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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.

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My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot (Full Pilot Episode - 1999)

Plot

Note: The plot of the pilot episode is basically the same as the first official episode of the series, "It Came From Next Door", with some minor differences between the two.


Tuck, while practicing baseball with his older brother Brad, 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, a large shadowy figure appears. It turns out to be a friendly robot girl, who smiles and hands him the baseball. However, Tuck is frightened and flees without taking the ball. He is intercepted by Brad, and promptly informs his older brother that he encountered a robot. Ms. Wakeman overhears this conversation, and Brad tries to explain the situation as he confronts her and speaks to her at the door. But Dr. Wakeman brushes him off and claims that she has “never heard about” baseball, and slams the door in Brad’s face.

Dr. Wakeman bursts into Jenny’s room in the attic, and berates XJ-9 for having left her room and instructs her that she must not encounter any of the human population. Jenny laments that she cannot make friends, and Dr. Wakeman tells her that she will get used to it before leaving Jenny’s room. When Wakeman leaves the room, Brad walks in through Jenny's window and meets her. The two leave and hang out, playing games and chasing ice cream trucks, among other things, while Tuck reluctantly tags along, still untrusting of Jenny.

As Jenny, Brad, and Tuck are enjoying their ice cream, Jenny suddenly gets a warning from her sensors that a planet-destroying meteor is headed toward Earth. She rockets off to destroy the meteor, and dispatches it quickly, but she accidentally took Tuck along with her, as his shirt had got caught on 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!". Dr. 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.

Trivia

  • 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 light-brown hair and blue eyes, and wore a different outfit, including an orange baseball cap.
      • Dr. Wakeman’s design was almost all white and pale colors, almost achromatic, instead of her newer, more colorful design in the series.
    • In the short, Brad was voiced by a woman (Melissa Denton) before she was replaced by Chad Doreck in the series.
    • 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, It Came From Next Door, 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, whereas in the first episode, she does not speak to them.
    • In the first episode, Jenny tries to hide from her mom when Dr. Wakeman tells her not to leave her room, but in the short she is sitting on her bed reading a magazine.
    • In the short, Jenny was not alerted about the meteor by Dr. Wakeman, but by her sensors.
    • In the first episode of the series, Tuck actually goes into Dr. Wakeman’s house to get the ball, and finds himself in a dark and spooky lab, where he bumps into Jenny who hands him the baseball. In the short, he does not enter the house, and first sees Jenny directly after he knocks on the door, as she comes out to give him the ball.
    • A darkened silhouette of Jenny giving Tuck the ball is shown in the first episode, whereas in the pilot, she is not shadowed.
    • Brad plays with Tuck in the pilot, while in the first episode of the actual series, Tuck plays by himself while Brad reads a magazine, then orders him to retrieve his baseball from Dr. Wakeman’s house when he observes what happened.
    • In the pilot, Brad overhears Tuck's screaming and runs to him while in "It Came From Next Door", Tuck runs as he screams until a furious Brad blocks him.
  • 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. Wakeman's white 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.


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