The Official Phineas and Ferb Fanon Newsletter Reboot, Issue 6, 16 March, 2012
PJ's Episode Reviews
By Peanut Jon Hi! I’ve decided that, instead of just giving The Great Beyond reveals, I have my own article! I’m reviewing the newest Phineas and Ferb official episode (well, newest when I submit it) and give three overall scores for it, then a fourth overall. This time? I’m doing Gi-Ants.
A-PLOT REVIEW The A-Plot stars Phineas and Ferb building a gigantic Ant Farm.
INSPIRATION: The inspiration just kinda came out of no where. They found some ants crawling around whatever Candace made and Phineas decided to become an ant. I guess Phineas just has an overactive imagination, like Linda says. I’ll say…3/10 for this one.
LINES: There were a few funny lines, such as Phineas noting how agreeable their friends were, or Baljeet on online gaming. But other than that, not much was interesting, so I’ll give it a 2/10.
REMOVAL: The removal of the Big Idea was creative. The giant turkeyfied ant farm was seen comin’ a mile away (literally, I knew it a week before the episode was released). But the ants were cool. How Candace made them psychic? No clue. But it was very creative, and earns a 7/10.
OVERALL A-PLOT: Out of 30, I’d say this earns itself a 15 for ok inspiration, boring lines and creative removal. It could’ve been better, but it’s still great.
B-PLOT REVIEW The B-Plot stars Perry trying to stop Doofenshmirtz from putting everyone to sleep with his Turkey-Inator.
BACKSTORY: There wasn’t a backstory, oddly enough. Doofenshmirtz was sleepy from eating a turkey dinner. But why did he eat a turkey dinner? It’s not Christmas. Nor Thanksgiving. But yet he still did. *sigh* This one will get a 1/10 for strange motives.
LINES: Again, not very many. The turkey-head Doofenshmirtz was comical, and his line about it was too. But that’s it. So 2/10 for boring lines.
DEFEAT: Doofenshmirtz’s defeat just…happened. Perry just knocked the turkey-inator away, pretty much. 3/10 for dull defeat.
OVERALL B-PLOT: Out of 30, I’d say this earns itself a 10 for dull motives, boring lines and strange defeat. It wasn’t very interesting and I was waiting on the A or C plots to come up.
C-PLOT REVIEW The C-Plot stars Candace trying to bust the boys, but accidently becoming the ant queen.
INTERACTION WITH FRIENDS: (Jeremy, Stacy, Jenny, ect.) It starts out with Candace on the phone with Jeremy. Jeremy is unimpressed by her invention, causing Candace to be jealous of the boys. From there on none of the other friends appear. This gets a 7/10 for short but sweet interaction.
LINDA’S EXCUSE: Linda was being painted as the statue of liberty, which Candace sees as ironic, but I can’t seem to remember why. Then, when it was over, Linda sarcastically mentions Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story) by saying that she was Queen of Mars too. Overall this gets a 7/10 for strange yet funny excuses.
INTERACTION WITH BIG IDEA: Candace tries to get inside of the ant farm and presses the “doorbell” over and over again, causing her to get all kinds of ant pheromones on her. She bursts in and the ants force her into monarchy. Now I’m the queen of ants, I was invisible on- Oh wait, she’s still on earth. Never mind! But this gets a 6/10 for strange interaction.
OVERALL C-PLOT: Out of 30, I’d say this earns itself a 20 for a short interaction with Jeremy, a strange but funny excuse from Linda and a strange interaction with the Big Idea.
OVERALL EPISODE Out of 100, this gets a 73. The A-Plot was kinda regular, the B-Plot was dull and the C-Plot was funny. However, this is still an interesting episode that I’d love to watch again. Can’t wait for Remains of the Platypus!
How a 72 Year-Old Man Found Phineas and Ferb
By J. Severe
Throughout the many of children’s’ television there have been many a-show, although their appeal to parents of the kids have been varied. There are some shows that are strictly for children, with little to no enjoyment for their guardians, and then there are some shows that are as entertaining for parents as well as their offspring. Phineas and Ferb is geared towards kids, but is it one of those shows that is fun for the whole family or painfully horrible to those over the age of 5? The answer, in my opinion, is “ZOMG THIS SHOW IS PERFECT FOR EVERYBODYZ!!!”
Allow me to shed some light on my past. Think back to the 1930s. The United States was in the Great Depression, and my parents were down on their luck – a newly married couple, but with little money. My mother prayed for their troubles to end. Ironically, I was soon born, which only ADDED to their troubles. The first few years of my life weren’t too great, but after World War II started and the U.S. started making more dough, my parents were able to get jobs and reel in the cash and the latter years of my childhood were more preferable, as I grew up on re-releases of The Wizard of Oz, black-and-white Looney Tunes shorts, and the occasional Disney movie.
The years passed by, I went to school, made friends, dealed with all that segregation stuff, etc. When I reached the age of 18 in 1957, my folks were quick to kick me out of the house. Going to Harvard University, I had fruitful college years, camping out with my, as you young kids say nowadays, “homies”, as technology evolved and the Cold War raged on. In the 1960s, I happened to meet a fine woman with whom I wished to spend my life with, and so I married her, much to my parents’ chagrin, who lost a bet with their neighbors as they said that no girl would ever fall for him. Who’s laughing now, Lauren?!
As Louis Armstrong (or was it Neil?) became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, me, my wife, and a few of my pals had a party, and 9 months later, my first child was born, and to this day, I still don’t know how. To escape parenthood, I signed up for the army, inadvertently dragging myself into the Vietnam War, in which I narrowly dodged death many a time. As soon as I could, I left, and went back to raise my child, with whom I shared numerous of my Beatles records.
Fast-forward to the early 2000s; my son and a daughter I later had are all grown up now, and my wife and I, now considerably elderly, reside in our house by ourselves. One day, as I was backing out of the driveway, I accidentally ran over her as she was carrying groceries into the house with my car. While she was in the hospital, I finally realized I was too lazy to take care of myself, so I took residency into a retirement home on the other side of town. As it turned out, my wife wasn’t badly injured and was let out of the hospital early. I had tossed around the idea of returning, but the chair I was in whilst thinking about it was so comfy, and the house was SO far away, I just decided to wing it and stay in the home.
Fast forward to 2007, I am now 68. In the home I am in, the workers want to make sure that we old people stay energized and intelligent in our ages. I was assigned a series of options, and I chose to observe television programs that teenagers watch and write a report about them. Coincidentally, High School Musical 2 was set to premiere on the Disney Channel around that time, so I decided to base my paper on that. I watched it that fateful August 17 night, and one thing I noticed was that – for a Disney Channel – it didn’t have a lot of “Disney” in it, which I should know, I saw the original movies and even met Walt Disney in person once! After the movie was over, I started to type up the report on this fancy doo-hickey called a computer, when I saw that some other program was showing on TV. It was a cartoon. At the time, I didn’t pay much attention to it, though I recalled seeing a triangle-headed boy and a kid with a big nose, as well as a tree of sorts.
The next year, in the month of February, some middle school kid came to the home for some “community service”, which was done by helping geezers like us out. As the boy helped me walk using my cane, he talked some gibberish about this cartoon on Disney Channel that was the greatest show on the entire planet to him. In a sarcastic tone, I told him his story was extremely interesting and that he should continue. He didn’t detect this and went on. My attention perked up though, when he mentioned a triangle-headed boy and a kid with a big nose. I must admit – my interest grew a bit for reasons I don’t quite know. The child seemed to notice THAT, and he offered to show me clips of the show on YouTube so I could witness its greatness. I didn’t have yoga for another half-hour, so I went along. He showed me a couple of episodes – I noticed that the eps were in HD quality; TV quality has improved so much since I was a kid, heck, there wasn’t even TV when I was a kid. In addition, I found myself liking the show, even laughing a few times. I hadn’t chuckled heartily at a kids’ show for quite some time, so it made me feel younger, and even warmed up my heart a bit.
I thanked the kid, and as soon as he left, I searched my internet for more on this marvelous show. That was when it became. I saw more and more episodes, I grew more and more attached, I loved it that much more with each 11-minute segment! Soon, I ended up having the TV turned to Disney Channel whenever it was on; some of my fellow residents found me to be quite weird, but I didn’t care! I began looking for online communities with which I could share my love of the show, and I found these wikis. Thinking it’d be weird for the residents, mostly teens too, to be communicating with an elderly fellow like I, I went under disguise as one of them, only to come to my senses in the IRC and show who I really was then hiding myself under a faux identity.
And thus, we come to this point in time. Yes, I am a Phinatic, and I am not afraid to show it! This show has changed my life, made me feel jovial more often, and I am proud to have some acquaintances as you (yes, you), and those others who read this. Thank you, and may God bless the United States of America!
The Gurgy Hour
Today I present to you a..
PHINEAS AND FERB EPISODE REVIEW!\
There were two episodes recently. But I will only review one of them.Sorry I do not have much to say about “Mom in the house”…except YAY STACY. I give it an A. So let’s get to today’s offering.
PERRY THE ACTORPUS PLOT: The executive of Totally Tools oversees a contest to find the company’s "spokesanimal," and Perry is crowned the winner. However, the victory puts Perry's secret identity in jeopardy, forcing Major Monogram to appoint Agent S as a temporary replacement, but when Dr. Doofenshmirtz sees his new nemesis is Sergei the Snail, he mistakenly underestimates his new opponent. Meanwhile, Candace has been welcomed into Mandy’s "Stop the Busting" retreat, which aims to teach Candace to control the urge to bust her brothers through positive reinforcement.
SONG: The song is “Half a day” when the boys hand out with perry for the first time in…ever. It’s a decent song, and the scene itself is cute. Before we get to a rare problem with a paf episode, let’s talk about the good stuff…which is the other 90 percent of the episode.
I really like the change of pace in this episode. It’s really cool to see Phineas and ferb hang out with Perry, instead of Perry being away all the time. It doesn’t last long, and the episode doesn’t focus on it, but I felt it was really cute. I like Perry’s bit of character development in this episode. See Phineas, he develops in normal episodes! Perry is happy now that he spending time with paf, and of ourse when monogram needs him to come back, he isn’t happy about it. It only lasts a minute, but small things like that can go a long way. Before we get to that big thing I mentioned before, let’s talk about the amusing stuff.
Doof’s subplot is the usual. I love the whole mustache inator thing and it leads to some great jokes. A good subplot that ties into the overall story perfectly. Doesn’t quite stand out among other great subplot like “It’s about time” but amusing nonetheless.
Deidrich bader returns to Phineas and Ferb to voice Tom Totally. A brief role, but a very funny one. This is third time on the series. His first was with Vance Ward In the episode “The best lazy day ever”. Then he found a recurring one with Albert, starting in “Not Phineas and Ferb”. Albert’s awesome, by the way. I like to see Bader again after a while, though I did get my fill in his role as Batman in batman the brave and the bold. bale, eat your heart out.
Another guest voice is George Takei as reinforcement machine. Don’t ask. He is quite funny in it, even if it is a small role. It makes the gag funnier...and creepier at the same time.
But now it’s time for the part I wish to discuss the most: Mandy. She started in the episode Thaddeus and Thor. Go watch the episode for me, as its truly fantastic.
Mandy is voiced Aliki NameNoOneCanSpellRight. She’s one of the writers on the show and has worked on many episodes and other projects as well. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to her on twitter, and my friend Ryan Mead got to do an interview with her. I’ll link that for those have yet to see it. She’s cool. The choice to bring Mandy back was a smart one/. I liked mandy in this episode as she has some great funny moments with Candace.
However, there lies my problem with this episode, Mandy herself. She’s great in this episode, don’t get me wrong. But…she isn’t very mandy-ish. She has her voice and look, of course. But she is no way the Mandy from the Thor episode. If you saw the episode, she was one of those great jerk characters I love.
In this episode, she’s just another character. No jerk in her at all. I still liked her and found her new appearance very funny, but I felt this had nothing to do with mandy. It could have been anyone in this. To me, it did not seem like Mandy.
But that doesn’t mean the subplot with her was bad. It was very good, just not what I expected. Candace’s parts are as funny and well written as we’ve come to expected from the series. I simply love that speech she gives. Watch the episode for more on that.
Despite a minor bump with mandy, this is still a very well done episode, and I hope we see more of Perry in the spotlight soon. This summer, we will see a 2 Two part episode called “World without a platypus”, which Disney states will have part one end on a cliffhanger where perry disappears for good.
Spoiler alert much?
The episode will also have Carl being evil, as well as his own song called “Evil for extra credit”. It will bridge Seasons 3 and 4, and based on the plot I assume Perry will get more screen time and I bet his character will expand even more. So this is a solid perry episode despite the flaw I mention. Grade: A-
Be sure to check out the new episodes “Let’s Bounce” and “Bully Bromance Break up” tonight on Disney at 8 pm central!
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