|Phineas and Ferb|
|Genre||Animated comedy, musical, adventure, ironic, slapstick|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by|| Dan Povenmire |
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
|Voices of|| Vincent Martella|
Dee Bradley Baker
|Opening theme||"Today Is Gonna Be a Great Day" (variation) by Bowling for Soup|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4 (currently)|
|No. of episodes|| 187 (announced)|
(105 whole episodes) (List of episodes)
|Running time||22 minutes 35 seconds (mostly)|
| Disney Television Animation|
Disney Channel Original Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel|| Disney Channel|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||August 17, 2007 – Be There|
|Related shows||Take Two with Phineas and Ferb|
Phineas and Ferb is an American animated television comedy series. Originally broadcast as a preview on August 17, 2007, on Disney Channel, the series follows Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher on summer vacation. Every day the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who tries to bust them.
The series follows a standard plot system; running gags occur every episode, and the B-Plot almost always features Perry the Platypus ("Agent P"), acting as a secret agent to fight an evil scientist named Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. The two plots intersect at the end to erase all traces of the boys' project just before Candace can show it to their mother. This usually leaves Candace very frustrated.
Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh worked together on the Nickelodeon series Rocko's Modern Life. The Creators also voice two of the main B-plot characters: Major Monogram and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Phineas and Ferb was conceived after Povenmire sketched a triangular boy—the blueprint for the eponymous Phineas—in a restaurant. Povenmire and Marsh developed the series concept together and pitched to networks for 16 years before securing a run on Disney Channel.
The series is also known for its musical numbers, which have appeared in almost every episode since the first-season "Flop Starz". Disney's managers particularly enjoyed the episode's song, "Gitchee, Gitchee Goo", and requested that a song appear in each subsequent episode. The show's creators write and record each number, and vary musical tempo depending on each song's dramatic use. The music has earned the series a total of four Emmy nominations: in 2008 for the main title theme and for the song "I Ain't Got Rhythm" from the episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together", and then in 2010 for the song "Come Home Perry" from the episode "Oh, There You Are, Perry" as well as one for its score. The series has also been popular with adults. Phineas and Ferb is currently on its third season. Future episodes include a mashup with Marvel superheroes like the Hulk and Captain America. Disney announced that the show will come to an end in 2014.
Plot and humor
The show follows the adventures of stepbrothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, who live in the town of Danville and are determined to pursue an active summer vacation and defeat boredom. Their sister, Candace, is obsessed with "busting" their schemes and ideas, and usually calls their mother to report the boys' activities. The boys' pet platypus, Perry, meanwhile acts as a secret agent for an all-animal government organization called the "O.W.C.A." (Organization Without a Cool Acronym), fighting the evil Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
Much of the series' humor relies on running gags used in every episode with slight variation. For example, almost every episode features an adult asking Phineas if he is not too young to be performing some complex activity, to which he responds "Yes, yes I am." Perry and Doofenshmirtz's confrontations almost always lead to the eventual destruction of whatever activity Phineas and Ferb are taking part in that day. Ferb is silent by convention, usually uttering only a few lines per episode. Other running gags include catchphrases, such as Phineas's line "Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today!", Candice spying Phineas and Ferb up to no good, calling 'Mom, MOM! You GOTTA see this!' and some strange circumstance resulting in Mom never seeing the boys' shenanigans, and Doofenshmirtz's "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!"
Aspects of the show's humor are aimed at adults, including its frequent pop-cultural references. Creator Povenmire, having previously written for Family Guy, sought to create a show less raunchy but with the same use of comic timing, employing humorous blank stares, expressionless faces, and clever wording. Povenmire describes the show as a combination of Family Guy and Spongebob Squarepants. Jeff Marsh said the show was not created just for kids, but simply did not exclude them as an audience.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag.
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