Anyway, I've been wanting to talk about Danny Phantom. It was our favorite show back about ten years ago (I can't believe it's that old!), and we started watching it on Hulu again last week. Its awesomeness, paired with Hulu's unusual decision to let us watch it 100% commercial free, is really helping us find joy in life again. ...What we're saying is, we're really really tired from all the working and not taking enough time to relax, but Danny Phantom is extra relaxing, so it helps a lot.
We like it so much, that I wanted to write a post about why we like it so much, but then I remembered that I already did! About ten years ago! So we found it in our LJ archive and reread it and were pretty much like, "Yup, that about sums it up."
So here's an excerpt!
The first time we saw Danny Phantom, our little sister Sarah was pretty much flipping channels, and seemed to settle on Nickelodeon, when Danny Phantom happened to be on. I don't know why we stayed in the living room, but we were trying not to pay too much attention to the TV, because we've kind of had a thing against NickToons since Rugrats became so popular.
But there was just something about Danny's hair. Especially because, since Kingdom Hearts and DN Angel, I've had a weakness for guys with silvery/silvery-blue hair. We also have a weakness for super-heroes. Realizing that it has the voices of Lor from The Weekenders, (looking it up later) Vince from Recess, and Dexter Douglas from Freakazoid! really helped. But that's just what got us to overlook our anti-NickToon prejudice.
We were actually kind of annoyed. We're like, "Sarah! You got us hooked on a NickToon, you punk!" And she's like, "Which one?" "Danny Phantom." "That one's not even very good." "Shut up."
Next time it was on and she was around, she watched it with us, and afterward we're like, "Now you can't tell us that's not a good show." And she's like, "Well, yeah, that was a good episode." I think part of the problem is that Danny Phantom is not as mad-capped in hilarity as Fairly OddParents, but a lot the FOP fans watch it for its zany humor and come to expect that from something by the same creator. And then, since DP has a different kind of humor, and is less zany, they don't like it as much, and think it's not as good.
Actually, since we got hooked on DP, we started watching FOP, and we like both of them a lot. I think one of the things we really appreciate about Butch Hartman's cartoons is that the characters actually learn lessons. This fact was emphasized when we saw the "Timmy/Jimmy Power Hour," and Jimmy Neutron was at least as much of a jerk as Timmy, but Timmy was the only one who apologized for being one. It made us sad, and we realized that we don't have to watch Jimmy Neutron.
Anyway, Danny Phantom! Like I said in the subject line [It's all about the characters], it's really all about the characters. I mean, the voice actors, super powers, and good hair (we like it in both colors!) got us to start watching, but if the characters weren't fun, we wouldn't have kept it up. Our favorite episodes are almost all Plasmius episodes.
I was wondering why this is, because I like to analyze everything to death, and I realized it's because I like to see people caring about each other, which is really cheesy, but that's us. You get that in just about every episode to some extent, but it's more pronounced in the Plasmius episodes, because that's when it focuses on his whole family.
What I personally found the most interesting about that post is that we've spent so much time analyzing certain movies that we didn't like in an attempt to figure out why we didn't like them, and every time we had forgotten about all previous analyses, but we always came to the same conclusion. Like how I decided I don't like Frozen because I don't really see any of the characters (except Olaf and Sven) caring about anybody else. Then I read this post about Danny Phantom, and there it is: I like it because the characters care about people.
Anyway, there you have it. Danny Phantom. It's awesome.
Today I'm thankful for Danny Phantom being available on Hulu, finally getting to order The Well-Tempered Clavier from Amazon, getting Page's cat food (she likes one very specific type of cat food that we can't get at the grocery store, and for some reason we always fall into the trap of, "We're running out; maybe we can just try this grocery store food!" It never ends well), having a good time at the ward social last night, and getting to translate a very interesting new series.