"Channel Chasers"
The Fairly OddParents episode
Opening title card for the television film
Episode no. Episode 54-56
Written by Butch Hartman
Steve Marmel
Directed by Butch Hartman
Guest stars Alec Baldwin as older Timmy
Featured music Guy Moon
Production no. 414/415/416
Original airdate July 23, 2004
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Channel Chasers is the second television film of the animated series The Fairly OddParents. It first aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on July 23, 2004. The film centers on the series' main character 10-year-old Timmy Turner with his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda who grant his wishes. Timmy is fed up tolerating his torturing babysitter Vicky. He wishes up for a magical remote that allows him to enter inside television shows; however, the remote falls into Vicky's hands. With the remote, Vicky plans to enter the "Dictator Week" channel so she can become a world dictator in the future. Timmy wishes up for another magical remote, and enters inside television in order to stop Vicky's plans. Meanwhile, Timmy's parents Mr. and Mrs. Turner, who dismiss their son's concerns of Vicky every time, refuse to believe that Vicky is indeed an evil babysitter, until they receive information proving otherwise from Vicky's younger sister Tootie.

In production order, the movie is divided into 3 parts, each of which were approximately 22 minutes. Alec Baldwin guest stars as older Timmy.


The special begins with adult versions of Timmy Turner's closest friends Chester and AJ battling against the dictatorship of Vicky, who has tyrannically overtaken the future as an empress reigning over a bleak and melancholy society in an attempt to guard a magical television remote for her. However, the remote is snatched by a mysterious and trusted masked accomplice of Vicky, who uses its abilities to travel back in time.

In present-day Dimmsdale, controversies are brewed over the supreme amount of violence in a popular new anime television series, "Maho Mushi" (a parody of multiple anime shows) which has acquired popularity amongst children in town, who start to emulate the more violent elements contained within the series. However, with the help of his fairies' magic, Timmy conjures up a gigantic spacecraft that was seen in an episode of the program and wishes for a bubble from his Maho Mushi cards and inadvertently winds up destroying his father's newly cleaned office (and losing his award to Dinkleberg) and a glass house that his mother had been attempting to sell, ruining both parents' chances of achieving their respective goals. Timmy's television privileges are taken away after his parents connect the similarities of his behavior to elements from "Maho Mushi", so Timmy requests a magical television remote capable of teleporting him into the fictional universes in which his favorite series are set such as: The Futurellis, Carpet Critters, Heavy Hal and Johnny Hunt. After Timmy headed back home, Cosmo and Wanda tell Timmy that when godkids grow up, the fairies are called back to Fairy World. However, Timmy winds up catastrophically sabotaging the Turner household with a weapon he'd obtained from characters from an animated television program he visited, so Vicky is hired to babysit him while his parents become infuriated and leave to purchase ammunition so they may use the device to destroy the Dinkleberg residence. After having had the other remote taken away and given to Vicky, Timmy is now angry, and realizes that the characters he watches on television have stayed the same age for several years, and thinks that if he is in television, he won't lose his godparents. He wishes for a new one, this time so he may run away from home and avoid the inevitability of him one day maturing and having his fairy godparents leaving him mandatorily, and so he leaves under the watchful eye of Vicky's mysterious accomplice.

Meanwhile, Vicky winds up stumbling upon the other remote and discovers its abilities after it somehow transports her into a game show (possibly Wheel of Fortune). She decides to use the magic of the device to teleport herself to "Dictator Week" on the "Biographical Channel" so she may alter history and conquer society. In the meantime, Timmy enjoys his pursuit of searching for a television universe in which he may live; however, he is infuriated by the suspicious stranger who keeps pursuing him on his travels while entering Paula Poundcake, Walnuts, Space Spectre, The Meatflints, Go-Go Racers and Snooper Dog and the Clue Crew. Suspecting him a threat, Timmy winds up encountering the masked man up close after journeying into Blackbird and Sparrow, a parody of Batman: The Animated Series, who reveals himself to be an adult version of Timmy. He reveals about the bleak upcoming future and cautions his younger self about the hazards of the remotes, and that he credits Vicky's power with the alterations she tweaked to Dictator Week. After learning that Vicky also has gained possession of a magic remote controller, the group plans to travel to Maho Mushi to defeat her.

As the two opposing sides travel through a variety of parodies (such as Clint's Hints, Ted and Jimmy, Rabid Rabbit, a Rankin/Bass-esque Christmas Special, The Feldmans, and Poppyseed Avenue), the Turners leave in search of their missing son to no avail. After encountering a mysterious personality known as "Deep Toot" (who is actually Tootie; Vicky's geeky younger sister under a false disguise in order to assist them in finding Timmy), she reveals Vicky's façade and her true behavior. Realizing they were wrong, the Turners leave in search of Timmy, who gradually begins to miss his family. Shortly before their arrival in Maho Mushi, Timmy's future self disappears (by being shot by Vicky with a laser, damaging his belt, thereby leaving him unable to remain in the present ) , leaving it up to Timmy to save the fate of the universe. Vicky and Timmy battle against each other in an arena using the powers granted to them by their respective remotes, until Timmy realizes the only way to defeat Vicky is to use the remote to age himself until Cosmo and Wanda's magic won't work, since he's too old for fairy godparents. Once the remotes stop working, Timmy successfully manages to conquer Vicky, and Cosmo and Wanda turn him back to ten years old again. Shortly after departing from the Maho Mushi universe, a televised message from Timmy's heartbroken parents appears, leading their son to decide to return home, to the joy of Mr. and Mrs. Turner, who choose to fire Vicky. However, Timmy uses the fairy godparents' magic to destroy their memories, realizing that Vicky's cruelty supplies him with the primary reason for his possession of fairies, and he buries a time capsule filled with memories and a photograph of Cosmo and Wanda (which later appears as a normal picture) so he will never forget.

In the future, the time capsule is uncovered by Timmy's future children, Tammy and Tommy. He leaves his children under the care of a robotic, torturous babysitter resembling Vicky, oblivious to the true intentions of the evil robot, as it is revealed that Cosmo and Wanda now serve as Tommy and Tammy's fairies.

Cultural references

Billy Joel's album Glass Houses was referenced in the movie: Mrs. Turner is about to give the key to a glass house to Joel, saying "Don't throw any stones," right before Timmy smashes it into a million pieces.

Many of the shows that Timmy, Wanda, Cosmo, Adult Timmy and Vicky traveled through are parodies of various real life movies and television shows.

The deleted song from the episode, "If I lived In TV", would later be used for a parody song called: "If I lived In Cartoons" in Max:The Movie.[1][2]




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