A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (or simply known as A Fairly Odd Movie) is a 2011 American live action television film based on the animated series The Fairly OddParents. It first aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on July 9, 2011 to celebrate the series's tenth anniversary. Unlike the previous animated films of the series, this film was presented in live-action mixed with CGI animation. This is the second live-action film to be based on a Nicktoon (preluding The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and the first being The Last Airbender). The television film was viewed by 5.8 million viewers during its original airing.
The television movie is set in the city of Dimmsdale and centers on Timmy Turner, his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda, and his fairy godbrother Poof. Timmy is now twenty-three years old, but is still in fifth grade with his fairy-obsessed fifth grade teacher, Mr. Crocker. Timmy finds a loophole in the fairy rulebook: if he continues to act like a child, he will get to keep his fairies. A dilemma arises when Tootie, who was an awkward girl when she was ten years old, returns to Dimmsdale as an attractive woman. Timmy falls in love with her, a sign that he is becoming an adult, which means he is closer to losing his fairies. Meanwhile, an oil tycoon named Hugh J. Magnate, Jr., teams up with Mr. Crocker and plans to use Timmy's fairies' magic to promote his oil business.
The television film was released on Region 1 DVD by Nickelodeon Studios on July 11, 2011. The television film was released on Blu-ray on December 15, 2015.
On March 14, 2012, Nickelodeon announced a sequel to the film, A Fairly Odd Christmas, which premiered during 2012's holiday season. A third film, A Fairly Odd Summer, premiered August 2, 2014 with Drake Bell, Daniella Monet, and other cast members reprising their roles.
Thirteen years after the timeline and finale of the original series, Timmy Turner (Drake Bell) has grown into a twenty-three-year-old man-child by maintaining a lifestyle considered extremely immature for his age. He has done so to keep his fairy godparents. Timmy's refusal to mature greatly irritates his parents (who desperately encourage him to move out) and Jorgen von Strangle (Mark Gibbon), who is constantly scheming to entice Timmy into giving up his fairies.
One day, Timmy reunites with a girl from his childhood named Tootie (Daniella Monet), who had an obsessive crush on him for years. She has grown into a beautiful activist and Timmy falls for her instantly. His fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, scheme to repel Tootie, afraid that he is finally growing up and may no longer need them. Timmy is torn between his love for Tootie and his desire to keep his fairy godparents.
Meanwhile, Timmy's schoolteacher, Denzel Crocker, teams up with an oil tycoon by the name of Hugh Magnate in order to kidnap Timmy's fairies and use their magic for their own purposes. Magnate deceives and kidnaps Tootie while Crocker captures Cosmo, Wanda and Poof, imprisoning them in a device programmed to use their magic to grant anybody's wishes. However, Magnate betrays Crocker, pushing him in a bottomless ballpit, and tortures the fairies by adjusting the wish-granting machine to electrocute them each time a wish is made. Fortunately, Timmy comes to the rescue of both the fairies and Tootie and battles with both his enemy and a toy robot that Magnate brought to life with the fairies' magic. Timmy successfully frees everyone, but is forced to give up his fairy godparents, who vanish the moment he kisses Tootie.
Although Timmy is saddened deeply by the departure of Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof, he is happy to be free to finally pursue more mature behaviors, as he had longed to do. However, he learns from Jorgen von Strangle that because of his courage, a new law was passed in Fairy World that will now permit him to keep his fairy godparents forever, as long as he makes unselfish wishes. Because of this, Tootie and Timmy plan to start a charity organization in which they will make wishes that will mend all of the world's problems or travesties, flying away in a magical van. Magnate was sent to a mental hospital after claiming that fairies exist, and his secretary became CEO of the company turning it to environmental friendly enterprise. The film ends with Crocker finally falling out of the ball pit, landing in front of the Turners' house, and walking away.
The movie attracted 5.8 million viewers on its premiere night. It was also the top-rated broadcast on cable networks for the week ending on July 10, 2011. The film's ratings were highest for The Fairly OddParents movies since its preceding special Wishology, a trilogy film which attained 4.0 million, 3.6 million, and 4.1 million viewers for its three parts "The Big Beginning", "The Exciting Middle Part", and "The Final Ending", respectively, during its premiere broadcast during May 1–3, 2009.
Twenty days after the movie premiere on Nickelodeon, The Fairly OddParents creator and movie writer Butch Hartman tweeted that he was working on ideas for a sequel to Grow Up, Timmy Turner!. On March 14, 2012, during Nickelodeon's 2012-2013 Upfront, a sequel to 2011′s first live-action TV movie was announced. The sequel, entitled A Fairly Odd Christmas, aired on November 29, 2012. In 2013, it was announced there would be a third installment titled A Fairly Odd Summer with Drake Bell and Daniella Monet reprising their roles. The movie aired on August 2, 2014.