Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

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Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
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Genre: Superhero
Action
Comedy
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: United States
United Kingdom
Release Date: August 13, 2012 – July 27, 2015
Network(s): Disney XD
Created by: Jed Elinoff
Scott Thomas
Distributed by: Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Starring: Ben Schwartz
Andrew Caldwell
Tim Curry
Ben Cross
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 50


Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja is an American-British-Irish animated television series created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas for Disney XD. It is produced by Titmouse, Inc. and Boulder Media Limited for Disney's London-based content hub. Many of the character designs were supplied by Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim. The first episode premiered on August 13, 2012, and the final episode premiered on July 27, 2015. Voice direction for the series was done by Ginny McSwain. Shaun Cashman was the supervising director.

Plot

A town called Norrisville has been protected by a ninja for 800 years, but what the citizens of Norrisville do not know is that a new ninja is selected every four years. Randy Cunningham, ninth grade teenager, is the next ninja. Now, Randy must protect Norrisville from the evil plans of the Sorcerer, his ally Hannibal McFist, and Hannibal's assistant Willem Viceroy.

Why It Rocks

  1. Fluid and fast-paced animation.
    • The characters are designed by the man who created Invader Zim!
  2. Remarkable voice acting, especially from Kevin Michael Richardson as Viceroy and Tim Curry as The Sorcerer.
  3. Randy was Ben Schwartz's first voice-acting role.
  4. A lot of the recurring, minor and background characters have gained suprising popularity, such as Julian and Theresa. So much they have fanart and fanfictions about them.
  5. This show captures what a lot of teenagers go through when they reach high school freshman year.
  6. This show has a tendency of coming up with clever slang, such as "What the juice?!", "The cheese", "Wonk", "Shoob" to help express feelings without swearing.
  7. The NinjaNomicon teaches lessons that can be useful in real life.

Bad Qualities

  1. Howard's selfish behaviour can be can very mean-spirited sometimes.
  2. Half of the conflicts are either partly or entirely caused/worsened by Randy when he follows the NinjaNomicon's advice wrong.
  3. There's a lot of fart jokes in this show.
  4. The second season ended with a tease of a new coming threat, but the series ended for good.