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I’m Gonna Analyze, Cause it’s “Danny Phantom”

Ah, “Danny Phantom”—one of those amazing cartoons for people who grew up in the 00’s, like me. Created by Butch Hartman after “The Fairly Odd Parents”, the premise focuses on a 14-year-old boy named Danny. He has two ghost-hunting parents who have a special machine with a portal. Danny has done something that altered his DNA. And… you guessed it… he became a ghost. Well, half ghost. From then on, he is Danny Fenton (his human surname) and Danny Phantom, although the people in his town refer to him as the ghost boy and think he’s evil.

But why is Danny okay with that—being considered a villain? I know he doesn’t let anyone know he’s the ghost boy, except for his two best friends, Tucker and Sam, and later, his sister, Jazz. Still—someone could seriously hurt him. Nothing can get too extreme as “Danny Phantom” was a children’s show.

There was one episode special, however, where Danny accidentally revealed to the public that he was the ghost boy. His parents were shocked, and so was everyone else. But we didn’t get to see Valerie’s reaction. In fact, she didn’t appear at all there.

You probably remember Valerie, that girl who also hunted ghosts, but was harsher than Jack and Maddie Fenton, Danny’s parents. But she wasn’t always kept tracked of too well. She had three different voice actors, the third being Cree Sumner, who voiced her throughout the series from that point on. But then she seemed to have disappeared. I remember finding it unsatisfying that Valerie wasn’t in that special where Danny transformed from ghost to person. I’ve always considered how she would’ve reacted.

Another thing I discovered about the show was that the ghosts aren’t dead, and they’re only referred to ghosts to make it easier to recall than to use some other word (I can’t remember the other term). This came from the fan theory: Is Danny Phantom half dead? Ironically, in one episode, a ghost said, “You can’t catch me alive,” and another said, “Um… you’re a ghost.” Hmmm… was that ever explained? Or how Danny just sucked his future evil self into the Fenton thermos to resolve the main conflict? I wonder how that worked out.

Regardless, the ghosts were memorable and well-developed. I loved the box ghost—his signature line, “I am the box ghost” is so clever. He sounds like the alien, Mark, from “The Fairly Odd Parents”. Ember the Rockstar had an amazing song and I enjoyed how she hypnotized people to love it (until Tucker undid that in one episode).  Desiree the wishing ghost was like a wicked genie. She reminded me of Norm, who was also from “The Fairly Odd Parents”.

Ghosts could possess people in this series. I loved when Danny possessed his dad when he got in trouble at school. It was such a clever way to avoid getting punished.

And have you also noticed this detail about the extras? They’re all physically diverse. People have all different body types and I applaud that. After all, no one should ever feel self-conscious about his or her appearance, especially from something on the screen.

Now about the characters. Sam’s parents were the opposite of her. They had sunshine-like appearances and personalities while Sam was goth in both her looks and personality. Paulina was (I think) Danny’s crush at first, but then, out of nowhere, she seemed to have betrayed him and joined Dash’s side. I wonder why this happened and without explanation.

And Danny… our hero and star of the show… he was such a relatable character. From going through teenage issues to being Jazz’s annoying little brother at times to being loyal to his friends. Wow.

The show ended in 2007, despite its popularity. There are still some shorts of it on YouTube, such as the special where all the Butch Hartman cartoons cross over with “Danny Phantom” and “Danny Phantom goes to Hogwarts”. Even if there’s unlikely to be a reboot, the show is still great. I would gladly recommend it to kids today.

 

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Wish Granted! It’s My Top Favorite Episodes of “The Fairly Odd Parents”

From ages 7 – 12, I was a huge fan of “The Fairly Odd Parents”. I noticed tons of details, changes (including some inconsistencies), and much more. I would go out of my way to watch a FOP special. For example, when “Fairy Idol” premiered, I wanted to be home in time to watch it.

While I enjoyed the show very much, I have some favorite episodes. I will select the top 5.

 

5: “Emotion Commotion”

 

Timmy is afraid to go off the high-dive at a pool, despite his crush, Trixie and the other popular kids watching. He screams as he goes off, and his bathing suit comes off. He is laughed at because he’s naked. At home, he wishes to have no emotions. Kids continue to crack up after he was nude at the pool. Adults make Timmy face dangerous challenges because he has no emotions.

I was amazed at how imaginative the creators were with what it would be like to have no emotions. Timmy ended up dull all the time. When asked, “How do you feel?”, he’d answer with “I don’t.” What an interesting concept.

 

4: “Babyface”

 

Timmy is sent to hang with the big kids at Flappy Bob’s Learnatorium. When the kids chase Timmy, he ends up in the daycare center. In order to hide, he wishes to become a baby. Everything works, until Timmy discovers that he can’t talk anymore. He has to find another way to wish himself back to being 10.

I found this episode to be quite funny, especially when a baby took off his own diaper and threw it at Francis. I enjoyed Happy-Peppy Gary and Betty’s moments in the swamp scene, when Gary said to sing a song about not getting eaten by alligators and Betty actually started until Gary said, “I was being Ironic.” I also realize that Timmy would’ve lost his ability to spell and read after wishing he was a baby. Kids learn to talk before they read and spell. But that’s a whole different topic. But hey—plot convenience matters to the creators.

 

3: “Mr. Right”

 

Following “Babyface”, Timmy is sick of getting everything wrong. He wishes that everything he said was right. From the US having 49 states to losing Cosmo and Wanda, things get out of hand.

I loved when Mr. Crocker presented “The Scream” to Timmy. Timmy asked why he was screaming. Mr. Crocker answered, “Because he got an F… like you.” He even showed more of the painting and the figure with an F in front of him. Oh my gosh. I could laugh all day at that, even though that’s not why the figure is screaming. I liked when Timmy said stuff to Francis to block his hearing so that he could get his fairies back.

 

2: “Yoo Doo”

 

Timmy wants revenge on Francis. Cosmo mentions Yoo Doo dolls. But Wanda doesn’t approve. Nevertheless, Timmy wishes for them. He succeeds at humiliating Francis, but things get out of control. While with Trixie, Tootie controls Timmy with his Yoo Doo doll and makes him talk about how great Tootie and how she’s better than Trixie.

This episode made me laugh a lot. I enjoyed when people were being controlled by others using their Yoo Doo dolls. Yes, this wouldn’t be funny in real life. But it’s a cartoon.

 

And now… drumroll

 

1: “Just Desserts”

 

Timmy is mad when he doesn’t get sweets for dessert. He got carrots, a textbook to multiply fractions with AJ’s family, and a broccoli and brussel sprout sundae with Mark. He wishes that everything was dessert. Cookies, cakes, ice cream, and more. Everyone gets hyper, but then becomes obese. People have to roll to get around. Then the weight of everybody puts pressure on the Earth and it rolls toward the sun (which, by the way, would NOT happen in real life).

This episode was, perhaps, my favorite. I cracked up through a lot of the episode. I particularly found Trixie popping her belt off to be humorous. The idea of everything being desserts was amazing.

 

So there you have it. Although “The Fairly Odd Parents” isn’t the same as it was when I was a child, I’ll always value it as one of my favorite childhood TV shows.

 

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Countdown… 3… 2… 1… Happy Top “Drake and Josh” Moments!

Warning: Contains spoilers***

 

When I was a child, I watched a lot of Nickelodeon. While I enjoyed cartoons like “The Fairly Odd Parents”, “Jimmy Neutron”, and many more, I also watched the live-action shows. However, it was not until I was about twelve or so that I started viewing the live-action programs.

My favorite one of those shows was “Drake and Josh”, which focused on two teenage stepbrothers who constantly bickered and received pranks from their little sister, Megan. The humor in the program made me laugh a lot. While I enjoyed pretty much every episode I have seen, I am going to rank my top favorite episodes. Number 1 will represent the best, in my opinion.

Note: The episodes listed are NOT the official titles. The show did not present the titles before the first scenes.

 

3: The episode where Drake and Josh babysat

 

Josh’s dad is supposed to have dinner with a couple until their babysitter cancels on them. Josh volunteers to watch the couple’s baby, but Drake wants to go somewhere to perform. After the couple drops off the baby, some ringing wakes him up and he cries. After Drake and Josh try to cheer the baby up, someone in his band suggests that his diaper might need to be changed. So they change him, but run out of diapers. So they use a curtain instead. After accidentally breaking a toy that sang, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”, Drake and Josh sang it themselves to lull the baby. The baby somehow goes missing, but Josh finds him asleep in his carrier at the end.

This episode has some funny moments that still stick to me now. I love when Josh tries to play Marco-Polo to get the baby to answer when he can’t find him. Rather than acknowledging that babies can’t talk, Josh just finalizes with “Babies don’t swim,” instead. The curtain as the diaper substitute was also hilarious. I especially like the line from Josh, “Now we’ve got a naked baby and no diapers. What are we gonna do?” Then Drake looks up at the curtains.

 

2: The episode with Baaab the sheep

 

Drake and Josh discover a sheep that Megan has bought offline. Megan convinces them to watch the sheep, called “Baaab”, but they refuse. Then Megan promises no pranks for three months. So they accept the offer. Baaab does not seem right. Megan claims that he is breathing weird. So she and her brothers get a person-doctor down the street. He and the three kids discover that Baaab was pregnant and has given birth to a lamb. So the sheep turns out to be female. When the parents come home, Drake and Josh try to hide the two sheep by acting strangely. But the parents find the creatures and blame Drake and Josh. Megan acts like she was unaware, and Drake and Josh get grounded. After a month of their punishment, Megan has bought a zebra.

This episode had a lot of humor, too. Although this would be dangerous in real life, I liked when Drake tried to feed the lamb soda. The sheep also cracked me up at times, such as when Baaab stuck her head out of the kitchen opening.

 

1: The episode where Josh substituted Megan’s fifth-grade class

 

Josh is offered a position from a program where high school students can educate younger kids. He does not please anybody. He over-challenges the students beyond what they can learn. When Megan goes to her classmates’ birthday party, she discovers that she was uninvited because of Josh. Later Drake and Josh sulk over what Josh ruined for them. Josh continues to resist their demands and plans to keep challenging the students. Drake and Megan come up with a plan to get Josh fired. The next moment, Josh fails his science experiment to the class and is asked to leave. It ends where Drake has one of Megan’s other classmates perform with him. The children compliment Josh on being a good person, despite his unfavorable teaching methods.

Unlike many episodes, this was one of the few where Megan and Drake worked together. I found that very pleasing. The Josh piñata and Megan’s classmate’s birthday party cracked me up, as well as how Megan continued to show disrespect to Josh after he started teaching her class. I like when she still called him a boob, and Josh got offended, so she called him, “Mr. Boob.”

 

While I don’t believe “Drake and Josh” is on anymore, it is still a funny show. I would recommend checking it out on any platform of TV shows, whether it’s digital or a DVD set.

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Fairly Odd Parents Conspiracy Theory-Is Everyone as Happy as the US?

The Fairly Odd Parents was, perhaps, my favorite childhood cartoon growing. I watched from when it first came out in 2001, at the age of 7, up until right after turning 13, when I lost interest. Despite loving it when I was a kid, it’s not really an easy watch for me anymore.

Anyway, one thing I noticed about the show’s content in recent years has wandered my mind for a while. And that is… is everyone in the FOP universe as happy as the US? And by that, I mean both economically and culturally.

Now I won’t go into politics, obviously. In fact, everything I mention will only be about the world in the FOP universe, not ours. So here are some hints to my conspiracy theory.

Warning: There will be spoilers!

1: Timmy’s Friend, Chester shouting, “I’m the most miserable kid in the world!” in the special, “Fairy Idol”-This is perhaps the biggest clue. What I remember is that his dad became famous and he knew how to play the banjo. But in real life, that would have made him considered to be one of the HAPPIEST kids in the world. If you think about it, Chester was NOT as poor (or unlucky) as some people living in some countries where they constantly have to worry about survival and struggle to get their basic needs. There was also no war going on in Dimsdale, another instance where Chester would be a LOT more miserable as his safety would most likely have been jeopardized. The same would apply if he lived in a society where the government controlled and restricted things for their citizens (such as travel and Internet). And the last thing is that he was in pretty good health as he hadn’t any diseases or injuries.

2: The names on the unwished wish lockers in the unwished wish episode (I can’t remember the name of that episode)-I recall famous names like Walt Disney and Tina Turner. While I can’t remember all of them, I do acknowledge that those people were all living like Timmy-not that they necessarily had evil babysitters or caregivers, but that they had every point I mentioned in the first hint about (wealth status, safety status, government rule status, and health status).

3: Every child who has or had fairy godparents-From Timmy Turner to Remy Buxeplemy, and many more, they also have have what I listed above. So if you think about it, you should notice what they have or had in common.

Conclusion:

If the FOP universe were like ours, all the fairies would be assigned to kids who are in stronger need than those like Timmy or Chester. Most would be helping kids living in extreme poverty, war, certain controlling government systems (like fascist or communist), with severe diseases or injuries that would last them for a really long time. So fewer children living in a place like the US would have fairies, and they would be in much more critical and serious conditions than what Timmy lives through in the series. That means, unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t have or need Cosmo and Wanda. Having a nasty babysitter wouldn’t really be enough.

So with all this hints,… do you think the Fairly Odd Parents Universe is happy than our universe in real life?