Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (seasons 1-2a)
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (or just Kick Buttowski) is an American animated series created by Sandro Corsano for Disney XD.
Most boys are worried about school and friends -- but Kick Buttowski has more important things to think about. His goal is to become the greatest daredevil the world has ever known. With the help of his loyal sidekick, Gunther, and some unusual methods, Kick will try almost anything, from racing the school bus on a skateboard to flying down Dead Man's Drop on an ironing board.
Why It Never Quits
- 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 Perkins (a hardcore tomboy), Ms. Fitzpatrick, Wacky Jackie, Ronaldo (depending on your view), Cousin Kyle (also depending on your view), etc.
- Decent and smooth 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" (Which started the show on a really good note)
- "If Books Could Kill"
- "Kick the Habit"
- "Battle For The Snax"
- "Not Without My Cereal
- "Flush and Release"
- "Runaway Recital"
- "Trike X-5"
- "For The Love of Gunther"
- "Mellowbrook Drift"
- "Rank of Awesome"
- "Morning Rush!"
- "Kickin' Genes"
- "Garage Banned"
- "Truth or Daredevil"
- "Luigi Vendetta"
- "Kart to Kart"
- "Pool Daze"
- "Kick or Treat"
- "Dead Man's Roller Coaster"
- "Sister Pact"
- 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, biscuits." 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.
- Even before the second half of the second season, there were still some bad episodes, such as "According to Chimp" and "Braking The Grade".
- Some intolerable characters like Ms. Chicarelli and Penelope Patterson
- 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 is the watered down version of the same one from Dexter's Laboratory.
- Numerous Gunther scenes have fart jokes.
- 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.
- The show is set to return on Disney+.