Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (or just Kick Buttowski) is an American animated series created by Sandro Corsano for Disney XD.
Set in a small suburban area in Mellowbrook, the show centers on the exploits of Clarence "Kick" Buttowski, a young boy who aspires to become the world's greatest daredevil by practicing/performing stunts in his neighborhood, all the while avoiding obstacles or dealing with those around him.
Why It Rocks
- Kick himself is a cool protagonist; though he may be into something that not everyone's on board with, he still respects those around him and will even go out of his way to make others happy. Not to mention....that cool Wolverine style voice he has.
- Several other characters are very memorable as well such as much of Kick's family (including his mother Honey, his father Harold, his older brother Brad, and younger sister Brianna), his ditzy, yet kind best friend Gunther and his family, Mr. Vickle, Billy Stumps, Wade, Kendall, Ms. Fitzpatrick, Wacky Jackie, Ronaldo (depending on your view), Cousin Kyle (also depending on your view), etc.
- Decent flash animation. Some scenes (like the intro) even blend it with CG elements, which looks really cool.
- Upbeat tone, which is appropriate for this type of show.
- Several funny moments that vary in kind; they usually range from slapstick, to satire on the stunting world, to even clever adult jokes like the dam scene in "Fistful of Ice Cream".
- Awesome and memorable episodes such as "Dead Man's Drop", "If Books Could Kill", "Kick the Habit", "Battle For The Snax", "Not Without My Cereal", "Flush and Release", "Snowpocalypse!", "Runaway Recital", "Trike X-5", "For The Love of Gunther", "Mellowbrook Drift", "Rank of Awesome", "Morning Rush!", "And...Action!", "Kickin' Genes", "Garage Banned", "Truth or Daredevil", "Sold!", "Faceplant!", "Luigi Vendetta", "Kart to Kart", "Pool Daze", "Detained", "Sleepover", "Kick or Treat", "Dead Man's Roller Coaster", "Sister Pact", "Shh!", "A Cousin Kyle Christmas", "Nerves of Steal", "Bwar and Peace", "Bad Table Manners", "Petrified!", "Crumbs!", "Roll Reversal", "Kyle E. Coyote", and "Rocked".
- Great voice acting.
- Nice soundtrack that's largely rock based. The intro theme for instance is very well produced and a fitting match for the show.
- Occasionally sweet and emotional moments like Kick and Brianna's dance in "Sister Pact" and the majority of "A Cousin Kyle Christmas".
- Quotable catchphrases such as Kick's "Aw, biscuts." and Brad's "YEA, BRAD!!"
- The episode "Rocked", with Kick dreaming of Rock Callahan portraying him in a film, was a decent send-off for the show.
- Kendall is considered the most loved by fans, and for her relationship with Kick for fans.
- The running gag of characters screaming "A E I O U and sometimes Y!!!" while flying through the air is an example of perfect execution of a running gag. It's not overused to the point where it can be considered any character's catch phrase (also because it's not limited to any one character), but it's not infrequent enough to be considered recycling of old material.
- The second half of season two, while having its fair share of great episodes, was hit with a noticeable decline in quality. The most common complaint is that Kick was later flanderized into a wimp at this time.
- Some bad episodes including "According to Chimp", "Braking The Grade", "Snow Problem", "TTSW", "Poll Position", "Brad's Room", and "Stay Cool".
- Some intolerable characters like Ms. Chicarelli and Penelope Patterson.
- Kick's family look like rips offs of Dexter's family from Dexter's Laboratory, Arthur Read's family from Arthur, and Greg Heffley's family from Diary of a Wimpy Kid in which Harold Buttowski is a rip off of Dexter's father from Dexter's Laboratory, Brad is a rip off of Rodrick Heffley,and Brianna being a rip of Brianna, Nikki Maxwell's younger sister from Dork Diaries, and D.W., Arthur Read's younger sister from Arthur.
- And according to the wiki, Brad is also said to be similar to Terrance from Foster's Home for Inaginary Friends because they both bully their younger brothers non-stop. (It says so in here:https://kickbuttowski.fandom.com/wiki/Brad_Buttowski/References)
- Instead of learning his lesson through failure, Kick always gets away with his mistake and wins in the end while learning his lesson indirectly, which can get cause the episodes to be predictable after a while.
- Although it does happen sometimes, cheaters rarely get punished for cheating in the series even if it's blatantly obvious.
- There was a "introducing your father at school" episode that rips off the same one from Dexter's Laboratory.
- Many of the characters and situations were based on the creator's childhood growing up in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
- The show's original title was Kid Knievel, an obvious reference to Evel Knievel.
- Knievel's son Robbie was the stunt coordinator for this show.
- This show was the first animated original series on Disney XD.
- Grey Griffin and Brian Stepanek later started together on The Loud House.