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It Sucks.
Danny Phantom is one of Nickelodeon's most obnoxious cartoons. It's a cliche storm of stale, unfunny humor, by-the-numbers fighting, and condescending caricatures of the way adults (of the unhip, totally not down with it variety the show delights in mocking) think children and young teenagers see the world. It has some interesting ideas working for it, but most of them are executed poorly, and many others are left hanging in the ether, without an adequate explanation in a show that very badly needs one.

Its first big problem is the art style. It may seem like I'm judging a book by its cover, but I doubt the person who coined that phrase had conceived of a book with a cover that actually affected its content. Danny Phantom is a show that, like its young protagonist, desperately wants to be taken seriously, but can only ever fail. For the character, this is because he's a little goofy and bad around girls. For the cartoon, it's because it looks like The Fairly Odd Parents, yet still expects us to believe that the predicaments it thrusts onto its characters will have serious consequences. I can't help but roll my eyes at the fact that someone in the design department thought they could circumvent this problem by giving the characters the correct finger-to-hand ratio. "TFOP was the silly show, yes," they seem to say, "but here, they have five fingers! Realistic!"

Danny, Sam, Tucker, and entourage have little personality to speak of. If I were feeling cruel, I could say that they have no personality at all, just a series of traits. Stimulus-and-response, but no soul. The romance between Danny and Sam, for instance, is the most transparently scripted thing since Padmé and Anakin, and it's handled with all the subtlety and finesse of Edward Scissorhands trying to send a text message. To say nothing of that dreadful habit all bad cartoons have, if they think their young (or not-so-young) audience is stupid: at the end of each episode, everyone will just burst into spontaneous laughter, even if there's nothing funny going on. Like a laugh track, basically, but extra condescending.

This show has gathered quite a fan base, so if you like it, good for you. But I was personally very disappointed.
'[I]t's handled with all the subtlety and finesse of Edward Scissorhands trying to send a text message.'

I giggled.
comment #2346 randomfanboy 24th Apr 10
Well, is good to see that YOU have to see ALL the show to conclude this. Good opinion about a series made for children and watched by adults.
comment #2376 200.33.160.11 27th Apr 10
There are some things I like about Danny Phantom, but I mostly have to agree with you here. ESPECIALLY the romance between Danny and Sam. Good lord, that sucked.
comment #3313 ManwiththePlan 9th Jul 10
I gotta agree with you on most every point even though I used to watch the show (even though I was always off-put by all of what you pointed out). The bland unfunny humor was the most off-putting things to me. The jokes are incredibly stupid and predictable and repeated to the point where it just gets tiring. I have to wonder if any fans at all laughed and if so if they had brain damage.

And YES Danny and Sam's "romance" didn't have had ANY chemistry at all. I can take a forced canon pairing if the writers actually TRY to show chemistry and don't make it THAT dull and transparent. I watched a bunch of episodes when I was 13 and that bugged me the most. From episode 1 I knew it was inevitable so every time they teased another pairing I was like "God please usurp Dan X Sam as the damn writer's favorite it's too painful and full of suck!"

The point about adults was also something I noticed, his parents were borderline retarded. But really all the characters were really underdeveloped and were just high school stereotypes. It's like it was something that could have worked but actually tried to make it not work by making the characters as dumb as possible for "humor" sake. It had a lot of potential to be compelling and interesting but when it tried to be funny and dramatic it failed in my eyes.
comment #3952 Rockabore 13th Aug 10
Please, don't write flame bait on TV Tropes. There's a difference between reviewing a show and general meanness :)
comment #8216 AndThenTheyRan 21st Jun 11
Am I the only person agrees with this review AT ALL?
comment #8233 S3 22nd Jun 11
Erm... not one, but TWO of the comments above yours say, "I mostly agree with this review". So, I'm going to have to say no, you're not.
comment #8236 JackAlsworth 22nd Jun 11
Thank God for that, Jack...
comment #8285 S3 25th Jun 11
It didn't suck! Honestly, if you didn't like it, why did you even watch in the first place? But I agree about the Dannyx Sam thing, I disliked that pairing.
comment #12604 PrincessPlatypusFiend 1st Feb 12
"Honestly, if you didn't like it, why did you even watch in the first place?"

That has got to be the stupdiest thing I have ever read. And I've read My Immortal.
comment #12606 PurpleDalek 1st Feb 12
It's actually a reasonable question to ask, but speaking as one who has watched the entire series, I can definitely see where this review is coming from—there's a fair share of promising plot threads that didn't pan out, or of plot threads that did pan out, but maybe not in a satisfying way. So I could easily see watching the show to see how things develop and being disappointed.

Myself, I thought the show was...eh. Had its ups and downs. Some parts were compelling and fun to watch, others were kinda lame, and on the whole I think I would have difficulty getting worked up about it either way.
comment #12618 troacctid 1st Feb 12
comment #12645 ccoa 3rd Feb 12
Ms. Fiend may or may not be able to use that (pointless) arguement depending on things the reviewer wasn't clear about.

At any rate, I liked the show, though that may have been because it looked so much better in comparison to the other tripe on Nickelodeon. I would have to completely disagree about the art style, as art style should have no bearing on the tone of the show. It's basically the same arguement Fan Dumb used against Wind Waker before its release, and I happen to like how stylized it looks. Its concept is quite original too, even if it does boil down to Ghostbuster superhero with ghost-based powers. I apprecitate that.
comment #12647 DeviousRecital 3rd Feb 12 (edited by: DeviousRecital)
Am I really the only person who didn't hate Sam x Danny? I wouldn't call it unnatural,I mean c'mon they're still Freshies in High School,did you expect something like Han x Leia? And no,it's nothing like Padme x Anakin who just mope around what can't be. I agree that they should've had the Relationship Upgrade sooner or played a little more into theRomanticFalseLead angle a bit.

And whaddya' mean no personality? Geesh,that's like saying Katara has no personality. All of them have the initial personality and go through hurdles and change.

Can't argue against all the plots dropped and resoled terribly,but that's mostly the fault of Screwed By The Network than anything else,although the firing of Steve Marmel was pretty tough as well.
comment #12652 terlwyth 4th Feb 12
The biggest problem was that DP tried to be Fairly Odd Parents; it used the same art style and the same kidlike jokes and the same clueless-beyond-reason adults and the same random fantasy-induced plots. That would be fine, except that Fairly Odd Parents is about a child with an incredible imagination and the means to make those thoughts come true. Danny Phantom is about a teen who's gained superpowers, deals with clueless parents and an unforgiving social situation, faces dead apparitions (and is one himself,) and comes to accept responsibility. That's the real reason the artwork and jokes throw everyone off: it just doesn't match the premise. It can make or break a show.

Also, Danny/Sam started out all right but got WAY too blatant in the end.
comment #13250 Manifest 13th Mar 12
Review title needs more work. But yeah, too many one note characters, terrible characterization, and stuff that was blatantly obvious and unfunny.
comment #13323 qtjinla15 17th Mar 12
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