I'm going to keep this issue short. It's overdue and rather than delay it any further, we'll go with the shorter issue.
A couple of people had to remind me that the monthly voting hadn't been updated yet. It's now done and set for a three-week voting period to help bring it back more in line with the beginning of the month. Another three-week voting period after that will catch it up again for the October voting.
There's a few steps in updating the voting. The first, ideally, would be done during the month, which is updating the nominated pictures, checking for typos and looking over the nominated articles to make sure they're ready. After that comes counting the votes, putting them into an archive, update the main page with the winners and updating the polls for the new votes.
I have been doing in charge of the polls because I inherited the task from SuperFlash. But hopefully the changes I've put into place during the past year mean that pretty much anyone could do the updates. The voting choices, polls and featured items for the main page are in templates.
About the only things someone might need help with involve the pictures. iTunes is usually the best source for getting good screencaps, especially if you view the episodes in QuickTime. If we're replacing a .png file with a .jpg, an admin will need to delete the old picture after everything's updated, or do a rename if that's necessary..
So, would one or more people be willing to help out with the voting in case I'm not available or haven't got off my platy-posterior by a day or two after the official end of the voting period? If you are, please leave me a message on my Message Wall. I would definitely appreciate it and everyone else would, too.
Odds 'n' Ends
The Disney XD premiere of Mission Marvel is supposed to have special commentary by Dr. Doofenshmirtz or a connection to his "Doof's Daily Dirt" videos.
Remember last issue when we told you that the boys were again being part of the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party events down at Disney World? They're getting a new job, leading the "Creepa Crew" before the Boo To You parade as part of the event. To see the Creepa Crew in action from last year demonstrating the dance they will be doing, click here.
Ever thought about fishing in Florida? This month's the last one for you to enter the Phineas and Ferb Reel In The Fun Sweepstakes as entries will close September 2nd. Enter here to win a four-night trip for four to Walt Disney World, complete with a day of fishing and a $500 gift card. And we promise you won't find a monster at the bottom of that lake.
A little more bad news. No more Perry the Platy-Bus. After two years, the tangerine and turquoise Airstream trailer has been refitted for a Doc McStuffins promotion run by Disney Junior.
By now, unless you just got back from that really huge hole that you just crawled out of trying to dig straight to China, you might have heard that at that little geek-fest they call San Diego Comic-Con International, the entire Danville USA crew will have a one-hour episode saluting a franchise that Mickey Mouse, Chairmouse Emeritus of The Walt Disney Company, had just purchased almost a year ago as part of a four billion pieces of cheddar transaction between him and George Lucas.
Of course, if you have not guessed by the illustration on the top right-hand side of the article, we're speaking of course about the Star Wars franchise here, and needless to say, if you have a keen eye on the over one hundred episodes in the Phineas and Ferb canon, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh are big fans of the franchise. With an special event extended hour long episode based in the universe of the original 1977 film set for next summer (get working on the wiki background wallpapers for that one), this writer has a few ideas that will really get things cracking and keep the machine rolling, even granting our wishes as well.
Let's begin with the fact that there's been previous tie-ins with other shows on television. The most notable of which comes from Family Guy, a show that Dan and Swampy worked on before getting the successful gig they have now. That series did three episodes that spoofed the events of the original trilogy. Keep in mind, though, that Family Guy is owned by Fox, which distributed the original three films (episodes four through six) and subsequent first three chapters of the saga. And now that Disney owns the franchise (and the distribution rights as well) to what will be the last three chapters, who knows what Seth MacFarlane will do. Oh, and John Viener, who provides Norm's voice? He's worked on that, too.
Continuing with the tie-ins to Family Guy, Seth Green, who voices Chris on that show, is also the creator and executive producer of Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] block, and they have done a troika of parody tributes to the show. Knowing that this is the P&F universe we know and love, Mr. Green also lends his vocal talents to Major Monogram's son, Monty. Could we see a likely guest appearance from the son of Francis Monogram as a rebel leader? This would complete a hat trick of epic proportions.
Returning to the original film, Episode IV: A New Hope, of which the special will be based on running alongside the events of said picture, it really could be fun if Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Harrision Ford (Han Solo) are indeed talked into doing voice cameos, since it's been almost forty years since the original release. Right now, we'll even settle for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO or even Tom Kane as Yoda. Kyle Menke has produced a piece of concept art with the boys and Luke together as seen on the left, since they live next door to each other on moisture farms in Tatooine.
The entire Star Wars/Disney marketing pair of 12,000-pound gorillas would be all over this. Every year, there's a little event called "Star Wars Weekends" at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida, and the Phineas and Ferb walkabout characters have a residency at that theme park (as well as California Adventure), so wouldn't it be cool to at least for the event, have them dress up in Jedi costumes, with a special background at their Meet and Play area? One weekend, there could be even a panel with Dan, Swampy, Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, Ashley Tisdale (we hope) and Dee Bradley Baker to discuss the event, and give the Wookie fans a sneak preview or two of a clip for this special? (Of course, there's also "May The Fourth By With You" and "Revenge of the Fifth", or as party animals like to call that day, Cinco de Mayo. And of course, the previously mentioned San Diego Comic-Con International, too.) At the end of "Snig and Oopla's Hyperspace Hoopla", the flagship finale of the daily events at DHS, the boys come out in their Jedi costumes, Phineas says "Ferb, I know what we're going to do today," and Ferb replies "May the force be with you" and the crowd goes wild. Hey, they went nuts when Jedi Mickey came out to end this year's entertainment.
We still have a whole year to get through this, so strap yourselves in, place the trays in a upright position and get ready for blastoff. Let's all hope in the end that this won't be another Star Wars Holiday Special. Ah, one can only dream.
Coming in two weeks:
Hands-on with the New Merchandise (including Disney Infinity at some point)