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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