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The Fairly Odd Parents Reboots and Remakes

The Fairly Odd Parents is still with us, but is that a good thing? Is it not time to say goodbye to our favorite fairy friends, Cosmo and Wanda?

Credit: Nickelodeon

The Fairly Odd Parents is still with us, but is that a good thing? This franchise has tried to hang on throughout the decades by having 10 seasons, live-action movies, a live-action TV show reboot, and a new remake. Is it not time to say goodbye to our favorite fairy friends, Cosmo and Wanda?

Why are They Remaking our Favorite Shows?

As a fellow member of Generation Z, I can’t help but notice a trend in the entertainment industry. Every other TV show or movie seems like a remake of something from our childhood. It’s like they’re taking our memories and giving them a modern twist. 

The reason behind the remakes is that the creators are trying to avoid the risk of not getting an audience. You can read more about it on Yahoo Entertainment. Even though that is understandably true, I think another reason is the lack of ideas. Creators, unfortunately, have plenty of ideas to “improve” on an already-made show. 

All this to say, I do not dislike all remakes. I did enjoy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s remake Bel-Air. The remake is still authentic to the original and makes it more relatable to the Gen-Z audience. Remakes are worth watching when they stay authentic and genuine to the original. 

Remember The Fairly Odd Parents

The original Fairly Odd Parents show
YouTube/ Nickelodeon

Do you remember our favorite 10-year-old from our childhood? He was an average kid that no one understood. He had magic little fish who granted his every wish because, in reality, they were his Fairy Godparents: Cosmo and Wanda. That boy’s name was Timmy, and with Cosmo and Wanda, he had the craziest and funniest adventures. Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda entertained us for ten seasons and continue to do so after all these years.

I do not know about you, but The Fairly Odd Parents was one of my favorite cartoons. I still watch The Fairly Odd Parents to this day. Like all my favorite cartoons, I hold it close to my heart with nostalgia for the joyous times of childhood. 

It is hard to choose just one episode, but one of my favorite episodes is Information Stupor Highway. This was the episode where Timmy surfs the web. Then, of course, my favorite character is Cosmo; in my opinion, he carried the whole show. 

The Fairly Odd Parents has gone through many remakes throughout the years with live-action movies and a TV show.

The Remake Journey?

Promo poster for A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow up Timmy Turner! Credit: Nickelodeon

The Fairly Odd Parents has had many remakes. Initially, the show just had live-action movie remakes:

  • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011)
  • A Fairly Odd Christmas (2012)
  • A Fairly Odd Summer (2014)

I can confidently say that I remember seeing one of the movies but cannot remember which one.

The live-action reboot The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder
Image: YouTube/Nickelodeon

The Fairly Odd Parents even had an attempted reboot two years ago: The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder. Timmy has grown and induces his cousin, Viv. Viv was undergoing some changes, so Timmy gifted her with Cosmo and Wanda. Viv and her stepbrother Roy begin their adventures with Cosmo and Wanda. After one season, the show was canceled due to conflicts with Paramount+.

I didn’t watch The Fairly Odd Parents: Even Odder, but based on a few Reddit comments, the show was well-received, which may have motivated the most recent remake, The Fairly Odd Parents: A New Wish.

The Fairly Odd Parents: A New Wish Reactions

Titlecard picturing two fairies and a young girl
The latest Fairly Odd Parents remake. Image: YouTube/ Tvclips

Recently, Nickelodeon aired another remake: The Fairly Odd Parents: A New Wish. I am by no means excited about this new remake. This show is not true to the original. The only things that relate it to the original are Cosmo and Wanda granting wishes to a kid. At least, in the previous remake, Fairly Odder, we found comfort in the fact that a lot of the original characters were involved and that it was just a new generation in Dimmsdale. In A New Wish, there are no original characters or connections. The town is not even Dimmsdale but in Dimmadelphia. I am one of many with mixed feelings about this remake. The public has spoken about their feelings on the remake on social media platforms.  

Reddit

There are many threads on Reddit about A New Wish, and I reviewed three threads to see the public’s reaction.

A common comment is that we need Timmy’s return. Timmy was a pivotal character in the original series that we all fell in love with. I could not agree more with this comment because I cannot imagine Cosmo and Wanda without Timmy. Even though I still believe that Cosmo carried the original Fairly Odd Parents. Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda had this deep connection, and they all complemented each other. 

A positive comment was the animation. I appreciate the animation of this remake being a 3D cartoon. Even Odder could have been more successful if it was a cartoon rather than live-action. 

The most common comment is the skepticism of this remake is mainly behind the make remakes and reboots that came before it that were not very successful. I mention the multiple remakes because The Fairly Odd Parents shows the numerous unsuccessful attempts to remake and keep this show alive through generations.

YouTube

The comments on YouTube are familiar to those on Reddit, but there were interesting comments centered around the idea that other old Nickelodeon shows should have a comeback.

I have yet to give much thought to bringing back some of our shows from childhood that deserved more, but these comments got me thinking. Some suggested shows were Danny Phantom and Life as a Teenage Robot. These are shows that I still love after all these years, and I can agree with the notion that they were underrated and deserve more. With that in mind, I am unsure if I want a complete comeback out of fear that the new creators will ruin it as they did with The Fairly Odd Parents comebacks.   

Final Comments

Lastly, a comment on Reddit and YouTube said they would never let The Fairly Odd Parents go, even though they should. I love this show, and I always will, but there was a discussion that The Fairly Odd Parents ran longer than it should have, and I agree. The creators kept adding new characters and storylines at some point throughout the seasons, and the show’s origins began to be forgotten.

They need to let this story end gracefully so we can continue to cherish the memories of eating breakfast on Saturday morning in front of the TV, watching our favorite cartoons, and maybe continue watching the show in adulthood.      

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