Fairly Odd Baby (The Fairly OddParents)
"Fairly Odd Baby" is the first episode in Season 6 of The Fairly OddParents, and the fifth television movie. Cosmo and Wanda have a baby together named Poof.
When Timmy wishes up a baby for Cosmo and Wanda to fulfill their never-ending desire to be parents, the Anti-Fairies and the Pixies join forces to use the baby's untapped magic to take over the universe. It's up to Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, and Jorgen to make sure the first fairy baby born in 10,000 years is safe with its new family.
Why It Poofed Into Existance
- The concept of how fairies are born is interesting.
- It introduces the viewers to Baby Poof, the son of Cosmo and Wanda, and he is incredibly cute.
- It's very sweet for Timmy to wish up a baby for Cosmo and Wanda, seeing as they saw everyone else have a child of their own as well as the fact that Cosmo and Wanda still want to continue being parents.
- The animation from here to Season 10's "Chip Off the Old Crock!" is at its best here, since Billionfold Inc. started to co-produce the show with Frederator Studios from this point forward, and it looks wonderful.
- The voice acting is also still great as usual, especially Poof's cute voice by Tara Strong, which is great since she also voices Timmy.
- Anti-Cosmo and the Head Pixie are good villains for the episode, as they plan on capturing Poof and draining his magic to destroy Fairy World and the Earth.
- Seeing the two, along with the other anti-fairies and pixies team up is very creative for a special like this.
- Due to the fact that he is a toddler, Poof's magic was initially uncontrollable, which is why he was sought to be captured by Anti-Cosmo and Head Pixie when he was first born.
- It's understandable as to why Poof was unable to control himself and his magic, since he is just a baby, such as when he cries, bad things happen; when he laughs, good things happen; hiccups lead to natural disasters; burping leads to lightning; and breaking the wind resets reality, similar to exaggerated time control.
- Several hilarious moments, such as when Jorgen breaks the fourth wall when he said "while the camera zooms in on me dramatically".
- Good ending where the world is saved and return to normal, the villains were defeated, Poof is given a rattle that can control his magic at last, he stays with the family, and they start to have fun at the house with his magic.
- This episode is widely considered to have led to the downhill trend of The Fairly OddParents, due to the "jump-the-shark" moment, where Poof is introduced. Regardless, not much episodes revolved around Poof to the point of spotlight stealing, nor did the dynamic between Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda changed that much, meaning that the show's quality from this point onward remained stable, if only somewhat, unlike what it eventually become.
- The characters can be idiots at times, particularly the self-aware humor scenes where they were seen flying on jets, even though they can literally just fly or poof, given that they're fairies after all.
- The humor, despite some of it being hilarious, is very repetitive like usual.
- It can be pretty unfairly mean-spirited towards Timmy at times, particularly when he wished that Cosmo would get lost due to being sick of his non-stop barfing on him and everyone gives angry glares at him, as well as when Wanda blames him for getting Poof kidnapped by Anti-Cosmo and the Head Pixie, even though Timmy had no control over that.
The episode received generally positive reviews with praise primarily given to the new character, Poof, and was the most watch Fairly OddParents episode, with a total of 9.1 million viewers. Despite this, not all reception for the episode was positive, as many consider it to be a major turning point for the show due to Poof's introduction and episodes that aired afterwards relied too much on "whacky baby shenanigans".
- Prior to the premiering of this episode, some fans did not like that The Fairly OddParents would be having a new main cast member. However, most of those fans have come around after the episode aired and/or by the time the week of new episodes following this one was finished.