I just love that show for its dark and surreal humor. There's even some episodes that could frighten young children (in a good way). It's one of these shows were it not only entertains and challenges younger audience at the same time, but also doesn't treat them like idiots or fools, unlike the later seasons of SpongeBob and Rugrats.
Only for the first three seasons. And I stopped watching it shortly before Season 4 ended when I realized the show was no longer in its "A" game.
From what I hear and seen from people's opinion on the later seasons, I really feel bad for today's children. Not only the characters' personalities have dramatically changed, but the show's humor and writing are just cruel, disgusting, and mean-spirited.
I only remember watching the first three seasons. And for some reason, I stopped watching at the beginning of Season 4. I think around that time, I was more into shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents.
One of those shows that I loathe, but everyone else admires. Dee Dee was painfully annoying. The parents are so dumb, naive, and oblivious. The episodes that I really hate are the ones that Dee Dee always beats the crap out of Dexter's ass and he always getting the axe. Plus, the endings and pay-offs are just lame and stupid.
*sigh* This is seriously one of THE most overrated shows ever. I really don't get the appeal of it. The writing and logic are inconsistant, implausible, lazy, and nonsensical. Not to mention that one of its overused clichés is the "it was all a dream" cliché.
The show's humor isn't funny. It has an over-reliance on blatant pop culture references and bathroom humor without any substance. The parents are so stupid, incompetent, and naive. They definitely won't win the Parents of the Year award.
One character that I really hate with passion is Angelica Pickles. She is so creepy and over-the-top that it's so unrealistic and unnatural. Plus, what three year old talks like that? She just gives me negative feelings everytime I see her, think about her, and hear her talk. And she's not one of those love-to-hate villains like Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Darth Vader from Star Wars, or the Joker from The Dark Knight.
One other thing that really pisses me off is that the show even managed to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. And not even far better shows like The Animaniacs has gotten that kind of achievement. I mean, seriously, WTF?!
When I saw Apocalypse Now, which later became my all-time favorite film, I felt like my childhood has been cheated when first heard the line, "The horror. The horror." That is one of main reasons why I hate pop culture references in general (unless if it's done right).
Really, if the execs and writers are going to cash in on a show that's popular or once was, they have to understand why it's popular (I'm looking at you, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, and Family Guy). They can't just go business or writing 101 and have the habit of "Oh, it's a kid's show. That doesn't mean why we have to try."
This is one show that I regret watching. One of the reasons why I watched was because of its rising popularity. And the trading cards were fun to collect, but they are a big waste of hard-earned money. Well, curiosity killed the cat.
Anyways, the 4Kids voice dubbing was hammy, grating, and annoying. The dialogue and writing are childish and uninspired. And the edits and censorship are just unsubtle, illogical, and questionable; some are even just plain stupid and unnecessary. In regards to both the 4Kids and Japanese versions, there are some filler story arcs/seasons that has little to no connection to the main story. Unlike Pokémon, which is for children, this show is mostly for teenagers due to violence, including references of death and killing, and sexuality. That explains why the term "Shadow Realm" is used too often, and also death being replaced with softer tones such as being kidnapped (it's like ransom doesn't exist).
About 4Kids, they are one of the worst companies to come in existence and a disgrace to anime fans. It would have been in better hands if it went to FUNimation. That's what really should have happened to begin with. At least the censorship will be minimal and the uncut versions would have been available on DVD. They also show more respect for their consumers than 4Kids. After 20 years in the television industry (1992-2012), 4Kids is now called 4Licensing Corporation. So that means they are finished and can no longer whitewash anime. Good riddance.
The show was a mixed bag, mostly due to its tired and forced plot/writing routine for most of the episodes, and its inconsistent continuity. I stopped watching it when I was like 16. And I heard people say that the show even jumped the shark when Poof and Sparky appeared, and had the same fate as SpongeBob; first few seasons good, later seasons bad.
I mostly watched the first two seasons. It does have an interesting idea and some wacky characters. But I would have preferred the show if it was animated. I mean, there's some cartoon gimmicks, and some of the FX and props look cheap. Unless if it's done right (i.e. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), cartoon antics in live-action movies and shows don't really mix well.
It's mostly the Kanto Region and some of the Orange Islands episodes that I remember watching the most. Even though it was formally dubbed by 4Kids, the voice acting and the censorship editing aren't as bad compared to the later shows they dubbed.