At the Backyard Beach! Lots of stuff going on in this issue, including the fifth anniversary of the show, the resolution of a certain missing monotreme, plus a matter of the return of The Best LIVE Tour Ever! to a town near you. And it's also a small reminder that summer vacation is almost over, and school will soon be (or is already) open.
The weather that has been roasting a large portion of the U.S. seems to have backtracked and parked itself over where I live. I'm not sure if I'm hearing the motherboard in the computer crying or if that's a fan that's starting to give out. In any event, it's probably a good time to update the backup on my computer.
Fortunately, a lot of the work on this issue was done ahead of time by Mouseinphilly. He did a great job in writing a lot of articles the past couple of weeks. There's been times I've been concerned the newsletter was turning into a "all RRabbit42, all the time" publication. Today, thanks to his efforts, we have an issue that's bursting at the seams. To top it all off, Ryan Stoppable snuck in a last-minute article.
I really do appreciate the help. Hopefully, we'll see even more by new and returning members. If you have an article, use our Newsletter submissions page to send it in.
I just realized that some of the recent membership voting hasn't been finalized yet. I'll take a look at that after the newsletter is published.
There is also a policy candidate that we need to have everyone look over before it can go to a vote. There's one or two points that need to be changed before that happens, though. Watch for another alert that the Community Messages has been updated. (The next one will be to announce this newsletter is ready, so the "come check this out before we vote on it" alert will be the one after that.)
Paraphrasing the theme song, there were 104 days of summer vacation, and now work and travel have come along to end it.
Yes, my fellow wikians and P&F fans, "Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!" is back on the road again starting August 24th at the WesCobank Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia. And I have actually counted the days since their last show on May 14th in Mexico City, and it will be precisely 104 days since their last show. The last show here in the good old USA was back on April 22nd at Izod Center at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which any day now will be converted into a warehouse, or maybe a parking garage. (Sorry, residents of the Garden State, that's the joke.)
Many of the cast members from last year have returned to pick up where they left off, and there are also several newcomers as well for the forthcoming season. And yes, for those of you who were worried about it, Perry is indeed back (for the tour, trust us) after being missing for almost a month somewhere in the world after being zapped by a dozen or so pesky inators. To find out when and where the tour will be visiting your part of the world (including Canada for a swing that will include Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto) visit the official website for more information and ticket prices.
The plot of this first episode is about two young boys building a rollercoaster through the town of Danville, USA. Meantime, their sister tries to catch them in the act of building that ride, and an evil doctor tries to reverse the rotation of our planet as he gets thwarted by a platypus spy who disguises himself as a mild-mannered mindless pet of the two boys. We know the rest
of the story from there. The platypus would become the breakout star of the series, the characters would become new icons in the Disney universe, and that doctor would become a hilarious comic relief character for being, well, misunderstood rather than evil.
So all of us at this self-titled wiki honor you, Phineas and Ferb, on your fifth anniversary. Trust us, this ride is fun and will continue to be for years to come.
Back on August 17, 2007, it all began with a simple question. "So Ferb, what do you wanna do today?" Over the past five years, Phineas and Ferb has seen fellow programs come and go as it has grown from "just a cartoon" into one of Disney's flagship brands, becoming a success in so many different ways.
You could certainly talk about the TV ratings as I am fond of doing - about how over 10 million viewers watched Across the 2nd Dimension, more than any other movie on cable television last year. Or about how "Christmas Vacation!" is to this day the highest-rated broadcast ever on Disney XD. You could talk about how over the next few months, Phineas and Ferb will have been on the air for longer and shown more episodes than any other Disney Channel Original Series.
But facts and numbers aren't what truly make Phineas and Ferb special. It's about how you have to ask someone in just a certain way when you want to know what they're up to. It's about how Perry will define platypeople for a certain generation just like Rufus and Wile E. Coyote did for their species at other times. It's about the show's appeal to brothers and sisters, parents and children, and older cousins and younger cousins alike. And it's about perhaps the show's lasting legacy, how it has opened the door at Disney Channel back up for a new generation of teenage clams and mystery twins to follow in its web-footed steps.
Thank you, Phineas and Ferb, for five phin-tastic years, and here's to many more to come.
Of all the people who have reviewed Phineas and Ferb, none has to be nore unique than Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer. In a recent post for an unofficial blog called "Twinkie Town", here's Mauer's review (and his own backstory) of that show:
"It's about these half-brothers named Phineas and Ferb and their pet platypus Perry, who's really a secret agent. Me and [teammate] Justin Morneau used to pretend we were secret agents in the clubhouse back in the Metrodome. We got these trenchcoats and laser pointers and got these killer walkie-talkies that you could use from, like, 300 feet away. [Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire] took 'em away from us when we scared Carlos Gomez real bad because he thought we really were the cops. I never did understand what exactly happened there. I really liked this one!"
As they say in those shampoo ads, "Well played, Mauer."
Books from across the pond
(a.k.a. Hands-on with the P&F merchandise, part 49) by RRabbit42
Small change to the subtitle for this merchandise review. I think we've gone well past the point where products for our favorite show were an unexpected surprise. Now the surprise is exactly what kinds of products will the boys and their friends and family show up on.
We all know that there have been quite a few books related to the series. Some are adaptations of the episodes and others are original stories. There's been various activity books as well. Most of these are published in the United States, but a company from the Unted Kingdom has joined in with a line of activity books that offer even more.
Parragon is a publishing company that makes "supermarket books", books that you can buy in the magazine section of a grocery store or a large retailer like Target, K-mart or Toys R Us. They have a worldwide presence and several different licensed product lines, though I notice they have more and different books for their Disney books in the UK than they do for the US.
If you happen to live in the UK, you may see the books in the stores. For those in the US, it's Amazon.com to the rescue (as well as Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, etc.). Through this, I was able to get six of the books that have been published so far.
First up is the SuDoku book. For those of you who haven't tried it before, Sudoku is a puzzle where you have to arrange numbers so that each number is used only once and do so in several different combinations. Since Phineas and Ferb wouldn't settle for a standard challenge, there are variations such as where true or false answers equal numbers, placing pictures of the characters and then translating them into numbers, using letters instead of numbers, and finally, the "HUE-Doku" where you place colors.
Second is the Activity Book, with an assortment of mazes, word puzzles, fill-in-the-blank, two of the "spot the differences" pictures from the Spot the Diff website and a couple of experiments you can try out.
Third is the Noggin Nudgin' Puzzles. Fourty-four pages of "zany stories, awesome crosswords and mind bogglin' activities". Some of the puzzles span two pages and the back cover is printed on some pretty heavy cardboard so you have a sturdy surface to write against.
The 3D Adventure Poster Book! leads off the group that comes with an item attached to the cover. In this case, it's a pair of 3D glasses that you can use to look at the pictures inside, along with stickers, puzzles and some posters. There's also some of the original ads that Disney ran, such as "Phineas: He thinks big!" and "Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Time for some evil!"
Number five is the Skateboard Adventures. This is a storybook where you can read the episodes "The Beak" and "Picture This". At the end, there's a set of stickers you can decorate the skateboard attached to the front cover, then wind it up and take one of the characters like Ferb or the Dangiraffe for a ride.
Finally, the best of the bunch is the Sticker Activity book. Puzzles, jokes, stickers, information about the characters, pages where you can draw your own scenes and inventions, a board game with character pieces and a spinner, mazes and pages to create your own dialogue for different scenes. A few of these are the same as what is in the other books, but there's a lot more that is new, and it also includes the Haunted Hayride story
Paragon has published more books than just these six, such as the Book of Cool Stuff, Top Secret Missions, the Think Big Book of Cool Stuff (which is called a "Locker Book"), and will release the Boredom Bustin' Activity Book in January. You can find some of the other books by doing a search in the Books section of the Amazon site and entering Parragon Phineas as what you want to search for.
Here's the links to the Amazon US for the six books in the review.
I was able to get all of them through the_book_depository_, located in the UK and owned by Amazon. Due to the shape of the last three books, they had to be shipped individually, but it made for a nice surprise as each one came in on different days.
For the next review, we'll take another look at more back to school supplies and what you'll need if you want to throw a party.