Thursday, February 19, 2015

It Should've Been on a Saturday: Out of Jimmy's Head (2007)

In 2006, Cartoon Network produced a live-action/animated hybrid TV-movie, Re-Animated, and while that didn't exactly remind folks of something a little more cerebral, like, say, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", which CN has aired in the past, it did prompt a spin-off.

However, Out of Jimmy's Head fell victim to the writer's strike in 2008, and ended up cancelled after its one and only season. Give CN credit for trying something different, and going with a relatively unknown cast, with the only "name" belonging to former ESPN anchor turned actor/game show host Bil Dwyer, whose previous gig was the short lived game, Dirty Rotten Cheaters. Insert your own jokes if needed. Anyway, Jimmy's Head belonged on TBS, not CN, but then, the Turner networks don't know anything about common sense programming.

Here's the intro:

Today, it's safely tucked away in the Turner/WB vaults.

No rating.


Silverstar said...

The nicest thing one can say about OOJH was that it was an ambitious hot mess. The show attempted to merge several different kids' shows into 1; it tried to simultaneously be "Roger Rabbit", "Lizzie McGuire" and "Ned's Declassified Guide to Middle School" all in one go.

OOJH's major flaws were that only the title character could see the cartoon characters, which limited what they could contribute to the show, and that the 'real' world was just as zany as the cartoons, if not more, which made the toon characters seem mundane and redundant by comparison. To quote a colleague of mine, OOJH was a bad show that had the potential to be good, or at least less bad.

hobbyfan said...

The gimmick was a throwback to fantasy sitcoms of an earlier time (i.e. Topper), and there is a variation of the formula now with Disney's Kirby Buckets, which I will get to eventually.

A better analogy, then, would've been it was a mash-up of Roger Rabbit and Topper, subbing toons for ghosts.

Steven Dolce said...

I give it an F.

hobbyfan said...

It's that bad, eh?

Steven Dolce said...

It's a pointless show, IMO. Airing live action shows on Cartoon Network is kind of pointless. The channel is called CARTOON Network for a reason.

hobbyfan said...

It was being run at the time by a moron who has since left. I think you'd agree with me, however, that it should've been on TBS.

Steven Dolce said...

This series should never exist and Stuart Snyder should have been ashamed of himself.