Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh signed 120 copies of this cartoon after the completion of the 100th episode of Phineas and Ferb for cast and crew members. Congratulations to everyone on this milestone, and we're all looking forward to many more days of an endless summer vacation!
Last month, we received an excellent suggestion to change the wiki's background and colors to help emphasize the disappearance of a certain monotreme. We now know where he went and so it is almost time to return to our standard wiki theme.
Before we do that, there is some adjusting to do to the old background. I don't know what caused it, but even though Topher208 designed it to mesh perfectly on all four sides when shown as a tiled background, something in the wiki caused it to have a noticable seam along the edges. I'm going to take a shot at fixing the background again, but I will do it after I get the results of our monthly voting posted. I need a couple more days to get those checked.
It's been a while since we had a new Featured Article for the main page, just under four months ago. Right now, there are 15 articles on our nominations page.
Some of the nominations are for pages that still have improvement templates on them, which indicate that we know there are areas that we could make better. Others are in pretty good shape, but maybe they could be tweaked a little more.
Take a look through the pages that have been nominated and see if there's one you want to vote on, or, more importantly, maybe find one that you can help improve to give it a better chance at being picked for our Featured Article. Let's try to get one selected by the end of the month.
Odds 'n' Ends
If you would like to see your name on the front page of the wiki when it comes time for your birthday, be sure to add it to our Community birthday list. You can see them and the birthdays of the cast and crew at the bottom of the page.
As you well know, Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! has returned to the road and stages, bringing us the news of the 2012-13 cast listed in this blog item. In addition, from now until the end of February, Kaplan Kids, a division of Kaplan Educational Serivces, will sponsor the tour along with another Disney Live! tour, "Mickey's Rockin' Road Show".
We normally do not report news on the rival networks of Disney, but there are exceptions, especially when it comes to voice actors on P&F. Caroline Rhea, the voice of Linda Flynn-Fletcher, has been chosen to be one of the hosts of the new Nickmom Night Out stand-up comedy series premiering October 1st on the Nick Junior channel. Ms. Rhea, who herself is a real life mom, will host shows from Orlando, Florida. However, Cymphonique Miller, who voices Fireside Girl Holly, had her series, How To Rock, cancelled after one season on Nick. Her show will end its' run after the December 8th Christmas episode.
Not so Retro Review: Time Shift time, one last time
Looking through the recent episode reviews, it looks like I somehow missed an episode that was part of a major event this year: the Time Shift marathon. And so, here we go. Presenting that mystical, magical tale, "Excaliferb"!
When Major Monogram is at home sick for a few days, Carl decides to come over and keep him entertained with a fantasy adventure book. The Major has certain standards for these kinds of books, but it seems that the presence of water sprites meets with his approval.
As Carl begins the story, it starts sounding very familiar: Candavere writing a missive to Stacehilda, Phineas and Ferbalot making elixers, and Parable the Dragonpus receive his task from Monopunzel. But instead of inspiration to guide Phineas towards what they should do today, he and Ferbalot receive a quest from the Lady of the Puddle. And just a little bit before, Candavere gets so frustrated with trying to speak in Ye Olde English that she just gives up, though she returns to that speaking style later on.
Even though the boys have already embarked on their quest, Candavere still feels the need to try and bust them. In trying to get proof, she learns first-hand exactly what the potions do, but we do not see what happened until much later on.
It's at this point the episode starts slipping in some meta references. We get to hear the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated jingle with an explanation sung about how corporations haven't been invented yet. And then Malifishmertz wants to market his smaller Lawn Norms as a means of protecting gardens, which we learned back in "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror" is important to the people of Gimmelshtump, so much so that at least one poor child got pressed into service as a substitute lawn gnome when his family's gnome was repossessed. Throw in a couple of references to The Lord of the Rings and the quest really starts getting under way.
Just then the episode starts swinging back towards the Arthurian legends, but it also skips forward quite a bit. Ferbalot is able to pull Excaliferb out of the stone, and somehow they wind up getting the 10,000 monsters on their side instead of fighting them. Excaliferb turns out to be not quite as useful as they were planning on. Malifishmertz starts describing everything that he's afraid of, which happens to show up in one package, and then he realizes it isn't as bad as he thought it would be.
When you have an epic story like this, you have to have an epic battle. And epic music to go along with it. We get both, and then Carl tries to oh-so-obviously add himself to the story, which Major Monogram doesn't allow.
The story wraps up pretty quickly at this point, with the entire epilogue being glossed over, even though Carl points out that that's the way the book was written. Ah, well. Perhaps someday in the future we can continue the tale. After all, Malifishmertz did escape to begin laying the groundwork for a sequel.
I had this really great introduction for my merchandise review, pointing out that whether or not you were looking forward to returning to school, you need to be prepared. And then it started sounding familiar. Seems like I already did that bit back in July. Well, it's still good because, as Agent P would tell you in his own unique way, you need to have the right equipment when you make that trek.
A lot of the merchandise I've seen recently has been Perry-themed. Both parts of this review show that. I had been wondering if it was just due to his increasing popularity or if it was due to tying into the "Where' Perry" two-part episodes that were recently broadcast. Turns out, it's part of the "Teal of Approval" Certified line of products. I just happened to notice that about 10 minutes ago.
Each year, the selection of school supplies changes. Walmart seems to have the largest variety of subjects, and since they were starting on their back-to-school sales, all of these were right up front when I stopped in last month.
The first four show the different notebooks I found and the next three show the portfolios. There is usually a matching portfolio for each notebook, but as you can see, I wasn't able to get a matched set for all 11 designs. If I check around at different stores during the next few months, I might be able to find the ones I'm missing.
The "Perry face" is a design that's used quite frequently on a lot of products, as you'll see below. The "Platypus ate my homework" is another popular design and Walmart had that on a boys' t-shirt. (Did I buy it? Yes, yes I did. Only $7, so why not?)
Now, that last item is a Perry the Platypus pencil case. It's a flexible PVC case made by Innovative Designs, a company that has been a great part of making Phineas and Ferb products. This one is a lot nicer than last year's design, which was a simple rectangular pouch with Perry's face on it. It has a swivel backpack clip on it to help keep it from getting lost.
When I first went looking for these school supplies, one Walmart had the pencil case but another didn't, so it might be hit and miss for the particular store you go to as to whether or not they have it. You'll just have to go on your own scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Don't forget about the "Under $1" section for pencils, markers and smaller stationery items.
There are some other companies with different kinds of party supplies and I will try to get some of those so I can share them with you. But in the meantime, here's what Walmart has. Stores like Toys R Us have some of the same kinds of party supplies, but so far, I haven't seen any P&F items, so Walmart fills that need for the moment.
And boy, do they ever have party supplies. Take a look.
Tablecloth with cups, napkins and plates
Party favor pack
The items inside the favor pack (kalidescope, maze, etc.)
Guest of Honor badge
Paper plate and napkin
Another paper plate and back side of the napkin
16 ounce plastic cup
9 ounce paper cups
9 ounce paper cup
Candy for Piñatas
A roll of 110 stickers
And if that isn't enough, check out their greeting cards:
Each of these is more than just a greeting card. The first will play part of S.I.M.P. The rest have activities or gifts in them. This time I won't tell you what they are. You'll have to find out for yourself.
Card #4, the "Honorary Secret Agent" card, is a little different. After I bought it, I thought maybe I just happened to get a card that was missing the button. But when I went back to the store, I found out it and similar cards were next to rows of buttons with different ages on them. That way, you pick up the card with the character you like and add the button for the child's age.
It's nice that it isn't locked into a specific age like the first card is. Age 8 = Phineas and Ferb, Age 2 = Madagascar 3, Age 4 = The Penguins of Madagascar, etc. You want a Phineas and Ferb card for someone who's 7? Not available. Card #4 lets you customize it to what you need.
That's it for this round. Come back in about two weeks to see what's next. It might be more things to help celebrate birthdays, or it might be something different.
Or, maybe you guys will find something new and unique. If you do, share it with us. We'd love to see what you get.