Danny Phantom is an American superhero animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world and the "Ghost Zone", becomes a human-ghost hybrid and takes on the task of saving his town (and the world) from subsequent ghost attacks using an evolving variety of supernatural powers. He is aided in his quest by his two best friends, and later, his older sister, who for most of the series' run are among the only people who know of his double life.
The series premiered on April 3, 2004 at 9:30 p.m. with its first episode airing after the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards, and ended on August 24, 2007, totaling 53 episodes over the course of three seasons. With five Annie Award nominations, 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, toys, and various other merchandise. After the show ended, reruns continued to air on Nicktoons until September 24, 2017 and returned to premiere on NickSplat for the first time on January 16, 2019.
|Genre||Action and Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Superhero, Supernatural|
|Created by||Butch Hartman|
|Developed by||Steve Marmel|
Rickey D'Shon Collins
|Theme music composer||Guy Moon and Butch Hartman|
|Opening theme||"Danny Phantom", performed by Deric Battiste and Guy Moon|
|Ending theme||"Danny Phantom" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||53 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Butch Hartman|
Steve Marmel (season 1-2)
Marty Isenberg (season 1-2)
Kevin Sullivan (season 3)
|Producer(s)||Bob Boyle (season 1)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Billionfold Inc.|
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
|Distributor||Viacom International Inc (International)|
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||April 3, 2004 –|
August 24, 2007
Danny Phantom centers on the life and adventures of Daniel "Danny" Fenton, a 14-year-old boy living in the small town of Amity Park. He lives with his ghost-hunting parents, Maddie and Jack, and his overprotective but caring 16-year-old sister, Jasmine ("Jazz" for short). Upon pressure from his two best friends, Samantha "Sam" Manson and Tucker Foley, Danny decides to explore the Ghost Portal created by his parents in their attempt to bridge the real world and the Ghost Zone (the parallel universe in which ghosts reside), that when plugged in, failed to work. Once inside, he inadvertently presses the "On" button (which his parents naively failed to do), thus activating the Portal and infusing his DNA with ectoplasm, transforming him into a half-ghost.
Danny, who calls himself "Danny Phantom" in ghost form, develops the ability to fly, to become invisible, to become intangible, and to "overshadow" (possess and control) people after first learning how to switch back and forth at will between his ghost and human forms. Over time, he develops much stronger abilities, such as his Ghost Ray (a concentrated blast of energy he fires from his hand), his Ghostly Wail (an intensely powerful scream with sonic capabilities that knocks back anything caught in its path), and even cryokinesis. Danny is initially frightened by his new abilities and has little control over them, but he soon learns to use them to protect his town from malevolent ghosts. Danny turns to the life of a superhero, using his powers to rid his hometown from the various ghosts who plague it and are almost always brought into the world thanks to the sporadic activation of the Fentons' Ghost Portal. Sam, Tucker, and Jazz are Danny's primary allies in his ghost-fighting activities, and help him keep his ghost-half a secret.
Danny's ghost form is a polarization of what he looked like when he first entered the Ghost Portal. When he "goes ghost", his black hair turns white, his blue eyes turn green, and the black-and-white jumpsuit he was wearing during the accident appears in negative color, with the originally white areas of the suit appearing black, and vice versa. In the premiere episode of season two, a ghost grants Sam's inadvertent wish that she and Danny had never met; in consequence, Danny loses his ghost powers, as Sam had primarily been the one to persuade Danny to investigate the Portal in the first place, which led to the accident. Sam then persuades the now fully human Danny to regain his powers by re-enacting the accident. This time, before Danny enters the Portal, Sam replaces the logo of his father's face on the jumpsuit, which she also had removed the first time (if she hadn't, it would have been part of Danny's ghost form), with her newly designed "DP" fused-letter logo on the chest so that it appears when he goes ghost from then on.
Danny faces threats of many kinds, including vengeful ghost hunter Valerie Gray who, for a short period of time, becomes his love interest, an enemy half-ghost Vlad Masters, an old college friend of his father's and considered to be Danny's true arch-rival, and even his own parents who, as ghost hunters, view Danny Phantom (and any other ghosts) as a menace to society. In addition, Danny tries to keep his secret safe from his classmates, teachers, and family. Throughout the series, Danny slowly realizes his own potential and purpose, while both worlds slowly begin to accept him as their defender.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||20||April 3, 2004||June 17, 2005|
|2||20||June 24, 2005||June 9, 2006|
|3||13||October 9, 2006||August 24, 2007|
|DVD name||Release date||Ep#||Title|
|Nick Picks Vol. 1||May 24, 2005||1x07||"Bitter Reunions"|
|Nick Picks Vol. 2||October 18, 2005||1x05||"Splitting Images"|
|Nick Picks Vol. 3||February 7, 2006||1x15||"Fright Night"|
|Nick Picks Vol. 4||June 6, 2006||1x12||"Teacher of the Year"|
|Nick Picks Holiday||September 26, 2006||2x11||"The Fright Before Christmas"|
|Nick Picks Vol. 5||March 13, 2007||1x11||"Fanning the Flames"|
Nickelodeon and Amazon.com teamed up to release Danny Phantom and other Nick shows on manufacture-on-demand DVD-R discs available exclusively through Amazon.com's CreateSpace arm. Amazon made the discs, cover art and disc art, and released Danny Phantom Season One and Two on September 16, 2008. Despite its claim, older copies of each set only contains thirteen episodes each, the first set including the first thirteen episodes and the second set continuing with the next thirteen.
The third Danny Phantom DVD was released on June 9, 2009. This set contains the entirety of Season Three, rather than the previous thirteen episode sets, skipping over the rest of Season Two. Later editions of the first two seasons contained the entire first and second seasons of Danny Phantom and were released in November 2009.
|DVD name||Release date||Discs||Episodes|
|Season 1||September 16, 2008||4||13 (early copies)|
20 (later copies)
|Season 2||September 16, 2008||4||13 (early copies)|
17 (later copies)
|Season 3||June 9, 2009||3||12|
The CreateSpace releases are no longer available with the announcement of Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory releasing traditional retail DVD sets of the series.
On March 22, 2011, it was announced that Shout! Factory had secured the home video rights to the series from Nickelodeon. They released Season 1 in a 4-disc set on September 13, 2011. Season 2: Part 1 was released in a 2-disc set on April 3, 2012. Season 2: Part 2 was released on August 28, 2012.
|DVD name||Release date||Discs||Episodes|
|Season 1||September 13, 2011||4||20|
|Season 2: Part 1
Season 2: Part 2
|April 3, 2012
August 28, 2012
|Ghost Hunter||October 7, 2014||1||5|
|The Final Season||October 14, 2014||2||12|
|The Complete Series||January 28, 2014||9||53|
All of the Danny Phantom episodes can be found on iTunes.
There have been two video games released for the series. Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy (for the Game Boy Advance) was made to promote the then upcoming special "The Ultimate Enemy" with the main gameplay consisting of events from the TV movie. It is a 2D platformer and was released September 8, 2005. Danny Phantom: Urban Jungle for both the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS was to promote the Danny Phantom episode "Urban Jungle". It is loosely based on the episode and is strictly a shooter game. It was released September 19, 2006.
Danny plays one of the main heroes in the Nicktoons Unite! series, appearing in all four games across multiple platforms, Nicktoons Unite!, Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, and SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom.
Danny and other characters have also been featured in other Nickelodeon crossover video games: Nicktoons MLB, Nicktoons: Summer Camp, Nicktoons Basketball for the PC, and Nicktoons Movin' Eyetoy for the (PlayStation 2). He is a playable character in the kart racer Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing (PC) and the latter Nicktoons Nitro developed by Raw Thrills for the arcade. Nicktoons: Freeze Frame Frenzy for the (Game Boy Advance), and Nicktoons: Android Invasion (LeapFrog Didj).
Danny Phantom has appeared in two mobile games, Nicktoons Mini Golf (USA, www.nick.com) and Danny Phantom: El secuestro de Jazz, available only in Chile.
Little official merchandise has been produced for Danny Phantom; however, Viacom licensed a line of Burger King toys for the show in 2005, and an official Nicktoons action figure of Danny Phantom was also licensed. In October 2005, Scholastic Corporation published a Nick Zone chapter book, Stage Fright, with an original Danny Phantom story written by Erica David and illustrated by Victoria Miller and Harry Moore. Danny Phantom also made several appearances in Nickelodeon Magazine, including original comics "Brat's Entertainment!" (featuring Youngblood) and "Seeing Red" (featuring Undergrowth).
Danny Phantom was well received by both television critics and audiences. The series gathered a cult following. Many audiences have described the series as one of Butch Hartman's best shows, with Hartman acknowledging so as well and even referring to the show as a "cultural touchstone."
Sean Aitchison from CBR said “Danny Phantom might have a few elements that firmly place it in the 2000s, but the storytelling and design still feel fresh and fun in modern day. The show was full of action and humor, and the characters felt real and layered. If you're looking for an old Nickelodeon cartoon to rewatch, Danny Phantom should be on your list.” Joly Herman of Common Sense Media wrote more negatively of Danny Phantom, saying that, “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.”
|2004||BMI Film/TV Awards||BMI Cable Award||Butch Hartman
|2006||Annie Awards||Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production for "Identity Crisis"||Ben Balistreri||Nominated|||
|2007||Annie Awards||Character Design in an Animated Television Production for "King Tuck"||Ben Balistreri||Nominated|||
|Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production for "Urban Jungle"||Ben Balistreri||Nominated|||
|Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production for "Reality Trip"||Shaunt Nigoghossian||Nominated|||
|2008||Annie Awards||Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production for "Torrent of Terror"||Ben Balistreri||Nominated|||
Danny Phantom features a teenage protagonist and his experiences in high school, a setting rarely explored in previous animated television shows. As a result, the show has appealed to a wide demographic, attracting young children curious about the high school experience, teenagers who know it all too well, and even adults who watch the show with fond (or sometimes not-so-fond) memories of their own adolescence. Hartman notes,
A lot of shows centered around kids in elementary school, kids in preschool, but not a lot centered around a high school, and I think a lot of kids in their teenage years, when they first encountered Danny Phantom, really responded to it really well, because Danny was going through the same things that they were going through: dealing with girls, dealing with boys, the high school dance, bullies... I think that's really why Danny Phantom resonated with a lot of kids and why it still resonates with a lot of teenagers today.
Older audiences have also praised the show for addressing "more mature themes" in a manner appropriate and impactful for younger viewers.
The score to Danny Phantom was composed by Guy Moon. Hartman notes,
From the opening notes of the Danny Phantom theme song, you knew that was Danny Phantom. The end credit music is amazing; the music inside the show where Danny's fighting a ghost, or when a relationship gets really tender, and there's a tender moment, the music there is amazing, too. Plus, to top it all off, the amazing song by Ember, "Remember," was a great song. People just love that song and really responded to it really well. So, I think Danny Phantom didn't only have some of the best music in cartoons, but in all of television.
Moon supports his score (and theme song) with a prominent bassline and often explores the funk genre, especially in scene transitions. He typically features electric guitar in more action-packed moments, deep brass instruments in darker moments, and electric piano in more tender moments. His score also sometimes includes a theremin, which serves as a ghostly motif.
For years following the series' end, Hartman has teased fans of Danny Phantom of a possible sequel or reboot of the franchise. In August 2016, on YouTube, Hartman released concept artwork for a potential revival while alluding to ideas about what has happened to the main characters in the last 10 years. Two more 10 Years Later videos were also published. Hartman also created concept art for Danny Phantom: The College Years, which showed concept art for Danny and his friends in college.
On February 21, 2017, Nickelodeon released an online animated Danny Phantom short, "The Fairly Odd Phantom," a crossover featuring characters from The Fairly OddParents, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen Is a Beast. The short was well received by audiences and amassed over 1 million views on YouTube alone within a week of its release. Following the success of the short, Hartman released an exclusive crossover comic, "Fairly Odd Phantom," based on the short at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.
On May 10, 2018, on his Speech Bubble podcast with David Kaufman and Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Hartman confirmed that although a Danny Phantom live-action film script (with no confirmation regarding its production status) has been written for Nickelodeon, fans have continued to express greater enthusiasm for a new animated series. It's unknown if it'll be for a Nickelodeon TV movie or Nickelodeon Movies.
We really want to do more Danny Phantom, obviously. We even wrote a Nickelodeon live-action script, and we were gonna do a movie... but people really want to see a new animated series, they really do. And I've been really wanting to do one for a long time, and I think it'd be a lot of fun, wouldn't it? The thing is, Nickelodeon owns the rights.
Love for the series has also sparked a social media campaign, "#GoGhostAgain," dedicated to bringing back the series after its ten-year cancellation. In May 2016, Nickelodeon Animation uploaded the Danny Phantom theme song to YouTube and dedicated the song to this campaign via Twitter. In February 2017, this campaign was mentioned on the Nickelodeon Animation Podcast by host Hector Navarro and was well received by the main cast members.
On July 20, 2017, Butch Hartman announced that he was working on a Danny Phantom-like show for YouTube. The release date for this series, which will serve as a spiritual successor to Danny Phantom, remains unknown. Hartman stated, "I'm working on a series right now that will only be available on YouTube." Hartman also revealed, "It’s going to be a little bit of anime, a little bit in the Danny Phantom range. It won’t be Danny Phantom, of course, but it will be a show like that. It’s still a ways away and we’re putting the pieces together, but the Butch Hartman channel is going to be where I’m bringing more of my series."
On February 26, 2018, Rob Orpilla, also known as the Kurotheartist, who collaborated with Hartman on numerous occasions as an animator, announced and confirmed that the successor is entitled ImagiNathan, which holds the same title of an unrelated pilot Hartman created for The Noog Network. Orpilla will serve as a designer and animator for both ImagiNathan and Elf Detective. While the fate of the latter as either a pitch or a web-based project remains undetermined, Butch Hartman confirms that ImagiNathan will be web-based made specifically for Oaxis Entertainment.
Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV (born January 10, 1965) is an American animator, voice actor, writer, storyboard artist, and director; best known for creating the Nicktoons The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is a Beast. Hartman also owns a production company, Billionfold Inc., which he uses primarily to produce his shows. Hartman was an executive producer on The Fairly OddParents for the entirety of its 16-year run.
Hartman's latest animated program, Bunsen Is a Beast, aired in 2017. On February 8, 2018, Hartman announced in a YouTube video that he had left Nickelodeon on February 2 after having worked at the studio since December 1997. He confirmed in the video that this resulted in the end of production on Bunsen Is a Beast after just one season.Danny Phantom Ghost Zone
Danny Phantom Ghost Zone (formerly known as Screaming Yellow Eagle) was a flat ride located in Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. It was a Chance Falling star attraction that is located at the east entrance of the park.David Kaufman (actor)
David Kaufman (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as the voices of Dexter Douglas on Freakazoid, Jimmy Olsen on Superman: The Animated Series, Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom on Danny Phantom, Maggie's brother Aldrin on The Buzz on Maggie, and Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox's character, on the Saturday morning animated series, Back to the Future.Gary Conrad
Gary Conrad (born February 27, 1943) is an American animation director and director. He worked on shows including Angry Beavers, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, and Harvey Beaks. He is also a graduate of the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.Kath Soucie
Katherine Ellen Soucie () is an American actress and voice actress known for playing Linka in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Lola Bunny in Space Jam, Fifi La Fume in Tiny Toon Adventures, Dexter's Mom in Dexter's Laboratory, Maddie Fenton in Danny Phantom and Phil, Lil and Betty DeVille in Rugrats.List of Danny Phantom characters
The series Danny Phantom centers on young Daniel "Danny" Fenton and his coming-of-age story as a half-ghost superhero in the town of Amity Park. He gradually grows, bettering himself and his powers over the course of the story as he deals with ghosts, balancing his normal and heroic life, a community that does not initially trust him, and later, fame and praise from across the country.His companions are his best friends: Sam Manson, a vegetarian goth girl who is entranced by the "weird and supernatural" and Tucker Foley, a lighthearted "techno-geek". Danny often has to put up with his eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Jack and Maddie Fenton, and his smothering, doting, but compassionate older sister, Jazz Fenton. His primary nemesis is Vlad Masters, a billionaire celebrity who is also a half-ghost.List of Danny Phantom episodes
Danny Phantom is an American animated superhero television series that ran on Nickelodeon from April 3, 2004 to August 24, 2007. The series follows 14-year-old Danny Fenton who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world and the supernatural "Ghost Zone", becomes half-ghost and frequently saves his town and the material world from ghost/spectral attacks. Danny also faces the typical challenges of a high school student while attempting to keep his ghost half a secret, except from his best friends, Sam Manson and Tucker Foley, and later his sister, Jazz. As the show progresses, his ghostly abilities continue to develop and grow much stronger, and he gradually learns to control them.Martin Mull
Martin Eugene Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor and comedian who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a painter and recording artist. As an actor, he first became known in his role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2 Night. Among his other notable roles are Colonel Mustard in the 1985 film Clue, Leon Carp on Roseanne, Willard Kraft on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Vlad Plasmius on Danny Phantom, and Gene Parmesan on Arrested Development. He had a recurring role on Two and a Half Men as Russell, the drug using, humorous pharmacist.Marty Isenberg
Marty Isenberg (born 30 July 1963) is an American animation writer. He is best known for his role as co-story editor on Beast Machines and Transformers: Animated, and for his work on the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. He also wrote or co-wrote scripts for Ben 10, Danny Phantom, Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, Action Man, Beetlejuice, The Mask, G.I. Joe: Renegades, X-Men: The Animated Series and Spider-Man: The Animated Series.Nicktoons MLB
Nicktoons MLB is a baseball game released for the Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. The game was developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K Play. It features playable characters from Nickelodeon shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Danny Phantom, Planet Sheen, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fanboy & Chum Chum, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and two characters that only appear in the 3DS version, one which is from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and the other from the Nickelodeon game Monkey Quest. Characters from Rugrats, Rocko's Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers, CatDog, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Back at the Barnyard, and The Mighty B! make cameo appearances in the game's loading screens. In addition to Nickelodeon characters, the game also features players from real Major League Baseball teams.
Not only does the Nintendo 3DS version have two additional characters, it has more stadiums and modes as well.Nicktoons Movin'
Nicktoons Movin', also called SpongeBob SquarePants Movin' with friends in Australia and Europe, is a video game developed by Mass Media and published by THQ released in 2004. It features the shows SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, Rocket Power, The Fairly OddParents, and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
This game requires the EyeToy to play.Nicktoons Nitro
Nicktoons Nitro is a racing game which is a sequel to Nicktoons Racing and Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing. It features characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Fairly OddParents, Invader Zim, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. The game was released in 2009 as an arcade game by developer Raw Thrills.Nicktoons Unite!
Nicktoons Unite! (also known as SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends: Unite! in Europe) is a 2005 video game featuring characters and levels from SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, The Fairly OddParents, and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Before it came out, a video game called Nicktoons: Freeze Frame Frenzy was released a year earlier. It spawned 3 sequels named Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, and SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom. In the game, the player can control four Nicktoons characters which are SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron, Timmy Turner, and Danny Phantom. An Xbox version was planned, but was cancelled. The games received generally mixed reviews.Steve Marmel
Steve L. Marmel (born December 17, 1964) is an American television writer and producer who has worked on many animated TV series, including The Fairly OddParents, I Am Weasel, Danny Phantom, Family Guy and Yin Yang Yo!. During his work on The Fairly OddParents he frequently co-wrote episodes with Butch Hartman. Marmel also created the series Sonny with a Chance as well as the series Mech-X4.
|Animated TV series|