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Danny Phantom

Teen with phantom powers offers laughs, battles.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diverse group of friends; women are basically treated as equals, except the mom, who is brilliant but subservient.

Violence & scariness

Danny fights ghosts without hesitation; prolonged battle scenes with scary and sometimes gross violence.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some potty humor.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is funny, but it's often violent and may be too much for sensitive kids. Death threats, torture, knives, and violence against women are commonplace. The main character suffers from bullying, shyness, and being the odd one out.

What's the story?

When DANNY PHANTOM -- a shy oddball with eclectic friends and weird parents who also happens to be the target of a bully and the hip-but-twisted school principal -- mistakenly steps into a ghost portal at the wrong time (as if there's a right time) and is turned into a phantom, his whole life changes. Little by little, he transforms, becoming half ninth grader, half phantom. He discovers that he can fly and that whenever a ghost is nearby, a blue vapor trail escapes from his mouth. All of these changes are distressing but exciting -- much like the changes that come with adolescence.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This cartoon can be funny, and the characters are unique (though you have to wonder why Danny doesn't tell his parents about his secret -- they're experts in paranormal activity, after all). But, as is the case with so many contemporary cartoons, the rush to violence overshadows the good aspects of the series. Death threats, torture, knives, and violence against women are commonplace. There's no opportunity to work things out. Danny is either a coward or a hero -- there's no in between. He either fights or perishes, which is a heavy choice for a sensitive guy.

The Jekyll and Hyde aspect of Danny's personality is also disturbing; his eyes change color and his personality is more aggressive when he slips into his phantom persona. Ultimately, the show suffers for giving into the violent mainstream.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in this cartoon. Why does such a clever show need so many battles? Is Danny's dad oblivious to what goes on in his house? Why does Danny choose to hide his powers from his mom and dad? Do you think it's easy to keep secrets from your parents? What's the benefit of keeping parents in the dark?

TV details

Premiere date:April 3, 2004
Cast:David Kaufman, Kath Soucie, Rob Paulsen
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old August 2, 2009

My Problem with this Review

This review has some aspects that I don't agree with. Danny Phantom is less violent than A LOT of stuff in T.V. nowadays, and A LOT more entertaining. Honestly, I don't think this show is very violent. It came out when I was six, and even though the slightest thing scared me back then, I enjoyed it. I only remember being a bit scared during The Ultimate enemy (TUE) and that was only once. I DO recall a couple death threats, but those are very rare, and this IS a cartoon about a superhero! Torture? Wrong. The only thing I've seen is electric shocks for a few seconds, and I've seen every episode at least twice! I do recall a knife, and it was never used. There has been only one sword fight, and that only lasted about ten seconds, and no one was hurt. Violence towards women? So if a ghost is trying to destroy the world, and Danny attempts to stop it, there's a problem if it's a female? The men and women are treated equally by all characters. If the ghost attacks, Danny captures it and sends it back into the Ghost Zone wheather it's female or not. You're right about one thing. There IS no opportunity to work things out. That's because some ghost is trying to kill someone!! If some guy was about to kill you, and you have no weay to escape, would you smile and say "We can work this out, buddy!", or would you fight back!? Something that you wondered about is why Danny hides his powers from his parents, because they are paranormal experts. That's true, but you missed something. His parents want to DESTROY ghosts they capture. They're his parents, but Danny's a kid. Put yourself into a kid's frame of mind. He knows that they love him, but he's still afraid that they might only see him as a ghost. Everyone's mind goes through the worst case scenario, and his seems too likely. Danny is different in his phantom form because he obviously feels more confident. No one knows who he is, and he can use many different powers. It's similar to how I'm talkative at home because I'm sure that people will listen but I'm not in public places. A weird comparison, but it'll do. To quote "Ultimately, the show suffers for giving into the violent mainstream." I don't believe this. Haven't you noticed how many kids shows seem too afraid to even be close to violent, and instead market towards little kids? I believe that Danny Phantom is a step in the right direction. Many people believe that cartoons are for kids only, but by adding more action and less mind numbing silliness, less people would have this opinion. Danny Phantom took that risk, and that's what made it so popular! Plus, you need to give kids more credit! Some kids may be scared, but most aren't. Do you think that the only thing kids enjoy is silliness without a plot? You're wrong! I was reading complicated chapter books when I was 7, and watching nothing but Animal Planet when I was five!!! In short, this show isn't that violent, you has false points in your review, and kids are smarter than you thin. Now, I shall leave this site that encourages age descrimination.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byCritiNumba1 February 11, 2011

It's Alright

I used to think this show was funny and exciting, I still can get through it. But it's just not me now, that I'm older. My dad thought it was a bit funny. I'm glad he watches all my stupid shows with me like BTR, and iCarly. It's fun. But I don't like this.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2011

I love this show!

BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models