21 March 2008 | Ddey65
Straight-up Silliness, that's better for the Summertime.
Over the past few years, The Disney Channel hasn't had much luck with shorts, animated or otherwise. "Shorty McShort's Shorts" had some good episodes and some bad. "As the Bell Rings" tends to be flat-out lame. But this time, they seem to have added a good one.
Phineas and Ferb are step-brothers on summer vacation. One boring day, Phineas recognizes an important truth; Summer vacation will end, and the teachers will want to know what they did on their summer vacation. And with these two kids, it has to be something extravagant, whether it's building a super roller-coaster, or a homemade beach, or converting the family station wagon into a racing car or monster truck, or any other fantastic activity. Candace(Ashley Tisdale) is Phineas' older sister, and the last thing she wants to have is her brothers doing something out of the ordinary, and she always tries to get her brother and step-brother in trouble for their activities. Luckily, they never get caught, and you'd think that they'd want revenge against her for trying to stop them. But no, they actually love their sister... so much so that they even add her head on Mt. Rushmore as a birthday gift. When she isn't trying to expose her brother & step-brother's elaborate summer activities or having some sort of allergic reaction, she harbors a crush on a boy named Jeremy(Mitchell Musso). Speaking of crushes, a girl next door has one on Phineas. Her name is Isabella and she is voiced by the great Alyson Stoner. In her, what was originally a running gag by Brenda Song in "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" has become a catch-phrase. She's also the leader of a local girl-scout type troop called the Fireside Girls, who she frequently rallies to help her would-be boyfriend.
Phineas also has a pet platypus named Perry, who lives a double life as a secret agent. His arch nemesis is Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz(co-creator Dan Povenmire). Talk about your goofy villains. This guy makes Dr. Drakken look like Osama Bin Laden. With a big corporate office, a cheerful jingle and one evil plot after another, just think of the 1990's version of Lex Luthor with a silly-gene, and you've got Dr. Doofenshmirtz. He's even got a daughter who keeps trying to tell his ex-wife about his evil plots and has as much success in doing so as Candace.
Overall, while it's no "Kim Possible," or "American Dragon: Jake Long," it's still an enjoyable cartoon. Having said that, considering the time of year it's supposed to take place in, the rest of the episodes should've premiered in or near summertime. Sure, the sneak preview already did air last summer, but it doesn't seem like that'd be enough. If you can look past that, you can still get a kick out of this 'toon.