I consider Danny Phantom to be the last great Nicktoon ever released, second only to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Since then, Nickelodeon hasn’t had much luck with “great” cartoons (Fanboy and Chum Chum, Breadwinners, Sanjay and Craig), though it’s animated lineup has recently been improving (Harvey Beaks, Loud House). Next year will mark ten years since Danny Phantom came to an end, yet there’s speculation that the ghost boy is going to be making a comeback.
Recently, the show’s creator, Butch Hartmann, released a video of the three main characters as they would appear ten years older. Some fans have speculated that it’s a hint that the series will be making a comeback as a spin-off series set ten years after the original series ended. If that’s the case, then it certainly makes for exciting news to know that Danny will be “going ghost” for a whole new generation.
As exciting as a new Danny Phantom series would be, I can’t help but feel that this is yet another desperate attempt by Nickelodeon to ride on a wave of nostalgia back into relevancy. In recent months, the once great network has previously announced a Nicktoons crossover movie and several television specials based off of old franchises including Hey Arnold, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and Rocko’s Modern Life.
While these announcements certainly please millennials who remember the network fondly as a part of their childhood growing up in the 90s, these announcements seem to reveal that the network has nothing new to offer other than re-vitalizing past good shows. It’s like the network is having a mid-life crisis and is desperately trying to get over its depression by reliving its glory days, all while other networks are looking forward and creating new properties.
This rant aside, I’d though it would be fitting to celebrate this announcement, as well as the first day of September, with a hit song from the old series, namely by the blue-flamed hair rock star Ember, "Remember My Name":