatever cool, crazy Fairly Odd Parents stuff you’re interested in, there’s plenty of it out there. Check sites that sell Fairly Odd Parents merchandise for more prices and shipping information – many of them offer free shipping, even if all you’re buying is one of the DVD’s. May all your Fairly Odd Parents shopping wishes come true!
In addition to being a freelance journalist with PULSEMEDIA International, Amy Finley is a creative writer and a graduate student of English at Cleveland State University. She lives in Rome, Ohio with her husband and three young children.