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Has the rest of the world finally caught up with our love of Phineas and Ferb? The Christmas special will be aired not only on Disney XD and Disney Channel, but on ABC Family here in the United States. Over the past week it was announced that our two favorite stepbrothers will be in the Disneyland Christmas Parade. We have more than 60 active contributors to the wiki, and seem to be growing at a fairly rapid pace. Things are looking very good for the show and for our community.
Why then, hasn't Disney caught up with the popularity and started producing more merchandise? Our own RRabbit42 has created a sensational version of Perry the Inaction Figure as seen in the last issue. This would be a very easy toy to make and would likely be very popular. Who wouldn't want action figures of our favorite characters and playsets of the various locations around Danville? I could see every one of us buying up toys of every shape and size as fast as they can put them out, just like how they had shortages of their talking Perry the Platypus toys earlier this year.
While they're at it, let's see some more DVDs. It has been months since they had a DVD release and there's plenty of episodes from Season 1 to bring out still. I, for one, would enjoy something a little more sophisticated like a full season release with commentary and widescreen presentation. It would be nice if they would release Blu-Ray discs, too.
There is so much potential for more stuff to be had. Disney just needs to focus their attention on this series rather than their live-action cash cows.
From Perry clones to a detective parody, the new episodes are 'Ferbtastic'
Since four episodes have passed since the time the previous issue's review was actually written, I feel it's apropos to review all of them in one. The episodes aired were entitled "Cheer Up Candace," "Fireside Girl Jamboree," "The Bully Code" and "Finding Mary McGuffin." Let the review begin and please note it probably contains lots of them spoilers. So watch out...
First off is "Cheer Up Candace." The main plot features the boys helping Candace out with her apparent "break-up" with Jeremy — truth is, he just had to cancel that night's date. One of the things I dislike about Candace is her tendency to overreact to just about everything, which can be great comic effect ("The Lake Nose Monster" anyone?) but I don't think it was played off as well as it could have. Still, the side story featured Doof building an army of Perry clones, and this was really well played off. From Carl screaming "WHY, AGENT P?! WHY??!!" to Doof treating the first Perry clone like that "special" child, I could not stop laughing throughout it. Overall, B.
Next is "Fireside Girl Jamboree." I don't know about anyone else, but I love how they're expanding the Fireside Girls' role in the series. Here we get to see the inner-workings of the organization as Candace tries out to be a Fireside Girl so she can get tickets to a concert. The ending is pure irony, of course, and a fitting one at that. Meanwhile, Doof is to tempted by Fireside Girl food while he's trying to lose those "last ten pounds" — which is just awesome. Doof really embodies everything that adults face in their life and his reaction to these circumstances is just too awesome to be true. But, it is. Overall, A-.
Then there's last week's episodes, starting with "The Bully Code." I didn't like this episode, truth be told. It just seemed to be built entirely on television cliches — after all, becoming someone's slave because they saved your life is just about the most redundant thing ever done on TV. The show took an interesting route with it, but it really was just the same thing. The Perry/Doof plot was interesting, though, as Doof is totaled T-O'd at the ice-cream man for running over his foot. I have to admit, seeing him sitting in a chair with his cast in front of a window had me on my heels for a Rear View Window reference, but sadly, it did not come. One of these days, one of these days.... Overall, C+.
It's quite fitting that this is the one to be last on this review — for "Finding Mary McGuffin" was among the greatest things I've ever seen on television. Seriously, I'm not even sugarcoating it. This pushed the boundaries of children's cartoons, and though as not severe as the beautiful Animaniacs did, it was still pure awesomeness. Phineas and Ferb find Lawrence's old detective movies and decide to become detectives. They totally become the stereotype for old detective movies, including painting them and their surroundings black and white. Phineas even did monologues, which he totally forgot were supposed to be in his head. As if this wasn't amazingly delivered enough, they then decide to up their image to more modern detectives. They go through Starksky and Hutch,Miami Vice, and — in the scene that sold me — CSI: Miami. Yeah, they went there. And it was awesome. There was nothing subtle about it, it was just a full-blown parody, complete with the actual theme song from CSI! I couldn't believe it, I needed to pause my DVR just to get over the laughter.
The boys are looking for Mary McGuffin, Candace's old doll, which was sold at a yard sale accidentally — yes, a cliche, which turned me off before the episode aired, but, like I said, it totally proved it could do it with originality. Vanessa gets it and sings a mind-blowingly awesome song in style of the old lounge room songs from thew 40s. Sometimes I wonder if the writers really wrote this stuff back when they were kids, it's just so referential. No letter can possibly describe how awesome this was, but until then, overall, A++.
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Bi-Weekly Top 5
as voted on by the members of the wiki
Poll #2: What is Dr. Doofenshmirtz's best scheme or invention in the first half of Season 1?
Launch Agent P on an exploding rocket as part of celebrating Vanessa's birthday.
Largest total number of votes:
1. Launch Agent P on an exploding rocket as part of celebrating Vanessa's birthday. — 11 votes.
2. Chocolate making to increase his popularity. — 8 votes.
3. Shrink everything he hates. — 5 votes.
4. Tied for fourth place, with 4 votes each:
Recently, a spur of "shipping wars" have erupted across the wiki's discussion pages, forums, blogs, and IRC channel. And as everyone has seen, it's completely out of control and does nothing but tear our community apart. Topher just last issue wrote about how this does nothing to better our wiki and just kills the friendships we've formed. I myself have watched this erupted and jumped in for light arbitration when it got too wild, but it always spiked up again.
So finally, I just got tired of it. The new place for this had moved to Forum:FerbnessaShipper and even there it got wild way to fast. My lengthy explanation tells it all — let's not fight over couples and try to better the wiki through improving articles, like "Crack That Whip". And if we do discuss shipping, let's keep it as a sane, orderly fashion. Our wiki should only get better, so let's not ruin it with constant arguments over which couple is better. I hope that by the time this article is published, the wars have officially ceased.
Task force to Major Monogram. Task force to Major Monogram. Come in, big cheese.
Ben, you're going to get us in trouble.
You know he never answers immediately, Jerry. It's not like that space show where they call someone and expect an instant answer, but when someone calls them, it takes them 15 seconds to answer. I could never figure that out. I mean...
Monogram here. What's going on?
Doofenshmirtz made three stops before heading to the abandoned Cake Company Co. that's near the edge of town. He picked up a couple of packages of party balloons, some helicopter blades and a lot of light bulbs.
It was 25 balloons, four blades and about 200 cases of bulbs, wasn't it, Jerry?
Twenty-four balloons. I figure there were 30 bulbs per case, Ben.
Oh, goody. That will give me a chance to try those new on-screen graphics that Carl told me about. Good work. I'll notify Agent P right away. Big cheese Monogram, out.
Everyone headed to the mall today. Mom wanted to buy some new clothes, but Dad wanted to see a boxer named Evander Holyfield. I guess he was there to open a hardware store. Dad says he was a really good fighter.
There was something going on between Evander and a couple of kids. I heard him say there would be a fight later. It sounded interesting, so I got dad to go with me.
A couple of girls in uniforms were handing out fliers and selling things before the fight. I recognized the kid in the flier. He's the one from the neighborhood! I had to see the fight now.
Dad gave me an advance on my allowance, so I bought the poster, action figures, commemorative coin and the photos. Maybe there's room in this diary for them.
It's strange. I don't remember much about the fight. All I know is that dad's got a sore back and he keeps mumbling something about a whale. Maybe I'll remember it later.
Well, it doesn't look like the coin will fit in this diary very well. I should ask mom if she's got some kind of scrapbook I could use. I got a feeling I should definitely save these items.
Phineas and Ferb Wiki amongst top 40 wikis!
Just as this issue was about to be published, Wikia Entertainment updated their list of Most Active Communities. This is a list of both the top ten wikis that are being edited as well as a list of which wikis have 10 or more people that make at least 5 edits in a month. The edits have to be made to "content namespace" pages, which are main pages like the characters and episodes. Blogs and forums are not counted.
Initially, our wiki was listed with a yellow star, indicating that 25 to 49 people made qualifying edits. A look at the statistics showed that there were 68 people that edited 5+ times in October, so our status was upgraded to an orange star.
The table below gives you an idea of how we stand in relation to four other wikis. We don't have that far to go before we will have 100 people making 5 or more edits each month and that will earn us red star status. So, for the people who haven't signed up for an account, now's a great time to do so. You'll help us achieve a milestone and your edits will be counted under your user name rather than your computer's IP address.