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The Official Phineas and Ferb Wiki Newsletter, Issue 115: May 6, 2014
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1 Spoiler Alert!
2 Crat Corner
3 The Numbers Game Looks Back: A Meapless Night
4 Merchandise Review: BellyWashers grows up
5 You're not supposed to like that

Spoiler Alert!

Monogram, Carl and Perry help Doof

We have news of a future episode set in the winter. Major Monogram, Carl and Perry try to stop Rodney from unleashing an izer on the world. More on this episode as it gets closer.

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Crat Corner

by RRabbit42

After spending quite a bit longer on my article for this issue than I planned, I've decided to keep the Crat Corner short again. I missed out on most of what's happened with the wiki recently due to some classes. But I have managed to continue a theme from the last issue by learning some new things about platypuses.

First, the Healesville Sanctuary near Victoria, Australia posted a video that has some great facts about what a platypus is and does. Next, Lunchables is working on making a platypus their official spokesperson. You can see more on their YouTube channel. And finally, it's been around a while, but The P-P-Platypus Song is fun to listen to, but not so much when he's singing in the backseat while you're driving.

I should have a little bit more to talk about in the next issue, but for now, that's it.

Odds 'n' Ends

  • Mouseinphilly here. Updating the events for Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios, we have learned that Tiya Sircar, who voiced Mishti in "That Sinking Feeling", and will voice Sabine Wren in the forthcoming Star Wars: Rebels series will appear on the second weekend May 23 through 25, and Dee Bradley Baker will be at the final weekend June 13 through 15. Remember, Dan and Swampy have stated that P&F would have a presence at this year's events, though we do not know how that will come about. We'll let you more in the next issue. In addition, if you have plans to be at the weekends, let us know and send us a story about the experience.
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The Numbers Game Looks Back: A Meapless Night

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by Ryan Stoppable
327 - Off to Adventure

Must be a very captivating tape she's listening to.

We have arrived at a weekend celebrated by fans of a particular movie franchise, one that Disney owns now, all because one of the days sounds like a famous catchphrase from the series. You know, if you thay the catchphrathe with a lithp. (I'll stop that.) This is The Numbers Game, the newsletter column that breaks down the numbers of our favorite show, and it is in that spirit that we take a look back to one of the boys' adventures on a planet far, far away.

The Chronicles of Meap presented its 40th episode, "Meapless in Seattle", on April 6, 2012. 3.055 million viewers were caught in its proximity, a 16 percent increase from the previous week. With that being Easter weekend that year, it was good for No. 21 on the Cable Top 25 as the top cable program in Friday night prime time. In fact, it was the most watched Disney Channel broadcast of the week, barely edging the No. 22 overall runner-up...Friday morning airing of Doc McStuffins?!

327 - Flying Vehicles

The cutest military force ever.

Now that you have not adjusted your computer monitors, we continue to some very strong demographic ratings. Among Kids 2-11, the new episode was No. 1 for the week, edging Doc McStuffins once again with a 4.7 rating. Phineas and Ferb also took the Nos. 3 and 8 spots with Saturday morning airings, and Nos. 5 and 10 with reruns of Across the 2nd Dimension. Among Kids 6-11, Phineas and Ferb also took the No. 1 spot, 1 percent ahead of runner-up iCarly with the Thursday night movie showing checking in at No. 8. And among Tweens 9-14, Phineas and Ferb scored the No. 3 ranking behind iCarly and Shake It Up.

The Numbers Game simply cannot wait for more new episodes of Phineas and Ferb that will give us brand-new numbers to report on. Alas, it looks like we will have to, and thus another trip into the archives is in order for next issue. Until then, leave your comments down below, how 'bout those Brewers?!, and remember...that the numbers never lie.

Merchandise Review: BellyWashers grows up

by RRabbit42

Just about two years ago, I had a review of several fruit punch drinks bearing the Phineas and Ferb name. I haven't seen the Langers half gallon bottles recently, but the ten-pack of the drink pouches still show up at Walmart every so often.

Good2Grow SippaTop caps - 2013

The third drink was the BellyWashers. You can still find them in stores, but it appears that the BellyWashers brand might be retired in the future since that website now forwards into the good2grow website. The product line has expanded a bit, but they have kept the collectable bottle toppers, which they now call "SippaTop" caps. The picture shows the current P&F lineup, though the one for Perry is shown in the "Past Favorites" section of their website.

The BellyWashers drink has apple, pear and grape juices in it, with grape being the dominant flavor. The good2grow Fruit Punch drink has the same ingredients, but it's just a little bit different. It must have a slightly different amount of each juice.

But while the Fruit Punch bottle accurately shows the fruits used to make up its drink, the Tropical Fruit Medley "V-blend" is a little more interesting. The bottle shows a carrot, a mango and apple, pineapple and peach slices. And even though it does taste a bit like mangoes, it actually has apple, carrot and beet juice. I didn't happen to buy any of the Strawberry Kiwi drink, but it has exactly the same ingredient and almost exactly the same nutrition, so it must be the "Natural Flavor" half-way down the list that helps give each one their individual flavor. Welcome to the world of food chemistry, kids.

The good2grow line comes in three sizes and six flavors:

  • 4 ounces: Apple Juice (with 40% less sugar), Organic 100% Apple Juice
  • 6 ounces: 100% Apple Juice, Strawberry Kiwi, Tropical Fruit Medley
  • 8 ounces: 100% Juice Fruit Punch

According to the website, the SippaTops on the first two sizes are spillproof, reusable and dishwasher safe. The SippaTops I have came with a white, yellow or blue base, but the website shows SippaTops with green bases on all three sizes of bottles, so I can't tell why they point out those features for just two of their three drink sizes. But at least the plastic doesn't have BPA in it and the bottles themselves are designed to keep oxygen out better. Both points will be important to parents.

I got the BellyWashers at 7-Eleven stores and the good2grow drinks at Fred Meyer. You can probably find both at other stores like Walmart. BellyWashers are currently listed on their website.

You're not supposed to like that

by RRabbit42

The Emerald City Comic Con had a lot of presentations scheduled for its run back in March. Comics, web comics and graphic novels were the main topics, with actors, voice actors and gaming also represented.

Like all conventions, there were more activities and panels going on during its three days than you can attend, especially when you factor in trying to actually get from one to the other, so you have to choose carefully what you want to see and leave plenty of time in between events.

One of the panels that caught my eye was called "Aren't You a Little Old For This?" That should sound familiar to fans of "Phineas and Ferb", but it also applies to another show.

In a past newsletter, I had written about how we could be proud that we had chosen to watch Phineas and Ferb because we wanted to, instead of watching it because a network spent a lot of money telling us we had to like it. I wanted to attend this panel to see how people handle the opposite viewpoint: being told they're not supposed to like a show.

The show is My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and it has a lot in common with Phineas and Ferb. Both have bright colors, are predominantly happy or cheerful, are well-animated, cute, and they're supposed to be just for kids: "MLP is for girls" and "P&F is for boys".

Those last points are what network executives would tell you. But anyone who's watched either show knows that the people who make them put more in than just what would attract a target demographic, and they are rewarded by fans who are from all ages.

Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh made sure girls, men and women aren't left out of this "boys only" show. Phineas even addresses this head-on each time he's asked "aren't you doing something outside the norm?" His answer: "Yes. Yes, I am." You can hear him saying, "I am. So what? Next question." As a result, we have situations like the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines holding an annual "Isabella Award" for their members who display the best characteristics of their group.

Likewise, MLP has fans who are boys, men and women because the cast and crew know they're not making just a "girls only" show. But the fans who are outside of the target audience have a tougher time being fans, especially if they're adult men.

One of the people on the ECCC panel often goes into stores to buy MLP toys. On one trip, he heard a mother tell her son that he couldn't get one of the ponies because it was for a "girls show". He also said that he began wearing his military uniform because he got tired of the clerks asking him if the toys were for his niece. Somehow that uniform makes asking that question unnecessary.

I have run into the same thing when I go to stores. I have had employees check to see what I'm doing because I'm wandering around the store, looking in pretty much every section to see what's new. The employees have to do this to help protect their customers from people that don't have good motives for being in a store when kids are nearby. I'm not in that category, but they need to make sure, even if I've been in that store a few times.

  It's kind of sad that I have to take this into account when I'm shopping, but because I'm aware of it, I'm ready and happy to explain what I'm doing there. I'm interested in P&F, The Simpsons, Despicable Me, Disney Infinity, all of the DreamWorks animated movies, and other series. I look around because I've found items in the food, games, books, party supplies and electronics sections. It's a scavenger hunt. If I went straight to the toys, I'd miss all a lot of things.

When they ask who I'm buying them for, my answer is, "Myself. Someday, I may give these away, but for now, they're for me." Sometimes I add in that I help run a wiki on that series and that I review the items I buy. I'm pleased to say that there have been more than a few times when the clerks have appreciated my attitude. After all, what's the point of growing up if you can't still be a kid at heart and buy yourself some toys?

I'm also pleased to say that things are getting a little easier when you're a fan of a show and you're not "supposed to" be a fan. The same members of the ECCC panel told about how attending get-togethers to discuss MLP episodes helped them see that it is okay to like the show. They also it helped encourage them to be more active socially and take pride in being called a "Brony".

Last month when McDonald's had MLP and Skylanders toys in their Happy Meals, there was one McDonald's that directed their employees to ask which toy the customer wanted, and not whether the toy was for a boy or a girl.

But perhaps the greatest vindication of liking a show when you're not "supposed to" just might be the fact that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Slash asked Dan and Swampy if he could help contribute to Across the 2nd Dimension, co-wrote a song with them and appeared in the music video for the song.

At ECCC, I saw people dressed up as Kronk and Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove, Lister and Rimmer from Red Dwarf and even a husband and wife who were over 60 dressed as Popeye and Olive Oyl. Though I also saw cosplayers as Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon, Anna and Elsa from Frozen and Carl from Up, I have to commend the first three pairs for picking something other than the newest TV series or movie to celebrate.

As of today, I have only seen one episode of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. But it's a series that I will probably catch up on in the near future, for two reasons. The first is two of the characters: Dr. Hooves and Cheese Sandwich, which are based on the Tenth Doctor and "Weird Al" Yankovic. The second is that it was developed by Lauren Faust, who had many roles while working on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and is the co-producer and story editor for Wander Over Yonder. I really liked Foster's, so I'd like to see what she's done on these other two series.

If you've had an experience about how you weren't "supposed to" like P&F, MLP or any other TV show, let us know in the comments if you're willing to share that with us. If it wasn't a good experience, maybe we can help figure out a way to make it better. Because whether we're Phinatics or Bronies, we can help each other.

Coming in two weeks:
  • Hands-on with the New Merchandise
  • Recent Reviews
  • Other articles to be determined (submissions wanted - send to RRabbit42 or use the Newsletter submissions page)

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