by Karl J. Paloucek
Fans of Nickelodeon’s animated series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius have something to look forward to, and fans of Nickelodeon’s animated series in general have a lot to look forward to with five new animated series on the horizon.
Among the highlighted pickups are Jimmy Neutron spin-off Planet Sheen, detailing the space-age stories of Sheen Guevera Estevez, Neutron’s resident ADD case, who steals off in a rocket and finds himself on Zeenu, a world of limited intelligence and technology. While Sheen navigates the peculiar planet with its odd customs and inhabitants — including an emperor who finds him fascinating and a two-headed villainous princess with a crush on him — he just wants to find his way back home. Joined in the pursuit by a NASA-trained talking chimp, Nesmith, will Sheen and his pal ever make it back? (Our guess would be no — unless the series does well enough to plan its own demise years down the line.) Voice talent for the series includes Jeff Garcia and Rob Paulsen from Neutron, Soleil Moon Frye and others.
Also on tap is T.U.F.F. Puppy, about Dudley Puppy, the defender of Petropolis who makes up in vigilance and gung-ho attitude what he lacks in smarts. Apparently molded in the Get Smart tradition, T.U.F.F. Puppy pits Dudley and his requisite partner Kitty Katswell, agents of T.U.F.F (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force) against the evil machinations of D.O.O.M (Diabolical Order of Mayhem).
Three additional pilots picked up by Nickelodeon include The Fleeps, Robot & Monster: Best Friends Forever and You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum.
No details yet on the latter three, but stay tuned. We’re especially curious to know what’s up with anything involving bad men named Gum. (Maybe he ends up stuck in people’s hair? We’ll see, I guess …)