With the premiere of "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!", we have been getting a lot of new editors around here. I'd like to take a minute to remind everyone about our Point of View policy. We have two types of articles on this wiki, in-universe and real world. Episodes and songs fit somewhere in-between.
In-universe articles are written as if we live in the world of Phineas and Ferb. This includes characters, organizations, events, and anything else that we see on the series. The main part of any of these articles should never contain things like, "in the episode," or "the next scene." We write these articles as if the events on the series are real and we're journalists or historians in their world. You should cite your sources at the end of sentences or paragraphs in parentheses. Any behind-the-scenes information regarding the subject can only go under the heading Background Information and in very limited amounts in the infobox.
Real World articles are written from our own perspective, where Phineas and Ferb is a series, and we can refer to episodes, actors, etc. These real world articles are marked with a globe icon in the upper right corner. These may be written like standard Wikipedia articles where we can freely refer to things on the show as being part of a television series.
Episodes are marked as real world articles, but the initial short summary and main episode summary should be written from an in-universe point of view. This means you should never write things like, "the scene opens," or "we cut to." Everything else on episode pages are in the real world point of view.
We've all been waiting for the exciting new Christmas special, "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!," and it's finally come. Just last week, it aired on Disney XD and Disney Channel, and, for the first time ever, on ABC Family in a couple of days (at least at the time I'm writing this). So did it live up to the hype? Was it the Christmas classic we were waiting for? Let's find out.
I, honestly, was mixed about it, but still felt it was pretty awesome. Let's start with some of the pros. The visuals, for one, were just phenomenal. The bright colors and vibrant character designs were at their peak. The animation with all the snow, with all the action scenes, were amazing. The design for the character's winter clothing was top-knotch. All the layout artists, character animators, character designers, and of course colorists, were experiencing the highest moment of their career on the show.
Plus, there was the stellar voice performance and amazing songs. Each actor and actress served up deliciously rich performances for their characters and really treated them with great care despite it being a special. My favorite song, of course, was Doofenshmirtz's I Really Don't Hate Christmas; his songs are always the best ones of the episode, and, while I wasn't very interested in the other songs very much, I did feel that they were greatly delivered and really felt like a Christmas tune.
But that brings me to what mixed me: the writing. If this was a normal episode, I would have been rather bored and feel that the episode was lacking. But it wasn't a normal episode; it was a Christmas special. Therefore, it had some warm, sticky-sweet writing signature of Christmas specials. The kind of "this time of year is the greatest" thing that we see a lot, but we've grown to love and actually expect.
I was at times slipping from the fact that it wasn't a normal episode, but really, I truly began to understanding it was a special and looked at it from a different point of view: this is a Christmas special, and is therefore written like a Christmas special, but what helps it stand out is the whole satirical theme of it, making fun of the cuddly, friendly idea it is. Doofenshmirtz's entire subplot is a huge parody of how penetrating carolers are and how annoying it can get when people are trying to stuff down cheer down your throat when you're perfectly jolly and comfortable in your current state of Christmas enjoyment.
I was really cracking up at Monogram's disbelief in the fact that Carl did not give the CD to Perry and was in fact not his Secret Santa. Their dynamic is, simply put, delicious, rich, and hilarious. The energy Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Tyler Alexander Mann put into their characters is actually almost non existing; but you see, that's what makes it so funny! It's the whole simplistic, dry voice performance they give that makes their characters so relatable and funny! And as they develop them, it just gets more and more masterfully funny.
And it's this development that helps this special so strongly, too. Isabella is confirmed to be Jewish, something we fans have just guessed at. And this even helps it become a diverse Christmas special instead of the usual "Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, no others" thing that's become to common lately. Buford also serves as a majorly developed character in this. He plans on redeeming himself just before Christmas in order to be on the good list. And the great part about that is he does. It's like he's Scrooge at the end of A Christmas Carol, redeeming himself before Christmas and becoming better for it. I doubt it'll will actually change him forever, but there's something almost like a Biblical parallel to it — if this wasn't a Disney cartoon, that is.
So all and all, I truly enjoyed this special. It was visually stunning and was voiced and sung brilliantly, and while the writing was explicitly sweet and sticky, it was good in that and made fun of itself in the process. It was a great, fun special filled with laughs and smiles, and for that, I give it a jolly old overall A.
Agree with this review? Disagree? Can't really decide? Let us know on our talk page.
Delta Alpha Tango Foxtrot to Major Monogram. Yo! Major! Are you there?
Ben, you remember what happened the last time you got "creative" with your reporting?
I hope he does.
Oh! Major Monogram! Sorry about that, sir. Just trying to liven things up a bit.
What do you have to report?
We've been watching delivery trucks pulling up to Doofenshmirtz's hanger at the Danville airport almost non-stop this morning. Most of them seem to be from office supply stores. We were able to get a peek at the boxes being delivered. They appear to be copiers and a whole mess of toner cartridges.
What does he need that many ink cartridges for?
Toner cartridges, sir. I don't know. Jerry, what was the count again?
I lost track, Ben. There's gotta be about three thousand of 'em.
You boys are right. That is a whole mess of ink cartridges.
Toner cartridges, sir. But that's not all. There were two other strange deliveries. One was for some paint, and the other was for a couple of tanning beds.
Hmmm. Ink cartridges, copiers, paint and tanning beds. What pernicious plan could Doofenshmirtz be concocting this time?
I don't know, Major.
Alright. Time to send in Agent P. In the meantime, I suggest you brush up on your reporting protocols. We need to stop this before it gets too silly.
Largest total number of votes:
1. The Chimmney Vator, where he meets Santa. — 18 votes ("I, Brobot")
2. Flushing himself down a toilet. — 14 votes ("Flop Starz")
3. The trash bin at Mount Rushmore, followed by a long tube ride. — 10 votes ("Candace Loses Her Head")
4. Through the living room couch. — 8 votes ("It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World")
5. An elevator hidden in the yard, with no time to change his costume. — 7 votes ("Jerk De Soleil")
As you may know from reading the early Crat Corner columns, our wiki population is very international. We have users from all over the world, including those that don't speak English as their first language. When we were developing Phineas and Ferb Wiki, we had hoped that there would be users who could step up and create similar wikis with similar policies to ours so that readers who didn't speak English could have a resource like our wiki.
In May, Perryfan001 decided to start a Spanish language version. He asked permission to use our skin but chose to use a slightly different logo. They have similar policies, but some aren't as strict as ours. Their community is not as large as ours and their current article count is around 150. So if you speak Spanish well, please help Perryfan out and contribute there.
Work has also begun on a German language version of the wiki. Shego123 has taken a more literal approach with re-creating our wiki. The goal of the project is to create a virtual carbon-copy of our wiki, but in German. It has just opened, but will work to translate our articles into German and create new articles where necessary. If you speak German, Shego could use all the help you can offer. The German wiki is still in its infancy with only 16 articles, but should grow quickly.
If you speak either of these languages, please check them out. It would be a great achievement to get these wikis as active as ours.
Phineas and Ferb is an amazing show! Most people like it because of its amazing inventions, catchy tunes and vivid characters. And because it's hilarious! But for me, it's the cast. They do such a wonderful job!
Dan and "Swampy" are amazing people who didn't just create Phineas and Ferb, they even do voices for two hilarious characters, Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Francis Monogram! It's also great for us that they would take time out of their day to answer our questions on the Phineas and Ferb Wiki!
And we can't forget the voice actors who are super-amazing at talking with expression and singing, and all the people at Disney. It's amazing that they can write awesome episodes and songs!
Many parents actually enjoy watching Phineas and Ferb with their kids. My mom's favourite character is Candace and my dad’s is Heinz Doofenshmirtz! Phineas and Ferb is a break hrough in animated shows. It really is amazing!
The Christmas Specials Wiki covers your favorite Christmas specials and includes a TV schedule that shows which specials are being shown each day until Christmas.
Disney Channel is running a weekly event on their "New Year Star Showdown" website, leading up to their New Year's Eve and New Year's Day broadcasts. Visit the Disney Channel New Year Star Showdown page to see what it's all about.
In the last newsletter, we mentioned that with all the new people coming into the wiki, there have been several pages created that weren't in the right spots. RRabbit42 wrote an introduction page that fills the need to help the new users see "what goes where".
The page is called "New to the Wiki?" and is listed in the Site notice that you see at the top of each page. It covers the following:
The six types of pages (episodes/characters/songs, user pages, talk pages, forums, blogs and sandboxes).
A short list of the benefits of signing up for an account.
Important tips for editing.
Wikis about Phineas and Ferb in other languages.
General tips about behavior.
The forum is still available for discussing what to add to this page, but you can also leave ideas on the talk page.
We're hovering just under 700 articles at the moment. We've gone above that number a couple of times, but after they were cleaned up (redirected to pages that already existed, etc.), we dropped back below 700 articles.
What will be our 700th article? Will we achieve it before the year ends?
Sometimes I just don't understand adults. There was this commercial on TV for a fashion show at the mall. One of the ladies was wearing car tires. Who thinks tires make good clothes?
But, mom seemed to be excited about it, so we headed over to the mall. There were a lot of people around a stage that had been set up. We got a spot in the back where we could see kinda good.
We must have been waiting for a half hour before someone finally came out on stage. It was a girl in what looked like a blue ballerina's tutu. She tromped down the stage and right off the end! Fortunately, she wasn't hurt. How, I don't know.
Right after that, some guy in a green beret came out and started talking about the new clothes. They looked kind of familiar. I know I've seen them before.
All the cameras started going off and everybody started cheering. I had to look away from the stage because the flashes were hurting my eyes. I saw the girl walking away again. She seemed to be in a hurry to get somewhere.
When I looked back at the stage, everyone seemed to be leaving, but now they were all wearing the same clothes. How'd they get changed so fast? Mom wanted to go, so I couldn't ask her about it. But after a couple of minutes, a bunch of guys in lab coats started showing up. Only it wasn't different guys, it was the same guy. I lost count how many of him there were.
And then everyone wanted to look like that guy. They all stampeded into a shop and got stuck in the door. When they came out, they were all wearing the same coat and shirt!
I still don't understand adults.
Last month, we earned a spot in the top 40 wikis hosted by Wikia Entertainment. We've grown a little bit since then, but actually slipped down a little bit for the number of people who made 5 or more edits on the main pages. But unlike the bus in Speed, if it drops below 50, we won't explode. Our status will just be downgraded from orange star to yellow star.
As before, 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.