Phineas and Ferb Fan

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

New characters emerge from Disney and I try to keep up by at least knowing who they are and where they come from. I was clueless about Phineas and Ferb. Far as I could figure out, they met visitors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the set of a radio station and a hat-wearing platypus peered through the wooden fence. At Disney’s California Adventure they had a dance party.

Platypus merchandise was everywhere. To me, it was cute but I couldn’t understand the commotion. I knew nothing, not where the characters originated, not their storyline, and not why a blue/green platypus wore a hat.

A few months ago, while home sick, I was flipping channels and landed on Disney Channel, a station I don’t usually watch. Elizabeth! It’s the big one. Yeah, I get it. Phineas and Ferb came on and I decided to watch an episode. I was hooked. Like most animated shows, it contains humor that goes over the kids’ heads because it’s meant for adults.


I laugh every time they play the theme song for Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Inc. A villain with his own company and jingle? Hilarious. Let’s not forget the absurd relationship between Perry the Platypus, a secret spy, and the moderately bad ideas from Doofenshmirtz. A villain who’s sad when he nemesis doesn’t stop by every day to foil his plans; someone needs a hug.

Now that I understand these kids, I am confused as to why they’re set up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They should be at Epcot’s Innoventions East or West teaching kids how to draw blueprints or showing off their inventions. Disney’s missing out on nudging that free-thinking ability kids have.

Since my initial viewing, I’ve watched more shows, caught the Star Wars send-off, and rented a movie and season’s worth of episodes. I am now officially a fan of Phineas and Ferb. If you’re not, watch an episode or two. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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5 Replies to “Phineas and Ferb Fan”

  1. But they are at Epcot!! I’ve posed with their topiary in Aug 2012 and have played “Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure,” which replaced the Kim Possible experience. Thanks for keeping us entertained!

    Lisa responds: Yes, I’m aware. My comment is that the characters themselves, live and in person, would be perfect at Innoventions.

  2. I love Phineas and Ferb. My favorite is Vanessa Doofenshmirtz. She’s Dr. D’s daughter who lives with his Ex but appears occasionally. Their relationship is wonderfully flawed but tender.

  3. Yeah, I like Phineas and Ferb as well. I also love Gravity Falls. It’s funny, too. I agree that it would be cool if they taught some inventing at Epcot.

  4. I’ve loved these guys since they first arrived on the Disney Channel. I always watch new shows with my kids to make sure they are age appropriate. We all fell in love instantly. I even have their Gitchy-Gitchy-Goo song set as the ringtone for my husband. So when we went to WDW a few years later and I spotted them, I headed toward the line for meet and greet. There were only a few people in line at the time so it was perfect. But my kids were a bit older by then and didn’t want to (even though we continued to watch Phineas & Ferb daily). I made them get in line for photos (mean Mom??). We got great pics. Phineas & Ferb were lots of fun, and in the end, my kids were glad they had agreed.

  5. They don’t greet in Epcot, but what was the Kim Possible challenge throughout the World Showcase is now Agent P’s challenge. We felt the exact same way when first watching the show, but luckily, we have been über fans since day 1 when the first episode appeared after High School Musical 2.

    Lisa responds: My blog is about character interaction, live in person. The game is great, don’t get me wrong.