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Phineas and Ferb (2007)

Updated on August 4, 2012

Phineas and Ferb is an animated cartoon show currently airing on the Disney Channel. It stars Vincent Martella as Phineas, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Ferb, Ashley Tisdale as Candace, and Dan Povenmire as Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. The series was created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh.

The story centers around two stepbrothers, Phineas and Ferb, who are always looking for outrageous projects to work on during their summer vacation. But these aren't just ordinary projects. They involve planning and building things like their own theme park or a spaceship. Their older sister Candace is always trying to "bust" them by showing their mother what the boys did. However, there is a subplot. Their pet platypus, Perry, is a secret agent and his archnemesis is Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, an "evil" scientist always trying to take over the "tri-state area". Just before Candace can "bust" Phineas and Ferb, the projects always end up disappearing, usually at the hands of Doofenshmirtz and Perry.

Besides the extraordinary things Phineas and Ferb do, the show also has many well-known lines that are said in nearly every episode. One such line is Phineas saying, "Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today!" He always says this when he thinks up a project for them to do. Another line of his is, "Hey, where's Perry?" That's when Perry has sneaked off to stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Of course, all the other characters in the show are oblivious to this fact. Some other notable lines are, "You are so busted!" said by Candace, "Whatcha doin'?" by Isabella, and "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!" from Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Getting Phineas and Ferb on the air was an act of perseverance. It actually took 16 years for the creators, Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh, to gain approval from a TV network. Such kids networks as Cartoon Network and Fox Kids said "no", claiming the idea was too complicated. Nickelodeon considered it, but later turned it down for the same reason. Finally, they proposed it to Disney Channel who, at first, declined it but later accepted it. The series was an instant success. It quickly became one of the top animated series on television.

To wrap, Phineas and Ferb is a very entertaining show for kids of all ages. It's one of those cartoons you can never outgrow!


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