~I received a copy of Danny Phantom The Complete Series for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Danny Phantom is one of the cartoons that my son grew up on. I think it resonated with him since he’s always felt a little bit on the outside of things and was always worried people wouldn’t accept him. As Danny Fenton is a boy who winds up becoming half ghost after an accident landed him between the human and ghost world, he’s about as outside as you can get. The lab he blew up and which opened the portal, happens to be his parents, but since they’re ghost hunters they view ghosts (including Danny Phantom) as pets. So outside of his two friends, he tries to keep it a secret while also defending both worlds he co-exists in.
This is a really great animation by Butch Hartman, who also created The Fairly Oddparents (another show we used to watch together). Although the show only lasted 3 seasons, it has always had a tremendous following of old fans and new, since the show is still being aired on Nicktoons. It’s nice to see the whole 52 episodes together in one set so we can all enjoy watching it from beginning to end! For those of you that are new to Danny Phantom, here is a run down of the characters.
Daniel “Danny” Fenton/”Danny Phantom”: Everyone’s a little different, but Danny, well, he’s A LOT different. On the outside, he’s a nervous, kinda clumsy 14-year-old who wouldn’t stick out in a crowd. But underneath that awkward teenage exterior, Danny is a genuine superhero! After an accident in his parents’ lab, Danny was given some ghostly powers. Half ghost, Danny can see, hear, and talk to other paranormal beings not to mention battle them on a regular basis to save his friends, family and, you know, the rest of the planet. Too bad he’s still afraid of them!
Samantha “Sam” Manson: Samantha and Danny ARE NOT A COUPLE! They’re just really, really good friends who share a psychic connection. Get it? Well, Samantha doesn’t care if you don’t believe her anyway. This Ultra-Recyclo Vegetarian couldn’t care less what other people think of her, which is a good thing since she’s into conspiracy theories and all things paranormal. Luckily for Danny, he has a super smart girl FRIEND to help him out his jams.
Tucker Foley: If talking was a superpower, Tucker would be the king of superheroes. No matter how many ghosts are chasing him, Tucker just keeps on chatting, and it gets him and Danny into loads of trouble. At least Tucker’s knowledge of Danny’s powers hasn’t gotten in the way of their friendship; although it would be nice if Tucker kept his mouth shut and let Danny handle the paranormal activity.
Jasmine “Jazz” Fenton: Danny may have the superhero powers in the family but his sister, Jazz, got the looks, the brains, the social skills, and basically everything else. Just don’t ask her to solve the quadratic equation around her friends – she does have an image to protect, you know. But her smarts aren’t the only thing Jasmine hides she won’t tell a soul about Danny’s superhero status. Can you imagine the embarrassment if that got out at Casper High?
Jack Fenton: If Danny seems a little strange, it’s probably because bizarre behavior runs in the family. Danny’s dad, Jack determined to prove the existence of ghosts but completely unaware that his son sort of is one is far too brave for his own good. Geared up in his bright-red test pilot suit, Jack always jumps into the action before thinking and usually makes a bad situation even worse. Compared to keeping his dad out of trouble, fighting ghosts and surviving high school are practically a piece of cake for Danny.
Maddie Fenton: Danny’s mom, Maddie, is absolutely brilliant. Need to know why walls suddenly bleed, why possessed statues are reciting Shakespeare, or how to get rid of that ghost that’s been following you for days? Maddie’s got the answer. But all that time spent with out-of-this-world weirdness (not to mention Mr. Fenton) has kind of rubbed off on Danny’s mom. Let’s just say you’d sooner find her building a high-tech ghost-tracker than baking gingerbread cookies. In fact, she’s probably building one right now.
In Season One, Danny has to fight everything from the Lunch Lady to his Dad’s arch nemesis. Somehow in the process of keeping his school and town safe, he’s become Public Ghost Enemy #1 and everyone (even his parents) are after him. It’s full of crazy antics all mixed up with typical high-school drama.
Season Two is when Danny Phantom really comes into his powers and starts becoming a hero to the town, he even gets a girlfriend. Unfortunately, his dad’s rival is bent on taking him down and he learns that making your big sister mad isn’t the best thing to do.
In Season Three, Amity Park gets in all sorts of crazy trouble. It turns into a jungle, everyone winds up falling into a deep sleep, boys and campers all go missing… and then the world almost comes to an end. They really packed the last season with loads of action and everyone gets to find out how people react to who Danny Phantom really is.