14 year old teenager Danny Fenton's parents are inventors obessesed with ghosts, they invented a Ghost portal that supposedly leads to the ghost dimension, which they call "the Ghost Zone". The portal didn't work at first, but one day Danny is convinced by his friends Sammantha Manson and Tucker Fawley to try the portal. During their own experiment Danny accidentally activates the portal and is zapped by Ghost Energy, transforming him into a Ghost-Human hybrid.
Ever since, the portal has allowed ghosts to invade Danny's home Amity Park frequenty. Using his ghost powers, Danny now fights the ghost threats as the superhero "Danny Phantom" while also fighting a potentially scarier threat: being the unpopular geek at high school!
At first Danny's superhero activites go unnoticed as no one believes in ghosts, but over time the ghost activity becomes more publicly known, however Amity Park believes Danny Phantom is also an evil ghost and is treated as a villain. Eventually, Danny proves himself to be a rightful hero and is accepted by the population fo Amity Park.
At the end of the series, Danny Phantom is universally accepted by the entire world and Danny decides to publicly reveal his secret identity while also starting a proper relationship with Sam.
Why It Rocks
- Lots of likeable characters, including Danny himself.
- Outstanding story of each episode with several over-arching stories across the series.
- Many action scenes to see. As an example for this superhero-themed animated series, Danny saves his hometown known as Amity Park from the ghastly incidents by fighting the destructive villains off as they happened to the plot of every single episode. So it makes the show maturely well-received unlike Cartoon Network's horrible superhero cartoon reboots.
- It's surprisingly serious and mature for a Nickelodeon cartoon.
- There's still plenty of humor that never feels forced.
- Awesome animation style that is very similar to The Fairly OddParents.
- Well-talented voice acting. For example, along with the voice talents of Grey DeLisle, Rickey D'Shon Collins, Colleen O'Shaughnessey and the others, David Kaufman is notably fluent to hear for voicing the main character in the animated TV series.
- Good music. The opening and ending song, performed by both Deric Battiste and Guy Moon, is mainly interesting to hear as a ghastly theme song. Also, Guy Moon is well-known for goodly composing various music for this cartoon show.
- Memorable villains like Skulker, Freakshow, Dan Phantom, Technus, Ember, Johnny 13, Pariah Dark, Walker, Spectra, Desiree, the Box Ghost, Kitty, the Lunch Lady Ghost, and of course, Vlad Plasmius.
- It is, by far, the best of Butch Hartman's shows.
- Season 3 was a very weak season.
- Dash Baxter is a horrible person who hardly gets any comeuppances, for bullying Danny and other students. Shame on you, writers!
Danny Phantom has received critical and audience acclaim, with praise primarily directed at its ensemble cast and comic book-influenced themes and storyline. Hartman himself has noted that the series is arguably his most popular and acclaimed work, despite its relatively short production life compared to The Fairly OddParents. Danny Phantom has spawned video games, home video releases, as well as toys and various other merchandise. The two-part episode The Ultimate Enemy is generally considered the best and darkest episode in the series, with Danny's evil counterpart from the future "Dan Phantom" being considered the evilest and most menacing villain in the show.