I am often one of the first to decry the lack of quality in today's television output. Growing up in the 80s it seemed that we were bombarded with wonderful and varied shows from every angle. Looking back perhaps this is a rose tinted spectacles view of the past but who cares!
One of the largest providers of modern entertainment must be Disney itself. After succumbing to "Offspring Pressure" and subscribing to The Disney Channel for my beloved younglings (5, 9 and 10) I quickly discovered one thing. A lot of Disneys output is incredibly samey. Yes it may deal with Wizards, or Island Kings or even High School Kids but essentially they are all the same characters and often seem to be the same actors (or they all look and sound alike).
There is, however, one refreshing breath of air from the Disney stable and this is the animated joy that is Phineas and Ferb. Traditional in style there are no CGI texture fields or pseudo-photo realistic skin effects on display here. We simply have some odd shaped kids doing fun things, and therein lies the hook. I, my friends, am a Geek / Nerd. I LOVE tech and science rocks, so do Phineas and Ferb. The show is simple in concept and revolves around their daily mission to "have fun building cool stuff". This is spiced up with the insane addition of a secret agent pet platypus and an incompetent evil scientist. Throw in a sprinkling of often hilarious songs and references and their sisters ever desperate attempts to bust them and you have a truly enjoyable show.
The recent TV movie was a departure from the tried and tested 20 minute episodes and in itself was rather a gamble. It pays off and is a thoroughly entertaining piece of television, finally merging the worlds of Agent P the Platypus and our two protagonists into a coherent and enjoyable romp across dimensions.
If you have yet to discover the world of Phineas and Ferb I highly recommend you seek it out.
Article first published as Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension in Fabulous 2D on Technorati.