Channel Chasers (The Fairly OddParents)
"Channel Chasers" is the twenty-fifth episode in Season 4 of The Fairly OddParents, and the second television movie. It aired on July 23, 2004 in the US.
Timmy is imitating the things he sees on television. Hence, his parents forbid him from watching television as punishment after ruining both of their jobs. Hoping to see the shows, Timmy wishes for a magical remote-controller to enter the television. Unfortunately, his parents take the controller and give it to Vicky who uses the power and opportunities for getting money and power. In the future, she has already succeeded at ruling Dimmsdale. How will Timmy prevent this bad future? To make matters worse a mysterious masked man is chasing him.
Why It Deserves To Be On TV Forever
- It is one of the most memorable and beloved Fairly OddParents episodes/television films of all time, and widely considered to be the best episode of the entire series.
- Timmy's wish of a magical remote that allows him to go inside television and jump from channel to channel is amazingly creative.
- On that topic, there are many parodies of numerous shows (good or bad), such as:
- "The Futurellis" (a parody of The Jetsons)
- "Carpet Critters" (a parody of fellow Nicktoon series, Rugrats)
- "Heavy Hal" (a parody of Fat Albert)
- "Jonny Hunt" (a parody of Jonny Quest)
- "Paula Poundcake" (a parody of Strawberry Shortcake)
- "Walnuts" (a parody of Peanuts)
- "Space Spectre" (a parody of Space Ghost)
- "The Meatflints" (a parody of The Flintstones)
- "Go Go Racer" (a parody of Speed Racer)
- "Snooper Dog and the Clue Crew" (a parody of Scooby-Doo)
- "Blackbird and Sparrow" (a parody of Batman and Robin)
- "Clint's Hints" (a parody of Blue's Clues)
- "Ted and Jimmy" (a parody of Tom and Jerry)
- "Rabid Rabbit" (a parody of Looney Tunes)
- "The Feldmans" (a parody of The Simpsons; Butch Hartman's favorite cartoon)
- "Poppyseed Avenue" (a parody of Sesame Street)
- "Adolescent Genetically Altered Karate Cows (AGAKC)" (a parody of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT))
- "Maho Mushi" (a parody of Dragon Ball, Gundam and Pokémon)
- The scene where Wanda shows a clip to Timmy about how godchildren eventually outgrow their fairies who are then called back to Fairy World is very heartbreaking.
- The characters are still great, with Timmy, Vicky, Tootie, and even Timmy's parents being at their best here:
- Timmy, as he comes in terms of the acceptance in growing up and living his life on his own without fairies.
- Vicky, her best villainous role in the entire series, and her futuristic self succeeding in ruling Dimmsdale for money and power after Timmy's parents give her teenage self the remote that Timmy wished for.
- Tootie, who disguises herself as "Deep Toot", as she reveals the truth about her big sister's true colors to Timmy's parents when she learns that Timmy is gone and attempts to severe all ties with her big sister.
- Timmy's parents, as they desperately search for their son when they discover he is missing while finally realizing their mistake after learning about Vicky's true colors and their negligence toward their son and apologize for everything to their son.
- Alec Baldwin guest stars in the film and provides an excellent performance as the voice of the older Timmy.
- The final battle between Timmy and Vicky is epic and awesome to watch.
- In the end, Timmy reunites with his parents in a heartwarming scene. The more satisfying part would be Vicky's firing as Timmy's parents actually have intelligence for once in their life. The ending also deserves props for showing that Crocker will finally stop hunting for fairies.
- Many heartwarming moments, such as the ending when adult Timmy looking back at a picture of his goldfish and smiling.
- Great message: You have to accept the reality of outgrowing things you once enjoyed as a kid while also holding onto those beloved memories that last a lifetime.
- Even with the ending that shows that adult Timmy and his children, it tends to contradict itself over the course of the series or franchise.
- Likewise, while the ending is great, the fact that Timmy changes the decision to have Vicky fired was pretty questionable.
- What was also pretty questionable, was Timmy could’ve just wished the other remote away from Vicky right away to prevent her from taking over the world. But no. He wanted to do it the hard way.
- Unlike the other shows, the "Adolescent Genetically Altered Karate Cows" show has little-to-no screentime, as only the credits for said show are featured.
- The Fat Albert parody "Heavy Hal" hasn't aged well following the sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Cosby.
The episode currently holds a score of 8.2/10 on IMDb.com and a 97% rating from Google users. Many fans and critics declare this as the best episode of the entire series.
- During the Fairly OddParents 7-7-07 Greatest Wish Marathon, "Channel Chasers" was ranked as the number one wish.
- Mr. Turner whistled part of The Fairly OddParents theme song after he giggled for the second time about the name "Deep Toot".
- This episode completed production on May 30, 2003.