Dan Povenmire (who'll soon turn the big five-oh this month) stands among a few of Doofenshmirtz's evil interns at the Phineas and Ferb Waffle-Inator Challenge held during the biennial D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Well it's either that, or it's an annual evil pharmacists convention, because around here, we just can't tell the difference.
Since school has started again, it's not going to be long before teachers hear once again the familiar refrain of "My dog ate my homework". Though I'm not in school and I don't have a dog, I feel a little like a student now as I have to say that I missed working on the newsletter due to a flakey Internet connection. It's still down more right now than it's up, so I'm trying to squeeze this issue in while I can. In fact, while typing this, it has gone down and come back up again.
So it turned out to be a good thing that I asked for help last time with the monthly voting. P&F fan92 got most of it done. It looks like there's just a little bit to wrap up, mostly with the new pictures to be voted on. Thank you, P&F fan92. That has helped me out and helped everyone else out here at the wiki tremendously.
Mini merchandise spotlight
Since I don't have much in the way of merchandise to review this time, I'm just going to fit it in here as just a spotlight. I found a lanyard last year that I have been wearing to work every day. It's kind of fun to see how many people recongize what I'm wearing because you really don't notice the design unless you look closely. Although, one person thought it was Duckman.... I have seen these petty consistently at F.Y.E. music/video stores for about $6, so I buy one every so often so that I have a spare and maybe others if I want to give them away. It comes with an ID card holder if you need it.
Kellogg's still makes the Phineas and Ferb Fruit Snacks and updates the box every year. This time, they have modified the 2013 package for an "instant win" game. Near as I can tell, if you open the box and there's a game piece inside, it's a winner. No game piece means you didn't win. Grand prize is the trip, with 200 First Place prizes of $100 Disney gift cards. The game ends on February 14, 2014. See the details on the SnackPicks website.
That's going to be all for now. Until I can get this Internet connection fixed, I will have to see how much I can do offline so that when it's up, I can quickly get them done.
Odds 'n' Ends
Congratulations to our newest administrator, Wikian. His nomination was successfully approved, and there will be no more nominations until at least the end of this month.
Unless you were caught up in the hoopla (HOOPLA!) of "Mission Marvel", Walt Disney Pictures has cancelled the planned Phineas and Ferb movie. Mobo85 has more information in this blog post.
Dan Povenmire will be turning 50 on the 18th of this month (and doesn't look a day over 35), and if you want to sent him some birthday greetings, you can tweet them or send a card via snail mail c/o Disney Television Animation, 811 Sonora Ave., Glendale, CA 91201-2433.
"Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel" tried to take over the new airwaves on Friday, August 16. 3.760 million viewers found a way to their TV sets for the special, accounting for a 2.2 household rating. Unfortunately, this was the lowest viewership yet among the show's August events:
On a more positive note, "Mission Marvel" brought Phineas and Ferb its second-highest viewership year to date, finishing just behind Ferb-ruary 1's "My Sweet Ride". For the week, it finished at No. 16 on the Cable Top 25, and was Disney Channel's No. 1 broadcast with 9 percent to spare. Additionally, the Saturday morning encore took No. 4 on the channel, finishing at just under 3 million viewers
The crossover performed especially strongly among target age groups. "Mission Marvel" was TV's No. 1 show on the week among both Kids 2-11 and 6-11. Among the 2-11 set, it drew a 5.7 rating, the show's highest figure this year, to lead No. 2, a rerun of Teen Beach Movie, by 14 percent. The show had a 7.1 rating among Kids 6-11, good for a 5 percent margin. Even in the traditionally weaker Tweens 9-14 bracket, "Mission Marvel" checked in at No. 2 behind a 5.3 rating. Finally, among Adults 18-49, the crossover drew a 0.6 rating.
This has been a special presentation of the blog that breaks down the numbers of our favorite show: The Numbers Game! Until next time, remember...that the numbers never lie.
Last month saw the release of the fourth Phineas and Ferb video game, Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff. Developed by Behaviour Interactive (who had worked on a number of Disney games when they were known as Artificial Mind & Movement) and published by Majesco Entertainment, the game is available on Wii and Nintendo DS and marks the series debut on Xbox 360, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Quest for Cool Stuff sees Phineas and Ferb piloting their newest creation, the All-Terrain Transformatron (A.T.T.) as they travel to a variety of locales, looking to collect cool treasures with which to populate the Coolest Museum Ever. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is up to his usual tricks, and Agent P has to put a stop to it.
The A.T.T. piloted by the boys has two modes of operation: "Ferb Mode" allows the machine to run faster and hang on pipes and vertical walls, while "Phineas Mode" forgoes the extra maneuverability to gain the ability to drill through solid blocks, and also supports other situations where jumping is not required such as minecart sections and, in a first for the series, underwater levels. Along the way, the boys have the opportunity to collect a variety of trinkets. Unlike Across the 2nd Dimension, sprockets serve no game play purpose this time, only used to upgrade Phineas and Ferb's museum through four levels, from the "Museum of Cool" to the "Coolest Museum Ever". Also there for the taking are five regular treasures on each level, a sixth unique one in a number of levels, and also three hidden Ducky Momo dolls each.
Perry the Platypus also gets a few chances to shine as he attempts to stop Doofenshmirtz's latest nefarious plot. His levels see the addition of Norm Bots, armed with their usual complement of one-liners and the most difficult enemies the game has to offer (which isn't saying much). He also gains the ability to disguise himself as a regular platypus to fool Doofenshmirtz's security system.
In my opinion, the fourth and final world stands out as the game's best with how it uses the vertical plane in ways not normally seen in a side-scrolling platformer. While not particularly difficult, containing no enemies other than a few Norm Bots who escaped into its first level - and there must have been quite a back story as to how they got there, although the game sadly misses the opportunity to tell us exactly how it happened - the three levels are packed full of unique game play, including the final level which sees the A.T.T. basically free-falling into Phineas and Ferb's backyard to officially end the game.
Quest for Cool Stuff borrows a number of songs from the series, including the full soundtrack version of Today is Gonna Be a Great Day which it uses as the title track; Hey Ferb plays while in the backyard between levels; and the Ducky Momo Theme Song heralds the completion of each level (apparently, someone at Behaviour Interactive is a big fan of Ducky Momo). All of the character dialogue is recorded by the regular voice actors, including a lot of Candace talking on the phone, hearable when standing near the house - enough that it doesn't noticeably repeat.
This game's greatest flaw is that it is very short. Even with the side quests given by Isabella, Baljeet and Buford to get you to replay many of the levels, the game only takes a few hours to complete. As of this writing, I'm at like 87 percent complete (including all levels) in about 3 1/2 hours. I was also disappointed that the game does not utilize the Wii U game pad at all - it just displays the same image as the TV.
While I personally enjoyed Across the 2nd Dimension more, I suspect that many younger Phineas and Ferb fans will have the opposite opinion, as this game seems more targeted towards them. That said, Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff gets an 8 out of 10, and you will not be disappointed with the boys' latest adventure while it lasts.