But this sequence, which is as manic as its animated original, seems to have eaten up a disproportionate portion of the film's budget and energy, and though it is a mostly painless trip to the end nothing that follows is as well paced or as much fun, while the real-world surroundings are unproductively mundane.
The main plot involves saving a city park from an oil baron, but room is made for romance — Daniella Monet ("Victorious") as the mature, experienced, fully-flowered version of Tootie — whose charm Timmy only briefly resists though his falling in love may spell the end of his fairies.
It might be argued that the whole point of a cartoon is that it isn't three-dimensional, neither visually, spiritually, morally nor intellectually.
It is a place we recognize at once as different from the one we have to live in; as rendered in "The Fairly Odd Parents," it is a world louder, brighter, faster and flatter than our own.
The second significant change is that Timmy, the fairy-protected protagonist of the piece, is no longer a 10-year-old fifth-grader.
This creative decision pays the immediate dividend of letting adult Nickelodeon human resource Drake Bell, of "Drake & Josh" fame, play the lead.Drake Bell as Timmy Turner — that is a crossing of the streams calculated to make viewers of a certain demographic burst into flames.