Nick animated series gets TV movie treatment
Long-running Nickelodeon animated series “The Fairly OddParents” will detour into a live-action TV movie for the cabler in 2011, starring Drake Bell, Jason Alexander and Cheryl Hines.
“A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner” takes the show’s 10-year-old main character and reimagines him as a 23-year-old (played by Bell of Nick’s “Drake & Josh”) who is clinging to childhood and his fairy godparents. Alexander and Hines, last seen together on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” play the live-action version of godparents Cosmo and Wanda, who are voiced by Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee in their animated version.
Steven Weber and Daniella Monet play a villain and a love interest who complicate Timmy’s life.
“OddParents” premiered on Nick in 2001 and continues to be a high-performing property among kids 2-11, while also attracting a majority of its viewership from older demos.
Series creator Butch Hartman will exec produce with Lauren Levine, with Savage Steve Holland directing. Hartman and former series writer Scott Fellows are scripting.
“I think fans of the series will love seeing the characters in this new way,” Hartman said. “Our mix of live-action and special effects animation will make them look ‘hyper-real,’ and our goal is to make this movie as visually exciting as it will be funny.”