My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot was the pilot episode of My Life as a Teenage Robot. It premiered as a short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons.


Note: The plot of the pilot episode is the same as the first official episode of the series, "It Came From Next Door".

Tuck, while practicing baseball, hits a ball that flies through a window in neighbor Nora Wakeman's front door. Brad instructs Tuck to get the baseball back, but when Tuck knocks at the door nobody arrives. He wanders inside, seeing various pieces of machinery and robot parts strewn about. When he reaches the baseball, it is handed to him by a shadowy, imposing figure. Tuck flees without taking the ball, where he is intercepted by Brad and informs Tuck that he encountered a "hideous bloodthirsty robot". Mrs. Wakeman overhears this conversation, and Brad tries to explain the situation, but Mrs. Wakeman does not respond.

Mrs. Wakeman walks back in her house berates XJ-9 for having left her room and instructs her that she must not encounter any of the human population. She instructs Jenny that there is a meteor warning, but Jenny disregards it because the meteors typically burn up in the atmosphere. When Mrs. Wakeman leaves the room, Brad walks into Jenny's window and meets Jenny. The two leave and hang out, playing hackey sack and chasing ice cream trucks, among other things, while Tuck reluctantly tags along. However, the hackey sack which Jenny booted through the atmosphere became part of the meteor, meaning it is now planet destroyer class.

Jenny rockets off to destroy the meteor, and dispatches it quickly, but she accidentally took Tuck along with her attacked to her wings. While Tuck is a bit charred from re-entry, he is impressed by Jenny's abilities and declares her to be "so cool". Mrs. Wakeman oversees this conversation, and decides that giving XJ-9 some time off couldn't hurt. However, the camera pans out to outer space, where several (presumably hostile) spaceships are closing in on Earth.


  • While there are some similarities between the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short and the first episode, there are some differences as well:
    • Many of the chararcters had different designs that were altered for the series:
      • While Jenny's design changed the least, in the pilot she had blue lips, blue hands, and a white strip at the bottom of her skirt.
      • Brad also wore a different outfit, including a sports jacket instead of a vest.
      • Tuck had brown hair and blue eyes, and he wore a different outfit, including an orange baseball cap.
      • Dr. Wakeman's design was almost all white and pale colors, instead of the newer, more colorful design in the series.
    • Brad was voiced by a female before she was replaced by Chad Doreck.
    • Jenny's voice sounds more robotic in the pilot, because Janice Kawaye's voice was altered using a computer program. The series uses Janice Kawaye's normal, unaltered voice.
    • For the first episode, additional content was added to make it last for eleven minutes instead of the pilot's six minutes.
    • The show itself had a much more generic art style that would be later replaced into the "tomorrowland"-esque, steampunk-futuristic style of scenario, objects and characters, with plenty of slimlines and designs imagined circa the 1920s as how the future would be.
    • In the 'Oh Yeah! Cartoons' short Dr. Wakeman talks to Brad and Tuck, where as in the first episode, she tries to overhears the conversation.
    • In the first episode Jenny tries to hide herself, when Dr. Wakeman tells her not to leave her room, but in the short she's sitting on her bed.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot was the third short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons to become a full-fledged series, the first two being The Fairly OddParents and Chalk Zone.
  • Dr. Wakemans lab coat and the purple gloves looks very similiar to the design of 'Dexter' in the cartoon 'Dexters Lab', who was also voiced by Candi Milo from 2001 to 2003.
  • All characters in this short, were voiced by women.
  • On the official 'Teenage Robot Blog', the character designer of the show once mentioned, that his wife prefererd the 1999 design of Dr. Wakeman, as it was featured in the 'Oh Yeah! Cartoons' short.