Saturday, June 18, 2011

My review of the TV show Phineas and Ferb

My girlfriend got me into this show. I really enjoy it a lot. It is an animated show by Disney but I think it is way too smart to be just a kids show. It is smarter than Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents and much less crass (nothing crass to be found here) than shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. It is the perfect show to watch with your children. Adults will enjoy it just as much as children do.

The characters:

Phineas Flynn: One of the two protagonists of the show, Phineas is always trying to make the most out of summer with inventions to make the day more fun. And I'm not talking about little things, I'm talking about gigantic stuff such as a roller coaster, a rocket to Mars, giant mini-golf course etc. One of the things I like most about Phineas is that he has not animosity towards anything. He is merely a lighthearted, selfless, fun loving kid. He just tries to make the most of things with his step-brother Ferb. His selflessness an love for anything fun makes for some excellent episodes. we never do meet his biological father throughout the show but I know full well who he is...

Don't tell me they aren't related

Catchphrases: "Ferb, I know what we're going to do today!"
"Hey, where's Perry?"
*when asked if he is a little young to do something* "Yes, yes I am."
"Oh there you are Perry"

Ferb Fletcher: Phineas's step-brother. Ferb is pretty much silent and thus far has spoken about 50 lines in the entire series with most of them being about 6 or 7 words. His is the more mechanically inclined of the two and often builds more of the invention (but with Phineas doing it too still). He is British and as such speaks with a British accent. Like Phineas, he does what he does to make the most out of the day and he has no animosity towards anyone.  I think what I enjoy most about Ferb is that he's silent. It makes him communicating through actions more interesting.

Catchphrases: "Well actually..."
*When Phineas says they do what they do for fun* "And for the ladies."

Candice Flynn: Candice is one of the few people who actually sees Phineas and Ferb's inventions. she continually tries to 'bust' her brothers for it to her mother. However, each time her mother gets home, their inventions have been destroyed, cleaned up, or carried away by the battles of Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry something that leaves Candice utterly shocked and confused. As of now she has yet to bust them for real. When she does it is either a dream or time somehow gets erased. She spends most of her time with her best friend Stacy talking over the phone about how she wants to bust Phineas and Ferb and about her crush on one of the neighborhood boys, Jeremy. despite wanting to bust her brothers she truly does care for them. It isn't really explained why she is so devoted to busting them but occasionally she does like their inventions.

Catchphrases: "Ooh you are so busted"
"Stacy I gotta call you back"

Perry the Platypus: He is probably my favorite character in the show. He's a secret agent and he's a platypus. You can't really go wrong with that. Basically Perry is living with the Flynn-Fletcher family undercover as a mindless domestic pet seen here:

He generally gets a call from Major Monogram  (His boss) and enters his super secret lair by means of various hidden entrances throughout the house and the town as well. He then goes off to fight the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. But in reality, the two of them are 'frenemies' they really couldn't live without each other and as a result, their scenes are the best in the show. Their fights clean up whatever inventions Phineas and Ferb make during the day. He really cares for the Flynn-Fletcher family and will often sleep on their beds at night switching off so as to not show favoritism. He's just a great character. I mean come on, he's a platypus secret agent.

Catchphrases: none really he doesn't talk but he does have a signature purr (or whatever you want to call it)

and he has a theme song

Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz: The 'evil' scientist of the show, He usually creates some 'inator' for the purpose of taking over 'the entire tri-state area!" yeah, not the world, the tri-state area. That's awesome and really really original. Most of his inventions center around some pet peeve or childhood experience he has. For example, he tries to destroy every lawn gnome in the entire tri-state area because his lawn gnome when he was younger was repossessed and he was forced by his father to dress up as a lawn gnome. He is from some country resembling Germany (He has a German accent) called Drudelstein and born in a town called Gimelschtump. His parents disliked him (Both failed to show up for his birth) preferring his younger brother Rodger. He is divorced and has a daughter named Vanessa who he really loves and he tries his best to be the best dad he can to her. He really likes Perry the Platypus (He never calls him just Perry. Only Perry the Platypus) and he relies on their fights and doesn't like it when they don't happen. I like him just because he's a really interesting character with a great backstory. he is hilarious to watch especially when fighting with Perry. He's my second favorite character on the show.

Catchphrases: "Ah Perry the Platypus, your timing is impeccable/unexpected and by
impeccable/unexpected I mean COMPLETELY PECCABLE/EXPECTED!"

"behold! the -inator!"
"Curse you Perry the Platypus!"

Minor Characters:

Isabella Garcia Shapiro- Phineas and Ferb's Mexican-Jewish friend. She has a total crush on Phineas, something he's totally unaware of despite her obvious attempts to show it. she leads a girl-scout-like troupe called the Fireside Girls who are constantly trying to earn patches.

Catchphrase: Hey Phineas, whatcha doooin'?

Buford Van Stomme: The resident bully who is friends with Phineas and Ferb. He isn't really that mean. His main target is a kid named Baljeet but they really like each other. They are rarely seen without the other around. Buford has a pet goldfish named Biff whom he is incredibly attached to.

Baljeet: Phineas and Ferb's Indian friend. He is constantly trying to do schoolwork and is worried about his grades. He is good friends with Buford but Buford is technically a bully to him.

Stacy Hirano: Candice's best friend. The two are usually found talking on the phone or hanging around in Candice's room. She is a little more level-headed than Candice and is usually giving her advice about Jeremy and her brothers. she really likes Phineas and Ferb and hangs out with them sometimes.

Jeremy Johnson: Candice's crush. She doesn't really know that her love for him is reciprocated. Jeremy has an evil little sister but he doesn't know that she is evil. He is usually found working at a local Mr. Slushee Dog (a local hotdog fast-food joint). Like most of the characters, he really likes Phineas and Ferb.

Vanessa Doofenshmirtz: Dr. Doofenshmirtz's daughter. she is often annoyed by her dad and is constantly trying to tell her mother that Doofenshmirtz is evil but with no results. Doofenshmirtz is constantly trying to tell her that she is evil and she occasionally shows signs that she is. Ferb has had a crush on her since he first saw her but she is largely unaware of it.

Lawrence and Linda Flynn Fletcher: Phineas, Ferb, and Candice's parents. Linda is Phineas and Candice's mother and Lawrence is Ferb's father.  Candice is constantly trying to bust her brothers to her mother but it always fails. Lawrence has seen some of their inventions but doesn't think anything of it since he thinks that Linda knows about it and is okay with it. Linda was a pop star in her youth named Lindana. She once dated Doofenshmirtz and jokingly said that instead of trying to take over the world, he should start with the tri-state area. Lawrence deals with antiques for a living.

Major Monogram and Carl the Intern: Major Monogram is the head of the organization that employs Perry as a secret agent: OWCA (organization Without a Cool Acronym). Carl is an intern for the organization. Every day, Major Monogram sends Parry out on a mission to stop Doofenshmirtz. The two characters have excellent chemistry and it makes for some great moments.

Plot: The structure of each episode is pretty much the same each time: Phineas and Ferb are bored and they create an invention to have fun for the day. Candice sees it and tries to bust them. Meanwhile, Perry is sent on a mission to fight Doofenshmirtz who is using his latest -inator to take over the tri-state area. The -inator is accidentally fired and cleans up whatever invention Phineas and Ferb have for the day just before their mother gets home which baffles Candice. despite the repetition of the structure, the episodes are incredibly entertaining and I enjoyed all of them. I highly suggest this show. it is good for all ages. There is nothing in this show that would bring it anywhere near even PG. It is incredibly fun. But don't take my word for it, watch one yourself:


  1. why phineas has a step brother, ferb?

  2. Well his mother married Ferbs father. we never find out what happens before that.

  3. Bro can you please help me to find a article says that Phineas and Ferb get busted?

  4. Hey! Thanks for sharing the link. I actually have to watch all the shows before I show it to my kids because I don’t want them to learn anything bad from cartoons. Although, there are people like Andy Yeatman who make sure kids content is right, entertaining and knowledgeable.