Monday, July 19, 2021

Fans Recreate 'Danny Phantom' Intro Using CG-Animation

A group of fans have recreated the iconic intro of Nickelodeon's fan-favorite animated series Danny Phantom using CGI!

Danny Phantom CGI Reboot from Zachary Morawiec on Vimeo.

My friends Joshua Baum & Jack McCaffrey and I created this fan animated CG Danny Phantom animation inspired by the original series' intro!


Zachary Morawiec: asset creation, textures, rigging, layout, animation, lighting, rendering, compositing, editing

Joshua Baum: asset creation, textures, lighting, layout, animation

Jack McCaffrey: VFX/2D animation

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The CG-animated Danny Phantom opening titles comes as a petition to revive or reboot the animated series gathers steam.

The video caught the attention of series creator Butch Hartman on TikTok, who couldn't help but show support for the creative remake. "Love seeing it in this style," he wrote on his duet of the TikTok. "So cool!" He's also seen grooving along to the show's catchy rap theme song, which he wrote the lyrics for. Hartman captioned his duet post saying, "ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!"

Danny Phantom first premiered on Nickelodeon in 2004, netting fifty-three episodes that followed the adventures of a teenager named Danny Fenton, who gains various superpowers like flight and invisibility after an accident in his ghost-hunting obsessed parents' laboratory. Despite his initial hesitation, Danny eventually learns to embrace his powers and commits to becoming a superhero to defend his family and hometown from the threat of malevolent ghosts. The show bears many similarities to Sony's Ghostbusters, including some of the equipment used in the series, as well as Marvel's Spider-Man series, with both protagonists forced to juggle the responsibilities of being a superhero along with the everyday mundanities of being a teenager. This timeless formula proved to be a success as Danny Phantom has retained a solid following since its finale aired well over a decade ago.

Fans of Danny Phantom started a petition on several years ago urging Nickelodeon to revive the show. The description states that the show "continues to maintain a large, passionate fan base over a decade after its cancellation, showing true dedication to the series and appreciation of its quality." Although the petition has yet to reach its goal, it has maintained a consistent stream of engagement and has just recently crossed 17,000 supporters.

With Danny Phantom trending on Twitter, David Kaufman, who voice Danny in the series, Tweeted: "Danny Phantom trending today to let the world know he’s still fighting for me & you."

Nickelodeon isn't a stranger to reviving their older IPs for a modern audience. Paramount+ recently developed a revival series for the classic Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly, with all the original actors reprising their original roles, as well as a CG-animated Rugrats reboot, again with most of the show's original voice actors. Additionally, a live-action/animated hybrid reboot of Hartman's The Fairly Oddparents is set to begin filming later this year. In the midst of all these revivals, it's as opportune a time as ever for Danny Phantom to receive the same treatment.

Danny Phantom will also be a playable character in the upcoming Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl video game.

As media consumption has become more democratized in recent years, revival campaigns such as this one have become more and more common. Just last month, fans of the YA book series Eragon started a viral campaign for Disney to create a proper adaptation of the franchise as well. While the 80s and 90s nostalgia have been in vogue for the last decade, it seems that the wheel is now turning to the 2000s. Hopefully, Nickelodeon catches wind of this movement, and Danny Phantom will go ghost once again.

Do you want to see a Danny Phantom reboot/revival? Let me know in the comments!

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Additional source; ScreenRant.

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