Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Danny Phantom

The narrative follows a 14 year old boy, Danny Fenton, is accidentally turned into a half ghost when he steps inside his parents machine. With his new found powers he saves the city by putting ghosts back into the ghost realm with the help of his two best friends, Sam and Tucker. The narrative is aimed at an older young audience, for example 10-14 year olds, which can be seen through the age of the main characters and the setting in which they are in, the main environment being a high school. Each episode shows the main character battling a different ghost as they try to to terrorize the town, ending the episode like it was a normal average day for the three main characters. This form of narrative works well as can lead to creative plot lines with no worry of needing the plot to stretch over a few episodes. The plot episodes involve a darker atmosphere that incorporates his friends or family to be kidnapped by a powerful ghost from the ghost realm; the endings of these episodes mostly end with the plot never seeming to have actually happened, involving time travel or a magic item that can rewrite what has happened during the episode.

The character design is quite simple with the use of colour and the shapes used to create both the characters and the world that they are situated in. The animation for the characters run smoothly which works with the quick change to each pose that is relatable to Danny Phantom and Fairly Odd Parents. The body language for the main character changes from a teenager with slumped shoulders and a disheartened expression as he faces the school characters, to one which is linked to a superhero with hands on hips and a proud demeanour when he turns into a ghost. I quite like how the eyebrows are dramatically animated along with the exaggerated pose that the main character is in, it helps to portray his personality even more to the audience. The poses are quite stylised in an angular fashion which surprisingly works well with the use of the action poses that Danny makes. I feel that it relates well with the square and angular illustrative style of typical western comic books, like Superman and Batman. 

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